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Anthony Douglas has been chief executive of Cafcass, the specialist national agency that supports over 115,000 children in public and private law cases every year, since 2004.
Anthony started his career as an economist and journalist, but found his true passion in social work, where he worked on the frontline for 11 years.
After being promoted through the ranks, Anthony became executive director for all community services in the London Borough of Havering in 1996, holding this post until 2002. He then went on to run health and social care services in Suffolk, from 2002 to 2004.
He has been a school governor, a non-executive director of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and a government adviser on specific programmes, including youth justice, children in care and child protection. He was chair of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) from 2005-2015. He has written four books on social care and is now writing a fifth book on how individuals, teams and organisations can become more resilient under pressure. Anthony was awarded a CBE in 2008 for his work in family justice and adoption.