The Caldecott Foundation’s Board currently has nine members with a wide range of backgrounds and experience who generously volunteer their time and expertise.
Mike Lauerman began his career in Social Services in 1972 and since then has worked for Suffolk, Kent and Cleveland Local Authorities.
Throughout his career Mike has been a champion of children’s rights and as Director of Social Services at Cleveland, set up one of the first Children’s Rights Services. As a Trustee at Caldecott Mike has bought this passion with him and is the Chairman of the Board’s Practice Governance Committee which works alongside the Management Team to ensure that our children receive the very best care.
In addition to his work at Caldecott, Mike is also a Trustee of Voice.
John Fletcher studied Economics at Selwyn College Cambridge and then went on to qualify as a chartered accountant. Much of his career was in the agricultural engineering sector and he spent many years as Managing Director of Drake & Fletcher, a Kent based family business engaged in the Motor and Agricultural Industries across Kent.
He has held several honorary positions: President of BAGMA (British Agricultural and Garden Machinery Association), President (and latterly Treasurer) of BIRA (British Independent Retailers Association) and Trustee of the Cobtree Charity Trust.
Mike Buchanan has extensive experience in secondary education and has held a variety of senior leadership posts. In addition to his role as a Reporting Inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate, Mike has recently helped establish a number of Academies within London.
Mike is currently Head of Ashford School in Kent for the past six years, a primary and secondary co-educational day/boarding school for over nine hundred children. Mike brings to the Board a wide range of experience including governance, operations, teaching and education.
Jeremy qualified as a solicitor in 1988 and has wide experience in all areas of commercial property work. He specialises in the purchase and development of commercial estates and in property secured finance. He was made a partner in Girlings Solicitors in 2006 and is now head of their commercial property department based in their Ashford office.
Jeremy is delighted to have been appointed a trustee of The Caldecott Foundation.
Colin is a former director of children’s services with a special interest in safeguarding and children’s social care. He retired in 2013. He has held senior positions in a number of County and Metropolitan authorities. He is a qualified social worker.
Since retirement Colin has worked on a range of projects including safeguarding reviews of local authorities, evaluation of services for a voluntary organisation, research on residential child care markets and briefings on children’s services topics. Colin chaired the ADCS Children, Communities and Young People policy committee for four years and was a senior policy civil servant in the Department for Education.
Ebony is a qualified CIPFA accountant with over ten years’ experience in management consultancy. She specialises in working with children’s services departments who are undertaking transformational change and responding to financial challenges.
Ebony is currently working with a number of Children and Young People’s Services on organisational design and development, commissioning and behaviour led projects.
Ebony was born and raised in Kent and now lives in London. She was appointed to the board of trustees in February 2015.