Elham Asaad Bauras
The Chief Executive of leading children’s charity Barnardo’s has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University on September 2.
Birmingham born Javed Khan joined Barnardo’s in 2014, bringing with him over 30 years’ experience working in the UK public and voluntary sectors.
As CEO he is responsible for over 8,000 staff and 15,000 volunteers, who together run over 900 services in local communities, helping to support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and their families.
Javed’s parents, having emigrated from Azad Kashmir, could neither read nor write. Growing up in the backstreets of inner city Birmingham, his comprehensive education led to a Mathematics degree and then on to teacher training.
He began his teaching career back in Birmingham and then made rapid progress through the education sector holding posts of Head of Mathematics, Assistant Principal and Director of Development at City College Birmingham.
He now leads the UK’s oldest and largest national children’s charity Barnardo’s.
Throughout his career, Javed has developed a track record of successfully managing change through a number of key high profile leadership roles.
Prior to Barnardo’s he was Chief Executive at Victim Support. Under his leadership the charity successfully managed a period of significant change, generating new business opportunities and raising its public and political profile.
On receiving his award he said: “I am delighted and humbled by the award of an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. Growing up in the backstreets of Birmingham, never in my wildest dreams could I have predicted this would happen. My achievements were only made possible because of the efforts of the many people that I have learnt a great deal from, over many years.”