Who we are, in a nutshell

OnePlusOne is a leading research charity with decades of experience in relationship science.

Our mission is to strengthen relationships for couples, families, communities and workplaces using evidence based training and digital resources.

Relationship skills can be learned at any time of life and we work with individuals, couples and families of all shapes and sizes – together, apart or otherwise.

We take the most up-to-date knowledge and offer simple techniques to help you make the best of the relationships in your life.

Helping parents get relationships right for their children is one of the most rewarding aspects of our work.

The team

Verity Glasgow


Verity is committed to the digital transformation of relationship support services, together with securing new contracts that enhance OnePlusOne’s core mission.


Penny Mansfield


Penny is a sociologist, specialising in qualitative research on relationships and evidence-based solutions. A frequent conference speaker, author, media performer and contributor to government policy.


Chantal Savignon

Operations and support manager

Chantal’s role ensures the smooth running of the charity, supporting the two Directors, the experienced Board of Trustees. She also manages the Human Resources systems.


Jimi Odell

Senior content producer

Jimi creates and oversees the editorial content for OnePlusOne’s range of relationship resources and interventions, having joined the charity in 2014.


Dean Wilson

Senior UX and technical manager

Dean is responsible for designing and improving the overall experience for OnePlusOne users across all our digital resources, and the technical lead for website and app development.


Jonathan Devereux

Head of finance

Jonathan oversees all financial matter and has steered OnePlusOne through many successful changes over the years, being an integral part of it adapting to be an agile, modern charity.


Jolanta Kaczmarek

Senior project manager

Jolanta has a successful track record of building significant partnerships for OnePlusOne. She manages contracts with government, local government, charities and companies.  


Dr Shannon Hirst

Research lead

Shannon has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and a PhD in Psychology. She joined OnePlusOne in 2019 to lead the charity’s research and build on her extensive academic focus on relationships.


Jan Mitcheson

Practice and innovation

Jan is an Associate Professor and University ProgrammeDirector in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing. She is an author and a training programme developer and has lead various government initiatives and innovation programmes.


Dr Catherine Houlston


Catherine’s early research focused on peer support anti-bullying initiatives in schools and she has significant experience in child and family wellbeing. Her research and evaluations have influenced the charity’s programmes over many years.


Sarah Healey

Permanent Secretary at DCMS

Sarah Healey has been Permanent Secretary of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) since April 2019.Prior to this, she worked in the Cabinet Office where she was the Director General overseeing the development and implementation of economic and domestic policy.


Josephine Richardson

Innovation and Crowdsourcing Consultant

Josephine has been a trustee and member of the finance committee since January 2016. She is a finance professional, working at an international investment bank. She is now Executive Director running the global credit valuation control group.


Ruth Kennedy

Chair of Trustees, Founder Director of ThePublicOffice

Ruth's former employment includes the No10 Policy Unit, Department for Education, Guardian News & Media and she now leads ThePublicOffice team. Ruth is passionate about public service transformation that prioritises the citizen experience and leads to improved outcomes


Elizabeth Mills

Treasurer Trustee

Liz has been the Treasurer Trustee since November 2004 and is currently acting as the Chair of our Finance Sub Committee. She studied Applied Biochemistry at Brunel University and is a Chartered Accountant. Liz is currently a Global SME for General Accounting and Treasury at Eli Lilly & Company.


Katharine Landells

Vice chair of Trustees, Partner at Withersworldwide

Katharine joined OnePlusOne as a trustee in 2015.  She is a family lawyer at Withers LLP, an international private client law firm. She deals with cases across the whole spectrum of family work including divorce, financial claims, cohabitation and children matters.


Emma Ries

Family lawyer and business owner –  Ries Solicitors and Mediators

Emma Ries, has been a Trustee at OnePlusOne since May 2009. Emma is an experienced specialist family lawyer, collaborative lawyer and mediator and has been working in this field since 1998.


