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Board members have an excellent understanding of childcare 0-19 and children and family services, with expertise in training, quality, financial management, policy analysis and development, strategic planning and strategic management. Together they bring a range of skills to represent and champion the organisation.
Anne Longfield OBE
Anne Longfield OBE is the Chief Executive of 4Children and has worked in the field of children and family policy and services for over 25 years.
Anne has written and led numerous campaigns, research and publications including a number of high profile inquiries and commissions. Anne is a leading figure in the field and is a member of a wide range of national boards including Early Intervention Foundation. Anne works closely with Government and decision makers and was seconded for a period to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit at the Cabinet Office.
Under Anne’s leadership, 4Children has grown to become an award winning charity for change, shaping and delivering solutions for children and families nationally and in local areas. Anne received the OBE in recognition of her contribution in the millennium honours.
Pip O’Byrne has extensive experience in developing community based services for children, families and local communities. She has worked in a variety of posts within Health, Voluntary Sector and Local Government and has been a non executive member of CAFCASS as well as being Chair of 4Children for over 20 years.
Pip has been an influencing voice in advocating for and in developing child and family centred policies and services. She is presently advising on the development of intergenerational children and family community centres. Pip is a qualified health professional, with a Masters in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Child Law.
Currently vice-chair, John has been a Trustee for over 14 years. He is currently the Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Dons FC Sport and Education Trust (MK Dons SET). John took this position up in February 2009 having formerly been Group Director of Sure Start and Community Learning at Milton Keynes Council, where he was for 22 years.
A Board member of 4Children since 1987, Paul is Head of Community Family Services with Camden Council. Paul formerly worked in the Government’s Sure Start Unit developing their early years and childcare policies.
4Children has worked with Gary on youth engagement and support in Enfield. Gary is a business person and adventurer who brings a broad background of business expertise.
Graham has spent more than thirty years in the publishing industry. He is managing director of Hemming Group Ltd, a private company that organises events for the public sector and provides information to UK Local Government
Take a Break Editor Rebecca has a strong background in journalism and women’s magazines with Take a Break being the largest selling weekly in the country. Rebecca has been a strong advocate of partnership with 4Children through the Family Heroes Awards.
Sally was the Director of Children’s Services for Staffordshire - a post she had held for a number of years. Staffordshire is one of the largest counties in the country. Sally has been part of our network of Directors of Children’s Services developing a joined up approach.
Jon is Chairman, Corporate Financial and Public Affairs. His sector experience spans healthcare, property, local government, financial services, media and telecoms, food and agriculture, defence and manufacturing, education and skills and public services.
He has particular experience in legal affairs, including litigation communications, regulatory and corruption issues, and legislation.
Jon is one of only two lobbyists ranked in both the Total Politics and PR Week top ten rankings of public affairs professionals. Described by The Independent as ‘a very powerful lobbyist’, he is often quoted on communications issues in the media.
Ian is a self-employed consultant specialising in international trade development and facilitation matters and company representation in relation to fiscal compliance. For the last 30 years he has had a direct interest in education and children’s services as a Chair of Governors at a number of large secondary schools as well as being a member of various relevant local authority committees and panels.
Recently he has been involved in developing school effectiveness through implementation of the school cooperation models made available by successive education acts and is a founding member, former Chair and director of a large multi-academy trust.
Group Captain Victoria Gosling OBE, has served in the RAF for 20 years and has considerable experience across a range of areas which includes: Leadership; policy making; HR; strategic planing; media and communications; and more recently military project director for the Invictus Games.
Wendy Fabbro, Strategic Director People Services
Wendy has worked in Local authorities for over 30 years, managing both adults and children’s services and as a strategic commissioner in City, County and Unitary Councils for both social care and integrated care settings. She has also led the development of customer services as an Assistant Chief Executive and maintains an instinctive commitment to seeing public service through the eyes of those who need our care. Twelve months into the role of Strategic Director for People services (Adults, Children, Young people, Families and Education), Wendy would say she is still trying to find the best way to extract additional value from the structure for the people we serve. Balancing investment in early help or intervention against the demands of delivering a robust quality service to protect children can seem to be more of an art than a science, so in Warwickshire an Early Intervention unit serving all ages signals commitment to actively embracing an evidence based response .