After nine MPs had called for her to resign over her part in the county's under-fire child protection service and failing schools, Norfolk's Director of Children's Services has announced that she's standing down.
But Lisa Christensen insists she wasn't pushed. Only yesterday the county council's support of schools was heavily criticised by education watchdog, Ofsted, and earlier this year a damning report branded its safeguarding service "inconsistent and patchy".
Lisa Christensen has worked at Norfolk County Council since October 2002, first as Director of Social Services and then, in 2005, of Children’s Services. Her career in public service spans 34 years – in local government, the voluntary sector and the NHS.
She said it had been a privilege to have worked in Norfolk for nearly 11 years through a period marked by fundamental and continuing policy changes and increasing financial stringency for the public sector.
I have been proud, and lucky, to have worked alongside colleagues in the County Council and throughout the public and voluntary sectors in Norfolk, and nationally, whose dedication to achieving better outcomes for children and young people is evident every day.
Norfolk County Council has announced that Lisa Christensen, Director of Children’s Services, has decided to stand down from her role and will retire from the Authority in July, by which time the County Council expects to have appointed a new Interim Director.