The Board of Trustees oversee the systems of financial control and promotes the highest ethical standards that the organisation follows

What do our Trustees do?

The board monitor our regulatory compliance with special attention paid to a theme for in-depth discussion. Our Trustees also partake in an away day every year to discuss the strategy, governance and the future of the charity.

Find out about each of our Trustee's

Ian Brazier, Chairman

Colonel (Retd) Late The Fusiliers | Chairman of The Fusiliers Association | Director Skyrocket Partnerships Ltd | Formerly  Executive Director of The Foster Care Co-operative | Formerly Vice-Chair The Fairer Fostering Partnership | Formerly Trustee of British Association for Adoption and Fostering.

Tom Gormley, ADM

Holds a CQSW & MSc in Organisation Development | Established one of the first Independent Fostering Agencies (IFA) | Previous CEO of The Children’s Family Trust (2004 – 2014) | Current Agency Decision Maker (ADM) with The Trust

Nick Harrison

A career in retail banking in the UK and Australia | MBA, BSc (Hons) Mathematics | Experienced charitable volunteer | Nick enjoys a wide variety of sports, in particular walking, running and cycling. Over the past few years, he has used this to raise money for charities such as the Heart Foundation, Help the Hospice and Cancer Research.

Alecia Oliver

Former teacher and LAC Education Unit within Local Authorities | Head Teacher of a County virtual school. Ed (Hons) | Director of a company promoting the education of vulnerable children | 'Virtual Headteacher’ for Looked after children | Youth Information Service worker | parent to two young children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Dr Valerie Wigfall

17 years experience at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London | Government-funded research on adoption, fostering and looked after children in Europe and UK | Degrees in sociology, education, and Certificate of Qualification in Social Work (CQSW) | Valerie’s passions include playing classical guitar, art and craft, and swimming.

Dale Williams

Partner in Gloucester-based law firm | LLB (Hons) | Part II Law Society Finals | Dale lives in Cheltenham but was originally born in North Wales. He loves sports, in particular, snowboarding and skiing

Dr Margaret Hine

Retired community paediatrician with a specialised area of childhood disability | 10+ years as Governor at Cherry Garden School | Specialist primary school for children with severe or profound learning difficulties | Chair of the governing body since 2013 | In her spare time, Maggie enjoys visiting gardens and art galleries, travelling, reading and spending time with her grandchildren

Become a trustee

Occasionally the Trust look for new Trustees to join our board.

We look for individuals from a variety of backgrounds to complement the needs of the organisation.
If you are interested in becoming a Trustee for The Children’s Family Trust get in touch and send us your CV.

Your interview - What you need to know.
If you’ve been invited to an interview, it’s your chance to meet us, tell us about yourself, and take a step towards building your incredible career.
Your interview is your opportunity to learn more about us.
So come prepared with your questions. Plus its our opportunity to get to know you, understand your motivation to work in this sector and get a good understanding of your experience and background.
The first step.
Is either a face to face interview carried out in person or via TEAMS. If you’re successful, the next stage is a more formal interview with at least two members of our team. At least one of the interview panel will have been trained in the NSPCC safer recruitment standards.
You might be invited for a second interview.
Or we might ask you to prepare a presentation or other sample of work. Think about what the role requires and prepare to show you’re a great fit.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
Bring the necessary identity documents to your formal interview. The address on the documents should match the address on your application form. You’ll need proof of your right to work in the UK, you will be provided with a list of approved identification documents in line with The Disclosure and Barring Service and proof of your address.
Remember to bring any qualification certificates that are required for the role.
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Be a successful candidate!
Read through our hints and tips and give yourself the best chance at a career with The CFT.
Do your research!
Look at our website and check that you match our outlook and culture.
Apply via our application form.
We require a fully completed application form, we’ll ask for your full employment history from age 16, include all job titles, employment dates and your reason for leaving – and if there are any gaps, please tell us why.
We’ll need contact details of referees.
Referee's should be people you’ve worked with during the last three years. One should be your most recent employer. We’ll also need a reference from any employer where you’ve worked directly with children and young people and a personal referee.
We’ll carry out a criminal record check.
If you’ve lived abroad within the last ten years, you might also be asked to complete an overseas criminal record check.
If your application is successful.
There may be some more pre-employment checks specific to the role, but a member of our HR Team will be in touch to talk you through what’s needed.
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