Tributes to Islington’s director of people Carmel Littleton

Fiona Simpson
Monday, July 5, 2021

Tributes have been paid following the death of Islington Council’s corporate director of people Carmel Littleton.

Carmel Littleton also worked as director of children's services in Thurrock. Picture: Islington Council
Carmel Littleton also worked as director of children's services in Thurrock. Picture: Islington Council

Littleton, who joined the council in 2015, previously served as director of children’s services at Thurrock Council from 2013 after being promoted from head of learning and universal outcomes.

She began working for local authorities after teaching for six years at inner London schools before qualifying as an educational psychologist at University College London and working as an educational psychologist in Tower Hamlets, Camden and Islington.

Littleton also led services for gifted and talented pupils, young offenders and a wide range of services for vulnerable children and families in a number of London boroughs.

Colleagues from across the sector have paid tribute following her death from cancer on 30 June.

Islington Council said in a tweet: “Carmel's commitment and passion in her work was unwavering.

“She was deeply loved and respected by staff, councillors and the young people she worked with and for. 

“We send our deepest condolences to Carmel’s family, friends and everyone who worked with her.”

Thurrock councillor John Kent, who was leader of the authority for much of Littleton’s time at the council added: “Carmel was a great servant to Thurrock children and their families. 

“She brought compassion to the post and a full understanding of the role of herself, her team of staff and the children’s service department.

“When she left Thurrock I described it as a great loss to the borough but today there is a much deeper loss for her family and friends to whom I send my deepest condolences.”

Councillor James Halden, former cabinet member for education and social care at Thurrock, added: “I am deeply, deeply upset to hear of the passing of Carmel. Public service is always an honour, but she leaves a very tangible legacy like few others.”

Yvette Stanley, director of early years regulation and social care at Ofsted, was among those to pay tribute, saying that Littleton would be “much missed and fondly remembered. My condolences to friends, family & colleagues.”

The Staff College said on Twitter: “This is so very sad. All our thoughts are with Carmel’s family, friends and colleagues.”

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