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Our Trustees

Our Trustees have responsibility for strategy, quality, compliance, governance and oversight of management. They make sure we comply with legislation and all relevant regulations, as well as being our advocates and ambassadors. 

We recruit trustees through an open application process usually twice a year. Our aim is for the Board to: 

  • be diverse and gender-balanced 
  • reflect the professional skills and lived experience we need to operate effectively and sustainably. 

We actively encourage people with a passion for supporting and advocating for working parents and carers, especially those who are disadvantaged. Lived experiences of these issues is an advantage. 

Interested in joining our board of trustees? Find out more.


Helen Humphreys – Chair

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture and behaviour change. She has advised and supported many large, global organisations with their employee communication and engagement as they go through significant change…more

Rebecca McGowan – Treasurer

Becky is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has 20 years’ experience advising pension scheme trustees. She is a Partner at Aon, where as well as working with clients she has a number of internal leadership roles and people management responsibilities…more

Clare Corbett

Clare is Director of External Affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, responsible for the charity’s information and support services, marketing, communications, policy and public affairs activity. She was previously Director of External Affairs at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects)…more

Paul Coulson

Paul is a solicitor specialising in employment law. He has a wealth of experience in both private practice and industry with a passion for fairness and equality…more

Tessa MacArthur

Tessa has a professional background in international development and worked for 20 years on issues around governance, transparency, civil service reform and accountability…more

David Robson

Having started a sports and toy company as a result of being made redundant during the 2009 recession, David was fortunate to exit and license out his brand in 2016. Since then, David has spent much time helping to grow start-ups ranging from the FinTech space as a commercial director to food companies, FMCG companies and education tech businesses…more

Mary Starks

Mary is a Partner at Flint Global, where she advises businesses on competition and regulatory issues. Previous roles include Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at Ofgem, and Director of Competition and Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority… more

Steven Toft

Steven is a business writer and consultant with twenty-five years experience of managing change in organisations. Before starting his own business he worked in the OD consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and in HR roles for NatWest, British Gas and RAC Motoring Services… more

Amy Town

Amy is Head of Fundraising and Development at the Booth Centre, an organisation supporting people affected by homelessness in Manchester. She has responsibility for generating sustainable income streams for the charity, including managing and developing corporate partnerships…more

Helen Tupper

Helen Tupper is the co-founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development and training business, that helps organisations to engage their employees and individuals develop the skills to succeed in a squiggly career. Prior to Amazing If, her career in marketing included roles as Marketing Director for Microsoft…more


Helen Humphreys – Chair

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture and behaviour change. She has advised and supported many large, global organisations with their employee communication and engagement as they go through significant change.

Helen has been a strong advocate for ensuring the employee voice is heard – and listened to – especially at times of uncertainty and change. To help with this, Helen provides mentor support and advice to senior business and communication leaders and teams to help them engage their employees during periods of transformation and change.

Outside of her work environment, Helen has been active in the voluntary and charitable sector for many years. Helen spent seven years as a community governor in a local primary school, after which she joined the board of Drinkaware, and served six years as a trustee.

Helen’s experience improving employee communication and engagement, has given her a good understanding of the issues faced in the workplace as employees try to balance their home and work commitments. She has been the value of the services provided by Working Families – to businesses and to individuals.


Rebecca McGowan – Treasurer

Becky is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and has 20 years’ experience advising pension scheme trustees. She is a Partner at Aon, where as well as working with clients she has a number of internal leadership roles and people management responsibilities. Her clients include a number of large companies as well as a charity giving her a broad experience of different types of organisations. Becky has Chaired the Board of Governors of a local secondary school for six years through a desire to be more active in her local community. She has two primary school aged children and is very aware of the challenges that come with working motherhood.


Clare Corbett

Clare is Director of External Affairs at the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, responsible for the charity’s information and support services, marketing, communications, policy and public affairs activity. She was previously Director of External Affairs at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and before that worked at organisations including Mind, The National Autistic Society and Which?. Clare has worked four days a week for the last ten years and is a strong advocate of the benefits of flexible working for individuals and organisations. Having spent a decade as a trustee for anti-poverty charity Toynbee Hall, she was delighted to have join the Working Families Board in 2019. 


