National Children’s Bureau

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The National Children’s Bureau (NCB) have been at the forefront of campaigning for children and young people’s rights for over half a century. NCB was founded by Mia Kellmer Pringle in 1963, amid concerns about the welfare of children in care. Mia recognised that the way to bring about the best for these children was through cooperation. This approach still defines NCB today. They identify the most serious issues putting  children and young people at risk and bring people and organisations together to drive change in society and deliver a better childhood.

Inclusive Boards have worked with NCB on two separate occasions to support recruitment to their Trustee Board. Alongside our recruitment support we have delivered Equality, Diversity and Inclusion training to the NCB Board and leadership. 

On our first campaign, Inclusive Boards were commissioned to undertake the recruitment of two new Trustees. Specifically seeking candidates with experience in commercial strategy and digital transformation. For the digital transformation role NCB selected two candidates rather than the originally commissioned one. The successful candidates were Ajit Dhaliwal, Digital Director for the UK’s largest composite insurer, Aviva and Shubhi Rajnish an experienced digital and IT leader, Previously she has worked with BP plc as the Global Digital and IT Director for Upstream. For the commercial strategy role we successfully placed Nainan Shah Former Global SVP of Corporate Strategy and Development at Sony PlayStation.

We were subsequently commissioned to recruit 2 further Trustees for NCB and they again selected 3 rather than the originally commissioned 2 candidates.

The successful candidates in the second round of recruitment were Sarah Mullen, Katheryn Pugh, Catriona Hugman. Sarah has strong expertise in local and national government senior leadership; Catriona is a sociologist with expertise in children and childhood and Kathryn previously held a national role at NHS England, working to create and implement cross-government strategies for improving outcomes for children’s mental health.

Through their work with Inclusive Boards NCB have recruited 6 candidates; their Board has strong representation within and beyond the Protected Characteristics.