The Barns Centre Team

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Richard Rollinson, Executive Director

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As well as the Executive Director of the Planned Environment Therapy Trust, Richard is also an Independent Consultant in the fields of Child Care, Education and Mental Health across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors. On occasion he also consults to Commercial Businesses. He is a Fellow of the Dartington Social Policy Group at Warren House, and of the Portuguese Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists.


He has a long association with therapeutic communities, having worked at the Mulberry Bush School for well over 20 years, where from 1991 to 2001 he was its Director, and at the Peper Harow Foundation from 2001 to 2005, where he was Director: Children and Young People. He was a Senior Lecturer in Health and Social Work at Reading University (1986 – 1991) and continues to teach on such professional training courses here and abroad. Over recent years he has advised the Childrens and Family Department of the Instituto da Segurança Social [the Department of Social Security] in Portugal on the development of specialist support houses for highly emotionally troubled young people. He meets regularly with the directors themselves and the national government lead.


He qualified as a social worker with an MSc from Oxford University in 1983 and in 2005 completed the MA in Organisational Consulting at Ashridge Business School.

On several occasions he was the Chair of the Charterhouse Group of Therapeutic Communities (now part of TCTC), and remains the Chair of the Care Leavers’ Foundation.