Baroness Tyler of Enfield

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"Claire Tyler (Baroness Tyler of Enfield) became Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in February 2012. Previously, Claire was the Chief Executive Officer of Relate, the UK's leading relationship support agency between 2007 and 2012. This followed a number of senior positions within Government, the last of which was Director of the Vulnerable Children's Group at the DfES (now the Department for Education). She also chaired the 'Kids in the Middle' coalition, a group of national charities and agony aunts campaigning for better services for separating parents and their children.

"Before then, Claire had been the Director of the Government's Social Exclusion Unit and a board member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006. From July 2000 to April 2002 Claire was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Connexions Service National Unit.

"After graduating in law and politics from Southampton University, Claire joined the Greater London Council/Inner London Education Authority in 1978 and in 1988 she joined the Civil Service. Claire also has a Diploma in Management Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She is joint chair of the Social Policy Forum and sits on the Executive Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association. From 2002-06 Claire sat on the Poverty and Disadvantage Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

"In November 2010 she was nominated as a Working Peer and from 1 February 2011 sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of Enfield taking an active role in health and social care, welfare reform, social mobility and children and family policy."[1]


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  1. National Children's Bureau Trustees and Honorary Officers', organizational web page, accessed October 10, 2013.