Our Board of Trustees

We have a board of eleven eminent trustees.

Sir Richard Ottaway (Chair)

Before retiring from Parliament in 2015, Richard was the MP for Nottingham North and then Croydon South, serving for 28 years. Richard is the past Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, having previously also served on the Intelligence and Security Committee. He was Chairman and then Vice Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health, which published a number of papers on the impact of global population growth. Richard is a former Naval Officer and Solicitor.

Professor Judith Stephenson (the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health)

Judith is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at University College London (UCL), Head of the Institute of Women’s Health at UCL and Honorary Consultant in Women’s Health at University College London Hospitals. She has over 20 years’ experience of leading research in sexual & reproductive health, including screening for sexually transmitted infections, improving sex education and use of contraception. Her most recent areas of interest are in pregnancy planning, the links between population and climate change, and a life course approach to women’s health care.

Toby Aykroyd, MA, MBA

Toby studied macroeconomics, geography and development economics at Cambridge University and has a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield Institute of Technology. Following an initial posting to the UN Development Programme in Central America, his career has involved business management and conservation. Toby has directed a political lobby group and co-founded the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative under contract to the UK government. Toby is the Co-Chair of CHASE Africa, founder of the Wild Europe initiative, and was trustee and chair of the Funding Support Group of the former BBC Wildlife Fund.

Anthony Burrell

Anthony holds a Bsc (Hons) in Agriculture and Business. He has been working as a Fund Manager Analyst with Banque Mirabaud Investment Management since 1992. During the past 19 years Anthony has worked in Montreal, Geneva and London. Anthony also has a non-executive director’s position with Millbank Financial Services.

Mark Burrell

Mark has held senior roles in several major companies over the last 40 years and was our chairman between 1999 and 2015. Mark’s interest in our work came from his grandmother, Lady Denman, one of the founders of the Family Planning Association, and Margaret Pyke who was his Godmother.

Professor John Guillebaud, FRSEd, FRCOG

John is Emeritus Professor of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, UCL and formerly Medical Director of the Margaret Pyke Centre. Born in Burundi, he still makes support visits for healthcare professionals in Africa. He lectures and consults nationally and internationally on environmental sustainability, population and contraception; and is author/co-author of around 300 publications on these subjects, including eight books translated into 10 languages.

Mary Rose Gunn

Mary Rose is the Chief Executive of the charitable foundation, the Bulldog Trust, which provides grants and business advisory support to small charities in the UK as well as running a programme of public events and exhibitions at its headquarters on the Embankment, Two Temple Place. Before working for the Bulldog Trust Mary Rose worked in the House of Commons and in the media.

Professor Susannah Mayhew, PhD

Susannah is a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). Previously, Susannah worked at the Nuffield Institute of Health, University of Leeds until 2001 when she joined the Centre for Population Studies at LSHTM. In 2012 she moved to the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. Susannah lived in West Africa for a number of years and has conducted research in a variety of countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia including Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has conducted research at policy, programme and community levels focusing on the integration of sexual and reproductive health into health systems policy.

Ruth McNeil

Ruth has substantial experience in marketing and international market research building on an early start in public relations for the Family Planning Association. She is a Fellow of the Market Research Society and a frequent speaker on research and evaluation. She was a director of Research International (now TNS) and for many years she undertook research for Business in the Community on corporate attitudes to social responsibility. Until recently, Ruth was a trustee of Bereavement Care and Vice-Chair of the trustees of Practical Action.

Patrick Salaün

Patrick has a background in financial, marketing, business development and fundraising activities. Over a period of 42 years, Patrick worked in senior management roles for a major clearing bank and for two national charities. Now retired from full time work Patrick is a trustee of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and is President of both the Durham University Society and the Hatfield Association.

Dr. Mary Warrell

Mary, a physician and virologist, has substantial experience of tropical medical research. Mary holds an honorary position in the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford. She has been an advisor to government and international organisations, including the WHO, on rabies prophylaxis. She is interested in encouraging the use of new methods to increase the availability of vaccines in Africa and Asia.