Barking and Dagenham's education chief retires

THE COUNCIL S director for children s services, Roger Luxton OBE, is retiring next week. Mr Luxton is stepping down on August 31 after 19 years at Barking and Dagenham Council. He began as Principle Inspector in 1990, before taking on the role of Direct

THE COUNCIL'S director for children's services, Roger Luxton OBE, is retiring next week.

Mr Luxton is stepping down on August 31 after 19 years at Barking and Dagenham Council.

He began as Principle Inspector in 1990, before taking on the role of Director of Eduction, Arts and Libraries in 2002. In 2006 he became Corporate Director for Children's Services and Deputy Chief Executive of the council.

Mr Luxton, responsible for setting up the new Children's Services Department and the Barking and Dagenham's Children's Trust, was awarded an OBE in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to education standards.


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Leader of the Council Liam Smith said Mr Luxton's dedication and commitment to children's services has been "outstanding".

He added: "Roger has implemented several important projects over the years including the Building Schools for the Future and lifelong learning opportunities.

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"He has shown enormous commitment and our education services have been transformed and our schools have gone from strength to strength.

"We will miss Roger and his immense knowledge and experience. On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank him for everything he has done and wish him a long and happy retirement.

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