Ailsa Swarbrick, National Unit Director

Ailsa has led the FNP National Unit since 2012, during which time the Unit has moved from the Department of Health (DH) to a consortium led by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, the Dartington Social Research Unit and Impetus-PEF. She joined the Unit in 2008, impressed by the powerful impact FNP can have on outcomes for vulnerable families. Before that she worked in civil service policy roles, focusing on children’s issues, addressing inequalities and policy implementation. Her early career was in the travel industry.

Steve Clarke, Head of Service Development

Steve joined the FNP National unit in February 2015 from the Department of Health, where he was Deputy Director for Mental Health Policy and Strategy. He held other roles within DH including lead on early years, military and veterans’ health and commissioning policy. He was a Specialist Adviser to the Health Select Committee of the House of Commons in the last Parliament and led the work of the Centre for Mental Health on acute mental health care for a number of years. A mental health nurse by background, Steve has worked in, led, developed and researched a range of health and social care services.

Ruth Rothman, Head of Clinical Quality

Ruth has worked as nurse for most of her professional career, starting first as a general nurse before moving on to work in mental health. During this time, her main focus was the mental health of mothers and babies, and she helped set up a number of dedicated services, as well as teaching and supporting other professionals. Before Ruth began working in the National Unit in 2008, she was a Family Nurse Supervisor for a site in South East Essex. She then moved to the Unit as an Educator, was promoted to Education Manager in 2010 and in July 2015, took on the role of Head of Clinical Implementation and Learning.

Beth Heller, Head of Operations

Gloria Lewis, Head of Finance and Corporate services

Tom McLaren Webb, Head of Communications