Trustees

Hilary Emery, Family Links Trustee

Hilary Emery

Chair of Trustees

Hilary Emery is Family Links 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

Trustee

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.

Martin Havelock, Family Links Trustee

Martin Havelock

Trustee

Originally a practising barrister, most of Martin’s career has been in HR, working for companies in the electronics and pharmaceutical sectors, the NHS (where he was also chief executive of a hospital trust), Oxford University Press, and Phillips the Auctioneers during its time as a part of the LVMH Group. His last HR role was with Slaughter and May.

 

He is now an independent commercial and workplace mediator and is currently chair of Oxford Mediation. He also holds advisory positions with Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing and the Chartered Insurance Institute, works as a volunteer with Calm Mediation, Thames Valley Restorative Justice and Oxfordshire Youth Justice Service, and is an elected public governor for Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Rosalind Portman, Family Links Trustee

Rosalind Portman

Trustee

One of the three co-founders of 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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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

Trustee

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 Family Links Parent Group Leader and has delivered the 10-week Parenting Puzzle Programme with his wife in a whole school environment.