Norfolk gets fifth Children's Services boss in three years

The Children's Services department faced with a string critical Ofsted inspections has appointed its fifth new director in a little more than three years.

Matt Dunkley will join Norfolk County Council as interim director of Children's Services in February.

Mr Dunkley worked in East Sussex for eight years and is also a past President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services

Matt Dunkley is the fifth director of Children's Services in Norfolk in a little more than three years. Credit: Norfolk County Council

"In Norfolk, I am keen to build on the ‘green shoots’ of recovery highlighted by both Ofsted and the DfE commissioner in their recent reports, as well as responding to the issues of pace of improvement in leadership they identified.

“There is clearly much improved practice in many parts of Norfolk children's services and staff in the service have been working hard on improvement and deserve recognition for what they have already achieved."

– Matt Dunkley

Mr Dunkley will take over from the current interim director Andrew Bunyan who took over in November 2016.