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Heads of Service

Peterborough City Council has two heads of service within the Children’s Services team. They are responsible both for ensuring their own area is performing effectively, and for working together so that children’s services as a whole is joined up and working well.

The Head of Service is both operational and strategic, with each leader gaining a good overview of how children’s services is working as a whole, the difference it is making around the city and how they can make changes to improve things further.

All the heads of service see the personal support of their teams as a core element of their role. They always make time to talk to individual team members about specific cases or any other issues affecting them.

Richard Powell, Head of Service, Assessment and Family Safeguarding 

SS-4Richard has worked in social care for over 20 years, always in children’s services. He has held council roles in both London boroughs and the home counties. He has worked as Head of Service in a number of locations and sees his role as to assist staff and team leaders in providing a fair and safe level of intervention where families feel respected.

Richard recommends social work as a career to anyone who wants to make a difference to children who are at risk of harm. He personally has a passion for driving change and gets great satisfaction from seeing people’s circumstances transform for the better.





Myra O’Farrell, Head of Service, Corporate Parenting 

Since qualifying in 1990, Myra has always worked within children’s social care. Most of her career has been in management and quality assurance in local authorities across the country. She brings this experience with her to the role of Head of Service for Corporate Parenting.

Myra is a new member of the Head of Service team, and chose to work with Peterborough City Council because of its innovative approach to social work delivery. She is looking forward to being a part of the team,  working with her team managers to improve outcomes for the children in the care of Peterborough.