Barnardo's unveils interim co-chief executives

Barnardo’s has appointed two senior directors to share the role of interim chief executive while it recruits for a permanent successor to Javed Khan.

Khan said last month that he had stepped down from the role with immediate effect for family reasons, although he will remain on the charity’s payroll until the end of the year to help manage the transition to new leadership.

Lynn Perry, Barnardo’s corporate director of children’s services, was initially announced as interim chief executive but the charity has now said that she will share the job with Michelle Lee-Izu, its corporate director of development and innovation.

Barnardo’s said the pair had approached the board with a proposal that they should share the interim position.

It is understood that the role will be operated on a job-share basis to enable Perry and Lee-Izu to continue to manage their existing responsibilities.

The two said in a joint statement: “We are pleased and excited that the trustees saw this model of collaboration and joint leadership as an approach that could serve the charity at this time.

“This is a crucial time for the charity. The impact of the pandemic has been deeply traumatic for children and young people and many families are struggling to cope. Our services have never been more needed at a time when our income, like many others’, has taken a significant hit.

“We are absolutely committed to ensuring that the charity emerges even stronger in the aftermath of the pandemic, and continues to embrace innovation, creativity and partnership working, so we can continue to meet the complex and changing needs of children and families in communities across the UK.”

It is not yet clear how long the recruitment process for a permanent successor to Khan will take.


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