Before setting up Confluence in 2009, Rob Fitzpatrick and Laura Thorne worked as front-line practitioners and action researchers at the mental health and criminal justice charity Revolving Doors Agency, and as development managers at the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health (now Centre for Mental Health). Nick O’Shea is an associate of Confluence.

Rob Fitzpatrick holds two academic and professional qualifications in organisational consulting from the Tavistock Clinic, where he is currently undertaking doctoral research into the relationship between the design of agile work environments and individual and organisational wellbeing.

Laura Thorne is an experienced organisational consultant and researcher with particular expertise in working in multi-agency, multi-stakeholder environments and delivering learning and capacity building programmes involving policy makers, front-line services and people with lived experience of exclusion.

Nick O’Shea is an economist with extensive experience of working with government and voluntary sector organisations. He is Chief Economist at the Centre for Mental Health, a long-term volunteer with Lewisham Mencap and the founder of Ignition Brewery.