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Stephen Chandler named as county council's new Director of Adult Services

Stephen Chandler has been appointed as Oxfordshire County Council’s new Director of Adult Services.

He is currently Director of Adult Services and lead commissioner with Somerset County Council and will take up his post in Oxfordshire in September.

Mr Chandler gained national recognition for leading the transformation of Adult services in Somerset, as well as being system lead with the NHS for a number of urgent care work streams.

He said he was absolutely passionate about making a difference to the lives of citizens, supporting people to achieve their potential. He was attracted to Oxfordshire County Council by its local plans, with its focus on its citizens and partnerships which he feels fits well with his experiences.

“I see an ambitious system led by an ambitious council which I really wanted to be part of,” Mr Chandler said.

Mr Chandler replaces Kate Terroni, who left Oxfordshire County Council in May to take up a post as chief inspector of adult social care with the Care Quality Commission.

Oxfordshire County Council chief executive Yvonne Rees thanked Lucy Butler, director for Children, Education and Families, for stepping into the role of Director of Adult Services on an interim basis.

She said: “Lucy has really embraced the challenge of both roles in her normal enthusiastic and caring way - her support and passion is infectious and has been invaluable.”

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