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Dave Hill to swap Essex for Surrey

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Essex CC’s executive director for social care and education Dave Hill will take on a new role at Surrey CC, it has been announced.

Mr Hill, who has been the Department for Education’s commissioner at NorfolK CC and Birmingham City Council, is to become Surrey’s executive director for children, families and learning.

Surrey chief executive Joanna Killian, with whom Mr Hill worked for when she was Essex’s most senior officer for nine years until 2015, said the appointment is “fantastic news” for the county.

She added: “Dave is a recognised leader in his field and I’m delighted he will be joining our leadership team.

“He will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and will be crucial to our work alongside our partners to make a difference to children and families.”

Mr Hill is past president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and was awarded a CBE for services to children’s social care earlier this year.

“Surrey’s commitment to continually enhancing its services for children and families is at the centre of its vision for the future and I am eager to be part of that work,” he said.

Surrey’s current interim strategic director for children, schools and families Rose Durban will remain in post until Mr Hill takes up his new role at the end of April.

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