The Board has corporate responsibility for ensuring that the YJB fulfils its strategic objectives, which are agreed with the Secretary of State for Justice, and for ensuring the efficient and effective use of staff and other resources.
The Chair and board members are appointed by the Secretary of State for Justice.
Our board members bring in experience and knowledge of areas including:
- local councils
- voluntary sector
- youth justice and other youth services
- health services
Keith Fraser (Chair)
In April 2020 Keith Fraser was appointed as Chair of the Youth Justice Board (YJB). Prior to that he was a YJB board member. Keith is also the Non-Executive Director/Trustee at The Work Force Development Trust Limited, Advisor for the National Police Chiefs Council Digital Engagement Project for Young People, and Chair of Employability UK. Prior to this, Keith was a Superintendent and Chief Inspector in the West Midlands Police, having joined as a Constable, during which time he produced the 2016-19 Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence strategy.
Keith also produced the business plan for City of Wolverhampton council where he was the Chair of the authority’s statutory Youth Offending Management Board. He led an innovative preventative project, targeting over 7,000 children and young adults, working with Sport England and was the Strategic Police Lead for the Princes Trust across the West Midlands.
Ben is the former Head of Early Help and Family Services at Surrey County Council and was previously Head of Youth Justice and Youth Support in Surrey. He is a qualified social worker who has been a youth justice practitioner. Ben is recognised nationally for pioneering work in the youth justice sector and is a trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice. Ben has been a YJB board member since January 2018.
Brian was appointed as a YJB board member in September 2017. Brian has been a member of the Audit Risk Committee at the Children’s Commissioner for England since 2016. From 2006 to 2016, he has held positions as Director of Operations at the National College of Teaching and Leadership and as Director of Business Development & Performance at the Children’s Workforce Development Council.
Dr Gillian Fairfield
Gillian has retired from the NHS after 36 years and was first appointed as a YJB board member in 2012. She has held posts as a medical practitioner, Senior Policy Advisor at the Department of Health and Medical Director and Operational Director of a mental health trust. She has also held the posts of CEO of two mental health and two acute NHS Trusts.
Jacob has been, since 2019, Strategic Development Lead for Connecting Conversations Collective where he currently leads on coordinating the Lambeth Youth Council to ensure that children and young adults have an accessible and transparent avenue to engage in local democracy. He is also a Youth Worker, School Governor, Youth Offending Service representative and an Advisor to the Young Mayor at Lewisham Council.
Keith was the Children’s Commissioner for Wales from 2008 to 2015, and, since then, has acted as an independent consultant for children and young people’s rights. Keith is Vice Chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board for Wales and chairs the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS). He was a member of the International Play Association Working Group which assisted the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, as well as the Family Justice Review. Keith has been a YJB board member since January 2018.
Louise is founder and investigator of Inside Justice, a registered charity which investigates alleged miscarriages of justice on behalf of prisoners who maintain their innocence. She is also a Board member of Inside Time, a not-for-profit newspaper for prisoners and an Associate Tutor at the School of Law, University of East Anglia.
Professor Neal Hazel
Neal is the Chair of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Salford, following posts as Director of the Salford Institute for Public Policy and Director of the Centre for Social Research at the University. Neal is also former HM Deputy Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales. Neal has been a YJB board member since January 2018.
Neil is former Chief Constable of Lincolnshire Police. He is the Finance and Performance Committee Chair for the Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospital Trust. Neil was first appointed as a YJB board member in 2013.
Sharon is an Education Consultant at Wholehearted Learning. She is also an active member of the SEND London Leadership Strategy and ‘engage in their future’ representing special schools (young people experiencing severe SEMH - social, emotional and mental health difficulties) across the country. She has been a member of the MoJ Medway Improvement Board, a Head Teacher of special (SEMH) and mainstream schools, both primary and secondary for 18 years. Sharon has been a YJB board member since January 2018.
Susannah has been, since 2018, Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) which represents PCCs and wider policing governance bodies across England and Wales. She was previously Assistant Chief Executive of the national charity Victim Support, and Chief Executive for the Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner in Essex. Between 2004-2008, she served as Head of London for the YJB.
Board meeting minutes
The Board meets regularly throughout the year.
Senior Leadership Group
The YJB Senior Leadership Group (SLG) oversees delivery of the Corporate and Business Plan, reviews and monitors budgets, and identifies and manages risk.
Read the latest Annual Report and Accounts for more information on who they are and what they do.
. This document was drawn up by the Ministry of Justice with consultation with the YJB. It sets out the broad framework within which the YJB operates.