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Patrons

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We support Family Links because it is a charity that addresses one of the biggest issues right at source: if you can get family life to work positively so many other things fall into place.

Alexander & Hannah Armstrong

Alexander is originally from Rothbury, Northumberland. He attended Cambridge University where he joined the Footlights and went on to form a comedy double act with Ben Miller.

 

In addition to The Armstrong & Miller Show, Alexander is a regular host on Have I Got News For You and also presents Pointless on BBC1.

 

Since 2004 he has been married to Hannah who is full-time mother to their four boys.

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Dr Stephen J Bavolek (1947 - 2023)

Dr Bavolek was a recognised leader in the treatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect and of parenting education and has been promoting non-violent parenting practices since 1983.

 

He was the creator of the Nurturing Parenting Program upon which our Nurturing Programme is based.

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Sally Hogg

Sally is the Senior Policy Fellow in the Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) at the University of Cambridge. Previously, Sally was Deputy CEO at the Parent-Infant Foundation.

Sally has had a varied career in charities, national & local governments, leading teams to develop and implement interventions for families in the early years, and campaigning successfully to drive policy change.

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The Countess of Inchcape

Director of the Glenapp Estate Company and a Trustee of the Inchcape Foundation.

 

She teaches a deep relaxation technique called Help Yourself which is a synthesis of other techniques she has learnt.

 

A mother and grandmother and involved in our activities since the beginning.

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Annette Mountford, MBE

Annette introduced the Nurturing Programme to the UK in 1992 and was Chief Executive until March 2015.

 

In 1997 she founded Family Links (now known as The Centre for Emotional Health) in order to reach children in schools as well as parents in the community.

 

Her experiences in health visiting, education and parenthood were her core assets.

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Professor Richard Pring, PhL, BA, PhD

Retired after 14 years as Director of the Department of Educational Studies at Oxford University.

 

He has since been Lead Director of the Nuffield Review of 14-19 Education and Training and continues to work with his Aga Khan University in Karachi.

 

He is also President of Socialist Education Association and National Association of Pastoral Care, and a member of the executive committee at Philosophy of Education Society of GB.

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We used to have generations of child-rearing wisdom embodied in grandparents and village elders, available in the home or just down the road. Families are so scattered now that that sort of help isn’t so easy to come by. That’s why Family Links is so important.

Sir Philip Pullman, CBE

Best known as a writer whose books appeal to both adults and children.

 

He spent many years as a middle-school teacher, writing plays for school performances and inspiring pupils to be creative themselves.

 

He is a patron and active supporter of the Pegasus Youth Theatre in Oxford, The Story Museum in Oxford and the pressure group Save Kids TV.

 

(Photo courtesy of Chris Boland)

James (Jamie) Sainsbury 2
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We used to have generations of child-rearing wisdom embodied in grandparents and village elders, available in the home or just down the road. Families are so scattered now that that sort of help isn’t so easy to come by. That’s why Family Links is so important.

James Sainsbury

James is chair of trustees of the Resurgence Trust, which publishes “Resurgence and Ecologist” magazine.


He is also President of Home-Start UK and a trustee of the Tedworth, Headley and Staples trusts, the Kay Kendall Leukaemia Fund and the Voices Foundation and a patron of Best Beginnings.

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