Denbighshire County Council has appointed Nicola Stubbins as its new Director of Social Services.
Nicola is currently Head of Service - Adult Safeguarding and Well-being for Blackpool Council and has experience in both adult and children's services.
She will replace Sally Ellis who is retiring from her role as Corporate Director and Statutory Director for Social Services.
Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Health and Well-being and who is also the Older Person's Champion, said: "We are delighted that an officer of Nicola's calibre will be joining us here in Denbighshire. She has a wealth of experience in the social services field and is well placed to continue the tremendous work carried out by Sally and the team over the years.
"We would like to formally welcome Nicola to Denbighshire and to thank Sally for her clear commitment, dedication and leadership in our efforts to protect vulnerable people in the county."
Nicola said: "I am truly and honestly thrilled to be joining Denbighshire County Council. The post of Director of Social Services is a great responsibility but this is also an exciting opportunity to be part of a successful team".