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We are a team of seven staff with an expert advisory group and a strong board of trustees

Staff

Dr Beckie Lang

CEO

Bio

Beckie’s passion for the first 1001 days of life began during her career as a public health nutritionist with a specific interest in pregnancy and infancy.  Her background includes academic research, communications, policy and charity leadership across a range of sectors.  Her awareness of babies' emotional wellbeing was fired whilst a research fellow at Warwick University. Thereafter, Beckie focused on the field of perinatal and infant mental health, leading this work at the charity Tommy’s, developing the perinatal peer support programme 'Parents in Mind' within the NCT; and leading the strategic Mums and Babies in Mind project for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. Beckie is passionate about supporting the best start in life and currently sits on the expert advisory board for the Big Lottery’s A Better Start programme in Blackpool. Outside of work she likes walking her mad cocker spaniel and gardening.

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Dr Karen Bateson

HEAD OF CLINICAL STRATEGY AND DEVELOPMENT

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Dr Karen Bateson is a Clinical Child Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for over 20 years in early intervention, Sure Start and CAMHS. She is a specialist in early years work with particular interests in attachment-based approaches, neuroscience, implementation science, prevention and the impact of trauma. She has trained and lectured extensively around the UK, and has published articles about parenting groups, fathers and ACEs in policing. Karen joins us from the NSPCC where she has been leading the development of a place-based approach to prevent child maltreatment. She joined the Parent-Infant Foundation in May 2019.

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Peter Clarke

COMPANY SECRETARY

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Peter worked for Barclays Bank for 25 years, initially in the branch network before moving to Head Office. He is an experienced finance and project manager working in retail, business and operational departments. He joined Tresham College of Higher and Further Education in 2004 to manage the Contracts Department where he was responsible for overseeing the compliance of external funding contracts and managing sub-contracting arrangements. Peter joined the Parent-Infant Foundation in Sept 2013 with responsibilities for finance, governance, contracts and data management.

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Alanna Clear

SENIOR COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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Alanna joined the Parent-Infant Foundation team in April 2019, after having been a trustee for the charity for three years. She came from the commercial sector where she had worked in advertising and branding for 16 years, working with a range of organisations including BT, BBC, Sainsbury’s, Sadler’s Wells and The Alan Turing Institute. A combination of the great team at the Parent-Infant Foundation and recent branding work for charities including Pancreatic Cancer UK convinced Alanna to make the move to the third sector. Alanna has two boys, 7 and 5, who remind her daily why parenting is the hardest and most important job we’ll ever do.

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Alex Ford

HEAD OF PHILANTHROPY AND INCOME GENERATION

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After working in universities and the theatre for many years, Alex switched careers to work for the cancer cause, following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in her early thirties. Over the last twenty years, her fundraising, organisational development and leadership skills have been particularly valuable in achieving transformational growth and impact for a range of small charities. She is now delighted to be part of the Parent-Infant Foundation team, and such an important cause.

Sally Hogg

HEAD OF POLICY AND CAMPAIGNING

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Sally is passionate about the emotional wellbeing of babies and their parents. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in a range of roles in this field, including as Strategic Lead for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Mums and Babies in Mind project and as Development Manager for Children Under One at the NSPCC, where she developed and implemented research-led interventions. Prior to this, Sally was a Civil Servant working on Children’s Policy. In her ‘spare time’ Sally is a governor of a preschool and has also been chair of her local NCT branch, a member of East Surrey MSLC and the RCOG Women’s Voices Panel. Sally is a regular columnist in the International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education and a member of their editorial board. Sally works part time and spends most of her week with her two lovely boys, aged two and four. To relax she enjoys running and baking.

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Sarah Woodcock

Implementation Support Manager

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Sarah is excited to have joined the PIPUK team in October 2019 and is looking forward to supporting the implementation of services in Essex. She has many years’ experience in project and programme support and has worked in a variety of private and public sector project roles. Most recently this has been within local and national charities, supporting families and young people to improve their health and well-being. She is passionate about developing strong community networks and ensuring that families are able to access local services available to them. Sarah is also currently studying for a Masters degree in Public Health - Health Promotion and enjoys spending time outdoors with her two boys, aged 15 and 10.

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Tim Loughton MP

CHAIRMAN

Bio

Tim was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member for East Worthing and Shoreham and was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017.

During his time in Parliament, Tim has held various positions, including:

  • Shadow Minister for Environment from 2000 to 2001
  • Shadow Minister for Health (from 2001) and Children (2003-10)
  • Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families from 2010 to 2012, covering the following areas:
    • leading in several areas of successful reform in child protection
    • children in care and adoption
    • child sexual exploitation and safeguarding
    • youth engagement

From the backbenches, Tim continues to work vigorously to improve support for vulnerable children and to speak up for young people, especially around perinatal mental health issues and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

Since 2014, he has also been a member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee.

Tim became Chairman of the PIP UK charity in 2013, and is committed to promoting attachment and producing therapeutic support for parents and toddlers around the country through the PIP network. Since 2013 he has also chaired the All-Party Group for Conception to Age 2 (First 1001 Days), which is undertaking important efforts to improve Government’s work in perinatal mental health and early nurturing for young children. Tim also chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups covering a wide range of issues, such as Archaeology, Hockey, The British Museum and Wine and Spirits. He also co-chairs the APPGs for Mindfulness and for Children.

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Dr Adrian Datta

TRUSTEE

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Dr Datta is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has worked with children, young people and families for over 20 years. He has a special interest in attachment and was part of the team that designed and developed the Child Attachment Interview (CAI). He has lived and worked in Guernsey for the last 15 years and has played a leading role in the development of innovative service redesign and development and infrastructure in children’s services and adult mental health.

