The day after our update on children’s services A Reality Check For Children’s Services which followed a meeting of the Children and Families Overview and Scrutiny Committee , Wirral Council issued a press release to announce the appointment of Paul Boyce as the new director of children’s services rather than do so at the aforementioned meeting.
Welcoming the news of Mr Boyce’s appointment, Cllr Bernie Mooney, cabinet member for children’s services, said: “Paul is an excellent appointment.We said we wanted an outstanding candidate and that is exactly what we have.
Everywhere he has worked he has driven major improvements…….
Getting someone of Paul’s calibre – he has a national reputation as a leader in this field – to come to Wirral and help us improve even further is a real coup for us.
I know he will hit the ground running and very quickly deliver the excellent children’s services we all want for our young people and families.”
As you can read in full HERE Boyce Appointment the Wirral Council press release reveals that Paul Boyce is the current executive director for children at Knowsley Council . It also states that :
“he led improvement in children’s services at Knowsley, Cheshire West and Chester and Halton councils improving the services and Ofsted rating in each area cementing his position as one of the most sought after leaders in the UK within children’s services”.
Needless to say our curious readers wanted to know more about the appointment and the claims made about Boyce. Consequently it has been discovered that Boyce left Halton Council in 2009 for Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) and acquired the responsibility for a wide range of children’s services from July 2009 to September 2011. As you can see here CW&C Ofsted Ofsted judged the services as inadequate in 2010 under 9 categories including safeguarding children. Subsequently from September 2011 to March 2013 Boyce moved into a new post of Head of Strategy and Commissioning whilst the overall responsibility for children’s services was transferred to Gerald Meehan (now CWaC CEO ) and Sandra Campbell who were brought in to oversee the Ofsted improvement plan which followed the inadequate judgement. Mr Boyce left CWaC when that post was removed under a reorganisation in March 2013 with a rumoured six figure redundancy payment.
The following month Boyce was appointed as interim director of children’s and adult services in Knowsley and at a later date he was permanently appointed to the post. Lucky for some , eh?
April 2014 Ofsted judged the overall effectiveness of Knowsley’s children who need of help and protection, children looked after and care leavers as inadequate – this after Mr Boyce had been in post for exactly a year. Whilst a subsequent Ofsted inspection published earlier this year identified that there had been significant improvements in children’s services and they were no longer rated inadequate, the report identified that improvements were still required in some key areas , specifically , children who need help and protection and children looked after and achieving permanence Knowsley Ofsted
It remains to be seen whether future improvements in Wirral’s children’s services bear testimony to the stellar reputation that Paul Boyce is claiming for himself and repeated by Wirral councillors desperate for someone to remedy the current inadequate status of children’s services. But then with things as they currently stand the only way is up for a highflyer like Mr Boyce.
Luv your work by the way.
Tell us more about Maarleen?
Sounds intriguing and almost Australian?
Wonder what his pay off from Knowsley was? He appears to move around a lot. But then, so did Bill (currently suspended again) Norman.
And with reputation management paramount, coupled with no accountability to shake a stick at, we all know this itinerant lifestyle is the perfect way for scoundrels to move around beneath the radar amassing large helpings of our council tax.
I never rated that Bernie Mooney tbh. Ever since she was interviewed on national TV outside the Angela Eagle #brickgate building.
Between inane grunts, she blamed “Labour Party members” (likely a pissed up Royal Oak customer) for plunging a “brick” (in reality a lump of mortar) through her hero’s “constituency office window” (in reality a stairwell window that had bugger all to do with Eagle)… kicking off a long hot summer of wall-to-wall #FakeNews in 12+ national newspapers.
Still, this is the calibre of member we are stuck with on Wirral and she will go far if she follows the crooked line, most toed, and doesn’t get an attack of conscience.
But there’s not much hope of that.
Sadly, the somewhat chequered background of Mr. Boyce, as with the Halliday appointment, will never reach the great mass of the Wirral voters who will presume, from the glowing Council press release, that we now have a Titan as Director of the Children` Services.
We have in fact a man who appears to jump on and off the Local Authority merry go around, accumulating generous payoffs, but leaving little improvement in his wake.
In fact quite typical of most of the senior appointments in Wallasey Town Hall.
Well done keep pointing it out and talking to your network.
Every employer cops a wrong un at some point but on £200,000,00+ plus per annum “Ecca” “The Blinking CEO” should weed them out ASAP.
Whilst he is there he should be shot of the scum and dross that is entrenched, Armstrong, Ball, Bradbury, Niblock, Adderley, Basnett et al.
They are a cancer not only to the clownhall but the Wirral taxpayer and society in general. Proven.
It is not good enough to say every clowncil does it.
Stand up “Eccles Cake Face”
Yea come ed Ecca, get yer finger out. Earn yer dosh….. lad.
James, I’m sure Old Boyce’s Network connections at the basket case will have carefully screened their man to ensure they do NOT end up with a *wrongun!
Dignified employee with principles and who may therefore morph into a threat to any embedded Mafioso, protectionist outfit.
As the saying goes, “shit floats”….
So do we think that our chief executive and councillors were unaware of Paul Boyce’s previous appointments and performance or did they consider that despite this knowledge he was a strong candidate or were there no other candidates or have they spun a positive message to the Wirral public. Do we know who was on the appointment panel?
You will be disgusted when you hear who is on the appointments committee and laugh your bits off.
Better live in ignorant bliss like 90% of wirral.
Halliday was on the panel
Fucksake ! – meet the new CEO!
So help me laugh
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