Biographies of our board members


Nick Pearce - Chair

Nick PearceNick Pearce is Professor of Public Policy and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Bath. He researches, teaches and writes widely on public policy and politics.
He was formerly director of the think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), between 2010 and 2015, and Head of the No10 Downing St. Policy Unit between 2008 & 2010, with responsibility for the formulation of policy advice to the Prime Minister.
Nick has also worked as special advisor in the Home Office, Cabinet Office & former Department for Education and Employment. He was formerly chair of the advisory board to the UK Chief Scientist's Foresight Programme & served on the Equalities Review & the Teaching & Learning 2020 Review. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.


Gail Kent - Deputy Chair

Anne Hellgren87pxWideGail Kent is a senior official in the European Union Institution in Luxembourg. She is in one of the largest DGs where she is Director of Data, which includes policies (and research programmes) on building the data economy, promoting cultural heritage and creativity and removing digital barriers. Throughout 2016, Gail was also the acting Deputy DG. She has more than 20 years of high level experience of managing large budgets, finance, compliance and HR management in a multi-lingual, multi-cultural highly political environment. She has a degree in Economics, an MBA and a FT Non-Executive Director Diploma. She is also a member of the Independent Advisory Boards of the Public Policy Institute and of the doctoral centre in Responsible AI, both at Bath University.


Rosamund Bryar 

RosamundBryarRosamund is a registered nurse and health visitor with experience in practice, education, research and service development in health visiting, midwifery, primary care and public health. She was appointed emeritus Professor Community and Primary Care Nursing, City, University of London on her retirement from City in 2015. She joined City in 2000 as professor prior to which she was professional lead for health visiting and professor in Hull and Holderness and at the University of Hull. She is one of the four founding Trustees of the Institute of Health Visiting, established in 2012, a member of the COPE Research group at City, a member of the Council of the Global Network of Public Health Nursing and honorary treasurer of International Collaboration for Community Health Nursing Research She is joint editor of the journal Primary Health Care Research and Development and of the book Theory for Midwifery Practice.


Robert Rowland-Smith

Robert Rowland SmithRobert Rowland-Smith is a Quondam Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He has lectured around the world on philosophy, psychoanalysis and literature. His six previous books include award - winning studies on Jacques Derrida and on modern poetry; a bestselling popular philosophy title, Breakfast with Socrates, which has been translated into twenty languages; and a business bestseller, The Reality Test, which reflects Robert’s parallel career as an adviser to organisations on strategy, leadership and culture.
Robert has had a column on modern moral dilemmas in both the Sunday Times and the Evening Standard. He has written for the Observer, the Independent on Sunday, Intelligent Life, the Times, and many more. He has contributed to BBC radio and TV, been a panellist at many public debates and festivals, and recorded podcasts for both Philosophy Bites and a series on innovation. He has taken small parts in two independent films, Do Not Read This and Love in the Post.
Robert is a qualified practitioner of Constellations, the therapeutic technique for exposing hidden dynamics in group systems, and runs regular workshops on personal, creative and business issues.
He sits on the board of the Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology, and the editorial board of Angelaki, the journal of theoretical humanities, which he helped to found. He is a founding faculty member of both The London Graduate School and The School of Life.


Rupert Harrison

Rupert HarrisonRupert Harrison is a Portfolio Manager and Chief Macro Strategist in the Multi-Asset Strategies group at BlackRock.
From 2010-2015 he was Chief of Staff to UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, and Chair of the UK’s Council of Economic Advisors. From 2006-2010 he was Chief Economic Advisor to the Leader of the Opposition and the Shadow Chancellor.
Prior to that Mr Harrison was a Senior Research Economist at the independent Institute for Fiscal Studies. His academic research focused on the economics of new technologies, productivity growth and the macroeconomic impact of structural reforms, and has been published in leading journals including the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. He has a PhD in Economics from University College London.
Mr Harrison is the Chair of The Fore, a charity dedicated to providing seed funding for small charities and social enterprises.


Mavis Maclean

Mavis MacleanMavis Maclean CBE has carried out Socio Legal Research in Oxford since the establishment of the Centre for Socio Legal Studies in 1974, and founded OXFLAP in 2001. She has acted as Academic Adviser to the Lord Chancellor’s Department, and served as a panel member on the Bristol Royal Infirmary Inquiry 1998-2001, a major public inquiry into the National Health Service. She is a Senior Research Fellow of St Hilda’s College. In 1993 she was elected President of the Research Committee for the Sociology of Law of the International Sociological Association , in 2000 a Trustee of the Law and Society Association and awarded the first SLSA Prize for Contributions to the Socio Legal Community in 2012. In 2013 she was made an Honorary Bencher of Middle Temple. She has served on a number of grant making committees, for the Nuffield Foundation , the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Legal Aid Advisory Committee 1992-4.
She chairs the TCRU Advisory Committee, Institute of Education, University of London , and is a member of the Centre for Family Research Management Committee in Cambridge and Tavistock Relationships, London.
She has researched and written extensively on law and policy for many years, and is committed to the value of empirical evidence in decision making.


