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New faces at National Children's Bureau, as new president and chair are appointed

Article By: Rachel Baker, News Editor

The has announced the appointment of Baroness Tyler of Enfield as its new president and Elaine Simpson as the new chair.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield, new president of NCB

Baroness Tyler of Enfield will be officially inaugurated into the post on 18 October during NCB's AGM and replaces the late Baroness Shireen Ritchie, who passed away in April. Baroness Tyler became chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in February 2012 and was previously the chief executive officer of Relate between 2007 and 2012.

She also held a number of senior positions within government, the last of which was director of the Vulnerable Children’s Group at the DfES (now the Department for Education).

Baroness Tyler also chaired the ‘Kids in the Middle’ coalition, a group of national charities and agony aunts campaigning for better services for separating parents and their children.

She sits on the Executive Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association and in November 2010 was nominated as a working peer where from 1 February 2011 she has sat in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of Enfield taking an active role in health and social care, welfare reform, social mobility, well-being, children and family policy, machinery of government and the voluntary sector.

Within Parliament Baroness Tyler sits on the Lords Select Committee on Public Services and Demography, is vice chair of the Associate Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families, and vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on social mobility. She also chairs the Liberal Democrat working group on a Balanced Working Life.

Dr Hilary Emery, chief executive of NCB said: “On behalf of all the staff at NCB, I’d like to say how happy we are that Baroness Tyler is joining us as the new president of NCB. Her wide experience in both government and the charity sector, working on behalf of children and young people, will be an invaluable asset to the organisation.”

Baroness Tyler said: “For many years I’ve admired NCB’s commitment to improving the lives of the nation’s children and its focus on the most vulnerable, so I’m immensely proud to now take up the role of president. I look forward to the organisation’s continuing success, and look forward to collaborating with NCB’s staff and partners in the years to come.”

Dame Gillian Pugh, the outgoing chair of NCB said: “Throughout its long history, NCB has benefited from resourceful and visionary presidents leading the organization. I’m delighted to welcome Baroness Tyler to the role of president and am confident that she will continue that tradition as NCB approaches its 50th anniversary.”

Meanwhile, Elaine Simpson has been announced as the new chair of NCB, replacing Dame Gillian Pugh who is stepping down after six years of service in the post and having worked with NCB for more than thirty years.

Elaine Simpson has been announced as the new chair of NCB

Ms Simpson will also be officially inaugurated into the post on 18 October during NCB's AGM.

She has extensive experience working to improve the lives of children, having worked for over 25 years in local government across a number of local authorities in the North West.

Ms Simpson finished her career in local government at Sefton Council where she was the chief education officer, helping Sefton become one of the best performing local authorities in the country.

In 2003, she joined Serco where she helped build and then ran their education and children’s services business. She led the transformation of a local education authority placed in special measures by Ofsted, as well as winning and managing contracts to run Ofsted inspections for a third of England and worked with the DfE and third sector partners to support the roll-out of children’s centres and short breaks programme through Together for Children and Together for Disabled Children. She left SERCO in 2012 to take up a portfolio career.

Dr Hilary Emery, chief executive at NCB said: “I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Elaine as she joins us as the new chair of NCB. She brings a unique set of skills to the role, combining a passion for children’s rights with in-depth experience of the commercial sector, and we very much look forward to the contribution she will undoubtedly make to NCB as it approaches its 50th year.”

Elaine Simpson said: “I am delighted to have been selected to become the next chair of NCB. Dame Gillian Pugh is going to be a very hard act to follow but I have known and admired NCB’s work for many years and it will be an absolute privilege to work with the team at NCB, its many partners and members of Young NCB to ensure all children get the opportunities and support they need and deserve.”


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