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Richard Monk CMG OBE QPM

Richard Monk CMG OBE QPM was a founder trustee of the Foundation and succeeded Baroness Faithfull as Chair of the Foundation’s trustees in 1996 until appointed by Kofi Annan to be the Police Commissioner of the UN International Police Task Force in Bosnia in 1998. Previously, a Commander at New Scotland Yard, he created the first Paedophile Squad in the UK and his dramatic speech to journalists at the 1990 annual conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers on the extent of sexual abuse of children being uncovered by investigators and clinicians marked a water shed in the ability of victims to be heard, the extent of offending to be more publicly known and led to the formal training of dedicated police and social workers. He subsequently worked for both the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe overseeing police assistance programmes in the former Balkans and in the Soviet countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, a frequent aim of which was to prevent the trafficking of females for sexual crime.

Sir Richard Tilt

Following a period teaching in Stockholm and Nottingham, Sir Richard started his career in the Prison Service as Assistant Governor in 1966.  He was Governor of a number of prisons including Bedford and Gartree rising to Director General of the Prison Service in 1995. Sir Richard retired from the Prison Service in 1999 and in the same year was appointed a Knight Bachelor.
From 1999 – 2000, he was Chairman of Kettering General Hospital NHS Trust, prior to taking up post as Chairman of Northamptonshire Health Authority in April 2000. In 2002 he was appointed chairman of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland Strategic Health Authority. He left this post in 2006. He was a member of the Sentencing Advisory Panel from 1999 – 2002. In December 2000 Sir Richard was appointed as Social Fund Commissioner for Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He held this post until 2009. Between 2001 and 2010 he was a Governor of De Montfort University. He is also Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and Chairman of the Portman Group’s Independent Complaints Panel. Sir Richard was appointed Independent of IWF Chair in January 2012.

Baroness Valerie Howarth, OBE (Vice-Chair)

Until July 2001, Valerie was the Chief Executive of the charity ChildLine. Under her leadership, ChildLine counselled over one million children and young people and it grew from a small London based project to the national service it is today. A social worker by background, she worked in the Family Welfare Association in Lambeth and Brent and rose to become Director of Social Services.

As a member of the House of Lords, Valerie works to represent the needs of disabled and vulnerable children; she is currently Secretary to the All Parliamentary Group for Children and works on a number of European union issues.