The Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, has appointed Dr Carol Homden CBE as a new member of the Youth Justice Board. Her tenure, which began on 1 October, will last for one year.
Dr Homden started her career by setting up print media enterprises in East Anglia before moving to London as a freelance arts journalist and editor. She then became Director of Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster, later moving to the British Museum in 1999 as its first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs.
In 2003 she joined the Prince’s Trust as Commercial Director before becoming Chief Executive of Coram - the oldest Children’s charity in the UK – in 2007.
Lord McNally, Chair of Youth Justice Board, said:
Carol has a formidable track record gained through her experience with high-profile children’s and social care organisations, whose work to improve the life chances of disadvantaged young people is exemplary. Her wealth of experience in the education and charity arenas at a national level makes her ideally placed to provide challenge and support to the rest of the Board, to ensure we continue to build on the many successes we have already seen in the youth justice system.
Dr Carol Homden said:
There has never been a more important time for us to focus our attention on society’s most vulnerable young people, many of whom face significant challenges and may themselves be victims. I hope to be able to bring wide ranging experience in children’s and complex needs services to benefit the continuing work of the Youth Justice Board in its vital role of championing children’s needs in the justice system.
Dr Homden was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2013 for her services to children and families.
Notes to Editors:
The Secretary of State has also reappointed Christine Davies, David Banks and Dr Gillian Fairfield for a further year until 2 October 2016 and extended the tenure of John Wrangham until 30 June 2016. His new term started on 9 April 2015.