Norfolk’s former children’s services chief Lisa Christensen resigns from latest role

Lisa Christensen has stepped-down as non- executive director on the board of the Norfolk Community H

Lisa Christensen has stepped-down as non- executive director on the board of the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. - Credit: ©Archant Photographic 2009

Norfolk's former director of children's services has resigned from her latest role after one month in the job.

Lisa Christensen has stepped-down as non- executive director on the board of the Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust. She joined at the start of November.

Ms Christensen cited concerns that 'media speculation' around her previous senior role at Norfolk County Council would de-tract from her new position.

She led the county council's children's services department from 2005 to 2013 and was previously director of social services.

In a statement she said: 'I was truly looking forward to working with some excellent people at the Trust and felt that my background and experience in the NHS, voluntary sector and social services would have brought benefits to the work of the Trust's Board.


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'I regret the fact that it appears that there will be continuing media speculation about the value of my contribution. This is disappointing but I do not want my appointment to cause a distraction for Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust and its important work.'

The chair of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust, Ken Applegate said the Trust was accepting her resignation: 'Lisa is a highly professional individual and we greatly respect her decision and appreciate her consideration of our Trust.

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'We wish her every success in the future.'

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