Cindy joined the Council in 2008 from Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council in the West Midlands. During her time in Bradford Cindy has overseen the development of 15 new schools across the district, including nine special schools for children and young people
with special educational needs or disabilities. She worked closely with schools and other settings to find practical ways of alleviating the impacts of child poverty.
Cindy also led on the development of the innovative Industrial Centres of Excellence programme which has seen new education and career opportunities emerge for young people.
Cindy said: "I’ve loved every minute of my time here and I will be very sad to leave so many good friends and colleagues whom I’d like to thank for their support. It’s been a real privilege to work alongside so many committed people in such a vibrant city.
Together, I believe we’ve achieved a huge amount for young people.
“I’ve been planning my retirement for some time but didn’t want to leave just at the point Michael Jameson, our new strategic director, took up his post. With Michael now firmly at the helm, I believe the time is right to step down.”
Michael said: “I’ve really valued Cindy’s support and her knowledge of the district during my first year here in Bradford. In addition to the huge amount she has achieved in her role, I personally have found her help invaluable in ensuring a smooth and stable
transition so we can continue to provide the services young people and families need. I would like to wish Cindy all the very best for her retirement.”
Councillor Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “I want to thank Cindy on behalf of the Council and wish her well for the future. She has made a significant contribution in a number of important areas. She has been a passionate advocate
for young people and her commitment to tackling child poverty and in developing Industrial Centres of Excellence will leave a lasting benefit for the district.”