Dr Mark Turner
Mark values the preventative, intensive and non-stigmatising intervention that nurture groups provide. He has helped established two nurture groups in Medway. He has a longstanding professional interest in attachment theory and early intervention which he studied as part of his professional doctorate in educational and child psychology.
Mark Turner has been helping nurtureuk establish and grow for over 15 years. In April 2001 he established and ran the first nurtureuk website which helped develop the network and spread materials across the UK and Internationally. He ran the website for 5 years using interactive tools to help develop the community and strengthen the network. In September 2001 he co-lead, with Marion Bennathan, the first meeting of the first nurtureuk nationwide meeting. He helped Marion Bennathan help the charity develop its independence from the parent charity the Association of Workers for Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Paul Cooper, Marion Bennathan and Mark Turner signed the foundation documents lodged with the Charity Commission. Mark was part of the Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2018 (including six years as Chair) using his entrepreneurial instincts to help the organisation grow. He became nurtureuk's Life President in 2018.
Mark works as an educational psychologist, is a visiting Fellow at the University of East London, and director of Real Group (UK) Ltd.