Essex County Council’s Executive Director, Social Care and Education, Dave Hill, has been made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours List.
Dave Hill joined the County Council in 2010 from Croydon Council as Executive Director for Schools, Children and Families. In 2013 he took on a new role as Executive Director of People Commissioning, including the statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Social Services.
Originally trained as a social worker, he has worked for local authorities since 1977.
Between April 2016 and March 2017, Dave was President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and is now the immediate past President. He is a trustee for Become (originally the Who Cares? Trust) and is the Children’s Commissioner for children’s services at Norfolk County Council and Birmingham City Council, helping both authorities improve their performance in the area.
Dave Hill said: “This is a tremendous honour and I am absolutely delighted. It is a wonderful thing to be recognised for the professional contribution you’ve made and the positive impact you’ve had on the careers and lives of others. It was certainly an emotional moment for myself and my family when the letter telling me the news arrived, and one I’ll never forget.”
Paying tribute to Dave, Cllr David Finch, Leader of Essex County Council, said: “Dave’s leadership and stewardship of two of the most important roles in public services – keeping vulnerable children and adults safe – has been inspirational. On behalf of all members here, I offer him our warmest congratulations.”
Cllr John Spence, Cabinet Member for Adults at Essex County Council, said: “Many congratulations to Dave, who is recognised as being the leading light nationally in his field. His contribution in Essex has been immense but his influence reaches far further through the ADCS and the work he does supporting other councils.”
Gavin Jones, Chief Executive of Essex County Council, said: “Dave is a consummate professional so this honour is extremely well deserved. His leadership – in Essex and nationally – is something countless social care and education professionals and the people they support and nurture have benefitted from and will continue to do so.”