About the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board

The Adoption Leadership Board (ALB) was established in 2014 to provide leadership to the adoption system and drive improvements in performance. In 2018 the Board became the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board (ASGLB), with a remit to cover previously looked after children subject to adoption or special guardianship orders. CVAA has a contract with the DfE to provide a management and secretariat service for the ALB.

The ASGLB is made up of 12 senior officials from key organisations in the adoption and permanence system in England. This includes colleagues from local authorities, voluntary adoption agencies, the Department for Education, and independent experts.

The ASGLB is chaired by Andrew Christie CBE, 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 Chair of the Birmingham Children’s Trust. Previously, Andrew has acted as Chair of the Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board, 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.


ChairAndrew Christie
ADCSPresidentStuart Gallimore
ADCSChair of Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy CommitteeCharlotte Ramsden
Adoption UKChief ExecutiveSue Armstrong-Brown
CoramBAAFDirectorJohn Simmonds
CVAAChief Executive OfficerMaggie Jones
Department for EducationDirector of Children's Social Care, Practice and WorkforceKaty Willison
Family Rights GroupChief Executive OfficerCathy Ashley
Grandparents PlusChief Executive OfficerLucy Peake
LGAChair of the Children and Young People's BoardCllr Lucy Nethsingha
CAFCASSDirector of StrategyTeresa Williams
Hadley CentreProfessor of Social WorkJulie Selwyn
Judicial ObserverMr Justice MacDonald
Independent Adviser to the BoardMark Owers