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Baroness Cumberlege

Baroness Cumberlege CBE DL (Chair)

Julia Cumberlege comes from a medical family and after a period in Local Government, she was appointed to chair the Brighton Health Authority and subsequently the South West Thames Regional Health Authority. In 1992 Julia was appointed a Junior Health Minister and for five years covered all health and social services matters in the House of Lords. She was also the Sponsor Minister for the city of Plymouth responsible for regeneration and a budget of £45 million per year.

Julia has been commissioned by two Governments to produce two national reports. The first Neighbourhood Nursing – a Focus for Care championed, among other things, nurse prescribing. A national scheme to enable nurses to prescribe is currently being rolled out. The second Changing Childbirth has had a fundamental effect on the way maternity services are organised and delivered.

In 2004 at the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians, Julia chaired a working party to study Medical Professionalism. The report “Doctors in Society” was published in December 2005.

From 2000 until July 2006 Julia has chaired St George’s, University of London, a medical school in South West London. In June 2006 Julia was awarded an honorary degree from London University.

Julia is a Trustee of Cancer Research UK, Leeds Castle in Kent and Chailey Heritage School. She is a Senior Associate of the King’s Fund, and a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Julia is a co-Chair of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group, and the All Party Parliamentary Osteoporosis Group and secretary of the Dying Well Parliamentary Group. She served on the select committee reviewing the Draft Mental Health Bill and the select committee examining the issues surrounding Stem Cell Research and Cloning.

She is involved in a number of charities and is Patron of the National Childbirth Trust, Julia is also a Vice President of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives.

Baroness Butler-Sloss

Baroness Butler-Sloss (Vice Chair)

Elizabeth Butler-Sloss was called to the Bar in 1955. She was appointed a Registrar, Principal Registry Family Division in 1970 and subsequently a High Court Judge, Family Division (1979-1988) and then to the Court of Appeal (1988–1999). From 1999 until her retirement in 2005 Elizabeth was President of the Family Division.

In 1987/88 Elizabeth chaired the Cleveland Child Abuse Inquiry and was chairman of the Security Commission between 1994 and 2005. She has been the Chancellor of the University of the West of England since1993 and holds a number of Honoury Fellowships including St Hilda’s College, Oxford, King's College, London, the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal College of Paediatrics & Child Health. She has chaired the advisory council, St Paul’s Cathedral since 2001 and is a governor of Merchant Taylors School.

Dr Valerie Brasse

Dr Valerie Brasse (secretary/adviser)

Valerie Brasse has just completed nearly twenty years as a civil servant in the Department of Health. After a brief spell as a financial journalist and business school academic she joined the Department in 1987 as an economic adviser, becoming a policy administrator in 1990. She has since led policy development in a number of key areas concerned with children’s social care and child protection, including implementing parts of the Children Act 1989, taking the policy lead for children in residential and foster care and contributing to the Government’s agenda on domestic violence. She managed the secretariat for the independent Support Force for Children in Residential Care set up in the wake of Lord Norman Warner’s report Choosing with Care, a national inquiry into the selection, development and management of staff in children’s homes.

More recently she was seconded to act as social care adviser to the Victoria Climbie child abuse inquiry, chaired by Lord Laming. The report of the Inquiry, published in 2003, heralded the government’s Every Child Matters programme and led to the introduction of the Children Act 2004. She subsequently moved to the Department of Health’s transition team set up to establish the new independent Healthcare Commission.

Rose Anderson

Ms Rose Anderson (Administrative Support)

Rose is a Registered Nurse, with, amongst other qualifications, a higher degree in management. Rose retired from the NHS in 2005 after 36years of service. Her most recent appointment was as Head of Clinical Governance in a large Acute Hospital Trust. Since retiring Rose has undertaken some management consultancy work; she is a School Governor and is a Trustee for a charity supporting health care in the North West Province of Pakistan, an area badly affected by the earthquake in 2005. Rose is also one of two part time Protection Officers in the Lancaster Diocese.

Arman Alan Ali

Mr Arman Alan Ali (press officer)

Alan is an award-winning freelance public relations practitioner. He has extensive experience in the voluntary and public sectors. His list of clients includes the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund; the Employers’ Organisation for local government; the national drugs and alcohol rehabilitation charity, Addaction; half a dozen London boroughs; the Black Training and Enterprise Group, the London Housing Unit; the National Black Members’ Committee of the public sector union Unison; the Greater London Authority; and the Housing Action Centre, North Kensington.

Rt Rev Richard Yeo

Rt Rev Richard Yeo

Abbot Richard Yeo was Abbot of Downside from 1998 to 2006 and has been Abbot President of the English Benedictine Congregation since 2001

He has been a monk of Downside Abbey in Somerset since 1970. He was Secretary to the Abbot Primate of the Benedictine Confederation from 1980 to 1986, and worked for the Holy See as an official at the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life from 1993-1998. He is a canon lawyer, and has specialized in the Church’s law relating to religious life, in particular that relating to contemplative and monastic institutes. He has also been involved in parish work and in school governance.

