Executive Recruitment

Our Corporate Management Team

David Cockburn, Head of Paid Service/Corporate Director of Strategic and Corporate Services.

David has been a member of the Corporate Management Team for 10 years. Trained as an economist, with a policy and information technology background, David has experience of working in public and private sector partnerships and for both local and national government in a number of areas – including in Jobcentres, Benefit Offices and training and skills programmes as well as national policy in Whitehall. David has previously worked in Economic Development in Kent County Council focusing on local regeneration projects and strategy as well as in business support and development, including working with local enterprise agencies.  He also led the authority’s ICT function for a number of years before moving into his current role.

Collectively with the other Corporate Directors David undertakes responsibility for KCC’s strategic emergency planning response.

Matt Dunkley, Corporate Director Children, Young People and Education

Matt has 33 years experience in Education and Children’s Services having previously held a variety of senior positions.

Matt is a past President of Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and was the Director of Children's Services (DCS) in East Sussex for 8 years. He has lived in the United States of America and Australia. He subsequently worked in their education sectors and most recently was the Interim DCS with Norfolk County Council.

Barbara Cooper, Corporate Director Growth, Environment and Transport

Barbara has worked in local government for over 20 years and has managed a range of services in the London boroughs of Kingston upon Thames, Croydon and Bromley and in Portsmouth City Council and Swale Borough Council.

Barbara's role includes responsibility for the performance of front line services. The services include economic development, highways, waste, planning, environment, community safety, trading standards, arts and sports.

Andy Wood, Corporate Director Finance

Andy joined Kent County Council in 1982, having previously been in the banking sector. He is in his second spell at Kent County Council, sandwiching these between 3 years at the London Borough of Bromley. Andy worked in numerous roles within the Social Services and Education finance teams before joining the Corporate Finance team as Chief Accountant in 2003. He is CIPFA qualified.

 Amanda Beer, Corporate Director Engagement, Organisation Design and Development

Amanda moved into the role of Corporate Director of Human Resources in April 2011. Prior to that she has been Director of Personnel and Development since 2004.

She started her career as a graduate trainee in Human Resources and has had a varied career since, working mainly in the public sector.

Immediately prior to joining Kent County Council, she spent 3 years as Head of HR for Transport for London. Before that she held a number of jobs covering both generalist business support and specialist roles. Amanda headed up London Transport's training function and has worked as a trainer. She has extensive experience of recruitment, employee relations, appraisal and pay systems, employment policy and organisation design and development. In the early 1990s, she spent 5 years as a self employed HR consultant working with a very varied range of customers, including many SMEs, on recruitment, training and performance management processes.

Andrew Scott-Clark, Director of Public Health

Andrew joined Kent County Council in April 2013 as part of the NHS reorganisation and the transfer of responsibility for the Public's Health to local authorities. Andrew's previous role was Deputy Director Public Health for NHS Eastern and Coastal and before that the Director of Public Health for Swale PCT.

Andrew is a member of the Faculty of Public Health and his role is to provide Public Health leadership with a focus on preventing disease, prolonging life and promoting health through working with health, other public sector and voluntary organisations.

Andrew originally trained as a pharmacist in New Zealand, was registered with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of GB in 1996 and has worked in the NHS since then in a variety of providing and commissioning roles. He went onto postgraduate studies in the later 90's and gained a Masters in Public Health and thereafter Public Health registration.

Penny Southern, Interim Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health

Penny is the former Head of Strategic Commissioning for Learning Disabilities and has worked at Kent County Council in Adult Social Services for 30 years.

Penny began her career in Derbyshire working in day services for people with a learning disability before completing her social work training in Nottingham in 1985.

In 1987 she moved to Kent to set up the Independent Living Scheme, which supported people going from long stay hospitals into supported living opportunities. In 1997 she moved into commissioning for people with a learning disability. In 2002 she became the District Manager in Shepway.

In 2008 Penny was appointed as Head of Strategic Commissioning for people with a learning disability and the lead on NHS Social Care Transfer, the Good Day Programme and the Residential Change Programme for Kent.

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