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Mark Rogers moves to Jersey to lead children's services

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Former Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers has joined States of Jersey in an interim role.

Mr Rogers has been appointed interim director general for the recently created department for children, young people, education and skills with immediate effect.

He will focus on bringing all children’s welfare, education and development into the new department, with a priority of speeding up the implementation of the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry recommendations. The report last year identified individual and systemic failings which led to the abuse of children in the island’s care system over many years.

Mr Rogers, who spent 16 years as a teacher and headteacher, announced his retirement on leaving Birmingham in controversial circumstances in February last year. At the time sources told LGC that Birmingham’s improvement panel had “forced the council’s hand” by refusing to give the authority a clean bill of health.

He then joined consultancy Collaborate CIC as executive director.

Mr Rogers said as chief executive of Birmingham and Solihull MBC he had tackled “some of the toughest issues in local government” but added it was “nurturing, protection and development of children… that continues to inspire me”.

He added: “I’m excited to be joining Jersey at this critical time, when I can use my experience to press forward with the reforms that are needed to children’s services and with the education and skills agenda, to help children and young people to fulfil their potential.”

States chief executive Charlie Parker said he was delighted Mr Rogers had agreed to “join the urgent effort to transform children’s services in Jersey”.

He added: “His combination of teaching, children’s services and local government leadership expertise make him uniquely placed to support our drive to make a step change in how we care for, support and develop all children in our island.”

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