Trio of new senior recruitments for Stockport

Stockport is welcoming three new senior members of staff to its already strong leadership team.

It’s a really exciting time for the borough and the council, who have been praised for their strong leadership in a recent Corporate Peer Challenge conducted by the Local Government Association.

Director of Adult Social Services (DASS), Sarah Dillon, started with the council on 27th February 2023. Sarah joins Stockport from Telford and Wrekin Council, where she was in post as a DASS since 2017. She brings with her a wealth of experience in Adult Social Care, from her first role as a social worker to senior leadership roles across the UK, and she has a particular passion for mental health support services. She will sit under the strategic leadership of Chris McLoughlin OBE, who will continue in her role as Corporate Director of People and Integration.

Also joining team Stockport is Philippa Johnson, who will be taking the helm at NHS Greater Manchester Stockport Locality as the new Deputy Place Lead. Philippa brings with her more than 25 years’ experience in the NHS. She joins the Stockport locality from the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust as Director of Operations, where she was responsible for more than 1,200 staff across three London boroughs. Philippa will be a member of the One Stockport Health and Care Board, which is chaired by Leader of Stockport Council Councillor Mark Hunter.

The newest addition sees Stockport Council welcome Jilla Burgess-Allen as Director of Public Health, sitting alongside the Corporate Leadership Team. Previously a Public Health Consultant at neighbouring Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council, Jilla is used to providing leadership on new approaches to neighbourhood working and has led on key aspects of the Covid-19 response, including vaccine equity and health intelligence.

Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, commented: “I’m delighted to welcome three such talented and experienced people on to team Stockport. Our leadership team has already been commended as strong by the Local Government Association, and its set to strengthen still further with these new appointments. It’s a really exciting time to join Stockport: we’re already attracting a host of positive national press coverage and the local authority is poised to become a top employer in the Greater Manchester region. I welcome Sarah, Philippa and Jilla and look forward to working closely with them to deliver our strategic priorities.”

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