The Fathers’ Development Foundation is a mutual interest hub and digital platform for individuals and organisations supporting fathers’ development and working to influence policy, practice and research. The Foundation is supported by a diverse mix of community members, and father-, family- and child- focussed organisations and academic institutions. Our strength is a strong grounding in research, consultation and practice.
Our Trustees are:
SHANE RYAN (CHAIR)
Shane is CEO of Working with Men (WWM). Under his stewardship, WWM have won several awards, including the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2015, and have built a strong national reputation as a solution-focussed organisation offering evidence-based approaches to community issues and supporting positive male engagement. With a background in both public and charity sectors, Shane has over 25 years’ experience in working with young people tacking drug use, conflict, youth unemployment and fathers’ development. Shane is one of the founders of the Fathers’ Development Foundation and Trustee of The AIRE Centre, Children England and the Young Westminster Foundation; he was recently named a ‘New Radical’ by innovation charity, Nesta, in conjunction with the Observer.
Mary originally trained and practiced as a commercial barrister but has spent the last two decades working in the field of youth and restorative justice in Wandsworth and Lambeth, working with local youth offending teams and a number of local & national charities including the St Michael’s Fellowship, Working With Men, Growing Against Violence, South Central Youth, 2020 Change and the Evening Standard Dispossessed Fund. She is also a restorative justice facilitator.
Alison is a Director of the Teenage Pregnancy Knowledge Exchange at the University of Bedfordshire which she established after leading the Labour Government’s successful Teenage Pregnancy Strategy. A nurse and health visitor by background, she has over 30 years strategic and frontline experience on teenage pregnancy and young people’s sexual health, including 12 years in government and 13 years as a Policy Director for Brook. She has extensive experience of translating the complex policy for teenage pregnancy into evidenced-base, action-focused programmes for local areas and working with local politicians, senior leaders in health and local government, commissioners and frontline practitioners. Alison is also Teenage Pregnancy Adviser to Public Health England, and is working closely with the World Health Organisation to help replicate UK strategy internationally.
Lalita is an expert strategist and social media specialist, skilled at creating online buzz and presenting original creative ideas to maximise multimedia coverage and reach target audiences. She has worked on national, regional and international radio and television programmes, led the BBC Breakfast’s social media steams and taken a leading role in the planning and implementation of two new BBC websites. She specialises in digital audits, campaign strategy, implementation and delivery for global brands including Blue Cross, The European Fine Art Fair Maastricht and the British Antique Dealers’ Association Fair. She is also a digital trainer, consultant and events organiser with the BBC Academy’s Fusion Digital initiative with special focus on social media good practice and digital innovation.
Frank works for the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) where he leads the Communications team. Before joining the CSJ, Frank was a Campaign Director for the Conservative Party and worked briefly in the private sector for a London based communications agency. Frank is also a father to James who was born in 2016.