Kathy became CEO of Children England in April 2013, having been its Deputy CEO since May 2010. Founded in 1942 by a group of the major children’s charities, Children England is the membership body for children’s charities, voluntary and community sector organisations in England. In May 2014 Children England successfully campaigned to ban profit-making companies from running child protection services, and continues to lead collaborative voluntary sector campaigns for change, including the Declaration of Interdependence, Open to All and Grants for Good. Kathy is also a regular columnist for Children and Young People Now, and for Civil Society.
After graduating from Trinity College Cambridge with a degree in Social and Political Sciences, Kathy took a full-time CSV volunteer placement in a voluntary sector children’s home, an experience that inspired her to train in counselling, and to work with young people in LA secure accommodation for several years. She moved into policy work in 1996: firstly for DrugScope, specialising in drug treatment for young people; then in 2001 going to The Children’s Society where she was Policy Director until 2009. During her career Kathy has been the Chair of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice, a Trustee of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, a member of the ACMD Hidden Harm implementation group and DCSF Care Matters advisory group. She was also consultant to the Police Foundation and Justice, devising potential alternatives to Youth Courts, to support the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour.
NPC Ignites conference session:
D1: Towards a new relationship with the state
Many charities are struggling to navigate the changing role and shape of the state. From the shift to
larger, more generic contracts, worries about a race to the bottom on price, and concerns about charities voice and independence being threatened, many charities are wondering what can be done to reset the relationship. But some in the sector are trying to forge a new relationship, based on their reach and understanding of communities, and are co-producing solutions with the state. Join our panel to debate what a new relationship with the state could look like.