Anne Longfield CBE

The Times Education Commissioner

Biography

Anne Longfield CBE was appointed the Childrenā€™s Commissioner for England in March 2015. Her role was to bring about long term change and improvements for all children ā€“ and in particular the most vulnerable children in care. The Commissioner is independent of Government, childrenā€™s agencies, the voluntary and private sector.

Anne is a long-standing and passionate champion for children, with over thirty yearsā€™ experience of developing, influencing and shaping the national policy agenda for children and families. She spent many years campaigning for better childcare, often at a time when many saw the issue as obscure or niche, and worked in former Prime Minister Tony Blairā€™s Strategy Unit devising the Sure Start childrenā€™s centre programme.

Prior to her appointment as Childrenā€™s Commissioner, Anne was Chief Executive of a leading national childrenā€™s charity.

Recently, the Commissioner has worked on issues affecting childrenā€™s mental health, put forward proposals for giving children more power over their digital lives, published new research on children in care ā€˜pingedā€™ around the system, and launched a major study into the outcomes of children growing up in the North of England. Anneā€™s priorities for the year ahead include further work on issues affecting childrenā€™s mental health, such as anxiety and self-esteem, and a focus on children ā€˜hiddenā€™ or ā€˜invisibleā€™ within the care system.

Anne was born and brought up in West Yorkshire. When she is not in London, she lives in there with her husband.