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Announcement of a new public appointment

One new member, 3 reappointment's of existing members and an extension of tenure of one member for the Youth Justice Board.


The Secretary of State has appointed Dr Carol Homden as a new member of the Youth Justice Board for a year from 1 October 2015, has reappointed Christine Davies, David Banks and Dr Gillian Fairfield for a further year until 2 October 2016 and extended the tenure of John Wrangham for a further 15 months until 30 June 2016.

The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales is an executive non-departmental public body. It oversees the the youth justice system in England and Wales and works to prevent offending and reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18. It makes sure that custody for them is safe, secure and addresses the causes of their offending behaviour.

Board Members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice.

None of the members mentioned above have any declared political activity during the last five years.

Dr Homden’s appointment is subject to security clearance.


Carol is currently the Group Chief Executive of Coram, the UK’s oldest children’s charity, the Chair of the National Autistic Society and she sits on the Department of Education’s (DfE) Adoption Leadership Board and the Children’s Interagency Group.

Carol’s early career was in journalism and publishing and she has also held posts including the Commercial Director of The Prince’s Trust, the Director of Marketing and Public Affairs for the British Museum and the Director of Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster.

Carol was awarded the CBE in 2013 for services to children and families.

Published 15 October 2015