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Wendi Ogle-Welbourn, Corporate Director People & Communities
Wendi is a qualified social worker and manager with more than 25 years’ experience gained in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Essex County Councils.

Most of Wendi’s career has focused on the delivery and commissioning of services that support children, families and communities, and she has received numerous awards for her work.

Lou Williams, Service Director, Children’s Services & SafeguardingSS-14
Lou began his career as a residential social worker working with young people aged 13-17 in East London. In 1999, he set up and managed an intensive parenting assessment centre for families of children in care.  In 2005, he took the lead for a number of strategic development projects in an East London borough, including the first Children’s Trust in the UK to bring together the community health service, children’s social care and special educational needs services.

In 2009, Lou moved to head up prevention and early help services in south west Essex, before moving into a county-wide role relating to children and young people in care. He has worked in Peterborough since 2012, first as head of commissioning for children’s services and then as Service Director since March 2015.

Lou feels that Peterborough is a fantastic place to come and work; as a dynamic city it offers some unique challenges due to population diversity. Working in the same organisation – and building – as colleagues in Housing and Early Help services makes it easier to offer creative solutions for local families. Social workers are offered good support and training to develop practice skills.

When asked what he likes about his role today, Lou highlights that no two days are the same. Plus, because Peterborough is a relatively small city, he feels that new ideas can be taken forward quickly and the difference made to children and young people is obvious. In addition, despite its busy agenda, Peterborough City Council is a very supportive and friendly place to work.