Rosemary Lilley


Rosemary’s working career was entirely within the children and family’s sector primarily with national children’s charities in both residential, day care and home visiting roles. Following initial residential childcare training (1967), which introduced her to psycho-dynamic understanding, she went on to undertake the Advanced Residential Child Care Course at Bristol University (1975) and later an MSc in Public Policy (1988). In her last full-time position, managing a Family Centre, the work particularly focused on trauma in early childhood and maternal mental ill health.

Since retiring Rosemary continues to manage a local charity providing counselling for parents. She Chairs the local voluntary sector Children and Young People Forum and represents the sector on the local Safeguarding Children Partnership.

Rosemary was a Trustee of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust for 11 years and Chair of Trustees for 5. She was an inaugural member of the Child Care History Network and is now a member of the Child Care History Advisory Group. She is a school governor at a Local Authority primary school taking particular responsibility for SEND, safeguarding and staff welfare.