Jon Abbey

Key appointment will help Islington Council give children and young people the very best start

Islington Council has made a key appointment to help drive forward its ambitious work to create a more equal Islington and ensure that every young person in the borough has access to the opportunities they need to thrive in life.

Jon Abbey joins as Director of Children’s Services in spring 2022, from Camden Learning. Jon will lead Islington’s Children’s Services, working with schools, healthcare providers and other partners to ensure that all children and young people are supported and cared for at every stage of their lives. He will help to make sure that all young people have the chance to benefit equally from the opportunities around them, so they can fulfil their potential and get the best start in life. He has extensive experience as a senior leader in Education and Children’s Services, and brings a strong strategic vision, which puts children and young people at the heart of service delivery and decision-making.

Councillor Michelline Ngongo, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “We’re determined to make Islington a more equal place, and to create a borough where everyone, whatever their background, has the same opportunity to reach their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.

“I’m excited about the pioneering and ambitious work that is underway at Islington and am looking forward to welcoming Jon to our strong and talented senior management team.

“This is a key role which will be integral in helping us deliver our vision of a more equal Islington for our residents, especially our children and young people. Jon is an exceptional leader, who shares our values and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our borough.”

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