John Drew C.B.E.
Professor John Drew has been leading an Independent Review into the handling of child sexual exploitation by South Yorkshire Police. The Review was commissioned by South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Dr. Alan Billings, in September 2015 and follows on from the earlier reviews and inspections of Rotherham Council by Professor Alexis Jay and then by Louise Casey respectively.
John was Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales from 2009 to 2013 and prior to that had spent a decade as a Director of Social Services and Housing in the east London borough of Redbridge. John had worked as a children’s social work since 1974, qualifying as a social worker at the University of Sheffield in 1978.
Since retiring in 2013, John has taken on a number of non-executive and part-time roles. Principal amongst these are that he is a Visiting Professor at the University of Bedfordshire, and chairs the Medway Safeguarding Children’s Board.
John is also Secretary to the Laming Inquiry into children in care and the criminal justice system.