Baroness Lola Young

Committee Member

Leonie Jordan

Committee Member

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.

Julia Feast

Committee Member

Role(s) - Policy and Administration

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.

Darren Coyne

Former Committee Member

We are deeply sad to announce that Darren Coyne, an irreplaceable founder member of the ACRCG, unexpectedly died on 25 May 2021. For more detail of Darren's contribution see this News Story

Darren was Project Manager at The Care Leavers' Association (CLA), taking forward work in the field of access to social care files, criminal justice and policy as well as an independent consultant through his own project, Voices of Care Leavers.

Darren was one of the founding members of the Access to Care Records Campaign Group (ACRCG) pushing for policy change and recognising the life course of care leavers.

Darren spent his childhood in care, left with no formal education, homeless, jobless and in custody. Catching up with his lost education in his mid 20s at The University of Leeds he attained (BA Sociology, MA Social Research) with research focused on exclusion, identity, labelling, social divisions and the law as experienced by 'excluded groups'.

Before the CLA Daren worked in racial justice and community development, establishing community led projects within youth justice settings through the Racial Equality Council, employing a framework which develops inclusive approaches to inter-community relations

Peter Garsden

Committee Member

Role(s) - Website & Legal Advice

Peter is a Child Abuse Lawyer and Head of Department at Simpson Millar Solicitors.

Peter was one of the founder members, whose case Durham County Council v Dunn, 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