Judith is an experienced Director of Children's Services. She is a qualified social worker (CQSW) and an experienced leader and manager (she holds a MBA).
Judith led a local authority children’s improvement programme, which resulted in a statutory notice to improve being lifted within one year of her appointment, and went on to lead embedded sustainable improvements and a strong approach to leadership of front line practice.
She chaired the SE Adoption Leadership Board on behalf of the SE ADCS, contributing to the development of the National Board’s strategy. Judith set up and established sub regional partnership fora to address the developments with partner agencies relating to MASH and to the SEND agenda. Judith was a key director in the development of a shared adoption service, and more latterly the development of a Regional Adoption Agency.
Judith has worked to review the safeguarding approach for vulnerable adults and was until recently the SRO of a high performing Better Care Programme of work.
Before becoming a DCS, Judith worked in London authorities within statutory children's services, as well as being a Strategic Commissioning Manager working across a local authority’s social care, school and the health economy to improve outcomes.