Law Makers: Dame Gillian Pugh

Dame Gillian Pugh
Dame Gillian Pugh was appointed a member of the Family Justice Review Panel in 2010. She has been described as 'a pioneer in contemporary childcare services and an important contributor to Government thinking on the education, social care and health services support for disadvantaged children and their families.'

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.