TACT is the UK’s largest specialist charity provider of fostering and adoption services. Core work involves providing high quality and well supported fostering or adoptive families for children and young people in the care of local authorities. Working in partnership with local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland, TACT is dedicated to providing creative, effective and outcome-focused services. In addition to its services provision, TACT also campaigns on behalf of children and young people in care, carers and adoptive families. The charity currently has an annual income of £23 million and more than 160 staff, and is ranked as one of the UK’s best companies to work for by the Sunday Times.
Following the departure of its long-standing chief executive, and an interim arrangement lasting nearly one year, Prospectus was mandated to lead the search for a new chief executive to lead TACT. The adoption and fostering sector is highly commercialised, with a range of both private and charity sector organisations competing for contracts. TACT was keen to identify candidates who could both lead the charity in an enterprising and commercially astute manner, whilst simultaneously ensuring that its commitment to quality and care remained industry leading, putting children and young people first. In addition, TACT’s next chief executive would be comfortable in taking a externally visible role, campaigning on issues relating to adoption and fostering.
Prospectus undertook an in-depth search of the adoption and fostering market place, relevant sections of the public sector, as well as charities that undertakes both service delivery and campaigning. The search was supported by online advertising in the Guardian and Sunday Times.
Andy Elvin was appointed in August 2014. He came from the charity Children and Families Across Borders, where he had been chief executive since 2009. Prior to this role he was Strategic and Project Director at London Borough of Richmond. He is a qualified social worker, and has been a foster parent himself. He joined TACT in October 2014.