Who

Lord Farmer – Founder

Michael Farmer has been a metals trader all his working life but got involved in politics to support policies which strengthen families. Since becoming a member of the House of Lords, he has been commissioned by the Ministry of Justice to carry out two reviews on how male prisoners’ and female offenders’ family ties can be strengthened to prevent reoffending and intergenerational crime. More generally he has highlighted the negative ramifications across society of family breakdown and promoted the need for better support for all families who need it and the strengths of the Family Hub model.

Dr Samantha Callan – Co-founder and Director

Samantha Callan is a published academic who has been involved in research and policy development to strengthen families for the last two decades. She has written several influential policy reports on family breakdown, the importance of children’s early years, family law reformearly intervention, mental health and domestic abuse.  She has been championing Family Hubs since 2007.

Catherine Barker – Head of Development

Catherine Barker is a committed advocate of the benefits of strong family relationships and equipping people in every situation with relational capability. Her work since 2011 has spanned promoting parenting, anger management, healthy relationship programmes and campaigning for improved Relationships & Sex Education in schools. As an experienced network builder, she drives the growth and development of the Family Hubs Network.

Dan Callan – Web Developer and Content Manager

Dan Callan is a recent graduate who combines a keen interest in web development, with a deep commitment to social justice and strengthening families. Having experience in creating material for other relationshipfocused organisations, and a passion for all things digital, he designs and implements the content and layout for the Family Hubs Network websiteits other publications and its social media presence.