Published on
27 August 2021

Barnardo’s announces Lynn Perry and Michelle Lee-Izu as Interim Co-CEOs

Barnardo’s Board of Trustees has appointed the charity’s Corporate Director of Children’s Services, Lynn Perry MBE, and Corporate Director of Development and Innovation, Michelle Lee-Izu, as Interim Co-CEOs, while the Board recruits to the permanent role. This was in response to a proactive collaborative proposal from Lynn and Michelle. 

The Trustees have said this is an exciting opportunity for the charity to be led collaboratively by two highly experienced, credible and trusted female leaders. 

Interim Co-CEOs Lynn Perry MBE and Michelle Lee-Izu, said:

‘We are incredibly honoured to share this role and look forward to leading Barnardo’s into a new chapter. We are pleased and excited that the Trustees saw this model of collaboration and joint leadership as an approach that could serve the charity at this time.

‘This is a crucial time for the charity. The impact of the pandemic has been deeply traumatic for children and young people and many families are struggling to cope. Our services have never been more needed at a time when our income, like many others’, has taken a significant hit.

‘We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the charity emerges even stronger in the aftermath of the pandemic, and continues to embrace innovation, creativity and partnership working, so we can continue to meet the complex and changing needs of children and families in communities across the UK.'

Javed Khan OBE previously announced he will be stepping down after more than seven years at the charity, during which time Barnardo’s reached more vulnerable children than ever before and grew its capacity for innovation.​​​