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Tim Oliver – Chair

Tim is a solicitor by training, who stepped down as CEO of the Parabis Group in 2014, having founded and then led the firm for many years. Parabis provided advice to insurers on a range of legal and other professional services. When Tim left the business it employed over 2500 people across a number of locations in the UK…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 Executive Director for External Affairs at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) where she leads the policy, public affairs, media, corporate and internal communications teams, championing a better built environment on behalf of architects and the public…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

Helen Humphreys

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture, colleague engagement and behaviour change. Helen is currently Head of Colleague Communication and Engagement for Marks and Spencer plc…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

Gemma Rosenblatt

Gemma joined the Advertising Standards Authority in 2015 as their research specialist. Prior to this, she had led the Electoral Commission’s research programme and worked in research roles at the Hansard Society and Fawcett Society. Her areas of research have included parliamentary and constitutional affairs, elections and electoral registration, and the participation of women and ethnic minorities in politics….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

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


Tim Oliver – Chair. 

Tim is a solicitor by training, who stepped down as CEO of the Parabis Group in 2014, having founded and then led the firm for many years. Parabis provided advice to insurers on a range of legal and other professional services. When Tim left the business it employed over 2500 people across a number of locations in the UK.

Outside of his professional career Tim has always been actively involved in the voluntary and charitable sector. A Borough Councillor for over 15 years, and a County Councillor from 2017, Tim was elected Leader of Elmbridge Borough Council in 2016 but stepped down after being elected as Surrey County Council Leader in December 2018. He is very engaged in his local community and has served on the Boards of a number of schools, a 6th Form College and a University, as well as a Prison. He and his wife Debi, a local GP, have been active supporters of Shooting Star Chase Children’s Hospice, where Tim previously served as Chair of Trustees.

Tim’s experience in business and his involvement in the not-for-profit sector has given him a good understanding of some of the challenges people using the services of Working Families face in their day to day lives. The charity has a vital role to play in supporting those people, as well as educating employers and politicians on how they can improve individuals and families’ quality of life.


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 Executive Director for External Affairs at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) where she leads the policy, public affairs, media, corporate and internal communications teams, championing a better built environment on behalf of architects and the public. Prior to this she has worked on issues from personal finance to health to Brexit for organisations including Mind, The National Autistic Society and Which? the consumer organisation. Clare has worked four days a week for the last eight years and having spent ten years as a trustee for anti-poverty charity Toynbee Hall, she is delighted to have joined the Working Families Board.


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.


Helen Humphreys

Helen is an experienced strategic change communication director with extensive leadership experience in culture, colleague engagement and behaviour change.  Helen is currently Head of Colleague Communication and Engagement for Marks and Spencer plc.  She previously held similar roles – on a permanent or interim basis for Lloyds Banking Group, Centrica, Dixons Carphone, Coutts, FTSE, Prudential, Norwich Union, Aviva, Rolls-Royce and United Biscuits.

Helen also coaches and mentors senior executives and corporate communication specialists and has advised corporate communication teams on how to work more effectively.

Helen is an experienced Non-Executive Director and previously spent six years on the Board of Drinkaware.


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).


Gemma Rosenblatt

Gemma joined the Advertising Standards Authority in 2015 as their research specialist. Prior to this, she had led the Electoral Commission’s research programme and worked in research roles at the Hansard Society and Fawcett Society. Her areas of research have included parliamentary and constitutional affairs, elections and electoral registration, and the participation of women and ethnic minorities in politics. Gemma is also a member of the advisory board for the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford.


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.


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.