Our People

We have a London-based office with colleagues all over the country, including Darlington, Cheshire, East Sussex and Wiltshire. We work with researchers in universities and organisations across the UK and Europe in an ESRC-funded research programme.

We’re a collaborative Centre, so please feel free to contact us.

Meet our teams

Gus O’Donnell

Patron

Gus O’Donnell

Patron

Our patron is Gus O’Donnell is a former British senior civil servant and economist, who between 2005 and 2011 (under three Prime Ministers) served as the Cabinet Secretary, the highest official in the British Civil Service. Gus chaired the development group of founding partners setting up the Centre and the Commission on Wellbeing & Policy. He joined Frontier Economics as Senior Advisor in 2012 and became Chairman in 2013.

Paul Litchfield

Chair of the Board

Paul Litchfield

Chair of the Board

Former Chief Medical Officer for BT Group plc.

Paul’s main professional interest for the past thirty years has been occupational mental health and wellbeing.

He has been involved in initiatives nationally (UK) and internationally to improve wellbeing in the workplace, to intervene early to mitigate harm and to ensure rehabilitation back into work after mental illness is effective.

Within BT he created a framework for health, safety and wellbeing that drove very significant improvements to the benefit of both the workforce and the business.

Since 2015 Paul has been the part-time Chair of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing which seeks to pull together the scientific evidence relating to wellbeing and turn it into a meaningful format for decision makers in Government, business and civil society.

Over the years he has published and lectured widely not only on mental health and wellbeing issues but also on sickness absence, hazard control and ethics in occupational health. A number of organisations have recognised his work – most notably the UK Government who awarded him the OBE in 2007 for his work in occupational health and in 2018 the CBE for his contribution to wellbeing.

Helen Baker

Vice Chair of the Board

Helen Baker

Vice Chair of the Board

Chair, Shelter England

Helen took over the role of chair of Shelter in May 2018, bringing her wide experience of governance and leadership. Most recently, Helen’s been involved with chairing Charityworks, and is a deputy lieutenant for Oxfordshire.

Deborah Potts

Board

Deborah Potts

Board

Chief Executive Officer at Active Gloucestershire

 

Paul Najsarek

Board

Paul Najsarek

Board

Chief Executive Ealing Council

Paul is the lead chief executive in West London for growth and at Ealing Council and he is leading the Future Ealing transformation programme. His experience of partnership working includes leading for SOLACE on community wellbeing, adult services for London Councils and Thrive LDN, London’s initiative to promote mental health wellbeing.

 

Sarah Blunn

Board

Sarah Blunn

Board

Partner, Commercial Property, Wedlake Bell

Sarah is a commercial real estate lawyer with a wide range of experience from many different types of commercial property transaction. She acts for both landlords and tenants, investors and developers and handles all aspects of commercial property work, including disposals and acquisitions, leases, property finance, property development and property management. Sarah also deals with the property aspects of corporate transactions.

Sarah considers herself a generalist, but has particular expertise advising corporate occupiers on HQ and regional office moves, property development and investment, portfolio management and clients in the Charities, Retail, Student Accommodation and Hotel sectors.

Dr Camilla Rosan

Board member

Dr Camilla Rosan

Board member

Camilla works at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as Head of Early Years. Camilla is a consultant clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and across her clinical career has held a range of therapeutic roles related to the early years in the NHS, local authority and other third sector organisations. She has a specialist research interest in developing the field of co-parenting from pre-conception across the transition to parenthood and beyond, and is involved in several research projects to develop the evidence-base in this area.

Anuschka Muller

Board member

Anuschka Muller

Board member

Anuschka is Director of Corporate Planning and Performance (Strategic Policy, Performance and Population) in the Government of Jersey.

Prior to this, she was the strategic lead for corporate performance frameworks, business planning, business intelligence and IT with Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to her current role, Anuschka worked for West Sussex County Council, where she created a new Performance, Planning and Intelligence Department to support evidence-based decision-making. She previously held a range of specialist and academic research positions in her native Germany.

Dan Corry

Board

Dan Corry

Board

CEO of New Philanthropy Capital

Dan became Chief Executive of NPC in 2011 following a variety of posts in public policy and economics. NPC is a charity that operates as a think tank and consultancy aiming to improve the impact of the social sector. He was Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit and Senior Adviser to the Prime Minister on the Economy from 2007 to 2010.

Dan has been Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers in the Treasury and has worked as a special adviser to the Secretary of State in the Education Department as well as at DTI and DCLG. He was a Director in the Economics segment of FTI Consulting. He ran the New Local Government Network think tank between 2002 and 2005, which was voted Think Tank of the Year in 2004 and was Senior Economist at the IPPR in the 1990s.

He is a trustee of St Mungo’s, 19 Princelet Street and of the What Works Centre for Wellbeing, and a former member of the Research Committee of the ESRC and of the Greater Manchester Economic Advisory Panel. He is also a member of the Advisory Boards for Big Society CapitalImpetus–PEF, and the Centre for Public Scrutiny, and was a member of the Charity Tax Commission.