Our Executive Director of Public Health and Communities Julia Burrows has announced that she will retire on 1 October this year.
Since joining Barnsley Council in 2015 as the Director of Public Health, Julia has loved seeing the public health team grow over the years to one that is highly respected across the region and delivers programmes and services that have become national beacons of good practice.
Learning more about the really impressive work of the Communities business unit following the creation of the Public Health and Communities directorate has been one of Julia’s highlights of the past year.
And of course, she was instrumental in using her knowledge and experience in helping guide us through the Covid-19 pandemic, with her insights into how Barnsley was affected week on week and what we could all do to help protect ourselves and each other. Julia provided a trusted voice during a confusing and uncertain time.
Julia said: “It’s been the privilege of my life to work for Barnsley Council, so it hasn’t been an easy decision, but it feels the right time personally for me to hand over the reins. I’m letting everyone know my news early on so there will be more time for appointing and allowing a smooth transition for whoever follows me.
“I'll be leaving happy in the knowledge that we have a highly performing and strong directorate, with fantastic staff and excellent leaders who will continue to deliver for Barnsley with skill, care and commitment.”