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New strategic director appointed

Posted on Thursday 7 September 2017
Caroline O'Neill

Caroline O'Neill

Caroline O’Neill has been appointed as the new strategic director for care, wellbeing and learning at Gateshead Council.  This appointment sees Caroline take on statutory responsibility for children’s and adults services in Gateshead.

Caroline joins the council from Durham County Council where she was head of education.  She has worked at a number of councils across the North East and has previously worked in Gateshead both as a deputy headteacher and a senior school inspector.

Caroline said:  “I’m delighted to be back at Gateshead.  I know the communities of Gateshead well and I’m looking forward to working with the team to deliver the best for local people.

“Our job is to make sure that we give children and young people the best possible start in life and look after some of the most vulnerable people in our community.”

The leader of Gateshead Council, Cllr Martin Gannon, said:

“There was a strong field of candidates for this post.  Caroline was clearly the best person for the job.  She will be a valuable part of our leadership team and will help drive forward our ambitious plans for the borough.”

Gateshead Council chief executive Sheena Ramsey added:  “This appointment completes the senior strategic team at the council and means that for the first time in more than two years we have a permanent top team in place.  The timing is great as we need to transform the way in which we deliver our services to meet the increasing challenges and opportunities ahead.”