About Richmond SCP

Our Vision

Our vision as a Safeguarding Children Partnership across Kingston and Richmond is

"Working together to keep children's safety and wellbeing at the heart of everything we do".

Our priorities for 2020-22 are: 

  • Mental Health
  • Parental Vulnerability
  • Contextual Safeguarding

Meet the Team

Ian Thomas CBE
Chief Executive
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames

Ian Thomas is CEO of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

Ian was CEO of Lewisham, and prior to this, the Strategic Director of Rotherham Borough Council's Children and Young People's Services (DCS), responsible for transformation of the service from inadequate to good. Prior to this he was DCS and Deputy CEO Derbyshire County Council

He has 33 years' experience in the public, voluntary and private sectors, holds a MA in ‘Developing Professional Practice' and is a Masters-level qualified Executive Coach and Mentor.

In the New Year's Honours 2019 he was made a Commander of the British Empire.

Fergus Keegan

Fergus Keegan is the Director of Quality at Kingston and Richmond CCG.

Fergus has been a nurse since 1988 and worked in a variety of acute hospitals around the UK – with a specialist interest in A&E. After ten years in senior operational management roles, Fergus returned to clinical work as Deputy Director of Nursing (most recently in Kingston Hospital).

Fergus has previously led on safeguarding adults, end of life care, improvement programmes on patient experience/ engagement. He has a particular interest in the use of technology to improve the delivery of patient care. Fergus leads the development and delivery of quality, safeguarding and governance at Kingston and Richmond CCG.

Owain Richards

Owain is a Detective Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police with responsibility for delivering police safeguarding services in the boroughs of Kingston, Richmond, Merton and Wandsworth. He joined the Metropolitan Police Service in March 2015 having started his policing career 20yrs earlier at Dyfed-Powys Police. Owain has a broad range of experience in operational and strategic police roles and is currently studying a Masters in Applied Criminology and Police Management at the University of Cambridge. Owain is committed to working in partnership to protect children in Richmond and Kingston.

Ian Dodds
Ian Dodds is Director of Children’s Services, Kingston and Richmond. This includes responsibility for Children’s Social Care, Health Services, Family and Youth Support and Education Services. Ian has been working for AfC (Achieving for Children) since it was established in 2014. He reports to the Chief Executives of the two Councils, which is in line with statutory

Chris Robson

Chris is the Independent Scrutineer and works 30 days a year. Chris has 30 years policing experience. He brings extensive operational and strategic knowledge in safeguarding. He served on Child Protection units across 4 London boroughs, including Haringey post the tragic death of Victoria Climbie. He has led a number of high profile enquiries and was the police lead on the Stephen Lawrence Independent Review. His most recent role was as police lead for delivery of all statutory and homicide reviews, managing risk and improving safeguarding for victims.

Elisabeth Major
Elisabeth is the Professional Adviser for the KRSCPs. She is also from a child protection social work background, and has over 20 years’experience. Elisabeth manages our learning and improvement case review work.
Daksha Mistry
Daksha has worked in youth work and early years family centres and has been delivering training in child protection and safeguarding for over 20 years. She leads on Child Sexual Exploitation and safeguarding children on line for both our boroughs. Daksha is our KRSC Learning and Development Manager and manages our learning and development, including our eLearning, and develops our training.
Tracey Welding
Tracey is our KRSCP Board Manager where she leads on Board management and quality assurance, including through our Section 11 safeguarding evaluation process. Tracey also leads for both Boroughs in reaching out to faith, community and voluntary sector groups. Tracey has over 20 years’ experience working and supporting in early years.
Sarah Bennett
Sarah is our Richmond KRSCP Coordinator where she leads on Board management and quality assurance, including through our Section 11 safeguarding evaluation process. Sarah also coordinates the CDOP (Child Death Overview Panel) for both Boroughs. Sarah is committed to safeguarding vulnerable members of our society and has a range of relevant professional and voluntary experience which she brings to her role.
Lucy Macarthur

Lucy has worked in a strategic role in education specialising in SEN since 2009. She was a Chair of a Governing Body and served as an independent member on the Fostering Panel for both Kingston and Richmond. Lucy enjoys supporting school leaders to achieve outstanding practice and she understands the multiple demands on school staff having worked in both primary and secondary settings in LBRUT.

Jay Wylie-Board

Jay is our BSO and in particular administrates our Learning and Development side. Jay begin working with us in 2017 as an apprentice and progressed to full time work with us.