Meet The Team

The Children’s Commissioner is supported in her work by a team, equally dedicated to achieving her aims and ambitions for children.
Anne Longfield

Children’s Commissioner for England

Anne Longfield OBE has a legal duty to promote and protect the rights of all children in England with a particular focus on children and young people who are in or leaving care, living away from home or receiving social care services.

Senior Management Team

Alice Miles

Director of Strategy and Policy
Alice leads on setting and implementing the strategic vision of the Office to deliver real impact on children’s lives, and oversees policy development and implementation. Alice has a wealth of experience gained at the heart of Government. Former associate Editor for the Times, columnist for the New Statesman and barrister, Alice was senior policy advisor to the Secretary of State for Education and Minister for Children and Families from 2012-15, focusing on child protection and social work reform. She also acted as senior policy advisor to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Leon Feinstein

Director of Evidence
Leon leads work on evidence, measurement, and analysis. He has extensive experience in academia and Government. He was Professor of Education and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, investigating intergenerational transmission of advantage and disadvantage in terms of social structure, education and income. From 2008-2013 he worked in the Treasury and Cabinet Office on policy implementation and performance policy. Leon was also Director of Evidence at the Early Intervention Foundation. He is Visiting Professor of Practice at LSE’s Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion.


Helen Powell

Head of Qualitative Research and Engagement

Haroon Chowdry

Head of Analysis

Policy and Public Affairs

Emily Frith

Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Martin Lennon

Policy Analyst

Rachel Butterfill

Policy Analyst

Communications and External Affairs

Giles Dilnot

Head of Communications and External Affairs

Michelle Browne

Digital Communications Manager

Cliff Manning

Digital Engagement Manager

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Angelique Robold

Head of Advice

Benedetta Doria

Child Rights Advisor

Charley Lintern

Child Rights Advisor

Bea Longmore

Child Rights Advisor

Lisa Prendergast

Child Rights Advisor

Business Services

Janette Threapleton

Head of Business Services

Kelly Pickard

Personal Assistant to the Children's Commissioner

Lyn Foster

Business Support Advisor (HR)

Meadbh Dempsey

Policy Assistant/ Directorate Support