Our patrons and ambassadors are high profile individuals who believe in our work and are committed to spreading the word of Relate.
Professor Tanya Byron
Professor Tanya Byron is a well respected academic and practitioner. She has worked extensively in the NHS around issues of drug dependency, HIV/AIDS and sexual health, adult mental health and eating disorders services. Tanya still practices as a Consultant in child and adolescent mental health in a general practice. She has also done high profile TV work for the BBC on child behaviour, science and current affairs.
Tanya is also involved in shaping government policy. In March 2008, she published the Byron Review: Safer Children in a Digital World (which was also the topic of her speech at the most recent Children and Young People conference). Tanya currently advises the coalition government on the digital agenda and child / family wellbeing and was an advisor to Lord Stephen Carter and the Digital Britain board.
“Emotional wellbeing forms the backdrop of a healthy and happy society and that’s why I believe charities like Relate are so important. I'm so pleased to be able to support the organisation as a Patron and I believe passionately in the services Relate offers. Everyone faces challenges in their lives, but Relate is always here to help people pick up the pieces and make their relationships stronger as a result. Asking for help when things get tough is not something to be ashamed and can make a real difference to both young people and adults alike.”
Bel Mooney is one of Britain's most successful journalists and during her long career has written for publications as diverse as Cosmopolitan, the Daily Mirror, the Sunday Times, the Times and the Daily Mail. She is also the author of over 25 books, including six novels and a highly successful series of children's books.
As well as writing, Bel has enjoyed a parallel career as a broadcast journalist, making many programmes for radio and television. Since 2005 she has gained a huge following as an advice columnist, first in the Times and currently in the Daily Mail.
"Through writing my advice column in the Saturday Daily Mail (and before that, in the Times) I became increasingly aware of the enormous need for the services of Relate. Time and time again I suggest to readers that they get in touch with Relate - quite simply because the range offered is unsurpassed. Nearly thirty years ago, as a very young journalist I wrote about what was then the National Marriage Guidance Council, and admired its work. That organisation grew and changed - and now Relate has spread its wings, offering wisdom and experience to help individuals, couples and whole families through their difficult times. I don't know what we would do without it."
Anjula is a psychology and mental health expert, social scientist, presenter, author, psychotherapist and life, careers coach and media consultant. She is also author of How to do Relationships.
Anjula is a senior practitioner, she is also trained in treating post-traumatic stress, anger management, and cognitive behavioural coaching. Anjula’s work as a television presenter includes fronting Body Language Secrets for Sky 1, resident psychologist on 50 Ways to Kill your Lover, co-anchor on Channel 5's Doctor Doctor, the expert psychologist on Feel the Fear for CITV. She was also a regular contributor to ITV’s This Morning for five years and makes regular appearances on a number of radio programmes including Radio 4's Woman's Hour.
Roopa Farooki is the author of The Flying Man, longlisted for the Orange Prize 2012 and the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013. Her previous four novels, Bitter Sweets, Corner Shop, The Way Things Look To Me and Half Life, have been shortlisted for the Orange Award for New Writers and for the Muslim Writers' Awards, and also longlisted for the Orange Prize and Impac Dublic Literary Award.
Her novels have been published in the US, and in translation in 13 countries. She is the recipient of an Arts Council Award, and the John C Laurence Award from the Authors' Foundation in the UK. Roopa's sixth novel will be coming out in May 2014, and she lives with her husband and four children in SE England, and in SW France.
Roopa has written about her positive experiences with Relate in the national press, and her fiction has dealt with themes of marital breakdown, intergenerational relations, parent/child relationships, sibling rivalries, autism in the family, bereavement and the aging process. She has been Relate's Ambassador for Family Counselling since 2008.
Andrew Selous MP
Andrew was born in 1962 and married Harriet in 1993. They have three girls and live in the South West Bedfordshire constituency in Studham near Whipsnade Zoo.
Andrew qualified as a chartered insurer and worked as a reinsurance underwriter before being elected to Parliament. His firm helped many of the world’s poorest communities recover from natural disasters.
He is Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Sustainable Relationships and an Officer of the APPGs for Fatherhood and Human Trafficking. Andrew became a Relate Ambassador in early 2014.