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DBS appoints director of operations

Following a rigorous recruitment process the position of director of operations (Disclosure) has now been accepted by Ian Johnston who will take up the role, based in Liverpool, in late May.

Johnston has previously worked as a senior manager and comes to DBS following a four-year role as operations director at MHA Care Home Group - which operates care homes and retirement accommodation at over 200 sites across the country.

As well as helping to expand the charity’s clients, during his time at MHA, Ian was also involved in developing new services, reducing costs and increasing income.

Johnston is joining DBS at an exciting time as the organisation enters a new phase of significant of change. He will be responsible for a team delivering around four million criminal record checks per year as well as  helping deliver major projects to help put the customer first.

This drive includes the new DBS Update Service to allow people to safely transfer their criminal record check from one job to another and also enable employers permission to check applicants certificate status online.

Johnston will also be the strategic lead on all finance, business planning, performance, procurement and commercial matters, enabling the DBS to effectively deliver its strategic plan and further develop as a Centre of Excellence.

Throughout his career Johnston has also worked in a number of other national public and private organisations in the energy sector, retail and logistics. He will replace the current Operations Director Sue Quigley when she retires from the role in a few months time.

DBS chief executive, Adrienne Kelbie, said, “I am really pleased that we have been able to make another high-profile appointment to the DBS which will help us continue our journey towards being a Centre of Excellence.

“We have really picked up the pace of our development and now have a senior management team in place which is fit for purpose and ready for action!

“Knowing that we have again been able to attract someone so good means that we are putting the right plans and right people in place to develop our service for the future. It’s great that there are a lot of really great people who’d like to work for DBS. Just like us, they see our mission as important, and our work as interesting.”

Johnson added, “This is a really exciting time to be joining the DBS as they continue to develop focus on the real world of putting the customer first and driving forward with a digital programme to help them become a Government Centre of Excellence.

“They already carry out very important work in protecting the public and I am delighted to have been offered this position. I look forward to meeting new colleagues in what is certainly a very forward-thinking and ambitious organisation.”


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