17 Sep Francine Bates OBE
Advisory Board Member
Francine Bates is a leading figure in the charity world with an insider’s knowledge of Whitehall.
She is currently Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust, a national charity raising awareness of sudden infant deaths. In 2013, she successfully rebranded the charity, winning plaudits from the sector. Previously, she managed the public affairs and communications strategy at Carers UK for nearly 10 years up until 2000 and was Chief Executive of Contact a Family between 2000 and 2007.
In 2007, she had a spell in Government when she was appointed as a Special Adviser to Rt Hon Ed Balls, Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families.
Francine has a strong track record of campaign successes including securing legal recognition for carers; establishing the Every Disabled Child Matters Campaign which persuaded HM Treasury to allocate £340 million to local authorities to support the development of new services for disabled children. She was awarded an OBE for services to disabled children in 2006.