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Your Borough Of Poole

Jan Thurgood 

As Strategic Director - People Theme, Jan's role includes:

  • Statutory responsibilities for both Children & Adult’s services
  • Working with elected members to ensure strong and visible leadership. To act as policy adviser and lead on developing strategies that support the Council’s priorities
  • Leading and developing partnerships across the community.  Working with key stakeholders to improve the quality of life for local residents
  • Motivating, supporting and enabling staff to do their job with confidence.


The Strategic Director works with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet to support the priorities of the Council:

  • Promoting the health and wellbeing of our population especially the most vulnerable
  • Ensuring all children and young people have the chance to achieve their full potential
  • Promoting Poole’s economic growth and regeneration by attracting investment in business, housing and jobsProtecting and enhancing Poole’s beautiful environment in a sustainable way so that it is a great place to live, work and play

Service Units within the People Theme are:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Commissioning & Improvement
  • Children, Young People & Learning
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Housing & Community Services
  • Culture & Community Learning 


  • Children & Young People Social Care
  • Health & Social Care
  • Communities

Contact Details

Jan Thurgood
Civic Centre
BH15 2RU

Supporting officer

Gabriella Cobelli
Adults Services, Housing and Culture
01202 633203

Lisa Povey
Children’s Services
01202 633201