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 quarterly basis. There are two sub-committees of the board: audit and risk, and quality and practice improvement.
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'.
Lisa is a qualified social worker with more than 20 years’ experience in children’s social care, youth offending and early help services, and has substantial experience of improving services. She became Chief Executive of the Trust in September 2018 having previously been the Interim Director of Children’s Services at Wokingham Borough Council and , prior to that, Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care for the London Borough of Lambeth.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Paula has a background in government strategy and policy, large programme delivery as well as experience of central and local government, and senior management. In addition to being a Non-Executive Director at the Trust, she is an Independent Panel Chair and Assessor for Judicial Appointments, a Trustee of a mutual and social enterprise and a major charity for vulnerable young people.
Prof Morris is a qualified registered social worker and Professor of Social Work at the University of Sheffield. She gained substantial experience in practice, management and policy development prior to moving into academia and through her research and involvement in national and international social work developments has remained very closely connected to practice.
Supt Grahame is a Superintendent at Thames Valley Police covering the Slough area. She has wide experience of local policing, having previously been Deputy Commander for Windsor and Maidenhead and also having worked in Slough as a response inspector. She has a background in child protection as a detective inspector in Berkshire in the Child Abuse Investigation Unit.
Janette is Head of Children, Young People and Families at NHS Berkshire East Clinical Commissioning Group, leading on the commissioning of health services for children and young people with additional needs. She has over 20 years’ experience of supporting the youth agenda, and is passionate about improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people.