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Nuffield FJO appoints new board members and an academic advisor

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO), which supports better outcomes for children and families in the family justice system in England and Wales through improved use of data and research, has appointed two new board members and an academic advisor.

New board member Andrew Powell is a specialist family law barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, one of the UK’s largest chambers of family law barristers. He specialises in the international movement of children, child protection, adoption and surrogacy and has developed a specialist practice related to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 (surrogacy, parental order applications and fertility treatment) and disputes arising from LGBTQ+ parenting arrangements.

Clare Carter, now also a member of Nuffield FJO’s governing board, is the interim chief executive of the Access to Justice Foundation, a grant making charity focused on improving access to social welfare legal advice across the UK. A former family solicitor, Clare moved into the charity sector in 2006. She is particularly focused on developing effective partnerships, improving collation and use of data, and formulating strategy.

Nuffield FJO’s new academic advisor, Professor Ann Phoenix FBA, FAcSS, is Professor of Psychosocial Studies at the Institute of Education, University College London, and Kerstin Hesselgren Guest Professor at Umea University in Sweden. She is known for her work on social identities, psychosocial processes, parenting and youth, and has played a leading role in increasing understanding of mixed parentage social identities and their development over time. Nuffield FJO’s academic advisor is an unpaid role providing advice, support, and challenge to the Nuffield FJO team on all aspects of its evidence gathering.

“In our aim to improve the lives of children and families in the family justice system, it is important for our team – and our work – to keep evolving. We continue to surround ourselves with people that have diverse experience, who bring different perspectives and insight we can learn from. The appointment of Andrew, Clare and Ann will strengthen and enhance our knowledge, expertise and academic rigour even further.”

Lisa Harker, director of Nuffield FJO.