Former Rotherham children's director leaves London CEO role

Former Rotherham children's director leaves London CEO role

By Gareth Dennison | 05/11/2018

Former Rotherham children's director leaves London CEO role
Ian Thomas

EX-RMBC children’s services director Ian Thomas has agreed to step down as Lewisham Council boss after seven months.

The London authority had decided to “take a new direction” following a change of leadership at May’s elections, a spokesman said.

Mr Thomas took up his £145,000 Rotherham Borough Council role in 2015 and led the children’s department turnaround after the Jay report.

He departed for the capital to take up Lewisham’s chief executive position in March this year, with a salary of more than £175,000.

The Lewisham spokesman said: “With no negative reflection on Ian, it has been decided to take a new direction and following a constructive dialogue with Ian, he has agreed to step aside from his role at the end of this year.

“The council and the Mayor of Lewisham wish Ian well in his future career and thank him for his contribution during his time as chief executive.”

RMBC has since appointed Jon Stonehouse as Mr Thomas’ replacement.


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