Our team – Duncan Fisher

19 December 2007

Duncan FisherDuncan Fisher, Chief Executive
Email d.fisher@fatherhoodinstitute.org  
Tel 0845 634 1328

Father of two daughters, Duncan is a social entrepreneur and expert in founding and developing new organizations. One of the four co-founders of Fathers Direct in 1999 (which became the Fatherhood Institute in January 2007), he also served on the Board of the Equal Opportunities Commission 2004-2007, working particularly on issues relating to unequally shared caring roles between women and men.

Duncan serves on several Government task forces dealing with children’s issues, at DCSF and at DH.

He also founded the Travel Foundation (www.thetravelfoundation.org.uk) – and is now one of its Trustees – and is involved in a variety of other voluntary and commercial ventures, including www.dothegreenthing.com and www.dad.info.  

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  • Gemma Brown says:

    I am a young mother aged 26 with three children under 6 years. I totally agree with that fact that changes need to be to maternity laws. I work part time and also studying part time for a foundation degree. I feel that it’s unfair I am expected to look after the children and my partner goes to work doing 40 plus hours a week. My youngest is 1 year old and I ended up with post natal depression I believe this was due to been at home living the same old routine. Never seeing my partner as he was always at work. We cannot afford childcare costs so it made sense for me to stay at home and take full advantage of maternity leave. I believe our children suffered as a result of me been at home for 9 months. If this maternity leave had been split then I would not of been out of the work place for too long. My partner would have bonded better with the children. The government wonders why so many families break up. Children have ASBO’s placed upon them. I believe that the key start to life is were both parents are involved. I wouldn’t mind been a 1950’s house wife. But we need to face up the fact that mums work and also want career’s and we are now in 2011 were pressure is on both parents to work. Bringing up the children is a shared role and this is what I believe the government needs to change.

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