Lorna Payne, Corporate Director for Community Wellbeing, has decided to leave Thurrock Council to take on a new challenge and continue her public service career.
Lorna took up her director role at Thurrock in March 2007, joining from Norfolk County Council where she was assistant director (community care).
Before that, she worked in the health and social care sector in Australia – including in the Department of Health in Melbourne in policy, commissioning and operational roles in primary health, aged care and mental health.
Graham Farrant, Thurrock’s chief executive, said: “In her time at Thurrock, Lorna has seen the directorate – which includes adult social care, housing, community, libraries and cultural services – improve performance, innovate and secure many awards. Services are seen as national best practice in a number of areas.
“I would like to personally thank Lorna for her help over my first 12 months in Thurrock. She has made a real difference to the services that she has been managing, to the benefit of the local communities and I wish her all the best for her future career.”
Whilst shadow portfolio holder, cllr Amanda Arnold also paid tribute to Mrs Payne.
It was an absolute pleasure to work with Lorna on the transformation of social care in thurrock. There are few people who leave a lasting legacy when they leave a position, but the changes that Lorna brought to the service have made a real difference to some of the boroughs most vulnerable people.
She also harnessed the skills of a very ambitious team, and raised the morale of staff after what had been a turbulent time. I wish her every success as she moves on to new challenges.
Lorna’s last day will be Friday, 2 September.
Thurrock Council is in the process of changing its senior management structure and more information will follow shortly about the new management arrangements.