WALES/ENGLAND – Chair of the Family Justice Board – London

Vacancy – Chair of the Family Justice Board – London

Recruiter: Gatenby Sanderson
Posted: 30 April 2012
Location: London
Job Sector: Adults, Children, Families, Young People
Job Role: Director/Head
Contract Type: Permanent
Hours: Part Time
Salary: Daily rate of £400 or £200 per half-day for up to 52 days per year

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Further information

The Family Justice Board has been set up to oversee the transformation of the family justice system. It will bring together the heads of all of the major agencies involved in family justice to provide the leadership to drive improvements in performance across the system, reduce delay and ensure that the different parts of the system work together. The family justice system deals with the breakdown of families, of parenting, and of relationships, both in public and private law.

The Chair’s role will be a high profile position which will give the successful candidate the chance to oversee the transformation of the family justice system and make a real difference to the lives of children and families throughout England and Wales. Achieving this transformation promises to be as challenging as it is rewarding.

The Chair will be responsible for delivering on a wide range of operational objectives and will need to negotiate and work with key stakeholders to ensure that performance indicators are met. A strong team ethos is also important.

We are looking for a Chair with the ability, experience and commitment to drive improvements to the family justice system. This person will have independence of mind and the ability to assimilate complex information and provide constructive challenges and fresh thinking.

Applicants will need to have, or be willing to acquire, an understanding of the family justice system. The Chair of the Family Justice Board will be appointed by the Secretaries of State for Justice and Education for an initial period of 2 years.

We welcome applications from candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity or any other irrelevant factor. We also welcome applicants currently working in, or with experience of, the private sector.

For an information pack, email us by clicking the “Apply Now” button or contact Phil Ramsden on 020 3334 4014. For more information about this post contact Jack Reynolds on 020 3334 3561.

Closing date: Noon on 21st May 2012.

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Gatenby Sanderson





29 March 2012

Family Justice Board Ministers

Dear Mr Bayliss,

Thank you for your email of 2 March 2012 in which you asked for the following information from the Ministry of Justice:

“Please can you tell me the names of the Ministers and any other persons involved in relation to the established working group (Family Justice Board (FJB)) including, Children Commissioners, Local Authority/Social Services, Cafcass, Judges, Barristers, Solicitors etc”

Your request has been passed to me because I have responsibility for answering requests which relate to the family justice review and your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

I can confirm that the Department holds some of the information you are seeking, however you should be aware that the group referred to does not involve Ministers. Instead the Board will be held accountable to Ministers from the Department for Education and the Ministry of Justice.

I have answered your question below in a table format:



—————Independent Chair – to be appointed[1]—————[1] Until the Independent Chair is in place, the Board will be chaired by Helen Edwards, Director General, Justice Policy Group, Ministry of Justice and Tom Jeffery, Director General, Children, Young People and Families, Department for Education.
Kevin Sadler, Director with responsibility for Family Justice, HMCTS
Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive, Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)
Matthew Coats, Chief Executive, Legal Services Commission
Catherine Lee, Director Justice Policy Group, Ministry of Justice
Shirley Trundle, Director Families Group, Department for Education
Gerard Hetherington, Director Department of Health
Rebecca Endean, Director Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice
Noel Shanahan, Commissioner and Chief Executive, Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC)
Gillian Baranski, Chief Executive, CAFCASS CYMRU
Welsh Government Representative (still to be confirmed)
Jake Morgan, Association of Directors of Social Services, Wales
Andrew Webb, Association of Directors of Children’s Services,England
Gillian Beasley, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE),England


A member of the Judiciary will have Observer status on the Board. Although not a member of the Board, the judicial representative takes a full part in the Board’s discussions and offers his views to the Board.

The Family Justice Review was clear of the need to create a more coherent system, characterised by trust and coordination between the different Courts and agencies involved. As the first step towards this, we have created a Family Justice Board to provide greater leadership and co-ordination across delivery agencies nationally and locally and prepare the system for the changes to come.

The Family Justice Board brings together key departments, delivery bodies, local authority representatives and the judiciary into a single forum to oversee the delivery of family justice. Its priority will be on driving improvements in the system’s performance, with a focus on greater cross-agency coherence, tackling variations in local performance and making progress against the prospective 6-month time-limit for care cases.

Yours sincerely,
Irene Museveni

Family Justice Division



1 April 2012

Dear Irene Museveni,

Thank you very much with the reply which i am very happy to
receive, however i’ve noticed that there are still unconfirmed
positions on the Family Justice Board (FJB).

Please could you kindly inform me when these positions (and by
whom) are filled and also to inform me of any other persons that
join the (FJB) thereafter or.. if there is a direct link with this
information on the Ministry of Justice website regarding the (FJB),
please would you make it publicly available.

Yours sincerely,

Steve Bayliss




09/03/12 Written Statement – Update on response to Family Justice Review

06/02/12 Written Statement – UK Government’s Response to the Family Justice Review


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