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The Children’s Society

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Not for profit

Business Activities:Breaking the cycle of multiple disadvantage for young people through direct services.

Business Location:UK

Chief Executive:Matthew Reed

Turnover:£45M (2015/16)

Employees:1000 colleagues and 10,000 volunteers (2015/16)

Legal structure:Charity

The Children’s Society

It is a painful fact that many children and young people in Britain today are still suffering extreme hardship, abuse and neglect. Too often their problems are ignored and their voices unheard. Now it is time to listen and to act.

The Children’s Society is a national charity that runs local services, helping children and young people when they are at their most vulnerable, and have nowhere left to turn. It works to break the cycle of multiple disadvantage for young people through direct services linked with programmes that address the systemic public policy and attitudinal issues that impede young people thriving.

By campaigning for changes to laws affecting children and young people, the charity aims to stop the mistakes of the past being repeated in the future. Supporters around the country fund its services and join the campaigns to show children and young people they are on their side.

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The Children’s Society

Name:Matthew Reed

Title :Chief Executive

Matthew joined The Children’s Society as Chief Executive in May 2012.

Matthew is passionate about supporting people to thrive, flourish, and realise their full potential, overcoming whatever challenges hinder or arrest this, and leading organisations to deliver sustainable high impact through novel and leveraged solutions.

He is leading The Children’s Society to focus on addressing the profound challenges faced by many young people, breaking the cycles of disadvantage that impede their flourishing, and unlocking their potential and life chances. Matthew believes that getting these wrong has a colossal detrimental impact on the young people concerned, their communities and our wider society; getting these things right and unlocking young people’s life chances offers enormous benefits to everyone.

To contribute to delivering this, Matthew is leading The Children’s Society to make a unique contribution to these challenges by providing targeted direct support for young people, improving the national and local systemic policy deficits that diminish young people’s ability to thrive and tackling detrimental public attitudes that impede flourishing and stunt opportunity.

Prior to joining The Children's Society, Matthew was Chief Executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust (medical research) and a director at Christian Aid (international development). From 2015 to 2016 Matthew was the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on Child Poverty, and has been a mentor to graduates and third sector senior leaders for many years.

Matthew has a degree in Theology from the University of Oxford, a degree in Engineering and Management from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in Management from the University of Surrey.

He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, a Fellow of the RSA and a trustee of Children England. He lives in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.