Following Damien Egan's decision to make a "change of direction", it would seem that Lewisham's loss is Kingston's gain. While Ian Thomas' talents appear to be under appreciated in Lewisham, others obviously have another view, evidenced by his receiving a CBE in the New Year's Honours List. Here is an extract from the Kingston Council website:
Mr Thomas has more than 30 years local government experience and has held senior leadership positions at Derbyshire County and Trafford Metropolitan councils. His reputation for transforming Rotherham Council’s troubled children’s service earned him the top job at Lewisham Council where he has continued to demonstrate his ability to unite communities and form strategic partnerships.
Mr Thomas emerged as Kingston’s preferred candidate for CEO, following a robust selection process.
As Kingston’s permanent CEO, Ian will lead a team of five directors taking over from interim CEO, Roy Thompson, who has been holding the position since July 2018.
Speaking about the appointment,
Leader of the Council, Councillor Liz Green, said:
“Ian’s local government knowledge and expertise, particularly in relation to children’s services, makes him the right person for the job. Ian joins us at an exciting time, at the start of a new Liberal Democrat Administration, which is committed to putting residents and communities at the heart of the council’s decision-making.
“We know that our challenging financial position means there are some tough decisions ahead. I have no doubt that Ian’s dynamism and skills will help guide us through this, and together, we will ensure the council produces the best results for all of Kingston’s communities.”
Ian Thomas said:
“I am incredibly excited about heading up the staff team at The Royal Borough of Kingston, a vibrant outer London borough, with such a rich heritage. The Leader, Councillor Liz Green and her Administration have ambitious plans to work in collaboration with all stakeholders, to create a place where everyone can thrive. Having had the privilege of meeting an impressive selection of members, officers and partners, I am looking forward to being part of a movement, which will see the development of a better Kingston for all residents and visitors.”