THURROCK Council’s Director of Children’s Services, Carmel Littleton, is moving on after five years with the borough.
She arrived as Head of Learning and Universal Outcomes in 2010 and took the director’s post in 2013.
After teaching for six years in inner London schools, Carmel qualified as an educational psychologist at University College, London, working as an educational psychologist in increasingly senior roles at Tower Hamlets, Camden and Islington.
She also headed up services for gifted and talented pupils, youth offending and a wide range of services for vulnerable children and families in a number of London Boroughs including Islington where she will now return as Corporate Director of Children’s Services.
Carmel said: “I have been privileged to have worked with so many outstanding people in Thurrock and have loved my time here.
“Thurrock will always hold a very special place for me and I shall look out for its successes in the future.”
Cllr John Kent, Leader of Thurrock Council and portfolio holder for education, said: “I cannot express my gratitude and thanks enough for what Carmel has done in her five years with Thurrock.
“In that time we have seen our educational standards improve beyond what many thought possible; we have embraced a cultural entitlement which makes the arts a fully integrated part of many young people’s education; and we have fully changed the perceived relationship between schools and the council.
“Carmel was the real force behind that change, she was the leading light in getting Christine Gilbert here to lead the Education Commission, and it has been her determination to get the best for Thurrock and Thurrock’s children in particular that has seen the commission’s proposals adopted by everyone.
“She will be sorely missed.”
Thurrock Council Chief Executive, Lyn Carpenter, added: “In my short time at Thurrock it has become absolutely clear that Carmel had a passion for the place and its people. I understand and respect her decision, but I also know she will be a tough act to follow.”