Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Baby P council gets former Solihull kids' boss

A FORMER boss of Solihull’s children’s services is to take charge of the council hit by the Baby P scandal.

Kevin Crompton has been appointed chief executive of Haringey Council.

The 53-year-old left Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in 2005 to take up the top role of Luton Borough Council.

Haringey hit headlines over the death of Peter Connolly, who died while in the car of mother Tracey Connelly, 28, partner Steven Barker, 33, and his brother Jason Owen, 37.

They were jailed for causing or allowing Peter's death. The council came under heavy criticism as its social workers had visited the home.

Mr Crompton, a former teacher, said: “I’m confident that Haringey has the potential to be an outstanding local authority.

”I’m looking forward to working with everyone at the council to build on the improvements which have been made in recent months.”

Council leader Claire Kober said: “He has a fantastic track record and a wealth of experience which he will bring to the job.”

Current Haringey chief executive Ita O’Donovan reached retirement age in May but stayed on to steer the council through the scandal, it said.

At Solihull Mr Crompton was corporate director of education and children’s services and director of children’s services

In 2005 the authority was given a rating of three out of a best of four by inspectors. It stayed the same since.

This means it is “performing well – consistently above minimum requirements”.