Paul Burnett is Director of Paul Burnett Associates Ltd a company providing interim management, consultancy and project management services to local government and other organisations in the field of children and adult services.
He is currently independent chair of the children and adult safeguarding boards in Leicestershire and Rutland and on the Isle of Man. Paul is also Interim Chair of the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board. He has previously chaired LSCBs in Nottingham City and Slough.
He also works as an Inclusion Quality Mark assessor in schools.
Paul Burnett was Corporate Director for Children and Young People in Northamptonshire County Council from 2007 until 2011.
He began his career as a secondary school teacher in Northamptonshire holding a variety of roles including pastoral, staff development and special educational needs support posts. His local government career began with East Sussex County Council where he held a variety of posts covering in-service training, special educational needs, resources, strategic planning and support services as well as spending a period in the Executive Office.
From 1997 Paul was Assistant Director in the new unitary authority in Brighton and Hove. Initially responsible for Parent and Pupil Services he took a lead role in the strategic planning for Children’s Services and the creation of the Children, Families and Schools directorate that drew together education and children’s social services. Between 2003 and 2007 he worked in the London Borough of Greenwich first as Director of Education and subsequently as Director of Children’s Services.
Paul has sat on a number of national groups focusing on provision for children in public care.