Our Board

The Population and Sustainability Network is the international programme of the Margaret Pyke Trust.

Sir Richard Ottaway (Chair)

Before retiring from Parliament in 2015 Richard was the Conservative MP for Nottingham North and then Croydon South serving for 28 years. He is the past Chairman of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee having previously served on the Intelligence and Security Committee. He was Chairman and then Vice Chairman of the All Party group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health publishing a number of papers on the impact of Global Population growth. He is a former Naval Officer and a Solicitor by profession. He is a keen yachtsman.

Toby Aykroyd, MA, MBA

Toby studied macroeconomics, geography and development economics at Cambridge University and has a Master of Business Administration from Cranfield Institute of Technology. Following an initial posting to the UN Development Programme in Central America, his career has involved business management and, for the last 12 years, conservation. Toby has directed a political lobby group and co-founded the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative under contract to the UK government. He co-founded PSN in 2003, is Co-Chair of the Community Health & Sustainable Environment (CHASE) Africa trust, founder of the Wild Europe initiative, and was trustee and Chair of the Funding Support Group for the former BBC Wildlife Fund.

Anthony Burrell

Anthony graduated high school at Eton College and holds a Bsc (Hons) in Agriculture and Business. He has  been working as a Fund Manager Analyst with Banque Mirabaud Investment Management LTD since 1992. During the past 19 years Anthony has worked in Montreal, Geneva and London. Anthony also has a non-executive director’s position with Millbank Financial Services LTD.

Mark Burrell

Mark has held senior roles in several major companies over the last 40 years.  Mark was chairman of the Margaret Pyke Trust from 1999 to 2015; his interest in the work of the Trust was engendered from his grandmother, Lady Denman who was one of the founders of the Family Planning Association, and Margaret Pyke who was his Godmother.

Dr. Martha Campbell

In the 1990s Martha directed the Packard Foundation’s population program, including reproductive rights. In 2000 she created Venture Strategies (VSHD), which, at the request of leading African obstetricians, had the first legal approval of making misoprostol tablets available for stopping haemorrhage during childbirth, in many countries. Martha, long-time lecturer at Berkeley, has for many years been interested in world population growth and women’s empowerment. She and husband Malcolm Potts (UK Cambridge, obstetrician) have published numerous papers, including the first comprehensive review of barriers to family planning. She is a trustee of World Health Partners in New Delhi, and the African Institute for Development Policy (AFIDEP) in Nairobi, Kenya. Martha has written on the costly and unfortunate silence about population. Her degrees are from Wellesley College and the University of Colorado.

Professor John Guillebaud, FRSEd, FRCOG

John is Emeritus Professor of Family Planning & Reproductive Health, UCL and formerly Medical Director of the Margaret Pyke Centre. Born in Burundi, he still makes support visits for healthcare professions in Africa (Central and South). He lectures and consults nationally and internationally on environmental sustainability, population and contraception; and is author/co-author of c300 publications on these subjects, including eight books translated into 10 languages.

Mary Rose Gunn

Mary Rose is the Chief Executive of the charitable foundation, The Bulldog Trust, which provides grants and business advisory support to small charities in the UK as well as running a programme of public events and exhibitions at its headquarters on the Embankment, Two Temple Place. Before working for the trust Mary Rose worked in the House of Commons and in the media. She has a degree in Modern History from Lincoln College, Oxford.

Dr. Susannah Mayhew, PhD

Susannah is a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Health and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Previously, Susannah worked at the Nuffield Institute of Health, University of Leeds until 2001 when she joined the Centre for Population Studies at LSHTM. In 2012, she moved to the Faculty of Public Health and Policy. Susannah lived in West Africa for a number of years and has conducted research in a variety of countries across sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia including Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has conducted research at policy, programme and community levels focusing on the integration of sexual and reproductive health (including maternal health) into health systems policy.

Ruth McNeil

Ruth has a career in marketing and international market research building on an early start in public relations for the Family Planning Association. She is a Fellow of the Market Research Society and a frequent speaker on research and evaluation. She was a director of Research International (now TNS) and for many years she undertook research for Business in the Community on corporate attitudes to social responsibility. Until recently, Ruth was a trustee of Bereavement Care and Vice-Chair of the trustees of Practical Action.

Patrick Salaün

Patrick has a background in financial, marketing, business development and fundraising activities. Over a period of 42 years, Patrick worked in senior management roles for a major clearing bank and for two national charities. Now retired from full time work Patrick is a trustee of the Friends of Gunnersbury Park and is President of both the Durham University Society and the Hatfield Association which are Alumni Associations supporting the work of Durham University and Hatfield College.

Professor Judith Stephenson

Judith is the Margaret Pyke Professor of Sexual & Reproductive Health at University College London (UCL) and Head of the Institute of Women’s Health at UCL and Honorary Consultant in Women’s Health at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). She has over 20 years’ experience of leading research in sexual & reproductive health, including screening for sexually transmitted infections, improving sex education and use of contraception.  Her most recent areas of interest are in pregnancy planning, the links between population and climate change, and a life course approach to women’s health care. 

Dr. Mary Warrell

Mary, a physician and virologist has experience of tropical medical research. Now she holds an honorary position in the Oxford Vaccine Group at the University of Oxford. She has been an advisor to government and international organisations including the WHO, on rabies prophylaxis. She is interested in encouraging the use of new methods to increase the availability of vaccines in Africa and Asia. She hopes through MPT and PSN, women’s access to contraception will be enhanced in these same areas.