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Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board



About the 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. Coram-i is contracted by the DfE to provide a management and secretariat service for the ASGLB from 1 July 2019.

The ASGLB is made up of representatives from the adoption and permanence system in England and is chaired by Krish Kandiah, who was appointed by the Education Secretary in December 2020.  A list of the current Board members can be found below.

Any information published by the Board will be made available via this site, so keep checking it for updates. In particular, we will publish analysis of the quarterly data returns on adoption and special guardianship.

Board members

Name Organisation Position
Krish Kandiah ASGLB Chair
Steve Crocker ADCS President
Edwina Grant ADCS Chair of Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee
Sue Armstrong-Brown Adoption UK Chief Executive
Claudia Megele CAFCASS Assistant Director for Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk
John Simmonds OBE CoramBAAF Director
Maggie Jones CVAA Chief Executive Officer
Fran Oram DfE Director of Children’s Social Care, Practice and Workforce
Cathy Ashley Family Rights Group Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Lucy Peake Kinship Chief Executive Officer
Satwinder Sandhu IAC Chief Executive Officer
Prof. Julie Selwyn Rees Centre Professor of Education and Adoption
Justice Frances Judd Judicial Observer
Cllr Mark Sutton LGA Children and Young People Board Member – Staffordshire County Council
Jeremy Gleaden Ofsted Senior HMI

A diagram of the various components of the ASGLB is available to download

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