Corporate governance

The Children’s Commissioner’s Advisory Board challenges and advises the office and meets four-six times a year.

The Advisory Board, a requirement of the Children and Families Act 2014, is made up of representatives from across children’s and wider sectors.
The Advisory Board’s current membership is:

Josh MacAlister
Sophie Humphreys OBE
Rt Hon Jacqui Smith
Nick Bent
Jacqueline Sebire
Bernadette Brown

Advisory Board members do not receive a fee but they are eligible to claim reasonable expenses for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on the Children’s Commissioner’s business.

Members are appointed through fair and open competition. Recruitment processes aligned to the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and vacancies are advertised on the Public Appointments Website. Members must abide by the Nolan principles – the seven principles of public life.

Candidates need not have previous experience of working with children but should demonstrate an interest in policy issues affecting children, particularly the most vulnerable. They must be interested in the role of the Commissioner and able to offer a different perspective on her work.