Hilary Emery


Hilary began as a primary teacher, then working in teacher education and policy implementation before becoming CEO of the National Children’s Bureau. Her research interests have been in formative assessment.


Policy implementation work included bringing together support for education, health and social care as part of the Every Child Matters policy. Recently she worked on developing a whole school approach to wellbeing. At NCB she established impact evaluation and increased involvement of children and young people.


She is an Honorary Norham Fellow at Oxford University’s department of education and was awarded the CBE in 2018. She is a school governor and an academy director.

Vanessa Emmett


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.

Sarah Hargreaves

Chair of Trustees

Sarah has many years’ experience in the media and communications industry, as a television executive, media consultant and executive coach. In that time she worked as a senior leader and manager at the BBC, for commercial television, and also founded and ran her own successful independent production company, winning many broadcast awards along the way.


She now works with senior executives across a broad range of industries in both the public and private sectors. Sarah became involved with the charity sector and with Family Links via her work with the Impetus Trust and joined the board in 2014, becoming Chair in June 2015.

Martin Havelock


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.

Avril McIntyre


Avril is a community leader with a proven track record. During her 13 year role as Chief Executive of LifeLine Community Projects, it grew from grassroots to a charity with an annual turnover of £5million, equipping people for life and work through a range of services including employability programmes, family support and mentoring.


Since then, Avril has developed Community Resources, a charity which mobilises people to find solutions to the problems faced in their community. Based in Barking & Dagenham, initiatives developed by volunteers seek to tackle the issues primarily caused by poverty and isolation.


Avril created BanD Together Routemaster, an online tool that joins up information about local services across Barking and Dagenham.

Rosalind Portman


One of the three co-founders of Family Links and actively involved in PR and fundraising.


Rosalind’s background is in stress-management and counselling.


Winner of the 2004 Beacon Award for New Initiatives.

Wendy Rose


Wendy Rose is an Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University.  She has a background in social work practice and management in the NHS and local government, and was a senior civil servant in England for eleven years advising on children’s policy and its implementation.  She was a Senior Research Fellow at The Open University until 2010, during which time she worked with the Scottish Government as a professional adviser on the development of their policy, Getting it right for every child.


She then went on to work with the Welsh Government on their safeguarding reforms and the development of a new model of child practice reviews.  She is involved in national and international research and development projects, publishing on policy and practice issues concerned with child wellbeing and improving outcomes for children and families. She has had a long-standing commitment as a trustee of HSUK to supporting Home-Start’s work with children and young families. 

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