Trustees and Honorary Officers' Biographies
Claire Tyler (Baroness Tyler of Enfield), NCB President
Claire Tyler (Baroness Tyler of Enfield) became Chair of CAFCASS
(Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in
February 2012. Previously, Claire was the Chief Executive Officer
of Relate, the UK's leading relationship support agency between
2007 and 2012. This followed 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).
She 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.
Before then, Claire had been the Director of the Government's
Social Exclusion Unit and a board member of the former Office of
the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006.
From July 2000 to April 2002 Claire was the Deputy Chief Executive
of the Connexions Service National Unit.
After graduating in law and politics from Southampton
University, Claire joined the Greater London Council/Inner London
Education Authority in 1978 and in 1988 she joined the Civil
Service. Claire also has a Diploma in Management Studies and is a
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She
is joint chair of the Social Policy Forum and sits on the Executive
Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association. From
2002-06 Claire sat on the Poverty and Disadvantage Committee of the
Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
In November 2010 she was nominated as a Working Peer and from 1
February 2011 sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of
Enfield taking an active role in health and social care, welfare
reform, social mobility and children and family policy.
Elaine Simpson, Chair of NCB
Elaine joined Serco at the end of 2002 to run the then new large
Education Walsall contract, which had been compulsorily outsourced
to Serco. In 2004 she was promoted within Serco to the role
of Managing Director of the Education business which grew well
under her leadership. Before leaving Serco in July 2012,
Elaine was Global Director of Children's Services, focussing on the
capitalising of the many business opportunities available in the
education and children's services market, enhancing and maintaining
Serco's pre-eminent position in this market.
Prior to joining Serco she spent twenty-five years in Local
Government working in senior roles across a number of North-West
local education authorities in the UK. For the last five
years of her time in Local Government she was in Sefton where she
was Chief Education Officer.
Elaine has a degree in Mathematics, a Post-Graduate Diploma in
Guidance and Counselling and started her career as a careers
officer helping young people to make decisions about their
Since February 2012 Elaine has taken on the role of
Non-Executive Director for the Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS
Married to Edward with two children, Rozzie 18 and Nicky 15,
having come very late to motherhood.
Jane Held, Vice Chair
Jane Held took retirement from local government service in April
2004 and is now running her own consultancy company. Her background
is in children's social work and she began her career working in
children's homes. She was Director of Social Services in Camden
before retiring and previously Director in Southend on Sea.
She was also co-chair of the Children and Families Committee of
the Association of Directors of Social Services for three years.
She has worked with a range of national bodies in the last three
years, has published a range of reports and reviews and is on the
Board on the Children's Workforce Development Council, and a
Trustee for Family Action and for the Fostering Network.
She is currently the Independent Chair of the Suffolk Permanence
Panel and also the Independent Chair of the Leeds Safeguarding
Board as well as an Associate for the LGID Safeguarding
Programme. She has 32 years' experience in social care and
has a national reputation and profile as a child care expert.
David Rimington, Treasurer
David is married with two adult children. He has worked as an
accountant in the commercial sector for most of his career. He
served as a trustee for Together Working for Well-being, a mental
health services charity of a similar size to NCB, and was formerly
a trustee of its pension fund. He also undertook some work for
the homelessness charity Shelter and is involved with young people
as secretary of his local canoe club.
Dr Sarah Davidson MBE
Sarah is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in a nationwide,
specialist children and young people's service at the Tavistock
& Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She is the Deputy Clinical
Director on the Professional Clinical Psychology Doctorial
Programme, and Programme Leader of the MSc in International
Humanitarian Psychosocial Consultation at the University of East
London. She is the Psychosocial Advisor for the British Red
Cross, and was previously the Vice Chair of the British Red Cross
Board of Trustees. She is also Trustee on the Board of
Mike Greig FCMA, MA, MSc
Following an executive career as Chief Financial Officer of
public technology businesses, including 20 years as CFO RM
Education plc, Mike took early retirement to pursue other
interests. He is currently a non-executive director of Aberforth
Geared Income Trust, a listed Investment Trust, a trustee of 5
other charities and a pension scheme. He and his wife were foster
carers and in particular therapeutic foster carers for children
with disrupted backgrounds and challenging behaviours prior to
adopting a child. They helped establish a charity to support
vulnerable families and help teach them to be successful parents.
