Members of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB), how they are appointed and board meeting minutes.

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.

Board members

Our board members bring in experience and knowledge of areas including:

  • local councils
  • voluntary sector
  • youth justice and other youth services
  • policing
  • judiciary
  • education
  • health services

They are:

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor became Chair of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales in March 2017. You can read his profile to find out more.

Alan Wood

Alan was appointed as a YJB board member in April 2017. He received a Knighthood in the 2018 honours for his work as Corporate Director of Children and Young People’s Services at Hackney Council. Alan was the Chief Executive of The Learning Trust and President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services. In 2013 he was appointed as Commissioner for Children Social Care in Doncaster.

Ben Byrne

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 Tytherleigh

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.

Keith Fraser

Keith is a retired Police Officer, who spent 14 years at a senior level, starting in the Metropolitan Police Service. From 2005 he was based in the West Midlands. He produced the 2016 to 2019 Preventing Gang Involvement and Youth Violence strategy and business plan for the City of Wolverhampton, and is the Chair of Wolverhampton City’s Statutory Youth Offending Management Board. He led an innovative preventative project, targeting over 7000 young people, working with Sport England and he was the Strategic Police Lead for the Princes Trust across the West Midlands. He is currently a trustee and patron of three child focused charities. Keith has been a YJB board member since January 2018.

Keith Towler

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.

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 Rhodes

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 Gray

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.

Board meeting minutes

The Board meets regularly throughout the year.

Code of conduct for board members (PDF, 109KB, 6 pages)

YJB board register of interests (PDF, 97.3KB, 4 pages)

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.

Read the Framework document: Ministry of Justice and YJB (PDF, 187KB, 22 pages). 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.

SLG register of interests (PDF, 71.1KB, 2 pages)