Sir John Timpson CBE to join the board of Frontline

19th February 2021

Frontline, the social work charity, is delighted to announce Sir John Timpson CBE is joining its board of trustees. 

Sir John is well known for his commitment to creating social change. He has fostered 90 children and young people, alongside his late wife Alex, and has five children of his own, two of whom are adopted.  

He is also highly regarded businessman and chair of his family’s business Timpson, the key and shoe repair firm. The high street chain is known for its innovative approach to recruiting former offenders, and is the UK’s most active employer of people from prison. In 2017, Sir John launched the Alex Timpson Trust to continue his wife’s dedication to championing the rights of looked after children and those in the care system. The same year, he was knighted for his services to business and fostering. 

Camilla Cavendish, chair of Frontline’s board of trustees, said: “I am so pleased Sir John Timpson has agreed to join Frontline as a trustee, to help guide and inform our direction in the coming years. It is clear he shares our commitment to social change and improving the lives of the most disadvantaged in society. As we celebrate all children with care experience on Care Day 2021, we are proud to be working alongside Sir John, and many others, who have done so much to support young people in need of a safe and stable home.” 

Sir John Timpson said, “It is with great pleasure I’ve accepted the invitation to join the board of Frontline. Ensuring disadvantaged young people have the care they need is a cause close my heart, after 30 years fostering children. Excellent social work is essential to bringing about change for these young people. I’m very much looking forward to working with Frontline in its drive to recruit and train great social workers and social work leaders, and in creating long-term sustainable social change for the children and families they support.” 

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