Board of Directors
Last Updated: Thursday, 26-Apr-18 16:19
Mr Stuart Gallimore
Director of Children’s Services
East Sussex County Council
Stuart qualified as a Social Worker in 1984 and worked as a social worker, team leader and middle manager in Cheshire, North Yorkshire and Bradford. He then moved into management and in 2000 relocated to the south coast, becoming the Head of Safeguarding at East Sussex County Council (ESCC) before leaving in 2004 for the position of Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council. He has since been the Deputy Director and then Director of Children’s Services at West Sussex County Council. Stuart returned to ESCC as Director of Children’s Services in April 2014.
Ms Barbara Peacock
Executive Director, People
I joined Croydon in July 2016 as Executive Director of People. This is my third role as a joint director having undertaken similar combined DCS and DAS roles in Medway and Sandwell.
For most of my professional career I have worked in London local authorities. My last two roles were as Deputy Director in Croydon and Assistant Director in Greenwich.
I have worked alongside ‘London Challenge’, seeing the powerful impact this initiative had on the performance of London Schools. I have led two challenged children’s social care systems, improving their Ofsted ratings and more importantly outcomes for Children. I have worked in communities with high levels of deprivation, highly transient communities and the challenges of ensuring children are safe and protected in such environments are well known to me.
I came into working for local authorities to make a difference and I remain working in a local authority as I continue to be passionate about the contribution I can bring, to enable others to do a great job, in order to make a difference to the children and families.
Mr Stuart Carlton
Corporate Director - Children and Young People’s Service
North Yorkshire County Council
Stuart became ADCS Honorary Treasurer in October 2017, having previously been an Elected Director of the Association since 2014.
Stuart joined North Yorkshire County Council in 2017 as the Corporate Director of Children and Young People. His previous role was as Assistant Director in Lincolnshire County Council.
Ms Kathryn Boulton
Deputy Director of Children’s Services
Derbyshire County Council
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Ms Sarah Jones
Norfolk County Council
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Ms Rachel Dickinson
Executive Director People
Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Rachel joined Barnsley MBC in 2013 as the Director of Children’s Services and took on responsibility for Adult Social Care Services in 2015. Qualifying as a social worker in the 1980’s, Rachel worked in a variety of social work and managerial roles in Derby and Derbyshire across both adults and children’s services. She moved to Derby as Assistant Director for Children’s Social Care in 2000 and went on to establish the integrated children’s trust arrangements in Derby in 2005. Rachel held an integrated children’s services portfolio in Derby from 2006, before moving to Leicester City Council as Director of Children’s Services in 2009. Rachel participated in the ADCS Staff College Director of Children’s Services Leadership Programme and was a member of the fabled ‘Cohort Five’. She has gone on to support learning and development within the sector through her roles as vice-chair of East Midlands ADCS, and then vice chair and subsequently chair of Yorkshire and Humber ADCS. Returning to Yorkshire for family reasons in 2013, Rachel was delighted to find herself working in Barnsley following in her great-grandfather’s footsteps, although in a very different capacity, he was a glassblower by trade.
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Ms Alison Michalska
Corporate Director of Children and Adults
Nottingham City Council
Alison Michalska is Corporate Director for Children and Adults at Nottingham City Council. Alison joined Nottingham City in November 2013, prior to this Alison was Director of Children, Family and Adult Services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council. Alison is a qualified Social Worker and has worked with both children and vulnerable adults in many different guises over the course of her career.
In her current role, in addition to her role as DCS, she is accountable for both DASS and DPH, giving her responsibility for Children’s Services including Children’s Social Care, Schools and Early Years and SEN. Alison also leads Adult Social Care Services in Nottingham, as well as safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, commissioning and Public Health.
Ms Bernie Brown
I am a qualified Social Worker with 25 years’ experience across both the UK and New Zealand having previously worked in 7 Local Authorities, 2 voluntary sector agencies and had my own consultancy business for 5 years. I have also had the role of Chair for a Local Children’s Safeguarding Board, and see the management of risk, and the approach to managing the complexity of issues to safeguard children effectively from many perspectives drawing on many experiences.
I am committed to delivering excellent Social Work practice in partnership with families and enjoy the opportunity to be actively involved with the training and development of foster carers, the Children in Care Council and Kinship networks locally and nationally.
Ms Helen Blackman
Nottingham City Council
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