CHESHIRE West and Chester Council has appointed Mark Palethorpe as its new director of adult social care.
Raised in Chester, Mr Palethorpe, 38, a former student at West Cheshire College, will take up the post in late October.
His role will involve leading on all aspects of social care services for adults – forging successful partnerships and joint working arrangements with partner organisations to deliver sustainable service improvements.
The position also involves working closely with chief officers to drive forward the authority’s wider ambitions.
Cllr Brenda Dowding, executive member for adult social care and health, said: “Mark brings with him an extensive portfolio of knowledge of the care sector, from both large, multi-disciplined organisations and the voluntary sector.”
Mr Palethorpe began his career at the Countess of Chester Hospital as an occupational therapist assistant.
He also studied at West Cheshire College in Ellesmere Port, gaining a City and Guilds in health and social care before going on to complete a degree in sociology and social work.