Lesley Whitney is a highly experienced leader of Children’s Services who has had responsibility for the operational delivery of a wide range of services. These include early years, adult learning, sports & leisure, youth services, all aspects of children’s social care including safeguarding & fostering and adoption, special educational needs and youth offending.
She has worked in a number of local authorities ranging from inner London boroughs to a large county council and led the transition to Children’s Services departments in two authorities. She is familiar and comfortable with working within the political context of local authorities. She has vast experience of managing service redesign and organisational change with a particular passion for integration of services which benefit children and young people. Her particular expertise is within early help from pre-birth to young adults.
Lesley has provided leadership to a diverse and multi-disciplinary team of managers and has written a number of strategies for change for various authorities. She has experience of managing the process of inspection and audit and has developed, supported and challenged staff to achieve the highest possible standards with a focus on improving outcomes for all children and young people.
Lesley’s professional background is within early years and education and she led on the development of nursery education and children’s centres.