Release Date: 18 May 2018
Nick Whitfield CBE, former Director of Children’s Services for Richmond and Kingston councils, and Chief Executive of the award-winning council-owned company Achieving for Children, has announced that he is retiring later this year.
Nick became Director of Children’s Services at Richmond Council in 2008 and took up a joint position with Kingston in 2012. This joint role enabled him to lead the work establishing Achieving for Children (AfC).
AfC is a not-for-profit community interest company established in 2014 and now jointly-owned by three councils (Richmond, Kingston and the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead). AfC is commissioned to deliver social and educational services for children across the boroughs. It also works with other councils across the country who are seeking to improve their services.
Nick Whitfield said:
“Creating AfC has been the biggest professional privilege of my life. It was always my intention to step down this year, leaving the organisation in capable and experienced hands for the future.
“AfC was set up to be an innovative, ground breaking partnership, between three boroughs. A partnership with a dogged focus on providing excellent services for children and their families. We have won awards, improved attainment, helped shape national policy and promoted partnership working across the region.
“We have had tremendous success over the last few years and this has been down to the sheer ability, commitment and energy of staff managers, Councillors and our partners. I am so proud of all that we have achieved together.”
Cllr Gareth Roberts, the Leader Designate at Richmond Council, said:
“I want to start by thanking Nick for all his hard work since the launch of AfC and previously as Richmond’s Director of Children’s Services.
“I wish him all the very best in the future as we seek to pass the baton to the next person, to lead AfC with the same energy and enthusiasm.”
Cllr Liz Green, the Leader at Kingston Council, said:
“Nick has been an inspirational Leader during his time as Chief Executive of AfC. He has made a key contribution in improving our children’s services at the Council, with a hugely positive impact for our young people and their families. We wish him the very best in his retirement and for the future.”
Cllr Simon Dudley, Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council, said:
“We would like to thank Nick for his hard work and commitment to Achieving for Children (AfC).
“Nick has been an exceptional leader and has helped to develop the AfC offer to ensure that children and families from the borough receive the highest level of care and service. We wish Nick well for his retirement.
“We will now work with our partners to start the recruitment process for a permanent Chief Executive as soon as possible.”
AfC, along with the owning boroughs, are now reviewing the post and preparing to search for, and appoint, an experienced leader to drive the organisation forward. Ian Dodds, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for AfC, will be the interim Chief Executive until a replacement is found.
Cllr Liz Green, Leader of Kingston Council will announce all councillor roles at Annual Council on 22 May 2018. It is anticipated Cllr Roberts will be appointed Leader of Richmond Council at Richmond Council’s annual meeting on the same day.
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Updated: 31 May 2018