02 Jun Peer Power welcomes new Chair!
Peer Power is proud and excited to announce our new Chair – Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly, DBE JP FRSA. Everyone in the Peer Power team would like to offer deep, heartfelt thanks to outgoing Chair Julie Fox, whose calm, expert dedication and hard work has helped make the charity what it is today.
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.
“Julie Fox has laid firm foundations for Peer Power, steering the charity in a very successful way of working,” says Dame Lorna. “My ethos is similar to that of Julie’s and a close fit with Peer Power values – I look forward to building on the strong position that has been established over the years, and to seeing the organisation continue to grow and achieve more change.”
“I’m proud to have been the founding Chair of Peer Power,” says Julie. “Almost five years since its beginnings, the team’s work is as vital and urgent as ever: we must keep growing the empathy, love and respect in our systems and services for young people. While it’s the right time now for me to move on as Chair, I’ll remain firmly in the charity’s circle of friends – and I am delighted to hand the reins to Dame Lorna Boreland-Kelly. I know Peer Power will go from strength to strength with her leadership and expertise.”
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