Putting children and young people first in the family courts


Cafcass Corporate Management Team


Anthony Douglas 


Anthony Douglas CBE, Chief Executive

Anthony Douglas has been Chief Executive of Cafcass, the specialist national agency that supports over 115,000 children in public and private law cases every year, since 2004. Anthony started his career as an economist and journalist, but found his true passion in social work, where he worked on the frontline for 11 years. After being promoted through the ranks, Anthony became Executive Director for all community services in the London Borough of Havering in 1996, holding this post until 2002. He then went on to run health and social care services in Suffolk, from 2002 to 2004. He has been a school governor, a non-executive director of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and a government adviser on specific programmes, including youth justice, children in care and child protection. He was Chair of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) from 2005 - 2015. He has written four books on social care and is now writing a fifth book on how individuals, teams and organisations can become more resilient under pressure. Anthony was awarded a CBE in 2008 for his work in family justice and adoption.

Christine Banim

Christine Banim OBE, National Service Director

Christine joined Cafcass in November 2008 as Operational Director for the central area, and brings with her a wealth of experience in children’s services. Christine previously worked as Assistant Director in Lincolnshire and, over the past 15 years, has worked in a number of local authorities at a senior manager level. Before taking on managerial roles, she worked in a specialist child protection unit for nine years and has extensive experience in court work. Christine was awarded a OBE in 2015 for her services to children.

 Julie Brown

Julie Brown, Director of Resources

Julie joined Cafcass in 2008, having worked in both Adults and Children’s Social Care for a number of years. Prior to that, she worked in the Probation Service before its national reorganisation. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in the early 1990s, she worked for a number of years in both practice and industry until 2001, when she switched to, and then stayed, working within the public sector.

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