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C4EO - Theme advisory groups (TAGs)

What is a TAG?

Theme Advisory Groups (TAGs) were set up for each of our themes and are expert groups which guide and shape the work of the theme. The members of the TAGs between them had a range of expertise and knowledge from the statutory, public and voluntary sectors and include both policy makers and deliverers of services.

A TAG met every two or three months at key points in the work programme for the life of the theme. On average this is 18 months.

Early Years

Theme Lead and Chair - Sue Owen, National Children’s Bureau

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Jenny Spratt

Peterborough Unitary Authority

Panna Nagar

Nursery School, Kent County Council

Marian Pearson

National Childminding Association (representing Pre-School Learning Alliance and National Day Nurseries Assn)

Sue Gates

Kent County Council

Jane Stewart

London Borough of Brent

Iram Siraj-Blatchford

Institute of Education

Elizabeth Elsom

Ofsted

Pauline Jones

CWDC

Helen Wheeler

NCB

Dwynwen Stepien

NCB and Commissioning Support Programme

Joanna Apps

Family and Parenting Institute

Jackie Lincoln

CSA, GOYH

Ann Wilsden

DFE

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Disability

Theme Lead and Chair - Celia Atherton, Research in Practice

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Ann Baxter

London Borough of Camden

Bryony Beresford

Social Policy Research Unit, York University

Christine Lenehan

Council for Disabled Children

Lesley Campbell

Mencap

Louise Oliver

Henry Tyndale Special School, Hants

Martin Cunnington

Kent County Council

Srabani Sen

Contact a Family

Tricia Sloper

York University

Hardip Begol

DFE

Peter Logan

CWDC

Colin Pettigrew

GONE

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Vulnerable Children

Theme Chair - Amanda Edwards, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Theme Lead – Mary Sainsbury, Social Care Institute for Excellence

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Peter Lewis

London Borough of Haringey

David Derbyshire

Action for Children

Robert Tapsfield

The Fostering Network

Cathy Ashley

Family Rights Group

Maxine Wrigley

A National Voice

Sheena Adam

CAFCASS

Philip Pullen

Ofsted

Linda Briheim-crookall

NCAS (Catch 22)

Anne Hawker

Warwickshire County Council

Jo Feeney

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

Sheryl Burton

NCB

Savita DeSousa

BAAF

Allen Baynes

Bridge for Learning

Mike Searle

Bridge for Learning

Jane Ayshford

Greenford High School, Ealing

David Berridge

University of Bristol

Jo Thompson

Worcestershire PCT

James Blewett

Making Research Count

Michelle Boulton

Care leaver and adoptive parent

Ann Harrison

CWDC

Pixley Clarke

GONE

Sarah Lewis

DFE

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Safeguarding

Theme Chair - John Coughlan, DCS, Hampshire County Council

Theme Lead – Patricia Kearney, Head of Children and Family Services, Social Care Institute for Excellence

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Cathy Ashley

Family Rights Group

Sue Cart

West Sussex

Rosalind Turner

Kent County Council

Colin Green

Coventry City Council

Bridget Featherstone

University of Bradford

Andy Kay

National Policing Improvement Agency

Patricia Suarez

NHS Confederation

Prof Andrew Cooper

Tavistock Institute

Carolyn Davies

Institute of Education

Martin Narey

Barnardos

Angela Roberts

CPHVA (Community Practitioners’ & Health Visitors’ Assn)

Len Tyler

Royal College of Paediatricians & Child Health

Ross Hendry

11 Million

Harry Ferguson

University of the West of England

Carolyn Davies

Institute of Education

Peter Dale

Peter Dale Associates

Isabella Craig

DFE

Paul Curran

IDeA

Matt Dunkley

East Sussex County Council

Jenny Gray

DFE

Natalie Metcalfe

CWDC

Martin Pratt

Northamptonshire County Council

Jacky Tiotto

GoL

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Child Poverty

Theme Lead and Chair - Catherine Fitt, former DCS, Newcastle Council, now Strategic Director of Children’s Services, NCSL

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Neera Sharma

Barnardo’s

Replacement for kate Green tba

Child Poverty Action Group

Helen Barnard

Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Simone Spray

Save the Children UK

David Derbyshire

Action for Children

Srabani Sen

Contact a Family

Liz Adamson

Derby City PCT

Jo Webber

NHS Confederation

Craig Titterton

IDeA

Will Tuckley

London Borough of Bexley

Michelle Kennedy

GoL/CPU

Replacement for Tom Rahilly to be named

CPU

Liz Garrett

CWDC

Melanie Clark

DFE

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Schools and Communities

Theme Chair - Neil Wilson, Head teacher, Newall Green School, Manchester

Theme Lead - Sharon O’Donnell, NFER

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Tony Stainer

Walsall Children’s Services - Serco

Asha Khemka

West Nottingham College

Cherry White

Training and Development Agency

Sue Egersdorff

NCSL

Adrian Gray

OFSTED

Jenny Price

Assn for Education Welfare Management (AEWM)

Fergus Crowe

National Children’s Bureau

Dr Jonathan Sharples

Institute for Effective Education, University of York

Brenda Ainsley

Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT)

Russell Andrews

Education and Planning, Partnerships with Schools

Professor Kathryn Riley

Institute of Education

Christopher Palmer

GOWM

Carol Dewhurst

CWDC

Ghulam Abba

DFE

Dan Racher

DFE

Michelle Weatherburn

DFE

Marie Costigan

DFE

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Youth

Theme Chair - John Harris, DCS, Hertfordshire County Council

Theme Lead – Sue Quinn, National Youth Agency

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Alan Mitchell

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Chris Garcia

Buckinghamshire County Council

Terry Begley

North Yorkshire County Council

Jenny Wilmott

NCVYS

Tony Gallagher

Ofsted

Gill Millar

Regional Youth Work Unit, South West

Joanne Butcher

NCB

Caroline Boswell

GoL

Tony McGee

GONW

Marcus Isman-Egal

CWDC

Antony Hughes

DFE

John Doherty

DFE

James Vance

DFE

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Families, Parents and Carers

Chair - Deborah Absalom, DCS, London Borough of Bexley

Theme Lead - Anne Page, Family & Parenting Institute

TAG Member

Role / Organisation

Richard Anderson

CAPE Project, Greenwich

Margaret Burke

London Borough of Waltham Forest

Helen Dent

Family Action

Vivienne Evans OBE

Adfam

Ellen Jones

Brighton & Hove Unitary Authority

Sue Miller

Newcastle City Council

Angela Slaven

Kent County Council

Deborah Benady

National Association of Parenting Practitioners

Jennifer Kitchiner

Parent representative

Peter Marsh

University of Sheffield

Liz Garrett

CWDC

Jackie Harrop

GoL

Annabel Burns

DFE

Clarissa White

DFE

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