Chair of the Cafcass: Board Baroness Tyler of Enfield


Baroness Tyler of Enfield

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Professional Life

Claire Tyler (Baroness Tyler of Enfield) became the Chair of CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service) in February 2012. She is also the President of the NCB (National Children’s Bureau), a position she has held since August 2012. She became the Vice President of Relate in November 2012. Claire chairs the “Make Every Adult Matter” coalition of charities helping adults with multiple needs, is Vice Chair of the Think Ahead Sub Committee overseeing a new adult mental health social work fast track programme and a member of the Advisory Council of the Step Up to Serve campaign.

Between 2007 and 2012 Claire was the Chief Executive Officer of Relate, the UK’s leading relationship support agency between 2007 and 2012. This followed a number of senior positions within Government, the last of which was Director of the Vulnerable Children’s Group at the Department for Children, Schools and Families (now the Department for Education). She also chaired the ‘Kids in the Middle’ coalition, a group of national charities and agony aunts campaigning for better services for separating parents and their children.

Before then, Claire had been the Director of the Government’s Social Exclusion Unit and a board member of the former Office of the Deputy Prime Minister from April 2002 until June 2006. From July 2000 to April 2002 Claire was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Connexions Service.

Parliamentary Experience

Claire was nominated as a Liberal Democrat Peer in November 2010 and from 1 February 2011 has sat in the House of Lords as Baroness Tyler of Enfield. Claire is now the Lead Lib Dem Spokesperson for Mental Health in the Lords.

In the Lords, Claire has been a member of the Lords Select Committee on Public Services and Demography which produced the report “Ready for Ageing”, the Affordable Childcare Select Committee which reported in March 2015. She is currently serving on the Lords Select Committee on Social Mobility.

Claire is currently Co- chair of the following All Party Groups:

  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility

She is also Vice Chair of:

  • The All Party Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Carers
  • The All Party Parliamentary Group on Strengthening Relationships.

As Co-Chair of the APPG on Social Mobility, she was lead author of the “Character and Resilience Manifesto”, published in 2014 which was written in collaboration with the think tanks CentreForum and Character Counts. Claire also chaired the Parliamentary Inquiry into Parenting and Social Mobility which reported in March 2015. .

Claire was co-chair of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Charitable Giving which reported in June 2014. In 2013 she chaired the 2013 Liberal Democrat policy working group which produced the report “A Balanced Working Life” and was a member of the Liberal Democrat Working Group on an Ageing Population which reported in 2014. Claire is also a Vice President of Liberal International Great Britain.


After graduating in law and politics from Southampton University, Claire joined the Greater London Council/Inner London Education Authority in 1978 and in 1988 she joined the Civil Service. Claire has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and was made a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in October 2016.

Other Public Engagements

For 5 years Claire was joint chair of the Social Policy Forum and has sat on the Executive Committee of the Public Management and Policy Association for 7 years. From 2002-06 Claire sat on the Poverty and Disadvantage Committee of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Please note that Cafcass related correspondence to the Chair will only be responded to if it is received at Cafcass.




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