Dudley MBC Chief Executive speaks to CVS
Earlier this year, Sarah Norman was appointed Chief Executive of Dudley MBC. A few months down the line, Sarah kindly agreed to give an exclusive interview to Dudley CVS Information Officer, Brendan McKeown.
In this first article in a series of six, Brendan asked Sarah to outline her journey to becoming Dudley’s top civil servant.
Sarah was born in Lewes, Sussex, grew up in North London and studied first Maths and the Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. Her first job was in a voluntary organisation, Great Georges Community Project in Liverpool, locally known as the Black-E.
“The experience at the Black-E taught me how to run activities for children and young families with almost no resources and importance of involving the community,” said Sarah.
Sarah previously managed a charity, the Liverbus Education Project, providing educational advice to adults who wished to get back into employment or education. In this capacity Sarah was required “to carve a role around statutory services to bring in the freedom the voluntary sector offers but also acknowledge the financial challenges of the sector.”
Sarah has also had roles in national government, being part of the Legal Services Commision and Commision for Social Care Inspectorate. Immediately prior to her appointment to Dudley MBC, Sarah was Strategic Director at Wolverhampton Council in a role that combined being Director of Adults and of Children’s Services.
All of these experiences over the last thirty years have equipped Sarah to become Chief Executive at Dudley MBC, where she will be required to navigate the council through some of the most challenging times the public sector has ever faced and to find ways of balancing public expectations against reducing financial and physical resources.
Full information can be found here- June Echo