Last night we held a farewell dinner for Gordon Jeyes who is leaving his post as Director of Children's Services in Cambridgeshire.
I have been fortunate to work closely alongside Gordon over the last two years in my role as Lead Member for Children. There have been tough times and good times, but throughout Gordon has been a consummate professional who has readily accepted and provided challenge and he is also someone that is not afraid to have fun.
I wanted to use this opportunity to express my own personal thanks to Gordon for all he has done in Cambridgeshire - there can be no doubt that Children and Young People in the County are better off as a result of Gordon's five years here.
Gordon is replaced by Adrian Loades who has been promoted from within. Those than know him will be aware of his abilities and that he too has a huge amount to offer in his new role.