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William Roberts

William Roberts has over 20 years experience as a senior leader in the public and voluntary sectors. He specialises in business, organisational and partnership development and has a background in helping local authorities, their partners and their local communities to find practical, focused solutions to complex, multi-agency problems. 

William has extensive experience in bringing about change through collaboration and the sharing of good practice. He is a very experienced facilitator and is skilled and comfortable in bringing together a range of opinions in often sensitive or political environments. As a Partnership Director at LB Tower Hamlets he brought together communities, service providers, politicians and private businesses to commission services together; as the Child Poverty Unit’s lead advisor for London, he brought London boroughs together to share good practice and to collaborate on the introduction of the Child Poverty Act, as well as advising central government on overcoming the barriers to its implementation; at the Legal Services Commission he brought private, voluntary and public sector legal services together to deliver improved access to justice.

William has extensive experience in the commissioning of early help services, both as a local authority commissioner and as a service provider. As Director of Business Development and Fundraising at 4Children, a large national children and families charity, he designed innovative early help and family support services and was successful in tendering for multi-million pound contracts to run children's centres, youth services and family support programmes.

William has also facilitated change in the health sector and has recently run a major transformation project for a hospice, leading the opening of a new inpatient unit and the introduction of a whole new income generation strategy and team.He is currently chair of governors at a large and improving secondary school and is a former vice-chair of BBC Children in Need.