Our Board

We are growing our team - see also Our Associates below. Founding members include:

Deborah Ghate

Deborah Ghate, D.Phil, Founding Director, Chief Executive
Deborah has worked in social policy and intervention science for over 20 years, and between 1998 and 2007 was the director of the independent Policy Research Bureau in London. She has pursued a strong interest in ‘what works’ for children and families throughout her career and is the author of many publications that explore this question from different perspectives. She set up the Colebrooke Centre to continue work that she began at the Centre for Effective Services in Ireland and Northern Ireland, where she was the founding Chief Executive between 2008 and 2011.
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Annette Boaz

Professor Annette Boaz,Ph.D, Non-Executive Director
Annette is a social scientist who worked at the universities of Oxford, Warwick, Queen Mary, University of London and Kings College London before joining the joint Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at Kingston University and St George’s University of London in 2013. She has spent more than 20 years exploring the relationship between research policy and practice in the UK and internationally. She has conducted research for a range of funders including the UK Cabinet Office, the NIHR and the European Union and has worked in the UK Department of Health on the Policy Research Programme. She worked for a number of years in the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded Centre for Evidence Based Policy. She continues to conduct research in this field and is a managing editor of the international journal Evidence & Policy. Annette has a longstanding interest in implementation and improvement science. She supports a number of national initiatives aimed at increasing capacity for research use including the National Institute for Health Research Knowledge Mobilization Fellowship scheme, the ESRC Impact Prize and the UK Implementation Network.

Annette Boaz

Debbie Sandford, Non-Executive Director
Having read PPE at Oxford, Debbie joined management consulting firm Mckinsey where she remained on and off for 10 years – the ‘off’ being for an MBA at Harvard Business School, a sabbatical in the Health Studies division of the Audit Commission and her first maternity leave. On returning to work she moved into publishing, becoming managing director of Random House Children’s Books. She has written a column for Management Today, been both vice chair of governors of a nursery school and chair of a social enterprise agency, and remains a JP sitting on the Central London Bench of the adult criminal court. Between 2014 and 2016 she worked for the Point of Care Foundation, an independent charity dedicated to supporting patients and the staff that work with them, as Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Schwartz Rounds programme.

Our Associates

The Colebrooke Centre works with a growing panel of distinguished senior associates who partner with us for project and development work, according to their particular expertise and interests. Associates can be contacted at the Centre.

Liz Totman

Liz Totman
Liz is a qualified social worker and has gained considerable experience in the field of Children’s Social Care, including ten years as Head of Children’s Services in a large local authority and two years in performance management.
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David Utting

David Utting
David Utting is a writer, researcher and social policy analyst specialising in issues concerning children, young people and families.
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Caroline Howard

Caroline Thomas
Caroline is a highly-experienced social researcher committed to the use of evidence to effect change in services for children and families.
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