The Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships is delighted to announce that, from September, Mr Nick Pearce is to become the new Chair of Trustees, taking over the role from Dr Anton Obholzer. Dr Obholzer has been chair of TCCR’s governing body, The Tavistock Institute for Medical Psychology, for nearly nine years during which time he has overseen profound changes in the organisation’s scope and size.



Nick has previously worked as an adviser in 10 Downing Street, the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the former Department for Education and Employment. He is currently Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. He is also an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is a member of the UK-India Roundtable.

Nick Pearce said of his appointment: “I am very pleased to be taking up this role as Chair of TCCR’s Board of Trustees. It is a superb organisation with a great future, as well as a proud history. The quality of our intimate relationships affects so many aspects of our lives – our physical and mental health, our lives at home and at work, and the nature of the wider communities within which we live. I am looking forward to helping TCCR further progress its core mission to improve the wellbeing of families, enhancing the lives of children”.

Chief Executive of TCCR, Susanna Abse, commented: “I am delighted that Nick has agreed to follow Anton as Chair. He will bring a wealth of experience and energy to the role and we will benefit from his skills and insight that will be necessary to help steer development and innovation across the entire range of the organisation’s activity.  At TCCR, we believe that the field of relationship support is entering a new phase where its significance in creating a stable, thriving society is now beginning to be being fully recognised both across the political spectrum and at the level of front line practice.”  


Notes to editors:

The Tavistock Centre of Couple Relationships, founded in 1948 is a specialist centre of excellence for advanced training and clinical practice providing tertiary level support to the mental health and family support field. The centre supplies therapeutic services to couples, provides clinical and professional development training and undertakes innovation and research to develop effective interventions for couples and parents. TCCR provides the only UK Doctoral programme in Couple Psychotherapy.

For more information contact Richard Meier, Policy and Communications Manager, on 0207 380 1964 / 07973 444061