Role(s) - Policy and Administration
Leonie Jordan is a solicitor who has worked in local government and private practice, primarily in the field of public child care law. She has worked also in the voluntary sector and, in recent years, has undertaken socio-legal policy and campaign work as well as developing and delivering training for social care professionals.
Role(s) - Policy and Administration
Dr. Julia Feast OBE works as an independent Consultant, specialising in the life-long issues of being adopted, Care and Donor Conception. She is an experienced social worker, trainer and researcher and has several publications about the identity and information rights and needs of adopted people, adult care leavers and donor conceived people.
In the past she worked as the Policy, Research and Development Consultant for CoramBAAF and BAAF. Before then she was manager of the post-adoption and care counselling research project at The Children’s Society, worked as a local authority social worker and team manager, and also as a children’s guardian and reporting officer.
Role(s) - Website & Legal Advice
Peter is a Child Abuse Lawyer and a consultant solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates. He runs his own website for survivors of abuse - Abuse Advice 4 Survivors.co.uk.
Peter was one of the founder members of the Access to Care Records Campaign Grouop. He was the solicitor who led the case of Durham County Council v Dunn, which was instrumental in changing the law in relation to care record access.
He advises on Legal Aspects, and is the website manager. For more detail click here
Trish has worked in social care since the early 1970s both in residential and general social work with families and children and in adult service provision. Since 1995 Trish has mainly worked for Barnardo’s providing access to records for those in the care of the organisation and adopted. She has been involved with the Campaign to improve the rights and service provision of access to records for care experienced adults since 2005 and has been privileged to work alongside esteemed colleagues in the Group.
Trish retired from the Group in November 2023
Jim Goddard has been Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Care Leavers Association (CLA:https://www.careleavers.com/) since 2010. The CLA is a national charity, covering England and Wales, led by adults who grew up in care as children. It has an office in Manchester and conducts a wide range of activities related to the interests of care leavers of all ages. Before that, Jim was Secretary to the CLA Board from 2001-2010. In that capacity, he was central to developing the CLA’s access to care records campaign activities from 2005 onwards. At the same time, he was also conducting pioneering research, along with Julia Feast and Dr Derek Kirton, into the provision of child-care records by local authorities, children’s charities and others. He has several publications in the field of child-care records, written with Julia, Derek and other colleagues.
Jim is now a recently-retired former Senior Lecturer at the University of Bradford, where he worked for 23 years. Alongside access to care records, he has also published and conducted research in a variety of areas affecting looked after children, young people leaving care and adults who grew up in care as children. He grew up in residential child-care between 1966 and 1980, firstly in Liverpool in some of the large child-care institutions run by religious orders, then in Birkenhead in a Family Group Home. He acquired his own care records, in two stages in the 1980s and 1990s.
Isa has worked as a Data Protection Manager and Data Protection Officer for over 16 years. Isa has managed an Access to Records service in local government and provides Subject Access Request (SAR) consultancy services to local authorities and non profit organisations. Isa is the chair of the Post Care Forum (PCF), a Trustee at the Care Leavers Association (CLA) and was a co-researcher on the UCL Memory Identity Rights In Records (MIRRA) project.
David, who works for the Care Leavers Association, joined the Committee of ACRCG in March 2022 after the tragic death of Darren Coyne.
David joined the Care Leavers Association in October 2010. He works closely with the Board of Trustees to develop and implement the CLA’s long-term strategy and to ensure that it fully meets its mission and objectives.
He coordinates the work of their staff team and manages the day-to-day operations of the CLA. However, the post is national so he often travels throughout the UK to deliver training, attend conferences or meetings and promote our campaigns. He is the first port of call for inquiries from the media.
He does not have direct experience of being in care but I has worked closely with care leavers throughout an extensive career in the voluntary sector and he has direct experience of the adoption process. His employment history includes spells working within supported accommodation and delivering outreach services to young people. Prior to joining the CLA, he was an Assistant Director at the Big Life Group working to empower disadvantaged groups to help themselves and focusing on areas such as homelessness, employment and improving mental health and well-being.