Seona Douglas has been appointed as the permanent new Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council.
The appointment follows a rigorous interview process by the Council’s Personnel Panel.
Seona Douglas joins Reading from Oxfordshire County Council, where she held the post of Deputy Director of Adult Social Care for more than three years. She has previous experience of working in Berkshire, having been Head of Adult Social Care and Health Partnerships at the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Before making the move into adult care 12 years ago, her background was in children’s services where she worked as both as a frontline social worker and as a manager.
She is expected to take up the statutory post of Director of Adult Care and Health Services at Reading Borough Council from the end of this month.
Seona Douglas said:
“I am really looking forward to joining Reading Borough Council, working with such a committed team and building on the solid foundations which are already place. I am committed to ensuring that we meet the future challenges in social care and health and that our residents have the opportunity to be involved in all decisions which help them maintain their independence and live fulfilling lives.”
Councillor Rachel Eden, Reading Borough Council’s Lead Member for Adult Social Care, said:
“We are pleased to have attracted a candidate who has an experienced background in Adult Social Care and is set to take up the post on a permanent basis. People in Reading are fortunate to be living longer, but we also face increased needs for Adult Social Care while the Government continues with its austerity programme, so we are in a challenging time. I am confident the experience Seona Douglas brings with her will prove invaluable as the Council aims to help all our residents in Reading lead fulfilling lives, with support when they need it.”
Councillor Graeme Hoskin, Lead Member for Health at Reading Borough Council, said:
“This is a critical role at a time of enormous change in health services nationally and the cuts in budgets for Public Health. With local health services facing a major funding shortfall our challenge is to work closely with the local NHS to provide best possible services in tough times. Seona Douglas has recent experience of the challenges facing public health services in Oxfordshire and Berkshire, which will be a big asset as we face an uncertain future for health and care.”