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


Justin Irwin

CEO (Interim)

Justin has worked in a variety of senior roles in the charity and public sector for more than 20 years. He was the first Chief Executive of the children’s helpline charity Get Connected (now part of The Mix) and Director of England at ChildLine. He has also served as Interim Chief Executive at Bliss, The Family and Childcare Trust and Bipolar UK, and worked for several years within the families division of the Department for Education. He is a Trustee of Change Please Foundation and a primary school governor. Justin has three children, all of primary school age.

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Dr Karen Bateson


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.

Sally Hogg


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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Rachael Gibbons

Head of Operations

Rachael has worked in the charity sector for 20 years and is passionate about all children receiving the very best start in life. Rachael has spent most of her career working in international development in the UK and abroad for charities such as UNICEF and Save the Children. She has extensive experience in major donor and trust fundraising, programme development and institutional grant making and compliance, including business development in the United States. More recently Rachael has worked for UK charities focused on pregnancy and early childhood, widening her experience to finance, communications and operations.

Rachael is a parent to two young children and in her spare time she works as a school governor, volunteers in local community groups and enjoys dressmaking, gardening and the outdoors.

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Rachel Fraser

Scotland Development Lead

Rachel is an experienced clinical psychologist based in Glasgow and is leading Parent-Infant Foundation’s work in Scotland. With an interest in parent-infant and perinatal work since conducting doctoral research in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy at the Anna Freud Centre, Rachel maintains a thriving private practice in perinatal psychology, infancy and early parenting. Rachel has worked for the NHS for almost 20 years, and is currently also employed on an innovative Scottish Government Pilot, leading nationally on reflective practice and supervision, and providing clinical consultation.

A mother of two beautiful and cheerful little boys, she can often be found trying to find two minutes to herself.

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Wook Hamilton

Network Development Manager

Wook has a background as a counsellor and has a wealth of experience in project and senior management across the charity sector, spanning 30 years. During this time, she has worked in the fields of homelessness, mental health, youth work, substance misuse and domestic violence.

Some highlights of her career include working for Trust for the Study of Adolescence national charity where she lead on developing training and research projects on issues relating to parenting young people.

Alongside this career, she has retained an interest in teaching and training and has worked as a consultant to several national charities. Wook’s passion is in the value of the relationship as a vehicle of change in any front-line work with people. She is also the author of various publications in relation to young people’s emotional health and resilience.

Wook continues to work as a trainer for Sands (Still Birth & Neo-Natal Death charity), training health care professionals in bereavement care. She joined the Parent-Infant Foundation in March 2021.

Wook has a grown up daughter in her early 20s, and is also a musician, playing the clarinet in various genres including folk, hip hop and jazz.

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Emma Francis

Communications and Marketing Manager

Emma is an experienced communications and marketing professional with a passion for trying to help make real change. As a mum of two young children, babies’ needs have been very high on her agenda in recent years so she is excited to be part of the Parent-Infant Foundation journey to help babies get the best possible start. After a number of placements for consumer PR agencies, Emma’s first ever ‘proper’ communications job was for a charity, Business in the Community. From here she worked at PR agencies specialising in work for charities and public sector, before moving in-house to local government corporate communications teams at London Borough of Merton and London Fire Brigade.

Emma works part-time and outside of work she can be found entertaining her children, occasionally playing netball and often walking in Richmond Park.

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Emily Fraser


Emily started her career in Parliament where she worked as a researcher to shadow environment and charity ministers. She later went on to work in roles in public affairs and media management. Emily has also worked in a trade association, a government department and as an Executive Assistant at board level in the NHS. Prior to joining Parent Infant Foundation, she ran a VA business specialising in working with the charity sector


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Nick Wilkie


Nick has been chief executive of the National Childbirth Trust and London Youth and director of UK programmes at Save the Children. He has also served on the boards of a range of charitable and public institutions and as a policy advisor to Cabinet Office and HM Treasury. Now his time is divided between three young children, involvement in his local community, a small number of non-executive positions and work with the Centre for Charity Effectiveness at City University Business School.

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Dr Camilla Rosan


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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Shreena Ghumra


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 Adrian Datta


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.


Jane Turner


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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Claire Wright


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.

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Tia McPhee


Tia McPhee is a Marketing Communications professional with over 20 years of experience, predominantly with media and government organisations. She is currently the Global Brand Director of the Financial Times, and has also worked at Tech Nation, delivering the UK government tech strategy, and spent 12 years at the BBC in marketing and strategy roles across news, politics, current affairs and factual content.

She has served for six years on the board of governors for Jack Tizard, a specialist school for children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. This requires her to keep up to date with latest governance and child safeguarding issues and she serves as chair of their curriculum committee. Her passion to contribute to early years support structures was only intensified by recently having her first child.

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.