Croydon Council is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Peacock to lead the council’s education, housing needs, and social care services as executive director for people.
This is following the retirement of Paul Greenhalgh, who leaves the council at the end of July.
Barbara formerly worked at Croydon from 2007 – 2010 as the borough’s director for development and care, during which time she led on children’s social care and contributed heavily to the improving school standards. Over her time in post GCSE results across Croydon improved by an impressive 16%.
In her new role, Barbara will work alongside Jo Negrini, the borough’s acting chief executive, to guide the council’s key services through a time when Croydon is set to see continuing significant growth in its population and a huge amount of investment in the local business and retail sectors.
“I’m confident that Barbara has all of the personal qualities and experience we were looking for and I’m delighted to be able to welcome her back to Croydon, where she has already shown her ability to drive change.
“Croydon is London’s growth borough and is becoming a centre for economic and social expansion in the south east. We need strong leadership like hers to deliver services that will support local people, reduce inequality, and ensure that all of our residents can benefit from the tremendous opportunities that are already emerging across the borough. “
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Since leaving Croydon in 2010 Barbara’s career has been steadily on the up. She worked at Sandwell Metropolitan Council as a corporate director with responsibility for a wide range of services, including children’s and adults’ social care, libraries, and culture, and at present she holds the post of director of children and adults’ services at Medway Council.
Commenting on her successful appointment, Barbara said: “It’s tremendously exciting to be returning to a borough I already know so well to help the council to continue delivering improved services to local people. I’ve developed a variety of new skills in my time away and I’m determined to use my many years of experience to lead what I know is an exceptionally strong set of services at an important time in the borough’s history.”