Sister Bernie Porter

Sister Bernie Porter RSJ (until 30th November 2006)

Sister Bernie Porter is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which she entered in 1973. She has since held a wide variety of posts within the educational context. For the first ten years of her professional life she taught in schools, including Woldingham and Fenham Sacred Heart Schools, a London comprehensive and Kalungu Girls School in Masaka, Uganda. Upon making final vows in 1983, she went to teach in the Education Faculty at Roehampton, being appointed as Principal of Digby Stuart College in 1989. In that position she became increasingly involved in the project to create Roehampton as a University in its own right, becoming pro-Rector in 1993, Deputy Rector in 1995 and Rector & Chief Executive in 1999 until her retirement in 2004.

Bernie has a wide portfolio of trusteeships within Education, as well as responsibilities within her congregation. She is Chair of Trustees for in Roehampton, Chair of the Southwark Education Committee, Vice-Chair of Wimbledon School of Art Governing Body, Patron of the College of Teachers, Member of the Neuro-Disability Research Trust, and ecumenical representative on Southwark Cathedral Council. During 2003-4, she served on the Schwartz review into University Admissions. She was appointed CBE in the New Years Honours list of 2005, for her service to Education.


Sister Raymunda Jordan (from 1st December 2006)

Sister Raymunda Jordan is a member of The Congregation of Catherine of Siena, Newcastle, South Africa and currently serves as Vicaress on The General Council of The Congregation with responsibility for formation.

For the first twenty years of her professional career she worked in the field of education and was Head Teacher of a Catholic Comprehensive School in London for eight years. Following further study and training as a family systems therapist and facilitator, she worked in social care in America and West London for ten years. She served as General Secretary for The Conference of Religious from 2001 to 2004 and was the link person with Contemplative Communities. She was a member of the COPCA Management Board and The CoR/COPCA liaison group for the implementation of the recommendations emerging from the Nolan Report.

She is chairperson of The Holy Rood Trust for Contemplative communities and a member of the Board of the Irish Chaplaincy Centre in London.

She currently works as facilitator for both Anglican and Roman Catholic contemplative and apostolic Religious.

Bishop John Arnold

Rt Rev John Arnold

Bishop John Arnold was ordained auxiliary bishop in Westminster in 2006.

Having read Law at Oxford he was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 1976 before entering the Institute of Charity. During studies for the priesthood in Rome he transferred to the Diocese of Westminster and was ordained priest in 1983, completing a doctorate in Canon Law in 1985. His first appointment was to Westminster Cathedral, where he became Sub-Administrator in 1989. He was parish priest in Enfield from 1993, until appointed Vicar General of the Diocese in 2001. In 2005 he was appointed the first Moderator of the Curia of the Diocese.

Ms Hannah Miller

Ms Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller has been the Director of Social Services for Croydon Council since 1998. She was previously Director of Social Services at Islington Council. She is a member of ADSS Executive Council and Children and Families Committee with the lead on Child Trafficking and Cultural/Ritual Abuse. She is also a member of the London Child Protection Committee and was at the forefront of the campaign to introduce pan London Child Protection procedures and planning. She has recently been appointed to the List 99 Panel by the Secretary of State for Education and is the independent chair of the Westminster Diocese Child Protection Commission.

Fr Kieron O'Brien

Fr Kieron O’ Brien

Fr Kieron O’ Brien has been the parish priest in Chichester with the Witterings since 2000 and has been the child protection co-ordinator for the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton since January 2005. He was ordained in 1987 and between 1989 and 1993 was Private Secretary to Bishop Cormac Murphy O’Connor (Arundel & Brighton Diocese), press officer and Vocations Director. Between 1993 and 1995 he was a staff member at the Venerable English College, Rome, while studying for S.T.L. [laurea in sacred theology] in Ecumenical Theology. In 1995 he became parish priest in Crawley before moving to Chichester with the Witterings five years later. Between 2002 and 2005 he was episcopal vicar for Mission & Unity.

Mr Terence Grange

Mr Terence Grange

Terence Grange was appointed Chief Constable of the Dyfed-Powys Police in March 2000.

A masters graduate in public services, Terence joined the Metropolitan Police in 1971 after a spell in the army serving with the Parachute Brigade.

In February, 1988, with extensive operational experience in Uniform, Traffic and the CID branches, he transferred to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary as a Superintendent and in 1989 was appointed Head of the force Traffic Department. He was appointed an Assistant Chief Constable in 1994 and Assistant Chief Constable (Designate) in 1998.

