In each issue, we will introduce you to one of our Mentors by telling you a bit about their experience and giving you their answers to 3 questions, to include their own ‘top time-saving tip’.

Annette Mountford

Annette Mountford

Annette was originally a health visitor. Her work in mainly deprived areas led her to recognise the huge challenges all parents face in raising children especially if their own childhood had been deprived. In the Nurturing Programme she found a wonderful way for all parents to turn their history around and discover new skills, hope and happiness.
Chief Executive of Family Links from 1997 – 2015. She introduced the ‘Nurturing Programme’ (promoting emotional literacy & mental health) to the UK in 1992 and led the Family Links team in adapting the programme for parent groups in the UK and for schools, for prison, for Muslim parents and for parents of teenagers. Annette developed a national training programme for practitioners working with parents and children in education, health and the community. She has written an ante-natal Nurturing Programme which is now being rolled out nationally. Annette received an MBE for her work in 2002.


1. What do you feel is your most rewarding achievement?
Having had the opportunity to work alongside hundreds of parents whose own childhoods had been harsh and see them find new skills, hope and happiness through the Nurturing Programme as individuals and as parents. And then to have been able to extend it to other professionals so that thousands of parents can benefit.

2. What do you like to do outside of work?
One of the joys of being retired is having time to see friends. I combine them with walking, art galleries, the ballet, book club and pub food. Another big pleasure is my family. And being Cornish I love to make scones and jam (with produce from the allotment) and dish them up with Cornish cream.

3. As a busy person what’s your ‘top time-saving tip’ ?

I flag any email I need to return to, to save me the effort of remembering it, and to prevent things slipping through the net.