Adrian is passionate about the importance of the early relationships and recently undertook the training as a parent-infant psychotherapist at the Anna Freud Centre.

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Shreena Ghumra

TREASURER

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Shreena is a Regional Financial Controller based in the Middle East for Marsh & McLennan Companies. She is qualified in accounting, tax and project management, and experienced in leading teams in tech and SMEs.

She has broad industry knowledge including insurance, FinTech, civil engineering, media, digital tech, and banking.

Shreena is a keen sportswoman, having previously run the London Marathon, undertakes yoga, plays netball and taken part in numerous Tough Mudders.  She takes any opportunity to travel and in her spare time, she volunteers locally to assist in community projects.

Shreena is passionate about raising awareness of the importance mental health in ethnic minority groups and provides treasury support to the Parent-Infant Foundation.

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Dr Tejinder Kondel-Laws

TRUSTEE

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Dr Kondel-Laws Tejinder is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for the past 20 years in both clinical and research capacities. Her expertise in infant mental health was initially informed by her experience of neuropsychological assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in children and later extended by her work in relational trauma in adolescents and forensic experience of working with complex trauma in male prisoners. Her research and clinical experience to date has theoretical underpinnings in brain-behaviour relationships, resulting in her taking a unique neurobiological and neuroscience approach to her psychotherapeutic work in attachment and relational trauma. Having set up a parent-infant psychology service in the NHS, she provides consultancy and supervision to practitioners in the NHS and third sector.

She has supervised doctoral theses and lectured in her field of interest for the past 10 years as Principal Lecturer. She retains her external examiner role, providing research and clinical expertise to doctoral training programmes. She has published widely in peer-reviewed journals, policy reports, edits for journals and enjoys how her academic work informs her clinical practice and executive committee work and vice versa.

Her passion for breaking intergenerational cycles of psychological distress has led her to develop evidence-based interventions to help parents in their parenting, with clear social, emotional and cognitive outcomes for the child.

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Dr Camilla Rosan

TRUSTEE

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Camilla works at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as Head of Early Years, which involves oversight over their clinical, training and research programmes for children under 5. She is a consultant clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and across her clinical career has held a range of therapeutic roles related to the early years in the NHS, local authority and other third sector organisations.

Previous to her current role, Camilla worked at NHS England leading their national mental health policy transformation programme for perinatal mental health services, ensuring that perinatal mental health and parent-infant work received significant additional investment.

Camilla holds an honorary clinical academic position at University College London as an Associate Professor and has a specialist research interest in developing the field of co-parenting from pre-conception across the transition to parenthood and beyond.

After training as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University and completing her doctoral thesis on co-parenting approaches in the early years at Imperial College London, she moved into the third sector to lead national service development work related to perinatal and infant mental health. Camilla has published extensively and teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervises and sits on many government-level expert advisory groups for perinatal and infant mental health.

She lives in South London with her partner, daughter and Westie Terrier.

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Jane Turner

TRUSTEE

Bio

Jane Turner is a psychoanalytic child and adolescent psychotherapist (Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy) and psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapist (Anna Freud Centre).

Jane made the decision to specialise in parent-infant work as a result of conversations over many years with parents who bravely shared with her their painful early relational experiences with their children as babies and who were continuing to struggle many years later. This highlighted the lack of the right sort of help at a time when families most needed it.  

Jane is passionate about supporting the development of parent-infant services and psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy in the North of England. She currently works in a parent-infant service in the North West Boroughs Healthcare Trust, for Impact North in Leeds, and in private practice. 

Jane has taught on the psychoanalytic 10-week infant mental health course at the Northern School for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy in Leeds and with NEWPIP in Newcastle.  She also offers psychoanalytic consultation to perinatal services.

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Paul Williams MP

TRUSTEE

Bio

Dr Paul Williams is the Labour MP for Stockton South and has been since 2017. Before Parliament, Paul was a GP. He also spent five years in Uganda, running a health programme, which involved setting up a community hospital, providing HIV, Malaria and tuberculosis services. Paul ran for Parliament because he became deeply concerned about the challenges facing our NHS and the inequalities in society. He decided to bring his experiences as a GP working in frontline healthcare to Parliament. After winning election to Parliament, he was selected by MPs to sit upon the Health and Social Care Select Committee. He chaired the committee’s inquiry into the “First 1000 days of life”.

He joined the Parent-Infant Foundation’s board in June 2019 because he sees parent-infant relationship support as a top priority for government as part of the need to reduce inequality.

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Claire Wright

TRUSTEE

Bio

Claire Wright is a solicitor and former partner at Allen & Overy LLP. She qualified into the corporate department there in 1987 and specialised in corporate and commercial transactions, particularly in the financial services sector. She advised on various commercial transactions and arrangements including acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, IP licensing agreements and complex services arrangements. She was also responsible for graduate recruitment and was involved in numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives at Allen & Overy.

Expert Advisory Group

Our expert advisory group is a virtual, multi-disciplinary group of “critical friends” who:

  • Act as a sounding board for the Foundation leadership team as we develop, plan and deliver our work
  • Provide peer review of our publications
  • Expose us to a wide range of views and perspectives
  • Help us to develop and maintain links across the sector and to keep up to speed on relevant developments

The group is made up of 16 members, including practitioners from a range of professional disciplines, commissioners, researchers and leaders from the voluntary sector.

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