Carolyn Regan (Chair)
Carolyn Regan has enjoyed an extensive career in challenging public sector roles, as well as posts in the UK and international not for profit sector. Carolyn is currently the Chief Executive of West London Mental Health Trust and has previously led a number of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups. She has worked for the NHS in a variety of very senior roles, including at Chief Executive level in North East London, East London and West Hertfordshire. She was also Chief Executive of the Legal Services Commission. Carolyn has worked in the not-for-profit sector in the UK for Coram and the Children’s Legal Centre, as well as abroad. Carolyn is a Board member of the newly established Press Regulation Panel.
Laura Davies (Treasurer)
Laura is Finance Director with a blue chip consumer goods company. Laura is CIMA qualified and has worked in a number of core financial roles including internal Audit, Financial Controller and Strategic Finance. Laura previously was the Treasurer of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England and had also volunteered overseas.
A former Channel 4 news presenter, Katie recently joined the BBC’s Newsnight as a special correspondent. She first joined ITN in 1998 after working as a press officer in Parliament and was soon an award-winning producer. As a journalist, Katie covers everything from social exclusion to business, legal and foreign affairs.
Brenda is a human rights and criminal barrister, with a particular interest in representing young people and those with mental health problems. She has significant experience representing those who are unfit to plead and/or cannot effectively participate in their trial.
Ronan lectures in EU law and public law at University College London. He is a former judicial clerk at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and a former Legal Officer of the Refugee Legal Centre in London. He is also a member of the bars of Ireland and England and Wales and completed pupillage at Matrix Chambers in London. He also worked as associate counsel (voluntary) at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York.
Paula is an independent consultant who works globally with multi-sector organisations to analyse, articulate, plan and mobilise their organisational strategies and major transformational initiatives. Paula was previously Chief Operating Officer of The Work Foundation and a Senior Executive (Partner) with Accenture.
Symon is a housing, property developer and urban regeneration expert who has worked successfully across all sectors – public, private, third and charity. Over a period of 20 years Symon has operated as chief executive of three large housing-led, community focused urban regeneration partnerships, implementing multi-faceted programmes leading to lasting positive outcomes for both resident and business communities. Symon has helped raise hundreds of £millions of inward investment to depressed areas requiring new housing and property developments, as well as social, economic, and environmental regeneration. Symon was Chairman of The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust – a charity that supports young people into the fields of architecture and associated professions – for three years, and was a trustee of the organisation for 12 years.
Throughout her working life as a youth worker, social worker and researcher Jennie has worked with children and young people to promote their participation in achieving their human rights through the full implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the child, both in England and internationally. Her experience includes participatory research, especially the involvement of young people, community members and service users in research in a range of social, community and organisational contexts. She has extensive experience working with public and voluntary sector institutions, multi-agency partnerships, NGOs, government departments and agencies in a wide range of participatory evaluation, research and change projects.
Anthony is a lawyer who was previously a Partner at the Law Firm Field Fisher Waterhouse ( FFW ) specialising in Intellectual Property Law. He had responsibility for the Information Technology department at that Firm. In 1996, Anthony moved to Andersen Consulting ( now Accenture ) where he ran the Legal & Commercial Department in the UK. In 2000 , Anthony moved to Deloitte where he became the Risk Partner for Deloitte Consulting across EMEA and sat on the Deloitte Consulting Executive in the UK from June 2000 until his departure from Deloitte in May 2014. Since leaving Deloitte, Anthony has set up his own Consultancy business which advises Corporates on how best to structure their Quality & Risk Management departments with a view to enhancing his clients’ approach to managing Quality & Risk in their respective organisations. In addition Anthony is involved in other Charitable institutions/causes. Anthony is currently on the Development Committee at the Roundhouse and is on the Philanthropy Committee at Nordoff Robbins.
Peter currently works at Permira, a global private equity and credit fund manager. Peter joined Permira in 2001 and is the Chief Operating Officer of Permira Debt Managers. Peter is responsible for all operational aspects of the Permira Debt Managers business with a particular focus on capital raising, legal and compliance issues as well as the investment process. Peter overseas the finance and administration function. Permira Debt Managers provides credit solutions to successful, medium-sized European businesses and since 2007 has provided over €2.3Bn of capital to 75 businesses in 12 European countries.
Kathryn is a professor of law at Newcastle University. Her research focuses on children’s rights and in particular the rights of children in the criminal justice system. Kathryn sits on the advisory board of the Youth Justice Legal Centre and has been a member of CRAE for many years. She is also as associate member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice.
Steffie has always felt it important that young people’s voices and rights should be advocated. In the past she has been the chair of her local youth parish council. As well as being a bullying-support and mental-health mentor for the former charities “MindFull” and “BeatBullying”, she was part of the charities’ youth panels. This has led her to represent young people in the mental-health sector at a variety of events and conferences around the country. She is currently studying the International Baccalaureate at college.