Achieving for Children

End of an era for Achieving for Children

Nick Whitfield CBE and Chief Executive of our award-winning company has announced that he is retiring later this year.

Nick became Director of Children’s Services at Richmond Council in 2008 and took up a joint position with Kingston in 2012. This joint role enabled him to lead the work
in establishing Achieving for Children (AfC).

Nick Whitfield said: “Creating AfC has been the biggest professional privilege of my life. It was always my intention to step down this year, leaving the organisation in capable and
experienced hands for the future.

“AfC was set up to be an innovative, groundbreaking partnership between three boroughs. A partnership with a dogged focus on providing excellent services for children and their families. We have won awards, improved attainment, helped shape national policy and promoted partnership working across the region.

“We have had tremendous success over the last few years, and this has been down to the sheer ability, commitment and energy of staff, managers, councillors and our partners. I am so proud of all that we have achieved together.”

David Archibald, Chair of the Board, said: “It has been a great pleasure working with Nick during my time as a Non-Executive Independent Director of AfC, and since December 2017 as Chair of the Board.

“Nick has made a major contribution to improving Children’s Services, both in Richmond and Kingston, and more recently in Windsor & Maidenhead. He is also highly regarded for the work he has undertaken to improve children’s services in other authorities around the country.

“On behalf of the Board we wish Nick a very happy retirement.”

AfC, along with the owning boroughs, is now reviewing the post and preparing to search for and appoint an experienced leader to drive the organisation forward. Ian Dodds, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for AfC, will be the interim Chief Executive until a replacement is found.