CHAIR: Dame Jane Roberts Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Director of Quality and Performance, NHS Islington

Dame Jane Roberts has an extensive background in local government and in health. Jane was a councillor for the London Borough of Camden for 16 years, and served as leader of the council from 2000 until 2005. Jane was appointed DBE in 2004 for services to local government. She chaired the Councillors’ Commission for the Department of Communities and Local Government between 2007 and 2009.

Professionally, Jane is a medical doctor and works as a hospital consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She was Medical Director and later Director of Quality and Performance at Islington Primary Care Trust before PCTs were abolished. She was a Non-Executive Director of Ofsted from 2006 to 2011 and chaired the charity Parenting UK from 2006 to 2012. She is also a trustee of the Institute of Public Policy Research and a member of the governing body of the Institute for Public Policy in Wales. More recently, she has been chairing the advisory council for the education inquiry hosted by Compass.

Jane has authored a number of academic papers in paediatrics and psychiatry, as well as being co-editor of, and contributor to, the book “The Politics of Attachment” (1996), many articles about local government and she is currently undertaking research on the transition from political office at the Open University.