We have a board of thirteen 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 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 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.
Sophia is a Partner in the Global Non-Profit practice of Perrett Laver, an international executive search firm advising on leadership across a range of sectors. She holds a BA in History from the School of Oriental and African Studies and an MPhil in International Relations from St Antony’s College, Oxford. She spent her early career working in the House of Lords and for the Foreign Press Association.
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.
A senior communications specialist with nearly twenty years spent in European in-house and agency roles, Amanda is Director of Marketing, Communications and Events at leading advanced digital technology innovation centre, Digital Catapult. Previously Amanda led VisionFund’s global communication and marketing efforts across 30 countries, supporting financial inclusion. As Visa Europe’s Head of Policy and Issues Management, Amanda was responsible for protecting the organisation’s reputation, primarily through media engagement across the region. Amanda’s previous experience includes international roles with Motorola (EMEA Head of Mobile Devices PR) and government Quango Food from Britain. Amanda was a Director at the Financial Inclusion Forum UK and a Trustee of Community Risk Services in Lambeth, the UK’s first Council-facilitated insurance offering to community groups and not for profits. Amanda studied gender sociology and women’s studies at the University of Florida.
Anne-Sophie brings 20 years of international consulting experience working for strategy consulting firms such as A.T. Kearney and KPMG. She specialised on growth strategies, innovation, digital transformation, corporate and social responsibility. She is an experienced trustee and treasurer and a mentor for tech start-ups in leading UK incubators. She also promotes companies operating in the corporate wellbeing services and as such supports diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
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 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 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 Vice President of the Durham University Society and President of the Hatfield Association.