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Former children’s minister appointed as chair of Cafcass

Edward Timpson has been appointed as the chair of Cafcass, the organisation has announced.

The former MP for Crewe and Nantwich was the Minister of State for Children and Families between 2015-2016 and the Minister of State for Vulnerable Children and Families at the Department for Education between 2016-17.

Cafcass’ Chief Executive Anthony Douglas welcomed Edward’s appointment: “We are looking forward to working with Edward on issues affecting not just Cafcass but the whole of the family justice system. It was great working with him as a Minister and the whole of Cafcass is delighted with his appointment, coming on top of our outstanding rating from Ofsted. Edward’s personal and professional background added to his political nous, will help us to keep growing and developing as a voice of the child-based service.”

Prior to entering Parliament, Edward spent 10 years working as a family law barrister specialising in children’s cases. He replaces Baroness Tyler of Enfield whose six-year stint as chair ended recently.

Edward Timpson CBE said: “I’m thrilled to take on the role of Chair of Cafcass, an organisation I’ve been involved with all the way from my family fostering whilst growing up to my time as Children’s Minister. As a former family law barrister, I know just how complex and crucial the work of Cafcass is. I’m looking forward to supporting all those who help provide an outstanding service for children in need of our help, as well as ensuring Cafcass is at the forefront of the innovation and positive reform needed in our family justice system.”

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