Meet our directors
Our directors tell you a bit more about their roles in Gloucestershire's Children's Services.
- Andy Dempsey - Director of Partnerships and Strategy
- Wendy Williams - Assistant Director for Integrated Children and Families Commissing
- Chris Spencer - Director of Children’s Services Gloucestershire County Council
- Kirsten Harrison - Director of Education
- Ann James - Director of safeguarding and care
Wendy has extensive experience in senior leadership roles, in both Children and Adult Services, as the head of joint commissioning for two London Authorities, and she has also been the Head of Early Intervention and Troubled Families service. More recently Wendy has held a number of consultancy roles in senior leadership teams, both in London authorities and County Councils, this work brought her to Gloucestershire in 2017, and from this she was successfully appointed as the Assistant Director for integrated Children and Families Commissioning in the summer of 2018.
As the Head of service for Early Intervention and Troubled Families Service, Wendy managed a large and diverse professional team. This team delivered a range of support functions from the intensive family support service to children and families on the edge of social care, through to Early Intervention services delivered via the council’s Children Centres, Youth and Play provision. In addition Wendy has worked closely with colleagues in the Police and Health service and managed behaviour and support services to schools, delivered through a team of Educational Psychologists and Behaviour Support Teachers.
Wendy delivered strong foundations for the service in providing better outcomes for children, young people and their families and that reduced the demand on Specialist tier 3 and 4 provision.
In addition Wendy holds extensive commissioning experience, which spans children, adults and health services.
Within her current role Wendy has responsibility for, amongst a number of other things the Sufficiency duty, to provide or procure placements for children in care (Children Act 1989 and Sufficiency Statutory Guidance 2010) and management of the placement service, sourcing placement for children in care, children with disabilities needing placements, respite and short break services In 2019 the new sufficiency strategy for Gloucestershire County Council “ Right Placement First Time” was launched, which sets out our ambitious plans for the next three years. One of the key milestones for this is the development of Trevone House which offers outstanding accommodation and support to our care leavers.
Finally Wendy’s vision and passion for Commissioning in Gloucestershire, is to provide the best outcomes to children young people and their families, to do this we must embed commissioning into practice, for commissioners to work in a joined up strategic way with our colleagues and partners, to develop, design and procure the best services possible to deliver high quality provision that is fit for purpose, accessible and needs lead.