Lady Elizabeth Haslam
Lady Elizabeth Haslam established the Foundation in 1987 in memory of the life and work of her husband Michael Sieff. Elizabeth has a background of welfare work in industry and the community.
Further information on Lady Haslam’s work is available from her website.
Richard White, the Secretary to the Foundation, is a former Tribunal Judge of the First-tier Tribunal (the Social Entitlement Chamber); Visiting Professor of Child Law, Cardiff University; was Chairman of the Trustees of the Foundation until 31 December 2006.
Chris Stanley, Retired senior magistrate. Formerly Chair, Youth Court panel and Kent Magistrates’ Association (MA) and member Youth Courts Committee at the MA. Trustee of the National Association for Youth Justice. Chair of Trustees ‘Transform Justice’ and member of the Standing Committee for Youth Justice. Formerly Head of Policy and Research at Nacro.
Ian, Lord Blair
Ian, Lord Blair, was the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis (‘Scotland Yard’) from 2005-2008. He now sits as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords. He is chair or trustee of a number of charities and writes and lectures extensively. He holds or has held a number of academic positions both here and abroad.
Maggie Atkinson, is a qualified teacher and former Director of Children’s Services. She was president of the Association of Children’s Services (ADCS) in 2008-09 and the Children’s Commissioner for England from 2010 to 2015.
She is now chair of the LSCB for the Wirral, a consultant on leadership and management and serves several organisations as a Non-Executive Director or Trustee.
John Drew CBE, was Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 and prior to that had spent a decade as a Director of Social Services and Housing in the east London Borough of Redbridge. He worked as a children’s social worker from 1974, qualifying in 1978.
Since retiring in 2013, he has had a number of non-executive and part-time roles. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire and chairs the Medway Safeguarding Children’s Board. He was Secretary to the Laming Inquiry into children in care and the criminal justice system.
John Tenconi has been Chair of the Trustees of the Michael Sieff Foundation since 1 January 2007.
Barrister, Director of Monarch Assurance plc, Non Executive Director of a number of companies in the technology and financial services sector.
The Earl of Listowel
The Earl of Listowel, Crossbench Peer and Treasurer, Vice Chair: All Party Parliamentary Group for Children and Young People in Care and Leaving Care. Patron of The Who Cares? Trust, Young Minds and Volunteer Reading Help.
Dr. Eileen Vizard CBE
Dr. Eileen Vizard CBE, Honorary Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer Institute of Child Health, UCL, Visiting Professor New York University in London.
Dr. Vizard has specialised in work with maltreated children and their families for nearly 40 years. Nearly 30 years ago, she set up a specialist service for children and young people who sexually harm others and who have complex developmental needs. At present, Dr. Vizard works in independent clinical practice as an Expert Witness, assessing young people as defendants in criminal proceedings as well as children and families within family proceedings where there are issues of maltreatment and parenting problems.
She has published more than 100 academic papers, continues to lecture nationally and internationally and advises government and policy makers in relation to child welfare.
Shauneen Lambe, is the Founder of Just for Kids Law, a charity that provides holistic representation to vulnerable children and young people and drives systemic change through strategic litigation and policy reform. She was called to the bar in England and Wales in 1997 and qualified as an attorney in Louisiana, USA in 2000 where she represented people facing the death penalty.
In 1999 she helped set up the charity Reprieve, remaining on the board until 2006. In 2006 she set up Just for Kids Law with Aika Stephenson. Since establishing Just for Kids Law, Shauneen has been named a World Economic Forum ‘Young Global Leader,’ and one of NESTA/The Observer’s ‘Britian’s New Radicals.’
In 2012 she was made a Shackleton Leader and an Ashoka Fellow. In 2013 Shauneen was shortlisted for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year and Liberty’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year. In 2015 she was made an Eisenhower Fellow. She is a board member of legal charity Birthrights and the Baring Foundation.
David Jefferies CBE, a much valued Trustee of the Foundation since 2004 passed away on 19 March 2016. David was Past Chairman of National Grid Group PLC; Past Master of the Worshipful Company, Wax Chandlers; Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Hon. Vice President British Limbless Ex Servicemen’s Association; Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies, Life Member.
Rupert Hughes, a former trustee of the Michael Sieff Foundation, passed away in August 2015. On retirement in 1997 Rupert became a Trustee and remained so until 2003. Thereafter he contributed his considerable wisdom to the organisation of Sieff conferences at Cumberland Lodge and most recently as part of a Sieff group discussing the setting up of the Carlile Inquiry Report and the recommendations emerging from it.