Michael Tichelar, children's services strategy manager, Bath and North East Somerset Council


Michael Tichelar is the local area partnership strategy manager for children's services at Bath and North East Somerset Council.

MICHAEL TICHELAR

Employer: Bath and North East Somerset Council
Age: 57
Time in job: A year
Salary range: £39,000 to £45,000

Michael Tichelar is the local area partnership strategy manager for children's services at Bath and North East Somerset Council. His job over the past year has been to "establish governance arrangements" within the three local area partnerships. "The aim of these partnerships is to deliver improved outcomes for children and young people," he explains.

These partnerships are multi-agency and include young people, parents and carers. Eventually, they will be responsible for overseeing services for children and young people in that area. "My job has been to work with the partners to agree who should sit on the board and what rules should govern the board. I had to make sure everything was joined up and that staff on the ground knew what was going to happen," he says. "There was a lot of promotion work initially and cajoling people to support it. It has also been hard engaging with young people, parents and carers," Tichelar says.

Tichelar has had a wide and varied career. He spent 14 years working in a policy unit in local government in Lambeth, south London. Then he spent a few years teaching in academia.

He had a stint in the voluntary sector, spent some time working for the Workers' Educational Association and for the National Assembly for Wales. Following that, he became the manager of the children's information and advice charity Off the Record.

His interest in children's services and improving outcomes led him to take his present job. "I have enjoyed all the partnership working and the emphasis on improving outcomes for children and young people," he says.

My day

9.30: Check email and phone messages

10.00: Attend meetings, prepare documents and organise focus groups

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Out and about meeting the chairs and the various partners. Or doing research on bits of government guidance

18.00: Head home.

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