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.


Haroon Chowdry

Head of Analysis

Tom Clarke

Senior Quantitative Analyst

Max Stanford

Principal Researcher

Policy and Public Affairs

Emily Frith

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Martin Lennon

Head of Public Affairs

Simone Vibert

Senior Public Affairs & Policy Analyst

Meadbh Dempsey

External Policy and Communications Officer

Harriet Waldegrave

Public Affairs and Policy Officer

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

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Alastair Gibbons

Team leader (Maternity cover)

Bea Longmore

Senior Child Rights Advisor

Sarah Flynn

Child Rights Advisor

Benedetta Doria

Child Rights Advisor

Leyla Fikret

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)

Kelly Pickard

PA to the Children’s Commissioner

Hufsa Din

Business Support Assistant