Dame Lorna brings over 30 years’ experience of leading and developing services for children, young people and families in social care and education services. She brings a wealth of experience as a senior manager, having worked in a number of councils including the London Borough of Croydon, where, in 2010, she received national recognition for setting up one of the first ever Social Work Academies. While unique in each authority, all of these academies developed by Dame Lorna have the hallmark of using best practice and knowledge to establish a shared language, model and culture that supports work with children, young people and their families.
Dame Lorna has also been the Chair of Lambeth College, served as the Vice-Chair of Governors in a Catholic Secondary School, remaining an active Governor of a Primary school. At the Judicial appointments commission, Dame Lorna was one of the five lay members. She has spoken and chaired national conferences, carried out commissioned work with the Home Office and led Reviews for Local Safeguarding Boards.