​Chair: Ian Thomas

Meeting Dates

1 February 2018 | Manchester
Joint Meeting with Educational Achievement Policy Committee

2 May 2018 | London
Joint meeting with Health, Care & Additional Needs Policy Committee

18 September 2018 | Manchester

22 November 2018 | London
Joint meeting with the Standards, Performance & Inspection Policy Committee


​Chair: Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham Council. To contact Ian, email ian.thomas@rotherham.gov.uk

ADCS Policy Officer: Esther Kavanagh Dixon supports the work of the committee. To contact Esther, email esther@adcs.org.uk


The Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee (RS) has lead responsibility for all issues relating to:

  • National and local organisation of children’s services
  • Funding (capital and revenue) of children’s services, including of schools
  • School admissions, place planning and home to school transport
  • Strategic planning and commissioning
  • The overall use of resources and sustainability.

The Committee liaises closely with the Educational Achievement Policy Committee on admissions, capital funding and strategic place planning. Members of the Committee represent the Association on various reference groups organised by the Department for Education, including the Service Working Group on Education and Children’s Services (SWEGECS) the Schools Funding Implementation Group (SFIG), and the EFA Advisory Group.


Ian Thomas, Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Ian Thomas is the Strategic Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council. He joined the authority in early 2015.

Ian’s early successes in Rotherham include overseeing an improved response to social care referrals; an increase in the number of statutory visits completed on time and a stronger response in tackling the sexual exploitation of children and young people.

In his previous role as Director of Children’s Services in Derbyshire between 2011 and 2014 the authority achieved a strong inspection by Ofsted under the comprehensive SIF. Ian’s innovative ideas for transforming outcomes for children in care were recognised by The Observer and innovation charity NESTA, who named him one of Britain’s 50 New Radicals in 2014.

Before joining Derbyshire Ian was an Assistant Director at Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council where he took the lead on service transformation in social care.

Ian studied business and finance and holds an MA from Lancaster University in developing professional practice (children’s services). He is also a level 7 qualified executive coach and mentor.

In his spare time Ian sits on the governing body of his former high school in Sheffield. He has chaired the Association’s Resources and Sustainability Policy Committee since April 2013.

Resources & Sustainability Policy Committee Articles