A NEW chief of children’s services has been appointed by Derbyshire County Council.
Ian Thomas will take over as strategic director, stepping up from the acting deputy position.
He replaces Bruce Buckley, who is retiring after more than 40 years with the authority.
Mr Thomas, 41, said: “I am stepping into some very big shoes and I’d like to thank Bruce for the development opportunities he has given me while he has been strategic director.
“I share his passion for improving the lives of local children and families and am really looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Cllr Barry Lewis, the council’s Cabinet member for young people, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Bruce and everybody will be sad to see him leaving children’s services for his well-deserved retirement.”