About the Adoption Leadership Board
The Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) was established in 2014 to provide leadership to the adoption system and drive improvements in performance. CVAA has a contract with the DfE to provide a management and secretariat service for the ALB.
The ALB is made up of 17 senior officials from key organisations in the adoption system in England. This includes colleagues from local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies, the Department for Education, and independent experts.
The ALB is chaired by Andrew Christie, who was appointed by the Education Secretary in March 2016. Andrew has over 40 years’ experience on the front line of children’s social care and is also the commissioner for children’s social care in Birmingham and chair of the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board. Previously, Andrew has acted as the Executive Director of Children’s Services for London’s Tri-borough area and as Chair of Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee at ADCS.