Early Intervention Foundation appoints new chief executive

11 May 2017

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) has appointed Dr Jo Casebourne as its new chief executive. Casebourne will take up the post in August.

Jo Casebourne is currently Director of Development at the Institute for Government, leading the institute’s work on public services, and has previously served as Director of Public and Social Innovation at Nesta and Director of Research at the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion. She succeeds Carey Oppenheim, who has been EIF chief executive since 2013.

Dame Clare Tickell, EIF chair, says:

“We are very pleased to welcome Jo to the Early Intervention Foundation. Jo has tremendous enthusiasm for our work, and impressed us with her understanding of the issues and opportunities facing the organisation at this important time. Carey Oppenheim has done a fantastic job building EIF over the last four years, and we are delighted to have found someone as impressive as Jo, who will be able to take that legacy forwards with such skill.”

Jo Casebourne says:

“I am delighted to be joining the Early Intervention Foundation as its new chief executive. At such an important time for early intervention, EIF has a crucial role to play in working with others across the sector to ensure our strong evidence base supports children and families showing signs of risk. I look forward to working with trustees and the expert and talented staff team to champion the use of effective early intervention in this next phase of EIF’s development.”

Casebourne’s appointment will be announced at EIF’s national conference, taking place in London this week.

The EIF national conference is a landmark event for the UK early intervention sector, bringing together more than 250 policymakers, commissioners, local leaders and practitioners to share knowledge and experiences of how to develop and support effective early intervention. This year’s event features a keynote address from new President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS), Alison Michalska, and a line-up of expert speakers from across national and local government, health and wellbeing, education and relationship support.