Slough Children’s Services Trust is governed by a board, made up of executive and non-executive directors and advisors. The board oversee the work of the Trust, helping ensure children in Slough are Safe, Secure and Successful.
The board meets on a monthly basis. There are two sub-committees of the board; Quality and Innovations and Finance and Resources.
Details of the individual board members are below:
Robert was appointed Board Chair of SCST in 2017. He has a lifetime's experience of trying to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families, first as a social worker, then managing local authority services and most recently as chief executive of two national charities. As a keen supporter of innovation and new ways of working, Robert is ideally placed to help steer SCST in the direction of 'Outstanding'
Nicola is Chief Executive of the Trust. She joined us from Cambridgeshire County Council, where she was instrumental in moving children’s services from ‘Inadequate’ to ‘Good’. She was awarded an OBE in HRH The Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List 2016 for services to children. From the offset, Nicola has focused on encouraging and empowering colleagues at the Trust to improve both the quality and performance of our social care.
Director of Finance & Resources
Matt joined the Trust in October 2016 as Director of Finance & Resources. He qualified as an accountant in 1996 working in Accounting Practice, He spent spent 12 years with a range of FTSE100 telecom companies before moving into the public sector to work on change programmes, with an emphasis on value for money and return on investments. His focus is ensuring the future viability of the Trust to deliver outstanding services to children.
John is a Chartered Accountant with extensive experience as a Finance Director in both the private and not for profit sectors. He was Group Chief Executive of Housing Solutions, an affordable homes provider in Maidenhead for 16 years. He is also a Non Executive Director of the Royal Berks Hospital in Reading and Vice Chair of BCA College in Maidenhead.
Director of Operations
Eric is the Trust's Director of Operations. He has been in social work for almost 40 years and is leading the reorganisation of the way we deliver children's service and the drive to improve what is delivered in Slough. Eric has a particular interest in drawing in improvement monies and innovation funding to tackle long-standing problems and in generating enduring change and better outcomes for children.
Liz is a non-executive board member. She was a social worker for 10 years before taking on a range of leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Liz has been a Director of Social Services and Children’s Services, has chaired two improvement boards, and led local and national improvement services.
Cllr Usmani represents Slough Borough Council as a Non-Executive Director on the Trust's Board. She is a Labour councillor for Chalvey. You can find our more about Cllr Usmani here
Gavin is the local Police Commander for Slough. He started as a police officer in Slough in 1994 and is passionate about the town. Protecting vulnerable children and vulnerable adults is one of Gavin's key local priorities and he works tirelessly in support of safeguarding issues. His role on the Board is in an advisory capacity.
David is a non-executive board member. He is a Senior Research Fellow at the Tilda Goldberg Centre, University of Bedfordshire. David is a qualified social worker and has worked as a Principal Child and Family Social Worker and as an Academic Tutor on the Frontline Programme.