Rosemary Lilley, Chair of Trustees

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My working career was primarily in the voluntary sector working with children and their families. Understanding therapeutic processes became central to my initial experiences in residential establishments and subsequently to work in field social work and day care settings. The latter half of my career was managing a Family Centre working with vulnerable pre-school children and their equally vulnerable parents, and supporting staff and students to understand the dynamics of the environment. I have had the benefit of working and training with a founder of the Planned Environment Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Arthur Barron, and an academic exponent, Chris Beedell. An MSc and other post qualifying training have provided opportunities to explore how therapeutic work can be maintained in the current management culture. Since retiring I have become a trustee of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust and secretary to the Child Care History Network; locally I continue to manage a small voluntary family counselling service, represent the voluntary sector on the Local Safeguarding Children Board and am a school governor.