Our Mission: Drive excellence in residential child care through collaboration, innovation and sector leadership

Our Leadership

Our team provide child-centred support and sector leadership.

The Children’s Homes Association is an expert-led, member-led organisation with an influential voice and fearlessly child-centred approach.

Our Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Officers and Regional Leads are supported by a small team, providing accessible, day-to-day support to our members and working directly with sector stakeholders, government and media.

The Children’s Homes Association is genuinely member-led. Governance is provided by board members who are drawn from our sector-wide community of member organisations, ensuring that everything we do is led by the interests of the children and young people cared for throughout the diverse sector we represent.

Peter Sandiford (CEO)

Pete is a passionate, creative leader with extensive experience in developing partnerships, impacting on policy and leading services. He has led and developed strategies in partnership with senior politicians and civil servants and worked across the public, voluntary and private sectors. Pete grew his last organisation to achieve a hattrick of Ofsted ‘OUTSTANDING’ ratings. Pete participated in the King’s Fund Cascading Leadership Programme and was recently shortlisted for The Guardian Leadership Excellence Award.

Dr Mark Kerr (Deputy CEO)

Mark is a recognised expert in residential child care whose vast experience spans research, policy, service development and improvement, working directly with providers, local authorities and sector stakeholders to facilitate collaboration and improvement in outcomes for children and young people. Mark is known for his in-depth understanding of the residential child care sector; the many complex issues affecting providers and influencing outcomes. Committed to evidence-based policy and practice, and ‘understanding what works, when, where and for which children’, Mark’s PhD was one of the largest studies in recent years to investigate outcomes in residential child care.

Our Board

Chair: Liz Cooper

Vice Chair: Normandie Wragg

Treasurer: Jack Binks

Mark Raw

Gary Yexley

Nasir Hyder

Zahid Ali Choudry

Darryl Williams – Wales Lead