Patron - Deidre Sanders
Renowned Agony Aunt Deidre Sanders has been giving advice to readers of The Sun newspaper for over 30 years.
Deidre says: "I am delighted to become Patron of Family Lives, a charity long dear to my heart. I regularly refer readers to Parentline and the other support that Family Lives provides. With so many families facing a difficult year ahead, I am sure I will be sending even more their way."
Chair – Anastasia de Waal
Anastasia de Waal is Director of Family and Education and Deputy Director at Civitas. A social policy analyst, she is a qualified primary school teacher, trained specifically for teaching in the inner city.
Anastasia's particular interest is in the design and implementation of policy which supports parents and families practically, fostering the best life chances for their children. Author of books including Second Thoughts on the Family, she is a regular contributor to print and broadcast media, panellist for The Observer and board member of Women's Parliamentary Radio.
Treasurer - Warwick Jones
Group Finance Director with quoted company experience. Responsibilities have included finance, risk, compliance, internal audit and IT. Key roles in strategic planning, corporate finance activity, restructuring, change management and investor relations. Strong emphasis on good corporate governance, robust financial control and shareholder value. Finance Director at the Bank of England.
Stuart has for 25 years been a Trustee, seeing the Organisation for Parents under Stress (OPUS) merge, grow and develop into Family Lives. During that time he has had a number of stints as Treasurer and Vice Chairman and filled in as Chair as a result of the indisposition of current Chairs. He has played a role in developing the trading arms of ParentlinePlus and Family Lives.
Previously he spent 10 years leading the youth involvement at regional and national level with the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Appeal and Trusts. He was also a founder Director/Trustee of the Youth Enterprise Scheme which evolved into the Prince’s Trust.
Formerly a Director of insurance and investment management companies, he has been for the last 20 years a serial small time entrepreneur in the financial services marketplace, developing new distribution and administration systems for niche activities within the industry. He is also a frequent contributor in the media and appears on news and financial programmes such as Money Box.
Trained as a teacher, is a Relate-trained counsellor, an accredited TripleP (Positive Parenting Programme) parenting educator, a broadcaster and author of nearly thirty books. She has been a national agony aunt for almost 20 years, now writing for Woman magazine but has written weekly columns in The Times, the Guardian, Woman’s Own magazine and BBC Health Online and was the counsellor seen guiding five families through their family dilemmas on the major BBC1 series, Stepfamilies. Is a trustee of The Who Cares Trust, for “looked after” children. Was one of the founding agony aunts in the Kids In The Middle alliance, lobbying for increased support for children caught up in family breakdown, and edited the KITM website. Has worked for the Family Planning Association, Brook and Parentline Plus.
Makes frequent appearances on national and local television and radio on programmes such as BBC Breakfast, You and Yours and Women’s Hour and is a regular on BBC Scotland and BBC Wales as well as various local BBC and commercial stations, often as a spokesperson for Family Lives. Is a freelance journalist and has written features, mainly on sex, relationship, parenting, health and counselling matters, for a wide range of national magazines and newspapers. Has conceived and written leaflets and website material for many organisations including the NSPCC, One Parent Families, the Family Planning Association, ParentingUK and Brook Advisory Centres. She is the agony aunt for The Who Cares? Trust’s two magazines for kids in care and is regularly asked to give expert comment in the national press.
Was previously Vice-Chair of Parentline Plus.
Previously Chair of Parent Network Executive Committee. Knowledge and experience of parenting groups and courses; training and facilitation; counselling; governance of charities; fundraising events; volunteering; parenting and step parenting. Doro is also chair of Partnership for Children, a charity which promotes mental health in children in the UK and internationally, and a trustee of Young Voice, which produces research and publications about and with young people. She is collaborating on a book about parenting for the 'Teach Yourself' series published by Hodder and Stoughton.
Born near Edinburgh in 1940, he was educated at Lasswade high School and graduated from Edinburgh University with a BSc in Geology in 1961. He worked for eight years in Operations Research in CWS Manchester. He then joined ICL and worked in London and Paris in Sales, Marketing and General Management positions for thirteen years.
