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Hilary Emery, Family Links Trustee

Hilary Emery

Chair of Trustees

Hilary Emery is The Centre for Emotional Health's Chair of Trustees. She is Chair of Governors at a large primary school and the Knowledge Exchange Lead on the Oxford University Excluded Lives research project where she is an Honorary Norham Fellow.


She began her career as a primary teacher later working in teacher education and education policy before becoming CEO of the National Children’s Bureau. She was awarded a CBE in 2018 for services to children and young people. She is passionate about engaging and supporting children and young people in their learning and development.

Vanessa Emmett, Family Links Trustee

Vanessa Emmett


Project Director for CSCLeaders - an exciting Commonwealth-wide leadership project run by Common Purpose.


Vanessa previously worked for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, as National Programme Manager for the campaign ‘Debate of the Age’ and as Global Business Development Manager at FT Knowledge, and has extensive overseas experience.

Rosalind Portman, Family Links Trustee

Rosalind Portman


One of the three co-founders of The Centre for Emotional Health (originally Family Links) and supports with fundraising.


Rosalind’s background is in stress-management and counselling.


Winner of the 2004 Beacon Award for New Initiatives.

Wendy Rose, Family Links Trustee

Wendy Rose


Wendy has been involved primarily in policy, research and development in relation to children in need and their families, as a senior civil servant in England and later, at the Open University, worked as an adviser with the Scottish and Welsh Governments.  She has had a long standing commitment to HSUK as a former trustee, and is currently working on projects with CoramBAAF.  


She was awarded an OBE for services to children and families in 2009.

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Gordon Beach


Gordon's background is in banking and finance and he spent most of his career working for two high street banks. Having set up his own consultancy business, Gordon now helps companies, of all sizes, with banking issues, working across a wide range of sectors.

Gordon has been involved with the Young Enterprise charity for more than 40 years, in various capacities. He is also an Enterprise Adviser for a school in Oxfordshire and currently Chair of his local Parish Council.


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Emma Judge


Emma’s early career in HR sparked an interest in the psychology of wellbeing and the role leaders, teachers and parents play in promoting thriving and emotional resilience for those around them.  She has a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD focused on how leaders thrive at work.  Since setting up her own consultancy 15 years ago and co-founding a charity in the field, she has worked with a wide range of multi-national, public sector and educational organisations bringing this knowledge to life supporting leaders, educators and parents.


Emma's experience focuses on sharing the practical skills of emotional resilience and wellbeing,  She has trained thousands of educators, leaders and parents and developed programmes to support schools and organisations who recognise the importance of wellbeing, emotional resilience and thriving - often working alongside academic partners to evaluate what makes a difference.

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Masood Hassan


Masood brings over 30 years of corporate and management consulting experience in Business Operations Transformation. He began his career as an engineer, then working in various senior executive roles in industry before becoming a senior partner for the ‘Big Four’. He now helps senior executives to strengthen organisational health as well as shift behaviour to improve business performance.


Away from the office he builds and races model cars and has a passion for music and painting. Masood is a trained Parent Group Leader and has delivered the 10-week Parenting Puzzle Programme with his wife in a whole school environment.

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Eimear McInerney


Eimear is a civil servant working at the Department for Health and Social Care, as a Programme Management Lead. Eimear recently completed the Civil Service project delivery fast stream development programme, which included a secondment to The Centre of Emotional Health.

Eimear has worked for several government departments and has expertise in project management, policy development and implementation.

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