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Jayne Vertkin OBE

Jayne has extensive experience as a children’s services leader with experience across the NHS and local government. Her approach is driven by a belief in early intervention and integrated systems delivery as the way to improve lasting outcomes for children and their families.

Her first job was in a community-based children’s hospital, where she realised that the majority of admissions were the result of social or environmental factors - totally preventable - and this has had a lasting influence on her work.

After graduating with a history degree from Exeter University, Jayne trained as a nurse and later as a health visitor. Jayne progressed to management positions in the NHS including specialist child protection roles, leading the training and professional development of health visitors and managing interdisciplinary teams. She set up the first Sure Start Local Programme in LB Westminster and since then has worked extensively around developing integrated systems.

As Head of Early Help within Westminster City Council, Jayne developed an early help service twice rated as outstanding by OFSTED. As part of the Early Help system, she was involved in the set-up of the first Family Hubs in the country and has provided a regional lead role in advising other Local Authorities on developing hubs. She has played a key role in transforming services for children 0 – 5 within family hubs and used trauma informed practice as a common language between schools and other professionals to prevent school exclusion. The latter was short listed for a Local Authority award.

Jayne’s strengths lie in being able to bring different agencies together to collaborate and coproduce a shared vision, which, in turn, creates a more positive service experience for families.

Jayne is proud to have recently become a trustee of the Young Westminster Foundation.  She was awarded an OBE for services to children in the New Year’s Honours, 2021.