Meet our policy, campaigns and research team who work to champion the importance of relationships in public policy and government.

Dr David Marjoribanks, Policy and Research Manager

David MarjoribanksDavid joined us in June 2014. He previously worked for the Centre for Social Justice, where he was the Policy Researcher for the family breakdown stream of their Breakthrough Britain II research.  A central theme of this was the need for policy to support people to form and maintain healthy relationships over the life course, ranging from relationship education for young people, to relationship support around key transitions (e.g. the transition to parenthood), to help for separated/separating parents and interventions for complex families.

Prior to joining the CSJ, David was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Kent, where he also completed a PhD in Philosophy. He also has an MA in Political Philosophy and BA in Politics, both from the University of York.


Anna Darnell Bradley, Policy and Research Officer

Anna Darnell BradleyAnna joined us in February 2017. She previously worked for Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families, where she was Information Officer. Working within the Advice and Information team, she helped to develop advice products for single parents, on topics such as the welfare system, child maintenance and family law. A key part of her work focused on separation and the impact of this transition on parents.

Prior to joining Gingerbread, Anna worked briefly as a Research Assistant at Oxford Brookes University within the Department of Sociology. Before this she studied a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology at the University of Cambridge, where she completed a module on The Family run by the Centre for Family Research, and a research dissertation on the experiences of fatherhood for young men from Tottenham, where she grew up.


Relate Policy and Research Advisory Group

Our policy and research work is supported by leading experts in the field of counselling and allied disciplines around psychology, psychiatry, family studies and demography, social policy, and family economics. The Policy and Research Advisory Group meets regularly to help ensure that Relate’s policy and research outputs are theoretically and methodologically sound. This group is chaired by Professor Janet Walker, Emeritus Professor of Family Policy, Newcastle University.