Javed Khan has stepped down as chief executive of Barnardo’s, saying he wants to do “what is best for me and my family”.
Lynn Perry, corporate director of children’s services operations, is now acting chief executive and Khan will continue to support the board until the end of the year.
In a statement posted on the charity’s website earlier this week Khan said: “After over seven highly rewarding years as chief executive of this tremendous charity, and reflecting in some depth on what is best for me and my family, I wanted to let you know that I will be moving on. I will be continuing to support the board until the end of December.
“Ever since I arrived here in May 2014, I have been mesmerised by the brilliance of Barnardo’s. However, all things considered, I believe the time is right for me and for Barnardo’s to move forward with a new leader.
“I am delighted that Lynn Perry, our corporate director of children’s services operations, will be acting CEO from today. I know that with Lynn and with our whole corporate leadership team, the charity will be in very safe hands.”
'Significant contributions over seven years'
Barnardo’s has an income of around £300m. Last March it furloughed 3,000 of its 5,000 employees and said a third of its income was “wiped away literally overnight”.
Later in the pandemic it helped to distribute £7m of coronavirus funding from the government to children’s charities.
John Bartlett, chair of Barnardo’s said: “On behalf of Barnardo’s board of trustees, I want to thank Javed Khan for his significant contributions to the charity over seven years.
“The charity has thrived in this period, reaching more vulnerable children than ever before, and growing its capacity for innovation, including through the Barnardo’s Foundation and The BU, Barnardo’s corporate university. We are particularly grateful to Javed and the whole leadership team for successfully steering the charity through the Covid pandemic.
“Barnardo’s plays a vital role in supporting vulnerable children and families across the UK, and the board will be working closely with acting CEO Lynn Perry and her colleagues as we continue to fulfil our mission.”