Chair – Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR)

Chair – Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships (TCCR)

TCCR is a ground-breaking and growing charity that aims to improve the quality of adult couple relationships, prevent family breakdown and enhance the lives of children.  The charity’s long-standing Chair was retiring, and they wanted to find a successor who ideally brought similar experience of psychoanalytical psychotherapy, combined with a track record of leading growth and development within an organisation.  We took a broad approach to the search, identifying individuals who had an interest or experience in the psychoanalytic and family relationships field, and thus successfully and creatively challenged initial views among some of the board who felt that the new Chair had to be an expert in their field. We also had to take particular care of potential conflicts of interest arising from the close partnership which TCCR had with other organisations working in a similar space, and which meant that quite a number of those within the field were out of bounds. We had the additional challenge that many experts in the field work as individual practitioners, with limited exposure to strategic organisational leadership. Our shortlist included a former Chief Executive of a national health charity with substantial non-executive experience, who had led organisations through substantial change; a financial turnaround specialist within the charity, private and health sectors with former experience as an FD in large commercial companies; and the appointed candidate, Nick Pearce, the Director of the think tank, IPPR, who had written and advised on family policy, with substantial ambassadorial and fundraising experience, and experience as an parliamentary advisor within the Cabinet Office and Department for Education.

Philippa and Emma, thanks so much for all your good work. As well as being professional, thorough and easy to deal with, you accommodated the rest of us who were occasionally (I imagine) difficult to corral. More important than any of this, you came up with a strong short list, mainly composed of people we would not have thought of ourselves – surely the test of any really successful search.

We are extremely happy with the outcome…and extremely grateful.

Kip Meek – Vice Chair, TCCR

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