New Chair Elected For The Fostering Network

Foster carer Jim Bond has been elected as the new chair of the Fostering Network. Retired deputy head teacher Bond has many years’ experience of working with charities, especially in training, fundraising, campaigning and policy formation. He has also fostered for 12 years, and is chair of Essex Foster Carers’ Council.

ond was elected to the Fostering Network’s board of trustees in 2005. He will be supported in his new role by vice chair Anne Black and treasurer Mike Mercer, who have been re-elected to these posts.

Robert Tapsfield, the Fostering Network’s chief executive, said: “I’m pleased to welcome Jim Bond as the new chair of the Fostering Network. As a foster carer himself, a former deputy head teacher, and chair of Essex Foster Care Association, Jim has a deep understanding of the need for a first class fostering service. He is passionate about improving foster care and making a positive difference to children and young people in and leaving care. I am confident that he will make an important contribution to shaping the future work of the organisation.”

Jim Bond said: “I’m delighted to have been elected to become the new chair of the Fostering Network. Foster care is an issue I feel very strongly about and I am totally committed to the development of a professional, adequately supported and properly funded foster care service throughout the UK.”

The Fostering Network is the UK’s leading charity for all those involved in fostering and exists to ensure that fostered children receive the highest standards of care.