Meet the team

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Rachel de Souza

Children’s Commissioner for England

The Children's Commissioner 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

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Alice Miles

Director of Strategy and Policy
Alice leads on setting and implementing the strategy and business plan for the Children’s Commissioner, oversees policy development and communications, and has deputising responsibilities for the Commissioner. Former Associate Editor for the Times and national newspaper columnist of the year, Alice also has a wealth of experience gained at the heart of Government. She 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, and has also acted as senior policy advisor at the Ministry of Justice and Cabinet Office. She is completing a PhD with the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics.
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Haroon Chowdry

Director of Evidence
Haroon leads the office’s work on evidence, measurement, and analysis. He first joined as Head of Analysis, and led the quantitative analysis of data to produce new evidence on the numbers, outcomes and experiences of vulnerable children. Prior to this, he was Senior Economist at the Early Intervention Foundation where we worked on standards of evidence for early intervention, the economic case for early intervention and the fiscal costs of late intervention. He started his career at the Institute for Fiscal Studies where he analysed the effects of education and skills policies.

Communications and external affairs

Giles Dilnot

Head of Communications and External Affairs

Jo Green

Head of News

Lloyd England

Senior Digital Officer

Chris Thompson

Children's Writer


Emma Nelson

Head of Statistics and Data Collection

Tom Clarke

Head of Data Science

Karolina Gombert-Waldron

Senior Social Researcher

Ed Penington

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Rebecca Gilhooly

Data Analyst

Policy and public affairs

Emily Frith

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Martin Lennon

Head of Public Affairs

Simone Vibert

Senior Public Affairs & Policy Analyst

Harriet Waldegrave

Senior Public Affairs & Policy Analyst

Alice Talbot

Investigative Researcher

Dami Benbow

Public Affairs Officer

Elizabeth Reeves

Policy & Advocacy Assistant

Visit Help at Hand for information about the Commissioner's advice service for children in care.

Bea Longmore

Head of Advice Service

Benedetta Doria

Senior Child Rights Advisor

Katie Fisher

Senior Child Rights Advisor

Business services

Janette Threapleton

Head of Business Services

Jenny Wilcocks

Head of Finance

Lyn Foster

Business Support Advisor (HR)

Karen Bryant

Business Support Adviser (Audit, Finance & Procurement)

Kathryn Ives

Business Support Assistant

Claire Vasco

Personal Assistant to the Children's Commissioner

Jennifer Cutcliffe

Executive Assistant to the Senior Management Team