Derbyshire Council children’s boss to take over Joyce Thacker’s job in Rotherham

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Rotherham Council has appointed a new head of children’s services to replace Joyce Thacker.

The authority is bringing in Ian Thomas, who has been in charge of children’s services for Derbyshire County Council since August 2011.

Mr Thomas, who was born in Sheffield, will take over at Rotherham in January.

He is replacing Mrs Thacker, who left the council by mutual agreement – and with a £40,000 pay-off – in the wake of the town’s child sexual exploitation scandal.

Mr Thomas has been at Derbyshire County Council since 2006, joining as an assistant director.

He previously worked at Trafford Council.

Mr Thomas said: “I am privileged to be joining Rotherham to lead the transformation of the system that improves outcomes for children in the borough.

“I’m confident in Rotherham’s future and am looking forward to working with the many people I have already met who are absolutely dedicated to this cause – elected members, senior officers and the dedicated staff delivering services on the front line.”

Rotherham Council leader Coun Paul Lakin said today: “Ian’s appointment is great news for the council, and great news for children and families in Rotherham.

“His track record speaks for itself, and we’re delighted that Rotherham will benefit from Ian’s substantial experience and expertise – including his work at a national level.”