Birmingham Children's Trust names first chief exec

BIRMINGHAM Children's Trust, the independent body being set up to run the city's children's services, has appointed Andy Couldrick as its first chief executive.

The former head of children's social care at Oxfordshire County Council was chosen by a selection panel including officers and members of the city council, as well as representatives of the Department of Education, the Birmingham children's commissioner and the chair of the Birmingham Children's Trust, Andrew Christie.

As chief executive of the trust, Cloudrick will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, services and budget, as well as the development and execution of its vision and delivery plan. He will also provide the board of directors and local authority with strategic and professional advice.

"I am delighted to become the first chief executive of Birmingham Children's Trust. This is a great opportunity to build on and to support the fantastic work being done every day by social workers and our partners in the city, supporting and safeguarding our most vulnerable children," Cloudrick said.

"As a social worker myself, I know how challenging and how rewarding what we do is, and how we have the opportunity, together, to change lives. Anything I and the new trust can do, to make these challenges easier, to help improve how we work together, and to keep hold of the strong relationship with the city council, will be a pleasure as well as a privilege. I can't wait to start."

Andrew Christie, chair of the Birmingham Children’s Trust, said: "It's crucial the new trust gets off to a flying start with strong and experienced leadership. Andy will bring the experience, insight and know-how that we need to ensure we achieve the best possible outcomes for the city's young people and families.

"Now we have our senior leadership in place, we can move forward with the other appointments and tasks that need to be completed so the trust can become operational as planned."

The Birmingham Children's Trust is set to take over the running of services in April 2018.