He holds the Association of Chief Police Officers’ Personal Crime Portfolio on ACPO Crime Committee. As such he has an overview of Domestic Violence, Harassment, Rape, Homicide, Combatting Child Abuse on the Internet as well as having Child Protection and the Management of Sex Offenders as his own business areas.

Since holding the portfolio he has given evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee on their enquiry into the Police investigations of Historic Institutional Child Abuse and to the Victoria Climbie Inquiry.

Rt Rev Declan Lang

Rt Rev Declan Lang

Bishop Declan Lang was ordained a Bishop in Bristol in March 2001, having entered the priesthood in 1975.

He has served as an assistant priest at the Cathedral and Chaplain to St Edmund's Comprehensive School in Portsmouth. He also worked on the Portsmouth Diocesan Youth Commission, which he later chaired. In 1983 he was appointed to the Religious Education Council as Adult Religious Education Advisor, a position he held until 1990. While doing this work he was also Parish Priest of Our Lady, Queen of Apostles, Bishop's Waltham, for four years and then Parish Priest at Sacred Heart, Bournemouth.

Within the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales he chairs the committee for Theology Faith and Culture. He is the Co-Chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic Committee (ARC) and also the Co-Chair for the Committee for Roman Catholic and United Reformed Church dialogue in England. He is a member of the Mixed Commission of Bishops and Major Religious Superiors and is a trustee of the Pontifical Missionary Societies. Outside of the Bishops' Conference he is the President of the Catholic Association which organises the Pilgrimage to Lourdes on behalf of the Dioceses of Clifton, East Anglia, Northampton, Portsmouth, Southwark and Stonyhurst College. He is the current Chairman of Somerset Churches Together and former Chairman of Bristol Churches Together.

Mr Bill Kilgallon

Mr Bill Kilgallon

Bill Kilgallon was appointed Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence in January 2003. Previously he had been Chief Executive of St Anne’s Shelter & Housing Action since 1978, an organisation he founded in 1971. St Anne’s, an organisation employing 850 staff with services across Yorkshire and the North East, works with single homeless people, people with learning disabilities, people with mental health problems and people with problems related to alcohol and drug abuse. For his work with St Anne’s Bill was awarded an OBE in 1992.

He was also chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the country. He held that post since the Trust was established in 1998 and prior to that was chair of the Leeds Community and Mental Health Services NHS Trust from 1992. Bill was a member of Leeds City Council from 1979 to 1992. He chaired the Social Services, Housing and Environment Committees. He has served on the management boards of a wide range of organisations at local, regional and national level. He has also led independent inquiries including one into alleged abuse in a local authority children’s service and one into the management of an NHS hospital for people with learning disabilities.
He and his wife have been foster carers for more than 20 years.

Caroline Abrahams

Ms Caroline Abrahams

Caroline Abrahams is Strategic Adviser at NCH where she works with the CEO on organisational strategy and public policy.

She is currently seconded part time to the Children’s Directorate in DfES where she is working with Ministers and senior officials on developing and communicating policies for children.

Caroline was Director of Public Policy at NCH between 1997 and early 2006. She was a part-time seconded adviser to DfES between 2002-5, where she was closely involved in developing the Every Child Matters Green Paper, especially the child protection and social care elements. She was a member of the Nolan Commission that enquired into child protection in the Catholic Church of England and Wales.

She is chair of the End Child Poverty campaign of the Policy Research Bureau (a UK charity dedicated to researching children, young people and families).


Mr David Middleton

David Middleton has had a long and distinguished career in crime prevention, specialising in the area of treating sex offenders. David currently works as Head of Sex Offender Strategy and Programmes, Public Protection & Licensed Release Unit, National Offender Management Service & National Probation Directorate at the Home Office in London.

He has written, designed and implemented the first national Probation Sex Offender Strategy for England & Wales and a national internet offender treatment programme. In his current role at the Home Office, David develops strategy and policy on the management of convicted sex offenders under the supervision of the National Probation Service, including the development of relevant legislation.

David is also the current UK Representative on Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Sex Offender Treatment and was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education to the Independent Expert Panel for List 99 decisions on misconduct and disqualification of individuals in the teaching professions.

For 20 years from 1978, David worked as a probation officer in first the Leicestershire probation service and then the West Midlands probation service. He was a founder member of Childsafe Associates, a training and consultancy service provided by a consortium of professionals who work in the field of child protection and sexual abuse. Between 1979 and 1995, he was an elected member of Leicester City Council, chairing most of the major committees.

David has been awarded the International Community Justice Award in January 2000, for innovation and success in reducing offending, awarded for successful Sex Offender Groupwork Programme.

He is also Honorary Research Fellow in Forensic Psychology, University of Birmingham.

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