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Barnardo's Chief Executive - Peter Brook


Peter’s previous role as Barnardo's Executive Director of Corporate Services involved managing Barnardo’s finances, properties and facilities management, information services (IS), governance and legal work.

One of Peter’s key achievements as Executive Director of Corporate Services was getting the go–ahead to regenerate Barnardo's Barkingside site and delivering a new head office. Staff will be moving into the offices this summer.

Peter’s motivations for working at Barnardo's

I suspect what motivates me about working here is the same as what motivates everybody else, it’s the work that we do with children, which is just brilliant. That gets me up in the morning.”

The people who work in our services are absolutely fantastic. You can’t help but admire what they’re doing and the challenges they face. It’s really interesting that this is an organisation where everyone within it really cares a lot about what we do.”

Peter’s future focus for Barnardo's

It’s making sure that Barnardo’s is in a really robust position, so strengthening its financial base and improving the infrastructure for everybody so we can all work better together. I think that’s what I most want to achieve, so Barnardo’s is even healthier than it is now, looking confidently to the future."

Peter’s CV

Peter achieved a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Manchester University. He started his career in IT as a computer programmer and then a system designer. Then he joined the Treasury where he spent 17 years, before moving to the Home Office. His last role in the civil service was at the Ministry of Justice where he was Director General of Finance and Commerce. He came to Barnardo’s on secondment in 2009 and was confirmed in post as Executive Director of Corporate Services January 2011.