The children’s charity Barnardo’s announced the appointment of  Javed Khan as its new chief executive. Khan, who has been chief executive of Victim Support since 2010, will take up the role next spring. He replaces Peter Brook, acting chief executive of Barnardo’s, who is retiring. Brook was appointed to the role on a temporary basis after Anne Marie Carrie, its previous chief executive, stood down in June to set up her own consultancy.

Javed Khan was born in 1961 in Birmingham. After university he lectured, then served as director of development at Birmingham’s City College. He was subsequently assistant director, and later head, life-long learning at the Birmingham LEA (local education authority). He pioneered school exchanges and twinning with schools in Jamaica, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India, as a means of addressing issues of underachievement and gang culture. He observes that “if you recognize the home culture of pupils with their origins in different parts of the globe, then it raises self-esteem and makes it more likely that they will apply themselves better at school. He was described as a rising star in local government by the Guardian newspaper in 2001. He observes, “I’m quite a spiritual person. I believe I’ve been given a chance to make a difference and must do that.” In January 2004 Javed Khan started work as Harrow Council’s Director of Learning and Community Development – the first person of Muslim Pakistani/Kashmiri heritage to hold the position of chief education officer within a UK local authority.