Six new members appointed to Cafcass board

Children’s minister Delyth Morgan has announced the appointment of six members to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) board.

Shireen Ritchie, Kensington and Chelsea’s member for family and children’s services, Ian Butler, special adviser at the Department of the First Minister at the Welsh Assembly Government, and management consultant Mark Eldridge have been appointed to the Cafcass board for three years.

Professor of social work June Thoburn and Mary MacLeod, chief executive of the Family and Parenting Institute have been appointed to the board for two years.

Erica De’Ath, trustee of the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and The Cranfield Trust, has been appointed for one year.

Baroness Howarth, chair of Cafcass, said: “Each new appointee has demonstrated a clear commitment to children and an organisational understanding of what has to be done to deliver our services.”