New chair brings wealth of experience to build upon Merton’s adult social care work

We are delighted to welcome Aileen Buckton MBE as our new independent chair for Merton Adult Safeguarding Board.

Aileen Buckton arrives in Merton following a long and distinguished career at Lewisham council, where she won praise for putting her commitment to the local community at the heart of all the council’s work.

The former Executive Director of Community Services at Lewisham, was honoured by the Queen with an MBE at the beginning of this year for her services to adult social care.

During her tenure in Lewisham,  Aileen was always committed to working across boundaries. Lewisham was one of the first boroughs to develop an integrated health and social care system, and was the first to receive government funding for combined leisure and health facilities. Her passion for developing strong partnerships has remained at the forefront of all her work.

In addition Aileen has played an active role in recent years in London wide work, and was Chair of the London Association of Directors of Social Services for two years before retiring.

Aileen who has extensive experience in safeguarding to bring to her role in Merton, is also the current independent chair for adult safeguarding for Kensington and Chelsea as well as Westminster councils

The Independent Chair of Merton Adult Safeguarding Board, Aileen Buckton MBE, said: “I am delighted to have been offered this post and I very much look forward to working with all partners in Merton to build on the excellent adult safeguarding work that has already been established across the borough.”

Merton’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and the Environment, Councillor Tobin Byers, said: “I am delighted to welcome Aileen Buckton as The Independent Chair for Merton’s Adult Safeguarding Board, as this is a key role for the council.

“The independent chair’s function is to ensure that all vulnerable adults are protected in the borough, and to seek assurance that agencies are working together effectively to keep adults safe from abuse and neglect.

“Aileen brings a wealth of experience to this role, and will build on the work already in place. I look forward to working with Aileen and wish her well in her new role.”