Children and Families Trust welcomes new Board members

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Bradford Children and Families Trust has appointed five new non-executive directors to its Board.

The Board is currently operating as a Shadow-Board until 1 April 2023 when the Trust will go live and the same Board members will become members of the permanent Bradford Children and Families Trust Board.

The Board will also welcome two Council non-executive directors and further information will be released once they are confirmed.

The Trust is currently being set up to take on the running of children's social care services and will have a single focus on children's care across the Bradford District.

The decision to form a Trust was made in January 2022 in response to a report from Children's Commissioner, Steve Walker. The Commissioner worked with the Council to establish the best way to improve children’s social care following Ofsted’s inadequate rating in 2018.

The new Board members come from a variety of backgrounds and will bring a wealth of expertise and experience to help direct the Trust as it becomes established and to drive forward improvements for children’s social care services. The new Board members are:

Tracey Dennison has 25 years’ experience as a people director in national and local public sector organisations, including the London Borough of Camden and the Audit Commission.  Her last role was the London Fire Brigade and included responsibility for the Brigade’s wellbeing response after the Grenfell Tower fire.

Anne Longfield CBE is a former Children’s Commissioner for England and now Chair of the Commission on Young Lives. Anne was Special Advisor to the Lords Public Services Committee on their inquiry into public services and vulnerable children and is the Independent Chair of the NHS Children and Young People Learning Disability and Autism Board.

Stuart Proud is a fully-qualified accountant with the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) with extensive experience of public sector services from working in a variety of Civil Service roles across central government departments and their agencies in a career spanning 37 years.

Nigel Richardson CBE has over 35 years’ experience working in various local government leadership roles in the UK. His most recent position was as Director of Children's Services at Leeds City Council where he successfully helped develop the idea of Leeds as a 'Child Friendly City'. He now works as a consultant, a Department of Education Commissioner and Improvement Advisor helping organisations develop effective approaches to child welfare issues.

Darra Singh OBE is from Bradford and is the son of first generation migrants who moved to inner city Bradford from the Punjab in 1959.  He passed through the full education system in the city and his personal experiences in Bradford as a young person have been a strong motivator throughout his career.  Darra has worked across all sectors at a range of different levels, starting in the voluntary sector working with housing charities and becoming CEO of housing associations. Darra has been CEO of Luton Borough Council, London Borough of Ealing and also Jobcentre Plus. He has experience of non-executive roles including Chair of Barnardo's Audit and Risk Committee for five years and is now the Chair of the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion.

Eileen Milner, Chair of the Bradford Children and Families Trust, said:

“I am delighted welcome our newly-appointed Board members. They bring a wealth of experience that the Trust and Bradford will benefit from enormously.

“They join us at an important time as we focus on the set-up of the Trust to ensure the smooth and successful transfer of services from the council. We will be working closely with staff and partners in the district over the coming months to get their input on the type of organisation they want the Trust to be. And we will be focusing specifically on the values they would like to see as the foundation for what we will care about most.”

Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said:

“It is very exciting to see such a wealth of talent joining the Chair and the Council representatives on the Trust Board. Their experience, knowledge and passion for young people will be a huge boost to our district’s improvement journey and provides a step change in our shared ambition to transform children’s services. I want to welcome them and we will be working to support the Shadow-Board in every way we can.”


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Published: 03/10/2022
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Contact: Portia Bailey Barrow

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