Rowen Smith – Head of Training

As Head of Training, Rowen oversees all of Family Links’ training. This mainly involves working with customers and commissioners to ensure that they are getting the support they need, managing the development and delivery of Family Links’ wide range of training courses and supporting all our fabulous trainers throughout the UK.

Rowen often feels that a huge part of his role is listening – whether that’s to customers, trainees or trainers - and he thinks this is key to making sure that we are in touch with what is current and relevant for the people we work with.

Another important part of Rowen’s role is supporting our Parent Group Leaders in their delivery of the Nurturing Programme to parents. He loves travelling around the UK meeting and working with new and existing trainees, as well as commissioners.

Rowen is a huge advocate of the Nurturing Programme and is passionate about the difference it can make to people’s lives. He believes that it is an ideal template for all relationships and indeed for life in general, and he is very keen to promote its role in supporting good emotional health. For Rowen, the Nurturing Programme chimes perfectly with his own views, particularly around the importance of self-reflection and empowerment.

Prior to joining Family Links eight years ago, Rowen was a primary school teacher and then spent many years working in the field of social care, supporting families, and ten years working as a trainer with Relate. He has wide experience in mediation, conflict resolution, bereavement and intergenerational work.

On a personal level, Rowen enjoys spending time with his wife and grown-up children and indulging in his passions of music, football and cycling. He is also never shy at encouraging the Family Links team to try out the work breaks and games from our training courses as well as others he likes to make up himself!

If you’d like to find out more about any of our trainings and how they may be able to support your work, then please do contact Rowen on

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