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creating a better future for the UK - one baby at a time

Our Team

Dr Beckie Lang, CEO

Beckie joined PIP UK in October 2017, having been a trustee for just over a year. Beckie’s interest in the first 1001 days started during her career as a public health nutritionist, during which she worked in academia, corporate communications and charity leadership. During this time she became a mum to three children, now in their teenage years. Her awareness of infant mental health was fired whilst a research fellow at Warwick University under the direction of Professor Jane Barlow. Thereafter, Beckie focused on the field of perinatal mental health, leading this work at the charity Tommy’s; developing the perinatal peer support programme'Parents in Mind' within the NCT; and leading the strategic Mums and Babies in Mind project for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance. Beckie is passionate about supporting the best start in life and currently sits on the expert advisory board for the Big Lottery’s A Better Start programme in Blackpool. Closer to home, she is part of the Warwickshire perinatal and infant mental health network group. She is also a trustee for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis (APF). Her self-care involves walking her mad cocker spaniel.  You can follow her on Twitter @DrBecLang.

 

Robin Balbernie - Clinical Director

Robin was a Professional Lead for child psychotherapy and a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Gloucestershire CAMHS. He was also involved with the Intensive Baby Care Unit at Gloucester Royal Hospital and ran supervision groups for Health Visitors for over 25 years. His interest in working with adopted children led him to the field of Infant Mental Health and early preventative intervention; and this became his speciality following a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowship to look at related projects in America. He is an advisor to the Association of Infant Mental Health and was a member of the Young Minds’ Policy and Strategy Advisory Group. He has published papers in many journals, including the Infant Mental Health Journal, the British Journal of Psychotherapy, Family Law, Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, Attachment & Human Development, Young Minds, Nursery World, The International Journal of Birth & Parenting Education and the Journal of Child Psychotherapy.

 

Peter Clarke - Company Secretary

Peter worked for Barclays Bank for 25 years, initially in the branch network before moving to Head Office. He is an experienced finance and project manager working in retail, business and operational departments. He joined Tresham College of Higher and Further Education in 2004 to manage the Contracts Department where he was responsible for overseeing the compliance of external funding contracts and managing sub-contracting arrangements. Peter joined PIP UK in Sept 2013 with responsibilities for finance, governance, contracts and data management.

 

Sally Hogg, Head of Policy and Campaigning

Sally is passionate about the emotional well-being of babies and their parents. Over the past 10 years she has worked in a range of roles in this field, including as Strategic Lead for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Mums and Babies in Mind project and as Development Manager for Children Under One at the NSPCC, where she developed and implemented research-led interventions. Prior to this, Sally was a Civil Servant working on Children’s Policy. In her ‘spare time’ Sally is a governor of a preschool and has also been chair of her local NCT branch, a member of East Surrey MSLC and the RCOG Women’s Voices Panel. Sally is a regular columnist in the International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education and a member of their editorial board. Sally works part time and spends most of her week with her two lovely boys, aged 1 and 3. To relax she enjoys running and baking.

 

Alex Ford - Head of Philanthropy and Business Development

After working in universities and the theatre for many years, Alex switched careers to work for the cancer cause, following a diagnosis of ovarian cancer in her early thirties. Over the last twenty years, her fundraising, organisational development and leadership skills have been particularly valuable in achieving transformational growth and impact for a range of small charities. She is now delighted to be part of the Parent Infant Partnership (PIP) UK team, and such an important cause.