Dave Hill joined Essex County Council on 1 November 2010 as Executive Director for Schools, Children and Families having worked in the same role in Merton and Croydon. Since early 2013 Dave has taken on the new role of Executive Director for People Commissioning, including holding the statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services (DCS) and Director of Adult Social Services (DASS).
The term commissioning is sometimes confused with contracting, purchasing or procurement. Commissioning, to Essex County Council, means the process of agreeing, acquiring and monitoring services to meet people's needs at a strategic level.
Commissioning is an ongoing process as it is impacted by different factors such as what services people require, the capacity of the service provider/workforce, the money available to fund services, and changes in the population.
Essex County Council is responsible for meeting needs at a strategic level which is why we are a commissioning-led organisation; it's important that we commission services that meet the needs of the service user. Dave is passionate about improving outcomes for People and will accept nothing less than excellence for the residents of Essex.
Dave has worked in local authorities since 1977, having originally trained as a social worker; later he undertook a Masters Degree in Public Service Management and trained to advanced level as a consultant to individuals, organisations and institutions at the Tavistock Institute.
Dave was a longstanding member of the Social Work Reform Board and is a board member of the National College for Social Work, as well as being a Trustee for the Who Cares Trust.