Mel Meggs appointed as new Deputy Strategic Director in Children and Young People’s Services

Published Wednesday, 30th March 2016
Mel Meggs, Deputy Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services
Mel Meggs, Deputy Strategic Director of Children and Young People's Services

Rotherham Council has appointed its new Deputy Strategic Director in Children and Young People’s Services, the latest appointment of the authority’s new permanent senior leadership team.

The recruitment of Mel Meggs was made by an all-party panel of Councillors and Commissioner Malcolm Newsam, completing the appointments to the new children’s services’ leadership team.

The role will deputise for Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, which will see Mel spend time with frontline social care practitioners to ensure that quality of practice is consistently good, as well as driving the strategy for social care and on-going improvements throughout the service.

Mel brings 30 years’ experience in early help and social work, rising up the ranks to become Head of Prevention at Leicester City Council, before taking on her current role of Service Director Early Help and Safeguarding at Derbyshire County Council (Children’s Services).

Mel is also actively involved at a national level with the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) Families, Communities and Young People’s Policy Committee, which is complemented by her growing reputation as an effective peer reviewer.

Speaking of her appointment, Mel said she was ‘thrilled’ to be joining Rotherham Council: "As someone who has worked across many different pockets of children’s services in local authorities across the UK in some of the most diverse and challenging areas, I'm looking forward to bringing my experience, together with my passion and values as a public servant to drive and deliver quality services for the people of Rotherham.

"As Rotherham is working to become a child centred borough I welcome the opportunity to contribute personally to this vision and support the council and its partners in the great work they are doing."

Mel is expected to join the Council in May.