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.
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.
Dheepa is a chartered accountant with 20 years post qualification experience working in large and small organisations and almost always in organisations with a social purpose. Dheepa has experience working at board level as an executive and non-executive director and she has held a number of Trustee roles, including acting a chair of finance and risk committees. She and her husband are also adopters.
Andrew has extensive operational and strategic management experience covering all aspects of children's services, including over seven years’ experience as a Director of Children’s Services and as a local authority Deputy Chief Executive. He has worked with IsosPartnership on national research projects focusing on identifying how best to support improvement in local children’s social care services. He continues to work for the LGA as Children’s Improvement Adviser.
Cllr Parmar became a councillor in May 2018 and in his first year served on the Education and Children’s Service Scrutiny Panel and the Joint Parenting Panel. He is currently a Trustee of the Slough Museum and on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. He has lived in Slough for 42 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience of our local community in Slough.
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.