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Javed Khan

CEO - Barnardo's

Dr. Javed Khan is a leading figure in the UK public and voluntary sectors, regularly advising government ministers, with high-profile contributions in the media, and at national and international conferences. He leads Barnardo’s 20,000 plus people, being the fifth largest charity in the UK. With over 1000 delivery programmes, a large retail footprint, and services in all four nations of the UK, the charity supports over 350,000 vulnerable children, young people, their families and carers each year.

His non-executive board roles have included NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital Trusts and local government improvement. He is a Companion of the Chartered Management Institute and a Patron of the National Citizen’s Service, and was a key member of the Independent Grenfell Recovery Taskforce and Specialist Advisor to the Justice Select Committee’s Inquiry into Prison Reform.  Javed’s career achievements have been recognised by Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham City University (2015) and the University of Salford (2018).

He began his school teaching career in the West Midlands, and made rapid progress, becoming head of department, assistant principal and then director of development in a large further education college. He then entered local government as an Assistant Director in Birmingham’s acclaimed Education Services, under the leadership of Professor Tim Brighouse, and then to Director of Education in a London borough. Before arriving at Barnardo’s, Javed had a short stint in the Civil Service from where he went on to become Chief Executive at Victim Support.

As a British Muslim with Kashmiri heritage, Javed is the first non-white CEO in Barnardo’s 154 year history. The son of Kashmiri immigrants who could neither read nor write when they arrived in the UK, Javed is a passionate advocate of the Barnardo’s philosophy: incredible things happen when you believe in children.