George Savoury has extensive public
service experience in the field of social services with the governments of
Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia. He has held senior government executive/management positions with the Provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and Nova Scotia, most recently as Executive Director of Family and Community Supports. He has been responsible for policy and budget development and service delivery for such
areas as Child Welfare and Residential Care, Services for Persons with
Disabilities, Social Assistance, Family Violence, Early Childhood Development,
and Youth Services.
He has lead such projects as implementation
of Nova Scotia’s and Bermuda’s child welfare legislation, the integration of
the 13 Children’s Aid Societies into the provincial Department of Community
Services in Nova Scotia. With Savoury Consulting Ltd. he completed strategic plans, board governance manuals , housing policies , human
resources manuals, social media policies and conducted training in management and policy development for First Nations organizations.
He has chaired a number of provincial and
interdepartmental committees such as Nova Scotia’s Child and Youth Strategy,
Child Death Review Committee and the Secure Care Residential Care Treatment
Committee. George has been involved at the national level in various
initiatives related to policy development and improving outcomes for children
and families, and has served on the executive of the Child Welfare League of
Canada. He has presented at various conferences, workshops and such Legislative
Committees as Public Accounts and Community Services on a range of child
welfare matters. He appeared before the Nunn Commission of Inquiry: Lessons Learned
from a Boy in Trouble and has done media interviews for government on a wide
range of child welfare issues.
George started Savoury Consulting Ltd in 2013, which is a
management , governance and social policy business. The focus of his work is to
help leaders and organizations, become more strategic and effective in
achieving success. Savoury Consulting Ltd. has done work in Manitoba, Ontario,
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador
as well as with many First Nations organizations. His projects have included policy and
strategic plan development and training
in the following areas: strategic planning, board governance, human resources,
leadership/performance coaching, respectful communication, policy development, performance
reviews/management, social media, resolving workplace conflict, performance
reviews of CEO’s and review of child protection and prevention services.
George has an MSW in social policy and
administration. He has been awarded the Achievement of Excellence Award by the
Nova Scotia Council for the Family and the National Children’s Service Award by
the Child Welfare League of Canada.