ENGLAND – New interim board appointed to advise Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Board will work towards the creation of new Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has assembled a new Interim Advisory Board. It comprises individuals drawn from a variety of backgrounds able to provide unique expertise to the OCC. They range from the Chief Executive of Turning Point to the Editor of Blue Peter. The small unpaid Board will advise OCC on its strategic plans for protecting and promoting the wellbeing of children, in line with the Dunford Review of the OCC, until the creation of the new Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England (OCCE).

Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England, said:

“The experience brought by the new Interim Advisory Board will be invaluable as we implement our business plan for 2011-12 and as we move toward the creation of the Office of the Children’s Commissioner for England. The Board include heads of organisations, senior campaigners in children’s charities, those who analyse children’s services and an expert in children’s programming.

“As a small organisation we punch above our weight to raise the voice of children, especially the most vulnerable and get policy makers to take onboard their concerns. This Board will strengthen our ability to do this.”

The Interim Advisory Board members are:

  • Jo Williams, Chair of the Care Quality Commission
  • Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive, Turning Point
  • Paul Bowen QC, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Christine Davies CBE, Chief Executive, C4EO
  • Anita Tiessen, Deputy Executive Director, Communications and Programme, UNICEF
  • Tim Levell, Editor, Blue Peter.


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