Barnardo’s names new chief executive

Barnardo’s interim chief executive Lynn Perry is to take the role on a permanent basis.

She has been named CEO after more than 13 years at the charity, most recently as interim co-chief executive alongside Barnardo’s corporate director of development and innovation Michelle Lee-Izu.

After joining the charity in 2008 as assistant director of children’s services she was promoted to regional director for the charity in the North West.

Since 2019 she has been its corporate director for children’s services, overseeing around 800 services across the UK.

She was awarded an MBE for services to youth justice in the North West of England in 2007, having previously worked in roles overseeing youth offending and education services at councils and The Children’s Society.

“Having served the charity for more than 13 years, in several different roles, I am incredibly proud of the difference we make to the children and families who need us most, and I have deep respect and admiration for the thousands of colleagues and volunteers who make our work possible,” said Perry.

“The work of Barnardo’s remains crucial to improving children’s lives and making sure their voice and experience is heard by decision makers. I look forward to working with my fantastic colleagues, our partners, donors, and supporters, to achieve this vital mission.”

Barnardo’s chair John Bartlett added: “The Board is delighted to appoint Lynn to the role of permanent CEO of Barnardo’s, and we have full confidence in her exceptional, inspirational, and values-led leadership.

“During Lynn’s service at the charity she has demonstrated her phenomenal grasp of the issues affecting vulnerable children and families, as well as her capacity for innovation and creativity.

“Lynn is deeply committed to driving forward the charity’s strategic direction, with a strong emphasis on culture and inclusion, and we believe the charity will continue to go from strength to strength in her immensely capable hands.”

Perry replaces Javed Khan, who announced last year that he was leaving the charity after seven years, for family reasons.

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