Paul Coulson

Paul is a solicitor specialising in employment law. He has a wealth of experience in both private practice and industry with a passion for fairness and equality. He has advised and worked in a range of different sectors and currently supports and promotes the people agenda, whilst managing legal risk, for a well-known insurance group.

Paul is also passionate about helping everyone identify and reach their full potential and he provides formal mentoring through various organisations. Paul has three children, all of whom are now at secondary school, and constantly faces into the challenges of being a working parent.


Tessa MacArthur

Tessa has a professional background in international development and worked for 20 years on issues around governance, transparency, civil service reform and accountability. She was based overseas for six years in Tanzania, Rwanda and the Caribbean.

She is currently a Deputy Director in the Cabinet Office supporting the National Leadership Centre, which aims to help the country’s most senior public service leaders to develop the skills, knowledge and networks required to address society’s most complex strategic challenges. Tessa has also worked on Diversity & Inclusion issues. She led the cross Civil Service disability inclusion programme in 2020 and has spent several years promoting an inclusive workplace for parents, for example as founder and co-Chair of DFID’s Parent Network from 2016-19 and as the lead of the Cross Government Parent Network during the first eight months of the pandemic in 2020.

She has two children and lots of experience juggling work and childcare and trying different forms of flexible working.


David Robson

Having started a sports and toy company as a result of being made redundant during the 2009 recession, David was fortunate to exit and license out his brand in 2016. Since then, David has spent much time helping to grow start-ups ranging from the FinTech space as a commercial director to food companies, FMCG companies and education tech businesses.

David recently joined the UK’s largest store-by-the-box storage and logistics company as Head of Operations.

In his spare time, David enjoys an early round of golf normally followed by a nice lunch and read of the paper. He loves to swim, cycle and play tennis and squash, as well as the odd game of cricket (weather permitting).


Mary Starks

Mary is a Partner at Flint Global, where she advises businesses on competition and regulatory issues.

Previous roles include Executive Director for Consumers and Markets at Ofgem, and Director of Competition and Chief Economist at the Financial Conduct Authority – a role she job-shared, working 3 days a week.

She has also held roles at the Office of Fair Trading, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, NERA Economic Consulting, and the Bank of England. She worked part-time in senior roles for over 10 years while her children were young.


Steven Toft

Steven is a business writer and consultant with twenty-five years experience of managing change in organisations. Before starting his own business he worked in the OD consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers and in HR roles for NatWest, British Gas and RAC Motoring Services. He has worked with organisations throughout Europe and the Middle-East in private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Steven writes on employment and the future of work both publicly and for clients. He has written for the Guardian, the New Statesman and Prospect and featured on People Management’s list of the Top 20 social media influencers.


Amy Town

Amy is Head of Fundraising and Development at the Booth Centre, an organisation supporting people affected by homelessness in Manchester. She has responsibility for generating sustainable income streams for the charity, including managing and developing corporate partnerships. Her experience in the third sector over the last 13 years includes fundraising, communications, marketing and development roles with various local and national charities including The Christie and The Children’s Society.

Amy has developed a particular passion for corporate fundraising and relationship fundraising, having helped to grow the Booth Centre’s unrestricted income and fundraising team to diversify sources of income away from local authority funding and restricted grants. Amy has developed a fundraising strategy to support the organisation’s vision for everyone to have a secure home and the opportunity to have a good quality of life.

Amy became a new mum a month before the world went into lockdown in 2020. She is passionate about using her experience and skills to help Working Families to achieve its mission to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace.


Helen Tupper

Helen Tupper is the co-founder of Amazing If, an award-winning career development and training business, that helps organisations to engage their employees and individuals develop the skills to succeed in a squiggly career. Prior to Amazing If, her career in marketing included roles as Marketing Director for Microsoft, Head of Marketing for Virgin Red and Global Head of Customer Experience and Thought Leadership for BP Castrol. Helen is a columnist for Marketing Week and shares her thoughts on the future of work and careers in the weekly Squiggly Careers podcast.