Professor Maggie Atkinson

Educator and former Children`s Commissioner for England

After a 40 year career in public service, Prof Maggie Atkinson now runs her own consulting firm, Maggie Atkinson Consulting Ltd. She is an advisor on safeguarding children and adults, working with public bodies across the UK in social care, education, physical and mental health, and the justice system. Prof Maggie is inaugural Chair of the Church of England Independent Safeguarding Board, and a Charity Chair and NED including serving as a UNICEF UK trustee. After a successful career in leadership, management and development in education and wider public services, she became Children’s Commissioner for England from 2010-2015, promoting and protecting the rights of children. She was President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) from 2008 to 2009. Prof Maggie holds a Doctorate in Education (EdD) and has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates for her career-long contributions to her field.

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