New Adult Social Services Director joins Richmond and Wandsworth Councils

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Liz Bruce has joined Richmond and Wandsworth Councils’ staff sharing arrangement (SSA) as the new Director of Adult Social Services.

Liz, who has more than 30 years local government experience, has joined from the ‘Tri-borough’ where she has led social care services across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster.

In her new role Liz is responsible for steering the two south west London councils through the changing health and social care landscape, ensuring the boroughs’ most vulnerable residents continue to receive the highest standards of support.

Her priorities include delivering effective joined-up working with local health services; and she will play a lead role in helping to shape the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans for the South West London region. Upholding both councils’ commitments to dignity and independence in care, and providing personalised care that meets the needs of individual service users will also be key targets.

Liz is taking over from Cathy Kerr, who has now retired after successfully establishing an integrated adult services department serving Richmond and Wandsworth councils. She first joined Richmond Council in 2009.

In October last year the two South West London authorities launched an innovative shared workforce which now delivers public services across both areas. The councils remain separate sovereign bodies, but have pooled expertise, buying power and resources. They are on course to save around £10m a year each through the new working model.

Chief Executive Paul Martin said:

“Adult Social Care services are a top priority for both Wandsworth and Richmond councils and I’m delighted Liz has joined our team. She is a proven strategic leader and her experience in managing an integrated department across three London boroughs will be of real value as we look to take shared service delivery to a new level.

“We are continuing to identify new ways of delivering high levels of productivity which mean we can protect and improve front line care services.

“I also want to convey my deep gratitude to Cathy Kerr who has been instrumental in the successful transition to a shared staffing arrangement. She has served the people of Richmond for many years and has made a great contribution to the borough.”

Under the staff sharing arrangement both councils continue to be separate sovereign bodies with their own elected councillors, cabinets and leaders. They each maintain their own distinct identities and retain the ability to maintain and develop diverse policies and priorities that matter to their residents and businesses.

In February 2015, the Government backed the councils’ staff sharing plans with £3m from its “Transformation Challenge Awards” which supports innovations that improve and protect public services and reduce the cost to taxpayers.

Updated: 28 April 2017