Harry is currently a freelance consultant in the UK voluntary sector; advising a wide range of charities and charitable trusts on governance, strategy, project management, diversity and fund raising. He is a consultant to the Family and Parenting Institute in relation to the Parenting Fund programme supported by DCSF and is an adviser to the John Lyon’s Charity on disability issues and the Trustees and Staff of Carers UK.
He was previously a board member of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) for 8 years, 2001-09, including 2 years as Vice Chair and 6 years as Chair of the Audit Committee. He was a board member of the Children and Families Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) for six years, 2004-10; lead Board member for diversity and member of its Audit Committee.
He has also been Chief Executive of the charity Contact a Family for 12 years (1988 -2000), Chair of the Carers Alliance (1990-98), Chair of the Council for Disabled Children (1992-98), Trustee and Vice Chair of the National Children’s Bureau (1988-98), Chair of the Peter Bedford Trust (1989-98), Trustee of the Markfield Project (1992-98) and Assistant Director of the charity Family Service Units (1970-88).
He was awarded MBE in 2007 Honours List for services to children and families. He is married with two children and four grandchildren. He has a BA degree from the Open University and is a Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.