Trustees

4Children is led by our Chief Executive Imelda Redmond CBE and the organisation is managed by a Board of Trustees.

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.

Our Trustees are:

Jo Cleary – Chair
Jo Cleary’s career has crossed both central and local government in health and social care as a strategic commissioner, provider and regulator. As a former Director in three Councils (Lambeth, Luton and Islington), a senior civil servant in the Department of Health and NHS Director, she brings a strong track record of transformation, performance improvement and innovation, as well as a national reputation in workforce and leadership development. Throughout her career she has held numerous non-executive positions for a range of national and local organisations including PCTs and CCGs, as well as membership of national boards and in chairing multi agency boards for Safeguarding Children’s and Adults, Crime and Disorder and Domestic Violence.  She is former Chair of The College of Social work and The National Skills Academy for Social Care where she initiated and led the merger with Skills for Care to form a new organisation in 2014.  Jo currently works as an executive coach and leadership consultant with clients across both the public and private sectors.  She is also a specially appointed commissioner at the Royal Chelsea Hospital and on Haringey’s Children’s Partnership Board.

Gary Walker

Gary is a businessman with a background in Commercial Property. He is also an adventurer who brings a broad background of business expertise. Gary is currently Chair of the RSA Trust in Enfield where he has worked with 4Children on youth engagement and support.

Jon McLeod

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.

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.

Sally Hodges

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.

Debbie Sorkin

Debbie is a Director and Non-executive Board member with experience, including at Chief Executive level, across social care, health, housing and planning. Debbie is currently national director of systems leadership at the Leadership Centre where she is working to embed Systems Leadership approaches to support integrated services in relation to health, care and wellbeing.