Lynn Gradwell

Lynn has developed and been both an operational and strategic leader in children’s services for 36 years; having experience in Social Care, Health and Adult Education, with a good understanding of the operating context for the Statutory, Voluntary, Community and Independent sectors.

Lynn currently works as the Director of the London Region of Barnardo’s, with responsibility for 445 staff and 190 volunteers. She is involved in generating new business and delivering quality services which include: Sexual Exploitation, Disability, Children’s Rights, Family Support, Trafficking and Education for children and families through leading the region, developing a growth strategy and contributing to tender/commissioning solutions for Children’s Services.

Over her career Lynn has developed and delivered a range of services including family support and parenting, youth work, youth justice (IFS), child protection, leaving care, family based services, community short breaks and palliative care.

Lynn is extremely passionate about safeguarding of children and young people, ensuring the voices of children, young people, and their families are heard. She feels strongly about social mobility and how it is possible to transcend the most vulnerable people, like care leavers or young carers, to achieve their potential.

Interests outside of work include: theatre and music, reading and socialising with friends, walking and yoga.