Following amalgamation with Coram to form Coram Children’s Legal Centre in September 2011, changes were made to the board membership. CCLC’s trustee board is now made up of the following:
Alison Lowton – Chair
Alison’s experience has meant she was an invaluable sounding board member for Coram in critical areas of our work. She was a Coram Trustee as well as a Foundling Museum Trustee. She is currently chair of Trustees at Coram Children’s Legal Centre. Alison is a qualified solicitor who has mostly worked in local government. Since leaving local government she has had a range of experience including undertaking safeguarding reviews and working for the previous social work regulator. Amongst her extensive experience Alison spent time working as a child care lawyer meaning she had a high exposure to children’s services including Adoption and Foster Panels. She also worked for several years for the London Borough of Camden as Director of Law.
Chris Brown – Treasurer
Chris joined the CCLC Board in 2017, having first been inspired by the work of Coram when leading a review of adoption policy on behalf of David Cameron in 2011. He brings almost 15 years’ experience from policy and economic roles in the UK civil service, including in No10, HM Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since 2016 he has worked as an independent consultant on international development projects, supporting public sector reform in North Africa and the Middle East; he also supports major ethical corporate clients to understand and effectively influence the UK policy-setting process.
Robert is a trustee of both Coram Children’s Legal Centre and Coram. Robert spent 31 years working for the Government, latterly as Director of Employment, Commercial and Companies and on major inquiries at the Treasury Solicitors. While a senior lawyer at the Department of Health he played a key role in the preparation for and implementation of the Children Act 1989. He spent seven years as a non-exective director and latterly Deputy Chair of an acute NHS hospital. He chairs occasional inspections, mainly of acute trusts, for the Care Quality Commission.
Louise Falshaw is currently Director of Strategy and Research at HM Inspectorate of Probation having moved on from the Youth Justice Board in 2018 where she was Director of Partnerships and Performance. She has twenty years’ experience working in criminal justice, with a background in forensic psychology and social research. Louise has held multiple, increasingly strategic roles in Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate, HM Prison Service, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Prisons and Probation Ombudsman and HM Courts and Tribunals Service.
She has a particular interest in adverse childhood experiences and trauma informed approaches to tackling impact. Her doctoral research was focused on childhood abuse and its link to offending behaviour.
In 2010 Jonathan introduced a key volunteer, Almudena Lara, who has helped Coram’s Research and Policy team develop its social finance capacity. He has advised Coram on a number of matters of policy. Jonathan is a member of the Children’s Services Committee, and a donor to Coram. Jonathan is a Professor of Economics at King’s College London. Previously, he held the roles of Director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and Chief Economist at the Cabinet Office, where he advised the Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, and Number 10 Downing Street on economic and financial issues. Before that he held a number of other senior economic policy posts in UK government, including as Director for Children and Poverty at the Department for Work and Pensions. His particular interests include immigration, labour markets, poverty and social mobility. He writes regularly for the national and international press, is on Twitter at @jdportes and blogs at notthetreasuryview.blogspot.com.
Kerry Smith joined Coram Children’s Legal Centre in 2016. She started her career at the Refugee Legal Centre and as a trainee at Bhatt Murphy Solicitors. Moving into international humanitarian work Kerry was posted in Ethiopia and Columbia for the International Committee of the Red Cross before returning to work as a Gender Adviser at Amnesty International UK focusing on trafficking. She then moved to work on children in conflict at Save the Children before joining Plan International UK as Head of Girls Rights and Youth and developing a new area of work on girls rights in the UK. She joined the Helen Bamber Foundation as Chief Executive in May 2018.
Carol Storer OBE is Interim Director of Legal Action Group. Carol worked as a solicitor for many years, specialising latterly in housing law although for many years she also carried out emergency work representing those who had suffered domestic violence. She has worked in a law centre, local authority, private practice and Shelter before becoming Director of the Legal Aid Practitioners Group in 2008.
She started as Interim Director of the charity Legal Action Group (LAG) in March 2019. LAG’s purpose is to promote equal access to justice for all members of society who are socially, economically or otherwise disadvantaged. LAG seeks to improve law and practice, the administration of justice and legal services. LAG publishes many books as well as its multi-award winning Legal Action magazine.
Carol has been on the board of many organisations including Advice Services Alliance, has been a school governor for many years and is Chair of The Law Society’s Access to Justice Committee.