We're the largest and oldest national children’s charity in the UK

Find out about how we're organised by meeting our CEO, trustees and patrons.


Javed Khan Barnardo's CEO

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 Government’s Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce, a Patron of the National Citizen’s Service, a Non-Executive Director of a London NHS Hospital Trust and a Non-Executive Advisor and member of Birmingham City Council’s Strategic Programme Board.

    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 trustees

    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 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. John became a Trustee in 2014. 

      Neil Braithwaite (Honorary Treasurer)

      Neil 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 Guinness Partnership, a director of the Co-op Academies Trust and the Barnardo’s Staff Pension Scheme, and a school governor. Neil became a Trustee in 2011.

      Neil Crockett 

      Neil brings a passion in using digital innovation to lead teams and organisations’ through rapid change in strategy, culture and execution and his most recent role was as Chief Digital Officer at Rolls-Royce PLC. His previous roles included a variety of senior executive positions over a 14 year career in Cisco and being CEO of the Digital Catapult, a leading advanced digital technology innovation centre. Neil has been involved in a range of UK digital advisory boards including the Smart London Board, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology and the Northern Ireland Matrix ICT growth panel and is currently a member of the Innovation panel for the Queens Awards for Industry. Neil also served for 9 years as a Governor at Coventry University and is an active supporter of Co Operation Ireland the largest Irish peace charity.

      Zoe Harris

      Zoe is a marketer who gets a real buzz from understanding what makes mainstream Britain tick, editorialising brands to make them part of popular culture – talked about on social media and in the face to face conversations that take place at the kitchen tables, school gates and pubs of Britain. Throughout her career, Zoe has led teams to build well-known brands such as The Mirror, Sky, Channel 5 and MTV through a creative and disruptive approach to multi-channel marketing. Zoe is now CMO at Go Co, the group that counts Go Compare and weflip amongst its brands, dedicated to saving consumers time and money, and has saved their customers over a billion pounds in the last decade alone. In her spare time, Zoe runs Stockwell Girl Guide Unit and is proud to be a trustee of Barnardo's since 2017.

      Dennis Hone (Senior Independent Trustee)

      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 became a Trustee in 2017.

      Moni Mannings
 (Deputy Chair)

      Moni 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 and 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. Moni became a Trustee in 2017.

      Darra Singh OBE

      Darra is a partner at the global professional services firm EY (formerly Ernst and Young), where he leads the 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 started his career in housing in the charitable sector and then went on to become the CEO of two London based housing associations. He has led and chaired a number of reviews on behalf of senior members of the various Governments including the Commission for Integration and Cohesion (2007), the Riots Panel reviewing the causes of the riots in August 2011, the expert advisory panel advising Scotland’s deputy first minister on welfare reform (2013) and the independent review of the mandating of DNA evidence in the immigration system. Darra became a Trustee in 2016.

      Penny Thompson CBE

      Penny began her public service career as a Social Worker in Tower Hamlets, moving into management and leadership in Cleveland, after a decade on the frontline in London and Sheffield.  Penny returned to Sheffield as Director of Social Services in 1998, and subsequently took her experience of improvement into a number of CEO roles, including LB of Hackney, the Social Work regulator and finally, Brighton & Hove, stepping down in 2015. Since then, Penny has continued to contribute to public services as Independent Chair of Birmingham's Safeguarding Children Partnership since 2016. She is a College of Policing Senior Assessor; a Leadership Mentor and a Trustee. Penny has been a Governor on the Board of Sheffield Hallam University since April 2017. 

      Raj Verma

      Raj is a global people leader and has been in the field of HR, Change and Transformation for almost 25 years.  Leading in one of the world’s largest services company, Sodexo, he is committed to support its mission to improve ‘quality of life’. He is passionate and purposeful about understanding the changing workplace and the global trends that affect it and the enabling role HR must take to make this happen.  Enhancing the employee experience, innovating through digital transformation, and engaging multi-generational talent where a sense of belonging and inclusion makes a real difference are all key to being a great people business. Prior to joining Sodexo, Raj was a member of the HR leadership at Santander Bank in the UK. His early career started in general management in financial services, before moving to Ford Motor Company where he specialised in HR across different brands and geographies. An alumnus of Warwick University, he sits on the Steering Committee for the Business School’s global mentoring programme and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. 

      Our President and patrons

      Our presidents, patrons and ambassadors have helped us raise hundreds of thousands of pounds through their work, which ranges from hosting events to donating gifts.

      Natasha Kaplinsky OBE 

      Natasha Kaplinsky OBE is our new President, as announced in July 2019. The newsreader, presenter and journalist is passionate about issues affecting vulnerable children and a recognised figure in British public life. She will help the charity to raise awareness of issues affecting vulnerable children, young people and their families, including mental health and wellbeing, child sexual exploitation and children who are leaving care.

      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.

      Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan said:

      “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.”

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