Robert Loe

CEO Relationships Foundation

Dr. Robert Loe is the Founder and Director of the Relational Schools Foundation. Having studied Education at Cambridge University, he pursued areas of specialism such as schooling and exclusion, the family and community dimensions of social exclusion and school improvement and effectiveness. A former teacher and senior leader, Robert now researches, writes and speaks on the importance of fostering positive relationships between key stakeholders in schools. In October of 2018, Rob was invited to become the new CEO of Relationships Foundation,
the original charity that founded and incubated the schools’ project but also works across a range of public and private sector contexts internationally.

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. He 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).

Renate Vink

Development and Communications Manager

Renate is the new Development and Communications Manager, responsible for donor relations, communications and general management at Relationships Foundation. She holds a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University and an MA in European Studies from the University of Amsterdam. After graduation, she spent a few years working at the International Office of the University of Amsterdam and has been involved in training programs relating to conflict resolution and reconciliation.

Peter Lacey

Chair of Trustees

Peter runs a consultancy group advising health and social care organisations with regard to their strategy and partnership development policies and implementation processes. He has worked in the public sector for 15 years, before which he spent time in commercial management for a major High Street retailer and as a Development Manager in the Jubilee Centre – the sister organisation of the Relationships Foundation. Peter has both academic and practical experience of developing and running a small enterprise and has learnt first hand of the importance of using a ‘relational’ framework in this task. He therefore takes a keen interest in the overall strategic direction and organisational ‘fit for purpose’ of the Relationships Foundation.

Philip Powell


Philip works for the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge where he manages the development of the Learning Community. He has worked for a number of NGOs in the field of justice, advocacy and training. He has a masters degree in Politics and International Relations, and has represented Youth With a Mission at the United Nations.

Philippa Taylor


Philippa Taylor is Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF). She blogs regularly on their website and is also a blogger for The Conservative Woman. She is a Consultant for CARE Trust on bioethics, marriage and the family and on the advisory board of the Marriage Foundation. She has an MA in Bioethics from St Mary’s University College and a background in policy work on bioethics and family issues. She has been a member of the Family Law Review for the Centre for Social Justice and Associate Director at the Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy (CBPP). As well as doing policy work, media work and presentations, she has written many papers on the family and bioethics, including numerous consultation responses, briefing papers, articles and booklets, including For Better or For Worse: Marriage and Cohabitation Compared, CARE (now in its 3rd edition).