New chief ‘real coup’ for town

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A COUNCIL chief has described the new director of child and adult services at Hartlepool Borough Council as a “real coup” for the town.

Dave Stubbs, chief executive at the local authority, has revealed Gill Alexander was the unanimous choice to take on the role and comes with an excellent reputation.

Ms Alexander replaces Nicola Bailey who left the authority late last year to take up a position in the NHS.

Mr Stubbs, who was speaking at a recent meeting of the full council, said: “At a meeting of the appointments panel it was agreed unanimously that Gill Alexander be appointed to the post of director of child and adult services.

“The appointment is a real coup for this town as she is one of the best director’s in the north.”

Ceremonial mayor, councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, added: “Ms Alexander was a very good candidate and will take education and adult services forward.”

The mum of a teenage daughter is currently director for children, young people and learning for North Tyneside Council, a position she has held since 2005.

Prior to her current role, Ms Alexander was director of education and cultural services at North Tyneside and has also worked as assistant divisional director for Save the Children Fund and for Kirklees Council.

Under Ms Alexander’s stewardship, North Tyneside Council’s Children’s Services were ranked among the top three performers in the country in 2007.

Ms Alexander, speaking previously about her appointment, said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to work in Hartlepool with its highly committed staff, councillors and partner organisations and to make a real difference to the lives of children and adults in the town.”