Keith Towler is the chair of the Interim Youth Work board.
Keith was the Children’s Commissioner for Wales (2008 – 2015) and is currently an Independent Consultant. He is a respected children’s rights expert with over 30 years’ experience in social work, youth work and youth justice roles.
In January 2018 he was appointed as the Wales Member of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.
In March 2016 he was appointed on a 3 year term as Vice Chair of the National Independent Safeguarding Board that was established by the Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014. The Board is charged with advising Welsh Government on safeguarding of children and adults at risk of abuse, neglect or harm.
Keith sits on the Board of Play Wales and is a Patron of The Venture in Wrexham and the Windfall Centre in Llandrindod Wells.
As the country’s second children's commissioner, he has published a number of reports including those on advocacy, child protection, play, child trafficking, young carers, children and young people with disabilities and looked after children.
Keith was a member of the International Play Association (IPA) Working Group that was asked by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child to take a lead role in helping to draft the General Comment on Article 31. This is a salutary reminder to States Parties across the world of the importance of securing children’s right to play and recreational activities, rest and leisure and to participate freely in cultural and artistic activities.
He received an Honorary Fellowship in 2015 from the University of South Wales in recognition of his contribution to social and youth work. In 2017 he won a Leading Wales Award in the Leadership in the Voluntary Sector category.