As well as the Executive Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Richard is also an Independent Consultant in the fields of Child Care, Education and Mental Health.
He is a Fellow of the Dartington Social Policy Group at Warren House. He has a long association with Therapeutic Communities, having worked at the Mulberry Bush for over 20 years in total, where from 1991 to 2001 he was its Director, and at the Peper Harow Foundation from 2001 to 2005, where he was Director, Children and Young People. He was a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Work at Reading University (1986 – 1991) and continues to teach on such professional training courses here and abroad. Over recent years he has advised the Department de Segurances Social [Children and Families Department] in Portugal on the development of Specialist Support Houses for highly emotionally troubled young people.
Richard completed the Part 1 Training in Child Psychotherapy at the Tavistock Clinic [now an MA], qualified as a Social Worker with an MSc from Oxford University in 1983 and in 2005 completed the MA in Organisational Consulting at Ashridge Business School. On several occasions Richard had been the Chair of the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities, and he remains the Chair of the Care Leavers’ Foundation.
Hugh trained and qualified originally as a secondary school teacher and subsequently as a Gestalt Psychotherapist.
He now runs his own dialogue consultancy, Collective Intelligence Ltd, and for the past 28 years has been a lead consultant for Ashridge Executive Development and a faculty member of that business school’s Masters Degree in Organisational Consulting.
His experience over a 40-year consulting career has been primarily in the fields of strategic thinking, innovation and creativity, arbitration and conflict resolution, and ecologically sustainable development. He has also been greatly influenced in his own thinking and practice as a consultant by a number of years spent early in his career in the Far East.
He has sustained a long-term interest in the conditions that are supportive of dialogue, particularly in the context of issues that are in themselves inherently complex. Typically he gets drawn into facilitating difficult conversations, supporting intelligent responses in complex circumstances, strategic judgement and personal coaching when the stakes are getting high.
He has worked with the leadership in all the services of the criminal justice system in the UK; for the last twelve years with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) at the critical interface between the country’s Universities, the Department of Health and the NHS; and as a trustee of the charity Prison Dialogue, and of the Music Research Institute.
He became a trustee of The Mulberry Bush after 25 years providing consultancy and personal support to the Organisation’s last three Directors, Richard Rollinson, John Diamond and John Turberville.
Michael Sarrington is a new trustee and comes from a business background. He has worked for a number of global organisations in the steel and gases industry both in the UK and overseas.
In the latter part of his corporate career he specialised in marketing and communications. Michael currently runs his own business offering consultancy advice and training services. He has delivered psychological education programmes for adults with mental health problems. Michael is also the chair of governors at a primary school.
Mark Thomas has worked in Social Care since graduating from Liverpool Polytechnic in 1988. He spent his first 5 years at the Cotswold Community as a Residential Social Worker and Household Manager gaining a Diploma in Therapeutic Childcare.
Mark then joined the West Swindon Family and Community Project as Project Co-ordinator and was part of developing services for families in this newly created part of Swindon. In 1999 he completed his MSc in Group Relations at the University of the West of England. Mark worked as a Consultant to newly developing organisations in the Charity and Not for Profit sectors within Wiltshire. Mark joined ISP Foster Care in 2000 as Centre Manager of the new Centre in Watford. He is still at ISP and is the Registered Manager for the Buckinghamshire Centres of Chesham and Milton Keynes and responsible for the development of new areas in Cambridgeshire and the West Midlands.
Following a sociology degree, Margaret undertook a professional training in psychodynamic casework and qualified as a Medical Social Worker at the Institute of Medical Social Work.
Generic social work followed, then time off to raise a family. She returned to work on a research project looking at social work interventions to help physically damaged drinkers before spending 10 years in psychological medicine working with people who attempted deliberate self-harm. During this time she took a basic family therapy qualification and a year’s course in CBT. She also acted as an Approved Social Worker.
In 1998 Margaret joined the then Family Team at the Mulberry Bush working with the parents and foster carers of children at The Bush, where she remained until retirement in 2011.
Barry Armstrong brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in Education with particular expertise in Safeguarding.
Before joining Nord Anglia Education in 2016 as the Assistant Director, Head of Safeguarding, Barry worked for Oxfordshire County Council as the lead for Safeguarding in Education working across all education settings.
Barry has extensive leadership experience working in and with a range of organisations, both public and private as well as governing bodies and staff groups. In addition to taking the lead for Safeguarding in Education, Barry has also acted as the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) for two UK local authorities (including Oxfordshire). Barry held this role since its inception in 2003. As a result, Barry has substantial experience in managing allegations and concerns to do with professional conduct in schools.
Savy comes from marketing and finance background. She has also been involved in startups in area of personal development, gender parity and inclusiveness where she worked in creating marketing strategy, product branding and raising investments.
She has always been interested and eager to work with organisation taking care of children of special needs. She is professional, hard working, has high integrity standards and is eager to make a different at the highest level.
She has been involved with an institute in India for adults with learning disabilities in expanding & collaborating with organisations and supported them in raising funds and helping them in their employment journey.
Simon has over thirty years of professional experience in working with children and families in residential care, a therapeutic community, and local authority social work teams and latterly with an independent fostering agency. He qualified as a Social Worker in 1987 from Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology (Aberdeen).
Simon began his social work career in residential care in Scotland and then worked at the Cotswold Community, a therapeutic community in Wiltshire, before becoming a local authority Social Worker and Manager in Northamptonshire in 1991. He completed a MA in Therapeutic Childcare at the University of Reading in 1997 and is currently employed as a Senior Practitioner/Manager in a therapeutic Independent Fostering Agency (ISP Fostering) where he has been since 2002.
Simon has a strong philosophical base relating to the importance of meeting the therapeutic needs of children and young people and became Trustee of the Mulberry Bush in November 2018.
David Astor, CBE
Sir Hugo Brunner, KCVO
Jon Snow, Hon FRIBA
Dame Fiona Caldicott, DBE
The Right Hon. The Lord Hurd of Westwell, CH, CBE
Joanna Trollope, OBE
The Right Hon. David Cameron