Meet the team

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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

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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 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.
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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

Michelle Browne

Senior Digital Engagement Officer

Lloyd England

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

Meadbh Dempsey

Policy Officer

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

Financial Controller

Lyn Foster

Business Support Advisor (HR)

Karen Bryant

Business Support Adviser (Audit, Finance & Procurement)

Kathryn Ives

Business Support Assistant

Kelly Pickard

Executive PA to the Children’s Commissioner

Jennifer Cutcliffe

Executive Assistant to the Senior Management Team