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Appointment of two new members to governing board

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO), which supports improving the lives of children and families in the family justice system in England and Wales has appointed two new board members 

Chris MacDonald, Acting Service Manager, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council  

Chris is social worker and service manager for five locality child protection teams and the children with disabilities team in Rotherham Children’s Services. He has previously worked as a Children’s Guardian at Cafcass where he was also national lead for child criminal exploitation. He was a delivery partner for the Tackling Child Exploitation programme run by a consortium of Research in Practice, the Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire. Chris is also a law graduate.  

Eamon McCrory, Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, University College London  

Eamon McCrory is Professor of Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at UCL where he co-directs the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit. He is Director of Education and Training at the Anna Freud Centre and adjunct Professor at Yale University. He co-founded and co-directs the UK Trauma Council and is Director of the UK Research and Innovation Programme for Adolescent Mental Health and Wellbeing. 

Eamon’s research has explored how childhood adversity affects brain development and the impact on children’s emotional and social development. He is particularly interested in how research can help inform the prevention of future mental health problems.  

“Chris and Eamon will bring extensive knowledge, insight and experience to the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory Board, both in terms of the day-to-day challenges of front-line practice and deep understanding of children’s development. The Board plays a vital role in providing support and challenge to the Nuffield FJO team to find ways to improve the lives of children and families in the family justice system.” 

 Lisa Harker, Director Nuffield FJO 

Read more about the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory board here