Nell Boase

Director at Product Studio Ltd

Nell joined as a trustee in 2020. She is an expert in digital content and product leadership. She has worked for companies that range from tiny start-ups to the Guardian UK and US, where she was Managing Editor, Mumsnet and the BBC.


Simon Ecsktein

Manager at Deloitte Digital

Simon joined OnePlusOne as a trustee in 2020. He specialises in leading the design and development of digital services that deliver social change.


Jonathan Slater

Innovation and Crowdsourcing Consultant

Jonathan joined OnePlusOne as a trustee in 2020. He is an expert in crowdsourcing and management of global communities engaging users on different topics from innovation to mental health. He has designed or managed over 400 innovation programmes around the world.


Gavin Shaw

Partner at KPMG LLP

Gavin joined OnePlusOne as a trustee in 2020.  He is a partner at KPMG LLP in their Private Client tax team, and is a Chartered Accountant and Chartered tax advisor.  Gavin supports individuals and families to understand their tax obligations and plan for the future.


Registered charity name:
OnePlusOne Marriage and Partnership Research

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MHA MacIntyre Hudson,
6th Floor 2 London Wall Place,
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What is The Relationships Alliance?

The Relationships Alliance is a collective of four leading charities with a wealth of experience in helping to support and strengthen relationships. 

Made up of OnePlusOne, Marriage Care, Relate and Tavistock Relationships, the alliance shares a vision in which relationships are supported and recognised as an integral part of a thriving society. OnePlusOne is proud to be part of this group.

Each member of the alliance has experience spanning a range of relationship support services, from research to direct service provision. From digital self-help to counselling and therapy, our aim is to offer a range of services which support people in making smart choices around forming and maintaining good quality relationships.

There is lots of evidence to show that the quality of our relationships has a direct impact on our mental and physical wellbeing. Poor quality relationships between parents – particularly where there is conflict – can also have a negative impact on children, affecting their mental health and long-term life chances.

The cost of responding to the effects of poor quality relationships and the demand this places on public services should not be underestimated. Early intervention and investment in support that helps to resolve conflict, can reduce demands on health and social care services, improve outcomes for children, and equip people to help themselves through life’s challenges.

The Relationships Alliance is committed to using its range of expertise to help.

Action since 1971

Health of the nation

Dr Jack Dominian MBE recognised that his psychiatric patients were increasingly experiencing unhappy and dissolved marriages. Along with four trustees, he set up the Marriage Research Centre charity (now OnePlusOne) in 1971.  

We brought together leading academics and health professionals to study the characteristics of people going through divorce and address the fact that relationship counselling therapy was not meeting needs. Seeking help at ‘crisis point’ is often too late.

Make or Break  

Our extensive ground breaking research and analysis discovered how to reach those in early stages of distress and relationship quality reducing. We considered the barriers to seeking help and looked at accessibility, availability, affordability and also stigma.

We recognised that people were turning to GPs, midwives and other trusted professionals at early stages, particularly during the transition to parenthood. Yet the professionals did not know how to help. So we trained them.


Early Intervention

The Family Law Act and Children Act was shaking up parliament and the courts. Yet, divorce rates continued to rise.

We were at the heart of discussions with the government, other organisations and policy makers to raise the issue of supporting families early and reducing conflict alongside legislation change.

Our studies contributed to the evidence base for developing early interventions with couples, individuals and spouses.  Early intervention is now widely accepted as integral to improving child outcomes.

Parent & Couple Connections  

There was a huge push to improve the nation’s parenting skills but we knew that if you did not assist the couple relationship too, children would still suffer.

Investment in relationship support and our Brief Encounters programme became an important part of helping families. By greatly enhancing listening skills, we could improve relationship interactions.


Digital decade: Click relationships

Individuals, parents and families are accessing information digitally but there was limited online relationship support available.

We turned our decades of research and evidence skills to create behaviour change interventions online.

Click Relationships is the first virtual relationship support site. It combines information articles, courses and a listening room to teach relationship support skills.



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