Liz Jermy has been appointed as the new independent chair of the Lichfield Diocese Safeguarding Scrutiny Panel, which oversees and scrutinises the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults across the diocese.
Liz has a background in fostering and education, including as a deputy headteacher with responsibility for safeguarding, and was recently a trustee for The Children’s Family Trust and a trainer with the Social Care Training Hub. She is currently a manager of Oswestry and Borders Foodbank in Shropshire.
Liz replaces previous independent chair Dawn Williams who stood down due to ill health.
Bishop Michael said: “The role of the Safeguarding Scrutiny Panel is crucial in overseeing our ongoing work to ensure everyone can enjoy activities in our churches in a safe atmosphere. It is great to welcome Liz as the new independent chair of the panel. She will develop a strong working relationship with our Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor and Chief Executive and I also look forward to working closely with her. I would like to thank Dawn Williams for her much-appreciated hard work as the panel’s first independent chair, and to Jane Francis who has acted as interim chair in recent months.”