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Julia Manning


Julia Manning joined the Relationships Foundation as CEO in 2021. Her early career as an optometrist included being a visiting clinician at the Royal Free Hospital, Director of the UK Institute of Optometry and founder of the first home-visiting opticians to use digital vision assessment. Realising the need for front-line expertise to influence policy formation she went on to establish, an independent social enterprise Think Tank. Between 2006 and 2021 they published over 50 significant health and technology policy papers. Inspired by her husband’s experiences in teaching, she first undertook policy research on improving teachers’ workplace welfare in 2014. This also partly motivated her PhD studies in computer science at UCL into senior teachers’ stress management with digital technology. In August 2020 she was lead author for ‘Teacher stress and second-hand trauma’ published by the Institute for Education Policy at Johns Hopkins.

John Ashcroft

Research Director

John has been with Relationships Foundation since launch. He has played a lead role in the development of the relational metrics used in many of our projects and led our work on healthcare and family policy. Much of his recent work has focused on relationships and wellbeing in schools. He also continues to provide research, strategy and communications support to some of the initiatives we have spun off. He is the co-author of The Relational Lens (CUP 2017) The Case for Interprofessional Collaboration (Blackwell 2005) and Relationships in the NHS (RSM 2000).

James Griffin

Senior Research Analyst

Dr. James Griffin is a Senior Research Analyst for the Relationships Foundation. He holds a BA in Psychology and Criminology, an MA in Education and a Post-Compulsory PGCE. Most recently he has completed his PhD with UWE Bristol. Now with specialisms in Adult Learning, Professional Training and Data in Education, he has taught from primary to postgraduate, most recently acting as the Educational Architect for Improbable Worlds. Now he is focusing on working with us to measure, visualise find insight in the relational networks we experience.

Ella Noyes

Fundraising and Communications Intern

Ella is a Fundraising and Communications Intern for the Relationships Foundation managing social media, grant appeals and research and content creation. Ella has recently graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in International Development and Geography. Ella has a passion for helping individuals and making life within any society fair for everyone. After writing a dissertation that studied the effects of HIV/AIDS stigma for LGBT individuals within South Africa, she is keen to help those who are excluded from, or disadvantaged in society. Ella was drawn to the work of the Relationships Foundation due to her interest in how the building of relationships at all levels of society can ignite success. She is keen to help build the brand of Relationships Foundation and expand the network of individuals, schools, businesses and organisations who are also keen to improve the relationships within life.

Rob Loe

Senior Fellow

Dr Rob Loe was the Group CEO of the Relationships Foundation and is continuing his work as our Senior Fellow. He joined the wider family of relational organisations back in 2013, to found Relational Schools, having worked as a teacher and senior school leader for well over a decade. He studied Education at Cambridge University where he pursued areas of specialism such as schooling and exclusion, the family and community dimensions of social exclusion and school improvement and effectiveness. Having completed a doctorate in 2015 which focussed on the measurement of human relationships, Robert now researches, writes and speaks on the importance of fostering positive relationships between key stakeholders in schools. He is based in Melbourne, Victoria, splitting his time between work with a national school group as a specialist in organisational culture and community development whilst establishing our Asia-pacific office in Australia.

Ben Gibbs


He has taught and worked in educational policy and assessment, and consulted on curriculum, leadership and organisational strategy. He holds postgraduate qualifications in teaching, educational leadership and organisation development.

Jeremy Lefroy

Chair of Trustees

Jeremy Lefroy’s work centres on smallholder agriculture in Africa; supporting growth of jobs and livelihoods in the UK and East Africa; and working with partners to tackle infectious diseases. A chartered accountant, Jeremy has worked for 30 years in the coffee and cocoa business – including 11 in Tanzania. He co-founded the Biolands Group (now part of Barry Callebaut AG) and the Equity for Africa Group. He was a UK Member of Parliament (2010-19) and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ethiopia (2017-19). In addition to chairing the Relationships Foundation, Jeremy is vice chair of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

Elanor McCrone


Eleanor McCrone is a television editor and co founder of Millriver TV. A mum of two, she is also chair and trustee of another local charity, Great Shelford Playscape, campaigning to bring an inclusive and inspiring playscape to our local recreation ground. Eleanor has worked extensively with a local primary school improving their learning environment: creating gardens, re-decorating key spaces and introducing “active learning spaces”, which include standing desks, more floor sitting, and more freedom to move whilst learning.

David Shamiri


David manages projects for international NGOs in Africa and Asia. He has many years of senior level experience in the third sector. David helped to bring humanitarian aid to war and disaster-stricken parts of the world, as well as long-term community development projects. He holds a master's degree in environmental sciences and is a passionate scuba diver.

Sarah Dingley


As an experienced teacher, and a mother, Sarah is interested in developing healthy environments in society. She has observed that successful relationships lay the foundations for community wellbeing. Sarah currently works at Heritage School, Cambridge, a small independent school committed to close knit community and student focused learning.

Philippa Taylor


Philippa Taylor is Associate Director of the Institute of Faith and Culture, a leadership programme at CARE. She was previously Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship and a Consultant to CARE on bioethics, family and marriage. She is on the advisory board of the Marriage Foundation and is Vice Chair of the Theology Advisory Group at the Evangelical Alliance. She has an MA in Bioethics from St Mary’s University College and a background in policy work on bioethics and family issues.

Philip Powell


Philip Powell works as Training Manager at the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge, responsible for developing and leading the online course Bible & Public Life, the annual Social Reformers Summer Gathering and the SAGE Graduate Programme. He also lectures on biblical worldview and relational thinking. He has previously worked for several NGOs in the field of campaigning, advocacy and leadership development. He has a masters degree in Politics and International Relations (Royal Holloway, UK).

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