Partnership Board

Our work is steered by the Partnership Board. The expertise represented ensures that our work is robust, responsive and relevant to the emerging needs of the children and adult sectors.

Our work is driven by the priorities of the Research in Practice network to ensure that our programme of learning events and resources are shaped by the network. Our work is also steered by the Partnership Board, and the expertise represented ensures that our work is robust, responsive and relevant to the emerging needs of the children and adult sectors.

The Partnership Board is made up of representatives from member organisations, policymakers, academics and others with specific relevant expertise.

The Partnership Board provides:

  • Expert advice and performance review of Research in Practice as a ‘critical friend’.
  • Strategic advice regarding work plan, methods, business development, partnerships, quality and collaboration.
  • Ambassadorship and advocacy for Research in Practice.
  • A strong focus on the priorities of the sectors that Research in Practice serves.
  • Horizon scanning for opportunities and risks.
  • Facilitated connections with key stakeholders – in particular the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).


  • Andy Couldrick, Chief Executive, Birmingham Children’s Trust
  • Sarah McClinton, Director of Adult Social Care, London Borough of Camden

The Co-Chairs hold responsibility for:

  • Governance – supporting the strategic link between the Partnership Board and Dartington Hall Trust.
  • National policy level activity.
  • Recruitment of Partners and staff.

Vice Chair

  • Seona Douglas, Director of Adult Care and Health Services, Reading Borough Council

The Vice-Chair hold responsibility for:

  • Ensuring a focus on practice in topic and delivery programme planning.
  • Partner / customer advocacy.
  • Deputising for Chair/s.

Partnership Board members

  • Janet Boddy, Professor of Child, Youth and Family Studies, Centre for Innovation and Research in Childhood and Youth, University of Sussex
  • Michael Clark, Research Programme Manager & Associate Professorial Research Fellow, NIHR School for Social Care Research, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Glen Garrod, Executive Director of Adult Social Care, Lincolnshire County Council
  • Richard Humphries, Senior Fellow, Policy, The Kings Fund
  • Carole Kaplan, Transformation Programme Director, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sarah Jones, Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Norfolk County Council
  • Danielle Turney, Professor, School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Greg Parston, Chair of Trustees for Dartington
  • Jane Parfrement, Chief Executive, The Staff College
  • Usha Boolaky, Associate Director of Partnerships, Imperial College Health Partners
  • Beverley Tarka, Director of Adults, Health and Communities, Haringey Council