Edward Timpson announced as new Cafcass Chair

Chief Executive Anthony Douglas welcomes new appointment on behalf of Cafcass.

Edward Timpson CBE has been appointed as the new Chair of Cafcass. His appointment will begin on 9th April, running to 8th April 2021.

The former MP for Crewe and Nantwich (2008-2017) held roles as the Minister of State for Children and Families (2015-2016) and Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at the Department for Education (2016-2017). He was also the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families between 2012 and 2015.

Before entering Parliament, Edward spent ten years working as a family law barrister specialising in children’s cases. Growing up, his family fostered 90 children over 30 years and he has two adopted brothers.

Edward replaces Baroness Tyler of Enfield whose six-year tenure ended last week.

Cafcass’ Chief Executive Anthony Douglas welcomed Edward’s appointment:

“We are looking forward to working with Edward on issues affecting not just Cafcass but the whole of the family justice system. It was great working with him as a Minister and the whole of Cafcass is delighted with his appointment, coming on top of our outstanding rating from Ofsted. Edward’s personal and professional background, added to his political nous, will help us to keep growing and developing as a voice of the child-based service.”

Edward Timpson CBE said:

“I’m thrilled to take on the role of Chair of Cafcass, an organisation I’ve been involved with all the way from my family fostering whilst growing up to my time as Children’s Minister. As a former family law barrister I know just how complex and crucial the work of Cafcass is. I’m looking forward to supporting all those who help provide an outstanding service for children in need of our help, as well as ensuring Cafcass is at the forefront of the innovation and positive reform needed in our family justice system.”

Baroness Tyler said:

“I wish everyone the very best for the next stretch of Cafcass’ journey and the challenges and opportunities it will bring. I am sure Edward will be as proud to hold the role as I have been, and I look forward to following the organisation and the Board as they continue to grow on the next leg and strengthened by Cafcass’ latest Ofsted achievement.”

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