Debbie Ward joined Dorset County Council, as Director for Adult and Community Services in May 2010 and took up post as Chief Executive on 1 November 2012.
Debbie has over 35 years’ experience in service improvement and transformation across local authority services from professional roots in Environmental Health to housing and most lately in social care. Her experience takes in District, London Borough, Unitary and County authorities. She was Director of Housing at the London Borough of Brent before joining Reading where she initially led housing and then became Director of the joint service, including community safety, adult social care, housing, with a retained stock, and community cohesion. Debbie has significant experience of regeneration, public private partnerships, community development and leading the transformation of public services, with a current emphasis on working with Health and Local Government Reorganisation in Dorset.
Debbie has studied in both the UK and USA and been a Board member on a range of public and private sector organisations, including Housing Associations and a large Arts organisation. She has combined her career with family life, having two teenage boys who keep her grounded and busy.