Hannah and Alexander Armstrong, Family Links Patrons

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.

Stephen Bavolek, Family Links Patron

Dr Stephen J Bavolek

Dr Bavolek is 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 is the creator of the Nurturing Parenting Program upon which the Family Links Nurturing Programme is based.

Countess of Inchcape, Family Links Patron

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 the activities of Family Links since its inception.

Annette Mountford, Family Links Patron

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 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.

Richard Pring, Family Links Patron

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.

Phillip Pullman, Family Links Patron

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)