BARNSLEY Council has appointed Rachel Dickinson to the post of Executive Director Children, Young People and Families.

She is currently Strategic Director, Children’s Services at Leicester City Council, where she has led the authority out of intervention and improved educational standards.

Cllr Tim Cheetham, said: “I am delighted at the appointment of Rachel to the position - this is a massively important role for Barnsley and she brings a strong track record of achievement in her previous authority as well as an enthusiasm for the area and the challenges ahead.”

Rachel Dickinson said: “I am really pleased to have been appointed - I am very much looking forward to taking up the role. I bring with me a determination to address the challenges ahead and to improve children and young people’s lives."