Kathy Henwood, a senior manager and social worker with over 30 years experience in Scotland and England, has been appointed interim chair of Moray's Child Protection Committee
Alongside her various management posts, she has been a children’s guardian and worked with child protection committees on both sides of the border.
For the past 10 years she has been an associate lecturer with the Open University.
Talking about her new role, she said: "These are challenging times for all public sector agencies involved in care services, but by working together we can ensure the best results for our young people in need."
The committee meets four times a year and works to try ensure that all children are safeguarded and protected from harm and abuse.
Kathy takes over from Susan Maclaren, Moray Council’s Head of Integrated Children’s Services.