How did you become involved with adoption and Adoption UK?
My wife, Ann and I adopted our sons, Lewis and Rhys, 12 months ago, a couple of years after registering our interest with St Francis Children’s Society in Milton Keynes. We have been members of Adoption UK throughout the process and have found the organisation’s services and publications invaluable. Adoption has always been something thsat we have been positively disposed towards, not least because I was adopted as a child by wonderful parents. As such, I am acutely aware of the positive impact that adoption can have.
Any specific skills or areas of expertise relevant to the work of Adoption UK?
I am a teacher by profession and have worked in or around education and youth services throughout my career. For the better part of the last decade I led the Citizenship Foundation, the education and participation charity that led the campaign to establish Citizenship in the National Curriculum in the late 1990s and has played a similar role in sustaining it as a statutory subject following Michael Gove’s recent curriculum review. I now work as a public policy analyst, specialising in education and participation, and hope that I might be able to support Adoption UK in the education sphere and in its efforts to influence public policy.
How do you want to see Adoption UK develop over the next five years?
I would like to see Adoption UK established as the key authoritative voice at the heart of the national debate that I believe we are now embarked on about the future of adoption, fostering and care, not necessarily having a position on every issue bur certainly having the organisaitonal self-confidence to raise the questions and host the debates. I’d also like us to do as much to tell the positive story about adoption as we do, rightly, in highlighting needs and challenges; sometimes the former gets lost and, when it does, we are all losers.