They are also involved in pastoral care in their local
Dewi has twelve years' experience as an educational
including several years representing colleagues on the National
Executive Committee of the Association of Educational
Psychologists, which involves serving on the Professional Policies
Committee. Through this work he has access to peer reviews of
educational and psychological research on child and adolescent
development. He brings a psychological perspective to the work of
the Board and to the issues which NCB is currently working
Councillor Ken Meeson
Ken Meeson is Leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in
the West Midlands where he has held a number of posts including
Chair of Social Services and Education Committees and for nearly 10
years was Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
He has a long history of involvement with young people with the
Scout Association where he has been a Scout Leader, County
Commissioner, County Chairman and now local Safeguarding
Coordinator. Nationally he was for many years a member of the
Local Government Association's Children and Young People Board and
currently serves on the Employer Board. Ken previously represented
the LGA on NCB's Board of Trustees before standing down at the time
of board re-organisation. He has however remained on our Audit
Committee and also chairs the Audit Committee for the National
Youth Agency, where he is an LGA nominated Trustee.
Ken chairs the multi-agency Solihull Partnership which has
oversight of the local Children's Trust and chaired the previous
Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership. He also served
for 20 years as chair of Governors for a Special School with a high
ratio of children on the autistic spectrum, has a special interest
in services for young carers and also unaccompanied asylum seeking
children. In his spare time he is a Lay Hospital Manager under the
Mental Health Act dealing with the rights and welfare of detained
Dr Helen Mackinnon
Helen is Clinical Services Development Leader and Senior
Practitioner at the child bereavement charity Winston's Wish. She
initially studied medicine at Oxford and St Thomas' Hospital before
qualifying as a GP. During her years in general practice Helen had
a special interest in the care of children, especially those with
life-limiting conditions and special needs. Helen then worked as a
Director of Music, latterly at the King's School, Gloucester,
before training as a music therapist and counsellor. Working as a
music therapist in many children's settings further developed
Helen's interest in vulnerable children and led to training in
adult and child bereavement.
In addition to being involved in direct clinical work with
children, young people and families, Helen also runs the Winston's
Wish national training programme, is the national Helpline manager
and the charity's lead on research, evaluation and
Helen has a special interest in bereaved children and young
people, young carers of parents with chronic or life-limiting
conditions, children with special needs and those at risk of
offending and the potential role of music therapy in many of these
areas. She is looking forward to working as a trustee with the NCB
and its partner organisations.
Peter has spent nearly 30 years in the media industry, holding
board positions in the UK, USA, India and Australia. For many years
he was a Board Director of BBC Worldwide Ltd, for whom he developed
and ran BBC Magazines; he was also President and CEO of
BBCWorldwide Americas Inc, launching the TV channel BBC America and
chairing a joint venture with Discovery Inc.
Peter is now Deputy Chairman of Immediate Media Co, a large
PE-backed magazine and digital company and Chairman of Sift, a
VC-backed pure-play digital B2B company; he is a Director of
The National Archives and holds a number of other non-exec
positions. And in 2011 Peter founded EastWest Relations Ltd., a
business he continues to chair, to help western media companies
identify and secure opportunities in India and to enhance trade
with south-east Asia.
Cecile is Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University,
researching issues of education, social justice with particular
reference to 'race', social class and ethnicity. She is the author
of over 100 publications including books, reports and journals. Her
recent publication is 'Black Youth Matters': From School to Success
(2010) (with Standen and Patel), pub Routledge. She has been a
member of various Government Advisory Groups, focusing on issues of
Cecil qualified as a Social Worker from the Ulster University
Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, in 1978 with a BA (Hons) in Social
Work. Cecil has worked during his career with the full range
of client groups; older people, family & child care, mental
health and disability services.
His current post is Director of Children's Services/Executive
Director of Social Work in the Northern Health & Social Care
Trust, a post he took up in May 2009. His operational
responsibilities include family & child care services, child
health, paediatric services, child & adolescent mental health
services and children with a disability.
Cecil lives in Bangor, Co Down, Northern Ireland, and is married
with three grown up children and three grandchildren.