Family Matters York is a small charity which cares about and supports families of all shapes and sizes. Founded in 2001, we operate from a small office at Dilston House, 65 Lawrence Street, York YO10 3BU. We employ several staff and work with a number of individuals who we train to deliver our parenting courses and provide our relationship support. Motivated by Christian faith, we work across the City of York, and in surrounding areas.


Elizabeth Rowley | Couples in Crisis Coordinator

Elizabeth works alongside her husband Martin to run Rowley & Sons Family Funeral Services. They have 4 children and together are a Support Couple for Couples in Crisis.  Elizabeth heads up the Couples in Crisis team and can be contacted by email at

Tineke Orridge |  Volunteer Office Coordinator

Tineke volunteers for a day a week in the office, working directly with Laura and assisting with administration and general office duties.  Tineke and her husband have recently chosen to settle in York, having had a wide variety of roles in a wide variety of places over the last 20 years or more.

Helen Atkinson | Parenting Coordinator

Helen is a Parent Educator trained to National Occupational Standards. She previously taught Maths in Inner London secondary schools for 10 years but found parenting a spirited toddler a much greater challenge. She has headed up the parenting team for the past 8 years and is committed to encouraging and supporting parents.

Helen can be contacted on 07393 147259 or by email at

Anne Johnson | Co-ordinator, North Yorkshire

Anne has been working in the office for the last 18 months, and from March 2017 will be focussing on bringing all that Familly Matters York has to offer up to Easingwold, Thirsk and Boroughbridge. Anne has been facilitating for Family Matters in the city of York for several years now and is excited to spread the benefits of the courses that we run to a wider audience. If you are interested in working with Anne in North Yorkshire, either hosting or attending a course, then please contact her at

Laura Hambleton | Development Manager

Laura has worked in the charity sector for more than 10 years, both in large national organisations and smaller charities like ours. Her expertise lies in fundraising and events management. Laura co-ordinates all of the staff and volunteers.


Phil Harding | Chair of Trustees

Phil has been involved with FMY since 2008.  Phil is a self employed consultant working mainly with those involved in health and social care.  He is married to Frances with  4 grown up sons and currently 4 grandchildren. Phil and Frances lead on many ministries at their church St Thomas’. They also work as volunteers for the Couples in Crisis programme, as well as facilitators for FMY’s Parenting & Marriage courses.

David Atkinson | Treasurer

David has worked for around 25 years in the financial services industry as an actuary and has experience in managing finances of small charities, so is also our very capable Treasurer.  He is married with two grown-up children.


Jo Bloss

Jo has been involved with Family Matters York as a trustee since 2005 having worked for 15 years as a family lawyer in relationship breakdown. Until recently Jo worked as a solicitor specialising in children cases and also for York Family Mediation Service. She is also a volunteer in the couples workshops in prisons.  She is married and has teenage sons.

Jill Ross 

Jill and her husband Tom became also volunteer as Couples in Crisis mentors. They have two grown up children and 3 gorgeous grandchildren. Jill works as a specialist in Public health at City of York Council and has a private Counselling and Supervision practice.

Martin Rowley

Martin joined Family Matters York most recently, in 2015.  Married to Elizabeth, our Couples in Crisis Co-ordinator he has volunteered for the charity for several years before becoming a trustee.  As a profession he provides Family Funeral Services through Rowley & Sons, based in York.