A new Executive Director for Children’s Services has been appointed to the senior management team at Buckinghamshire County Council.
Tolis Vouyioukas (pictures above) will join Buckinghamshire County Council on Monday 2nd October 2017 as Executive Director for Children’s Services.
Tolis is Currently Strategic Director of People at the London Borough of Sutton where he has responsibility for children’s services, adult social care, public health, leisure, arts and heritage.
A qualified social worker with a background in psychology, Tolis started his career in the UK at Essex County Council in the early 1990s, primarily working in child protection. Subsequently, he was appointed to one of the first jointly funded posts in the country across education and children’s social care.
Mike Appleyard, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills said, ‘I am delighted that Tolis is joining Buckinghamshire. The experience, wealth of knowledge and leadership skills he brings will help us continue to deliver the best possible education services for our children and young people.‘
Warren Whyte, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services said, ‘In my portfolio, keeping children safe and giving them the best opportunities in life is our key goal. I am looking forward to working with Tolis to successfully deliver the improvement programme that we have in place.‘
Tolis Vouyioukas said he was looking forward to his move to Buckinghamshire. ‘I’m passionate about making a positive difference to the lives of the children and families the Council serves. Keeping children and young people safe and making sure that they get the best education possible is my top priority.‘
He added, ‘Buckinghamshire has a good reputation, but there’s more still to do. I look forward to working with my new team at the Council, its partners and the children and young people across the county to ensure this agenda is delivered.‘
Interim Children’s Services Director, Gladys Rhodes White will remain in post until Tolis takes up his post on Monday 2nd October 2017.