Katherine Pinney

Katherine PinneyKathy Pinney trained as a solicitor and worked as family lawyer at both Boodle Hatfield and Stewarts Law. During this time, she sat on various committees including: the Resolution Accreditation Committee; Young Resolution (London Region); London Family Solutions, and the Fulham Legal Advice Centre. Kathy has also worked as a visiting lecturer at the University of Westminster teaching both family law and legal practice.
Since leaving private practice, Kathy has completed a Global MBA at Manchester Business School and is currently studying a BSc in Psychology. Kathy also sits on the Management Committee for the Refugee Therapy Centre.


Stanley Ruszczynski

STANLEY RUSZCZYNSKIStanley is a psychoanalyst and psychoanalytic couple psychotherapist, a Full Member of BPA, IPA, BPF and the BSCPC.
He is Consultant Adult Psychotherapist (and past Clinical Director, 2005-2016) at the Portman Clinic (Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, London), which offers psychotherapeutic treatment to patients disturbed by their criminality, violence or damaging sexual behaviours, and teaching and consultancy programme for colleagues in mental health, criminal justice and social care settings working with similar patients and clients.
He was a staff member at (the now) Tavistock Relationships between 1982 and 1997, serving as its Clinical Co-ordinator, Training Co-ordinator and, between 1987 and 1993, its Deputy Director.
He has a private clinical and organisational consultancy practice, has authored many book chapters and articles, and edited and co-edited five books, including Psychotherapy with Couples (Karnac, 1993), with James Fisher, Intrusiveness and Intimacy in the Couple (Karnac, 1995) and with David Morgan Lectures on Violence, Perversion and Delinquency (Karnac, 2007)


Jane Smith, BSc, MBA, MCIMA

Jane SmithJane has been Chief Operating Officer at the Institute for Employment Studies since July 2015 and is also the company secretary.
Jane started her career at the BBC and then spent many years in the International NGO and charity sector, starting as a VSO volunteer, then working at Sight Savers International before becoming chief finance officer at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a charity that works to combat HIV and AIDS in developing countries.
Jane moved to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in 2007 as chief operating officer. IPPR is a progressive think tank with a mission to open up opportunity, power and prosperity to everyone.
Jane has been a member of the Board of Trustees at Tavistock Relationships since September 2016. She is also a pension trustee.
Jane is also on the Board of Directors of the Pepal Foundation, a social enterprise that designs and delivers life changing executive development programmes.
Jane is a law graduate and a CCAB qualified accountant. She also has an MBA.


Stuart Brough

Stuart BroughStuart Brough currently works as an interim finance director providing senior level advice to companies in the SME sector. He has a degree in Law and Accountancy and then qualified as an accountant in 1977. He has over 40 years experience across a range of industries and business sectors both in finance and general management roles. His more recent experience includes a period as Director of Finance at Tavistock Relationships.


Patricia Key

Patricia KeySince studying classics and training in education, Pat Key has had a long career in the public sector, both in education and health. During her time at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, Pat held responsibility for corporate governance leading on risk, incidents and legal matters. For many years Pat was the lead contact for the Trust with the Care Quality Commission and lead the Trust through a variety of regulatory and inspection regimes. Pat's most recent area of responsibility was for Estates and Facilities and she retains a keen interest in property matters.


Anne Hellgren

Anne Hellgren87pxWideAfter completing a BSc in Counselling Psychology and MSc in Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Anne Hellgren worked in the corporate world for 14 years as an international sales and account manager. She is fluent in four languages and has experience of sales and business development in a range of industries and business sectors. She left the corporate world to start her own coaching practice where she specialises as a relationship coach. As an internationally-accredited Coach, NLP Practitioner and Time-Line Therapy Practitioner, she’s passionate about empowering people in their relationship by working on their self-worth, clarity and communication.


Haema Sundram

Haema SundramHaema has been involved in the field of family justice throughout her career. Haema came to her role as trustee at Tavistock Relationship after over 25 years of helping families as a respected family lawyer in a prominent central London practice. More recently, Haema has transitioned to being a family mediator as she strongly believes that mediation is a more constructive way of resolving family conflict and a better option for many parents and children going through family separation.

Haema sits on the equality diversity and inclusion team at the Family Mediation Council and the Family Mediators Association.


Lucy Marks