Javed leads a staff of over 8,000 and more than 20,000 volunteers. He is a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors. He regularly advises government ministers, and is a high-profile contributor in the media and at national and international conferences.
Javed is a member of the advisory board for the Children’s Commissioner for England and lay member of a London clinical commissioning group.
He began his teaching career in the West Midlands, and made rapid progress, becoming head of department, assistant principal and then director of development in a further education college. In 2015 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University.
The son of Kashmiri immigrants who could neither read nor write when they arrived in the UK, Javed is a passionate advocate of the Barnardo’s philosophy: incredible things happen when you believe in children.
His previous roles include:
- Chief Executive at Victim Support
- Executive Director, London Serious Youth Violence Board
- Director of Education, Harrow Council – while he was there, the borough saw a 40 per cent reduction in school exclusions, and the lowest level of young people not in education, employment or training in England