Hannah Millar, who has been with the authority since 1994, says that four years ago, 'social services in Islington had very much lost its way professionally. There was a lack of policy, a lack of procedure and a lack of standards'.
She said: 'Some of the reason for the state everything was in was to do with the structures adhered to in the 80s and 90s. Just generally there was a lack of high level professional management.'
Now Ms Millar feels that Islington social services has now arrived at a position where most other London boroughs have been for years and feels happy to leave knowing that good practice can be built upon the base she has created.
Paul Curran, of Lewisham LBC, will take over the post in August.