Dame Christine Lenehan - Director

Christine began her career as a social worker in 1980.

As Director of the Council for Disabled Children, Christine works tirelessly to see a fully inclusive society where all disabled children and young people can achieve their aspirations and do not feel excluded.

Christine began her career as a social worker in 1980, she worked with families in specialist roles in both residential and community settings. As she moved from frontline support to management positions she continued to champion the rights of children and young people working with public sector and voluntary sector with practitioners from across health, education and social care.

Christine joined the Council for Disabled Children in 2000 and became Director in 2003. A key part of her role involves working with ministers, civil servants and statutory agencies to examine and advise on policy and support the development of practical improvements that champion the rights of disabled children and young people.

During her time as Director she helped establish the long-running Every Disabled Child Matters campaign, co-chaired the Children and Young People’s Health Outcomes Forum, and served on the board of Healthwatch England until 2015.

In 2009 she was awarded an OBE for services for disabled children and young people and in 2013 was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. In 2016 she was awarded a Damehood in the Queen's Birthday Honours List in recognition of her outstanding work spanning over 35 years.

To contact Christine, please get in touch with [email protected].