In 1982 he joined Dyneer, an American corporation, as their European Marketing manager. In 1986 he was one of the leaders in an MBO of the European operation forming Technitron plc and became a main board member. The board of Technitron agreed the sale of the company to Oki Electric Industry, Tokyo and he joined the board of Oki Europe Limited. He became Chairman and Managing director of the European operation of OKI in 1995 and at the same time a main board member of the Oki Data Corporation in Japan. He retired from OKI in March 2007.
Andrew is married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Emeritus Professor of Social work, School of Social Work & Psychosocial Studies. A qualified and experienced child and family social worker, she has been teaching on, and researching across, the field of child welfare since 1978. She is involved in the training of the judiciary and is frequently asked to provide expert advice and consultation in complex child care cases. She is Vice Chair of the General Social Care Council, a Trustee of Break Charity and of Norfolk and Norwich Families House, which provides a range of family support and child contact services, and a Patron of the Grandparents’ Association and of the Hamlet Centre.
Organisational development and diversity consultant and trainer, specialising in cultural change, diversity audits, community consultation and focus group research for local authorities, government departments and NHS. Experience of teaching in further and higher education. Senior manager in local government (education). Founded City of London College and a youth club in Shoreditch. Served on school and college governing bodies and on the Boards of Riverside NHS Trust and Kensington Housing Trust. Volunteer worker with refugee families and recently trained to work as volunteer call-taker for Family Lives.
Originally trained as a Radiographer and has a wide and varied experience of working in the Health Sector for over 40 years. Recently retired, Sandra held posts including Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group and Director of a Primary Care Trust.
Sandra combined her career with active voluntary roles including chairing the Institute of Healthcare Managers from 2001 to 2004. Sandra is both a fellow and companion of this organisation. Her role was wide and varied and involved meeting and speaking to members, and working with organisations such as the RCGP, members of Parliament, BMA etc. She is firmly committed to standards and quality of care and conduct within the NHS. She led the Institute’s work on diversity.
From March 2002 to July 2007 Sandra was also a governor of Coeliac UK, a national charity. She chaired this organisation from October 2002 to July 2005, during a time of re-organisation, creating stability, governance review and development of an All Party Parliamentary Group to raise awareness of the charity.
Sandra is married with two grown up children and two grandchildren (so far).
Sarah Stewart-Brown is Professor of Public Health at Warwick University’s Medical School. During her career, she has worked in the NHS as a paediatrician and public health consultant as well as in the higher education sector. For the last twenty years her research has focused on emotional and mental health and wellbeing with a particular interest in the role of parenting and parent-child relationships. She has worked on programme development and evaluation, programme effectiveness and monitoring the effects of the roll out of programmes. She has written widely on issues relating to child health and public mental health in general and on parenting and school- based programmes in particular. She teaches medical students and postgraduate students in public health about mental health and wellbeing and parenting.
Sarah is Co-Chair of the Faculty of Public Health’s Mental Health Committee; she works with the English Ministerial Advisory Committee implementing the mental health strategy – No Health Without Mental Health, with Public Health England on the new mental health promotion strategy and with the Office of National Statistics on measuring wellbeing. She has also worked with the Scottish Government on their Mental Health Strategy and is now working with the Welsh Assembly Government.
Sarah was a trustee of the Parenting Education and Support Forum and then a trustee and Vice Chairman of Parenting UK throughout its existence. She had two children and three grandchildren.
Dr John Coleman
Dr John Coleman is a clinical and developmental psychologist. He was for many years the Director of the Trust for the Study of Adolescence (TSA), and since October 2006 he has been a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Education at Oxford University. He is the author of numerous books, including “The nature of adolescence” (Routledge, 2011), now in its fourth edition. Together with Dr Ann Hagell he is currently working on a new edition of their book “Adolescence: risk and resilience” first published in 2007. He has been a Senior Policy Advisor in the Department of Health, where he worked on emotional health and well-being in children and young people. He is the Chair of the Association for Young People’s Health and a Trustee of Family Lives. He has a long-standing interest in support for parents of teenagers, and he runs workshops for parents in secondary schools. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to youth justice.