|Dame Gillian Pugh|
In the mid-1970s she took charge of library and information services at the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), where she remained for two decades.
She was was Chief Executive of Coram, one of the UK's first children’s charities, until her retirement in April 2005, after eight years of service.
In November 2006 she was elected Chair of the NCB, a position which (by pure coincidence) she vacates today.
She was also a member of the Children’s Workforce Development Council, a Board member of the Training and Development Agency for Schools and has held numerous advisory positions to government departments.
She has published widely, including London's Forgotten Children: Thomas Coram and the Foundling Hospital (2008) and Contemporary Issues in the Early Years (5th edition 2009).
She was awarded the DBE in 2005 for services to children and families.