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Sat 7 Nov 2015

Acknowledgments

We are immensely grateful to our patrons for their personal interest and commitment to improving the mental health and wellbeing of children in the UK through investing into early potential, with the realisation of the importance of the conception to age 2 period. Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UKs patronage is made up of a cross party representation of support as well as experts in their field, of which many have impacted greatly on policy development, service provision and implementation of early intervention across the UK.

The Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

He was elected Conservative MP for Chingford and Woodford Green in April 1992.In 2001, Iain was elected Leader of the Conservative Party. After stepping down in 2003, he set up the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an independent think tank committed to tackling poverty and social breakdown. Iain worked tirelessly as Chairman of the CSJ until the 2010 General Election, when he was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.Iain Duncan Smith was appointed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in May 2010. 

Andrea Leadsom MP

Andrea is the founding patron of the charity Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK and founding MP of the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto. She was elected the Conservative MP for South Northamptonshire in 2010.Andrea Leadsom was appointed Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate Change on 11 May 2015. 

Caroline Lucas MP

Caroline was elected as Member of Parliament for Brighton Pavilion in 2010. She served as leader of the Green Party of England and Wales from 2008 to 2012. And from 1999-2010 she served as one of the Party's first MEPs and represented the South East region until becoming the UK's first Green MP. She is also Patron of a PIP partner BrightPIP which serves the local community of Brighton.

Frank Field MP

Frank has been the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead since 1979. From 1997 to 1998, he served as the Minister of Welfare Reform, before leaving the Government, following differences with Prime Minister Tony Blair. In 2010 election, he was given the role of "poverty czar" in David Cameron's coalition government. He now holds the chairmanship of the Work and Pensions Select Committee, is an officer of the All Party Parliamentary Group Conception to Age 2: first 1001 days and the Labour representative for the 1001 Critical Days Manifesto.

Sharon Hodgson MP

Sharon is currently the Shadow Children’s Minister in Parliament and has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Washington and Sunderland West since 2010. She was previously the MP for Gateshead East and Washington West. She has a long standing interest in the wellbeing of children and families. Sharon was on the All Party Parliamentary Group Conception to Age 2 committee in the last parliament for a perinatal enquiry that culminated in the ‘Building Great Britons’ report, of which PIP UK provides shared secretariat to lend its expertise to bring science and policy together.

Mrs Hayley de Putron

Hayley is a longstanding advocate of the work of early childhood development and is a Trustee of the Analeaf Foundation. She has made a significant contribution to the future of the charity with support for its economic, scientific and policy contributions.

The Lady Fink

Lady Fink is a committed philanthropist who serves a number of national charities with her understanding of the importance of early intervention for better health and wellbeing outcomes for our local communities. She has given tireless support to help PIP UK make inroads with its advocacy and awareness raising work.

Belinda Phipps

A scientist by background, Belinda has worked in and around health for her entire career, across all three sectors, business, public and charity. Having seen at first hand the costs and pain involved in dealing with disease or accident once they have occurred, as CEO in the NHS, Belinda chose to focus 15 years on leading the NCT, National Childbirth Trust from a small and financially unstable charity to the biggest provider of antenatal and postnatal support in the UK, reaching most new parents in the UK. She is now Chair of the Fawcett Society, the most influential gender equality charity in the UK and CEO of the Science Council which works to improve the cohesiveness of scientists and the standards of the profession.

George Hosking OBE

George is Founder, CEO and Research Co-ordinator of the WAVE Trust. An economist, accountant, psychologist and clinical criminologist by background, he has made a significant contribution to the field of early childhood development. He co-chaired the DfE/DfH study which produced the report Conception to Age 2 – the age of opportunity report and in 2014 was awarded an OBE for his work to reduce violence and child abuse.