Court Reporters - CAFCASS - CAFCASS is a lottery
‘I can confirm that Baroness Pitkeathley
has been appointed the new Chair of CAFCASS.
Any correspondence can be sent to:
2nd Floor, Newspaper House
8-16 Great New Street
Telephone 020 7210 4416’
The head of the fund which distributes national
lottery grants to health and education projects has been appointed
chairwoman of the beleaguered Children and Family Court Advisory
and Support Service. [CAFCASS]
The appointment of Labour peer Lady Jill Pitkeathley,
chairwoman of the New Opportunities Fund and a former social
worker, came just a week after the constitutional affairs
secretary, Lord Falconer, demanded the resignation of the
entire board of the heavily criticised £70m child welfare
The Department for Education and Skills (DfES) said all but
one member of the Cafcass board has now resigned.
New Board for CAFCASS
Margaret Hodge, Minister for Children, Young People and Families,
the appointment of a Board for CAFCASS (Children and Family
and Support Service). The new Board members are as follows:
Gillian Baranski Justices Chief Executive, South
Courts Committee, and a barrister. She was formerly Clerk
to the Cardiff
Justices/Chief Legal Advisor to the Cardiff Justices and has
over 20 years
experience of Family Courts. She is a resident of Wales.
Jennifer Bernard - Director of Services for
Children and Young People,
NSPCC. She has previously been Chief Executive of the Central
Education and Training in Social Work and Director of Social
Newcastle Upon Tyne City Council.
Margo Boye-Anawoma - a barrister specialising
in children law. She is also a
Deputy District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family
London and a committee member of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable
Erica De’Ath OBE - Chief Executive, National
Council of Voluntary Child Care
Organisations and previously Chief Executive of the National
Association. She is a Trustee of the National Children’s
Bureau, and has
published widely on family and children?s issues.
Mark Eldridge Director of Legal Operations,
Greater London Magistrates?
Courts Authority and a barrister. He was formerly Chair of
of Justices? Chief Executives before taking up his present
Baroness Howarth of Breckland OBE Former Chief
Executive of ChildLine she
also worked for many years at Chief Officer and Assistant
level in social services departments. She serves on the Board
of the Food
Standards Agency, is Trustee of a number of Children’s
charities and a
patron of the National Youth Advocacy Scheme. She was vice-chair
National Care Standards Commission and is secretary to the
Harry Marsh - A member of the General Social
Care Council and a freelance
consultant. He was Chief Executive of Contact a Family, and
previously an Assistant Director of Family Service Units.
He is a Trustee
and Vice Chair of the National Children’s Bureau.
Richard Sax - a family law solicitor and partner
at Manches. He is a Deputy
District Judge of the Principal Registry of the Family Division.
He is a
founder member and former Chair of the Solicitors Family Law
and has been a member of its Children Committee since its
Judith Timms OBE - An independent consultant
and former Chief Executive of
the National Youth Advocacy Service. She is an Hon research
fellow in the
Faculty of Law at the University of Liverpool and a Vice President
Family Mediators Association. An experienced Guardian ad Litem,
publications include Manual of Practice Guidance for Guardians
ad Litem and
Professor Jane Tunstill - Professor of Social
Work and Head of Department,
Department of Health and Social Care, Royal Holloway, University
She has worked in the voluntary and statutory child care sectors,
undertaken a wide range of commissioned research studies on
children and families.