Youthful youth chief

A NEW chief of children’s services has been appointed by Derbyshire County Council.

Bruce Buckley, strategic director for children and younger adults, is to retire after more than 40 years with the authority.

Mr Buckley will leave the authority next month and Ian Thomas, acting deputy strategic director, will take over as strategic director for the service. The 41-year-old will be among the youngest strategic directors of children’s services in the country.

He joined the authority in 2006.