John McLaughlin

John has been involved with Community Foster Care since it was first set up in 1999, and was its Chair from 2004 until 2010.

CFC Trustee John Mclaughlin

John has a wealth of experience at Board level having been engaged in supporting four social enterprises at strategic and operational levels over a period spanning 20 years.

John has project managed operations in the private and public sectors at a senior level, in a diverse range of careers spanning forty years.

He has a sound knowledge of business practices and has been instrumental in overseeing a major change programme at Community Foster Care that led to the appointment of Becky Pearson, the current Chief Executive, and new trustees to the Board.

John is proud of the achievements of Community Foster Care in recent years and the role played by the trustees in supporting Becky to complete the “Change Process” that has made Community Foster Care such a successful charitable company. John is excited by the current business opportunities being pursued by Community Foster Care and the potential for significant growth both nationally and locally. His business perspective for Community Foster Care is based on the principle that the charity has to be both enterprising and a successful business in order to be a successful and sustainable charity.

John believes that Community Foster Care is a strong, child-focused foster care company and that its charitable status enables the organisation to proactively support children in care and provide additional support from created surpluses rather than meeting the needs of shareholders. It is for this reason that he wants to be a trustee for the long term. He is convinced that it is essential for Community Foster Care to grow in order to meet the needs of more children and their families.

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