The Annual Alumni Salford Lecture

Javed Khan, CEO, Barnardo's

No Child Left Behind-Transforming Life Chances For 150 years.


Javed Khan

Date: Wednesday 9 March 2016
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Chapman Building, Peel park Campus, The University of Salford


We would be delighted if you could join us for our Annual Alumni Salford Lecture with University of Salford alumnus Javed Khan.


Javed Khan is Chief Executive of Barnardo's, the UK's oldest and largest children’s charity that is celebrating 150 years, this year, since it was founded by Thomas Barnardo in 1866. With Her Majesty the Queen as its Patron, Barnardo’s runs 960 services in local communities, including support for children who have been sexually exploited, young people leaving the care system, children with a parent in prison and families struggling to cope. Barnardo’s also finds loving adoptive homes and foster placements for children in care. Last year it helped transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Many more were helped by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.


Javed leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 16,000 volunteers across 960 services, with a retail chain of 640 shops, making it the seventh largest charity in the UK. As a British Pakistani, he is the first non white CEO in Barnardo’s 150 year history.


Growing up in the humble backstreets of inner city Birmingham, his comprehensive education led to a Mathematics degree at the University of Salford, and then on to teacher training at the Didsbury School of Education. Javed is now a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, with thirty years’ experience and a track record of successfully managing change through key high profile leadership roles.


His previous roles include Director of Education at London’s Harrow Council and during his time in this post the borough saw a 40% reduction in school exclusions. He was also CEO at Victim Support, which helps over a million victims and witnesses each year, having 600 sites across England and Wales. Under Javed’s leadership the charity successfully managed significant change where it restructured itself; embraced major financial challenges; raised its public and political profile; generated new business opportunities, and was recognised in major awards including short lists for Charity of the Year, Best Campaign of the Year, Best Partnership Initiative and the Queen’s Jubilee Award.


He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Children’s Commissioner for England, he works with ministers at the highest level and is a regular contributor in the media and at national and international conferences. In September 2015 Javed’s career achievements were recognised when he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham City University.


As Barnardo’s celebrate their 150th year, the charity’s CEO will talk about the changing social care policy and practice landscape in the UK over the past 150 years and how the charity has continuously adapted and grown in response to meet the changing needs of the most vulnerable children and families. .


In 2016, gone are the Poor Laws of the 19th Century, the workhouses and the chimney sweeps. It is agreed that every child should be protected and educated. Enshrined in law is the principle that decisions about children must be made in their “best interests”. However, Barnardo’s work is far from done. There are still children whose birth family cannot look after them, children growing up in poverty and children who have been sexually exploited or abused. Drawing on their wealth of experience, Barnardo’s supports and protects these children, as well as giving them a voice in public and political discourse.


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