Tim Loughton MP – Chairman
Tim was first elected to Parliament in 1997 as Member for East Worthing and Shoreham and was re-elected in 2001, 2005, 2010, 2015 and 2017.
During his time in Parliament, Tim has held various positions, including:
- Shadow Minister for Environment from 2000 to 2001
- Shadow Minister for Health (2001) and Children (2003)
- Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Children and Families from 2010 to 2012, covering the following areas:
- leading in several areas of successful reform in child protection
- children in care and adoption
- child sexual exploitation and adoption
- youth engagement
From the backbenches, Tim continues to work vigorously to improve support for vulnerable children and to speak up for young people, especially around perinatal mental health issues and Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
Since 2014, he has also been a member of the influential Home Affairs Select Committee.
Tim became Chairman of the PIP UK charity in 2013, and is committed to promoting attachment and producing therapeutic support for parents and toddlers around the country through the PIP network. Since 2013 he has also chaired the All-Party Group for Conception to Age 2 (First 1001 Days), which is undertaking important efforts to improve Government’s work in perinatal mental health and early nurturing for young children. Tim also chairs a number of All-Party Parliamentary Groups covering a wide range of issues, such as Archaeology, Hockey, The British Museum and Wine and Spirits. HE also co-chairs the APPGs for Mindfulness and Children.
Tessa Baradon – Clinical Trustee
Tessa came from the field of public health to child psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, and is a practicing child therapist, analyst and supervisor. She writes and lectures on child psychoanalysis and parent-infant psychotherapy. She consults on the development of parent-infant psychotherapy programmes in developed and developing countries, adapted to local cultural and organisation contexts. She has developed an accredited training in psychoanalytic parent-infant psychotherapy which is available in the UK and in Eastern Europe. Her research focuses on understanding parent-infant mental health across cultures. A research project with the School of Human and Community Development at the University of the Witwatersrand is creating a paradigm for culturally meaningful dialogue in relation to infant mental health and early intervention.
Tessa holds a Master of Public Health (Distinction) from the Hadassah Schools of Medicine and Health in Jerusalem and was trained in child and adolescent psychoanalysis and psychotherapy by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London. Tessa is a Visiting Adjunct Professor at the School of Human and Community Development, University of the Witwatersrand, in South Africa.
Alanna Clear, Marketing Trustee
Alanna is a brand strategist and business development manager, educated in modern languages at Oxford University. She has worked with both young start-up organisations and large corporates such as the BBC, BT and Discovery on brand strategy, design and web build.
Alanna is passionate about the importance of the early years and has worked closely with the executive team in her time as a trustee on the launch of the inaugural infant mental health awareness week. She is also conducting a detailed brand audit of the charity to support strategy development.
Alanna is a mum to two young boys and lives in London.
Claire Wright is a solicitor and partner at Allen & Overy LLP. She qualified into the corporate department in 1987 and specialises in corporate and commercial transactions, particularly in the financial services sector. She advises on various commercial transactions and arrangements including acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic investments, IP licensing agreements and complex services arrangements. She is also responsible for graduate recruitment and is involved in numerous diversity and inclusion initiatives at Allen & Overy.