We're the oldest and largest children's charity in the UK
Find out about how we're organised by meeting our CEO, trustees and patrons.
Javed Khan leads our 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
Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our governance and strategic direction as a charity.
The Board agrees our vision and values, sets the strategy and policies for our key activities and monitors our progress. Our trustees are also responsible for appointing our chief executive and for our overall professional, legal and financial management.
Trustees are elected by the Members of Association at the Annual General Meeting. They serve a three-year term and are eligible for re-election.
Members of the Board of Trustees
John Bartlett (Chair)
John joined the Board in 2014. He is a finance professional with a career spanning forty five years; he retired from the position of Group Controller and CFO of Group Finance with BP in 2018 and prior to that was an Inspector of Taxes. John is also currently a non- executive Director with HSBC, chairing the audit committee for their Middle East banking operations. He is also a non-executive financial consultant to a number of private companies.
Neil Braithwaite (Honorary Treasurer)
Neil joined the Board in 2011. He is a chartered accountant and has worked in a variety of finance and leadership roles at Asda and the Co-operative Group. Neil is also chair of the Brathay Trust, a director of the Guinness Partnership and a governor of the Co-operative Academies of Stoke-on-Trent and Leeds.
Alexis started her career as a statistician in the civil service, where she became chief executive of the Benefits Agency and later the Pension Service. In 2007 she joined the Cabinet Office as Director General for Transformational Government. Her current roles include chair of the Northumbria, Tyne and Wear NHS Trust and Vice Chair of Council at Durham University. Alexis joined the Board in 2011.
Zoe is Group Marketing Director at Trinity Mirror, where she oversees print and digital marketing at a national and regional level. She previously worked at various other media organisations, including the Guardian, ITV, MTV and Channel 5. She is a former Trustee for Girlguiding UK and is a Guide Leader for Stockwell Guides. Zoe became a Trustee in 2017.
Dennis has spent more than 20 years working in urban regeneration. He is currently Group Finance Director of the consultancy and construction company Mace. Before joining Mace, he was CEO of the Olympic Delivery Authority, and CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation. In June 2013 he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to the London Olympic Games. Dennis joined the Board in February 2017.
Moni became a Trustee in November 2017 and is Non-Executive Director of FTSE250 companies Polypipe Group PLC, where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee, Investec Bank PLC and Dairy Crest Group PLC. Moni is also a governing council member of Cranfield University, was previously a Board member of the Solicitors Regulation Authority and chaired its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She was formerly a senior partner at international law firm Olswang LLP. She subsequently became Chief Operating Officer of Aistemos Ltd, an intellectual property data analytics company.
Darra is a partner at the international consultancy EY (formerly Ernst and Young), where he leads the firm’s government and public sector practice in the UK and Ireland. He was previously Chief Executive of Job Centre Plus and of Ealing and Luton councils. He also chaired the committee advising Scotland’s deputy first minister on welfare reform, as well as the panel investigating the UK riots of August 2011. Darra joined the Board in 2016.
Colin is founder and Chief Executive of Belfast-based venture capital firm Crescent Capital NI Ltd. He has been a venture capital investor in Northern Ireland companies for 20 years. He is also a director of several companies, including NiSoft UK Ltd, Fusion Antibodies Ltd and Replify Ltd. Colin recently completed a two-year term as CBI Chair for Northern Ireland. He became our Trustee for Northern Ireland in 2014.
Our patrons, presidents and ambassadors have helped us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds through their work, which ranges from hosting events to donating gifts.
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall was Barnardo’s President from October 2007 until December 2016, when she became our Patron.
The Duchess has been very supportive of the charity, visiting a range of services and hosting a Buckingham Palace Garden Party to mark our 150th anniversary in 2016.
Her Majesty The Queen
Her Majesty The Queen was Barnardo’s Patron from 1983 to 2016, when she handed over the role to HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.
“We are extremely grateful for Her Majesty The Queen’s generous time and patronage, together with her dedication to the work of Barnardo’s since 1983. The Royal Family has given us tremendous support throughout our history, and there has been a royal patron since 1902 and royal presidents from 1923. I am delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, our current president, has graciously accepted the role of our new patron.”