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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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.
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Eleanor Lyons

Director – Senior Adviser
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Janette Threapleton

Director of Business Services

Communications and external affairs

Giles Dilnot

Head of Communications and External Affairs

Scout Davies

Digital Officer

Chris Thompson

Children's Writer


Emma Nelson

Head of Statistics and Data Collection

Karolina Gombert-Waldron

Senior Social Researcher

Rebecca Gilhooly

Data Analyst

Angelica De Vido

Project Support Officer

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

Elizabeth Reeves

Policy Officer

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

Jenny Wilcocks

Head of Finance

Lyn Foster

Business Services Advisor (HR)

Kathryn Ives

Business Services Assistant (Finance)

Mubanga Mwelwa

Business Services Advisor (Governance and Commercial)

Claire Vasco

Personal Assistant to the Children's Commissioner

Kathryn Parkinson

Correspondence and Business Support Assistant