About

HRF aims to promote and develop greater recognition of the importance of the work required to create a thriving home. It meets the fundamental needs of individual and family and has a crucial role in creating a more humane society.

A home does not build itself and needs to be well managed. Each member of the family has a pivotal role to play in the organisation of the home that can be learnt from a young age. The home belongs to everyone dwelling within it and is the place where individuals develop their most meaningful environment.

Every individual needs a high level of care in order to flourish, whether they are children, elderly, adolescents or men and women with demanding and stressful professions.

What we do…

As a think tank, HRF’s purpose is to bring about change in our understanding of the professional dimension of the work of the home for a well-balanced society. The Home Renaissance Foundation team works on:

Academic Research

Interdisciplinary academic research -theoretical and practical- to produce the relevant knowledge required for this change. Research gives us the tools to raise awareness of the value of the work of the home. We strive to become an authority on knowledge relating to the home, the work of the home and the care of the family.

Inspiring Excellence

Inspiring excellence in training and expertise in tasks within the home, our Foundation aims to ensure that our inherited traditions, natural talents and the correct and efficient use of new technologies all contribute toward the creation of well-run homes.

Creating a dialogue for change

We want to act as a catalyst for change by encouraging public policies that recognise the new family dynamics and promote education and communication strategies that increase awareness that family tasks are a matter of shared responsibility.

 

Directors

Bryan K. Sanderson, CBE

Chairman
"As the vision of Home Renaissance Foundation elucidates, the home plays a vital role in shaping lives and is where one seeks to find security; where one can be trusted and be certain of finding a set of values that remain constant despite the instability or confusion that can be brought about by everyday life.
As Chairman of Home Renaissance Foundation I wish to encourage the spread of knowledge and understanding of the importance of the work required to form such a place and re-establish its rightful position as top priority for the wellbeing of society."
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Before becoming Chairman and Founding Director of Home Renaissance Foundation and Chairman of Florence Nightingale Foundation, Sanderson was Managing Director of BP, Chairman of BUPA and Standard Chartered Bank. He also helped establish the Learning and Skills Council as its first Chairman. He served as Vice Chairman of the Court of Governors at LSE and is a Trustee of the Economist Group.
After gaining a BSc in Economics at LSE and furthering his education in the IMEDE Business School Lausanne, the majority of Sanderson's business life has been in the management of advances made in areas ranging from technology to corporate law, from financial regulation to societal and cultural behaviours.

Mercedes Jaureguibeitia

Executive Director

"The aim of the Home Renaissance Foundation is not merely to focus on the problems that are all too evident in society today regarding the home, but rather to centre our efforts on developing solutions that will help the work of the home be better understood and appreciated. In that way I feel that the fundamental needs of the individual and the family can be best met. With the pressing need to increase society’s awareness of the importance and dignity of the work of the home I endeavour to preserve our vision so as to bring it forward to realisation."

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Since studying Business and Commerce at the School of Commerce in Bilbao, Spain, Mercedes has worked extensively in the charitable sector, primarily in managerial roles and financial administration.  After specialising in the field of accountancy and finance for 10 years, in 1982 she became Financial Consultant, then Company Director and Finance Director to Dawliffe Hall Educational Foundation (DHEF), a Registered Charity as well as a Company Limited by Guarantee. She attained a postgraduate diploma in Advanced Management of non-profit organisations from City University. In 2006 Mercedes was appointed Project Manager of the international interdisciplinary conference Excellence in the Home, the impetus behind Home Renaissance Foundation and went on to become Executive Director of HRF in 2007. The skills Mercedes has acquired in the voluntary sector particularly in fund-raising, management and communications, have enabled her to raise the profile of HRF and direct it towards achieving its objectives.

Antonio Argandoña

My work of many years at IESE Business School has been a superb training to understand the human, social, economic, political and moral problems of the Home. This is due to the combination of rationality, efficiency and discipline of Management with the broader vision of the problems giving by Economics, the philosophical structure of mind provided by Ethics, the practical sense of Corporate Social Responsibility and the practical awareness that human institutions, such as the family and the company are fundamental for the configuration of society. I understand my collaboration with the Home Renaissance Foundation as a way of projecting this multidisciplinary training and experience.

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Antonio Argandoña holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. He is Emeritus Professor of Economics and of Business Ethics and holds the "la Caixa" Chair of Corporate Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance at IESE Business School, University of Navarra. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Economics and Finance of Spain, President of the Standing Committee on Professional Ethics of the Economists' Association of Catalonia and a member of the Commission on Anti-Corruption of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris). He has published numerous books, book chapters and articles in prestigious journals on economics and business ethics. He has been editor of books and journals, member of ethics committees of business associations and financial institutions, and has held government positions at IESE Business School and with numerous scientific and professional bodies.

Sophia Aguirre

"Research across disciplines is increasingly underlying the importance of family life for the normal development of a person and, thus, for sustainable economic growth. In this context, the role of the home is fundamental. As an economist, I am convinced of the need to promote interdisciplinary research that will lead to a greater awareness of the importance of work of the home. It is a pleasure to work with Home Renaissance Foundation as their focus on this topic places them in the cutting-edge of research."

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Dr. Aguirre earned a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and joined the Catholic University of America in 1993. She has previously held appointments at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University’s Economics Department. Her professional background also includes degrees in accounting and banking finance, earned in Argentina. Dr. Aguirre's specialisation is in international finance and economic development and she has researched and published in the areas of exchange rates and economic integration, as well as on theories of population, resources, and family as it relates to economic development. Her work has been published in a wide range of journals such as in International Review of Economics and Finance and she is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economics Dynamics & Control. Dr. Aguirre is also the author of The Economic Consequences of the U.N. Conferences of the 1990s and of several book chapters. Recognizing her contributions to the field, she has received various awards including a Citation of Excellence for her paper published in Journal of Economic Studies (1998). Dr. Aguirre has participated and lectured in several conferences at both the national and international level and since 1994 has actively participated in UN Conferences. Professor Aguirre is a member of several prestigious organizations such as Commission on the Status of Women in the Professions, in which she serves and has served as an officer in different capacities. She is also actively involved with leadership programs for young women. She has testified in front of Congresses on issues related to population, family and health both nationally and internationally among these are included the Congress of the United States, Uganda, Honduras as well as the United Nations, and the Central American and Canadian Parliaments. She has also advised several US Congressmen and other countries' Permanent Missions to the UN and UN Delegates on economic aspects of UN Documents as well as several governments on women's education, family policy, and health. She is currently a presidential appointee to the US Advisory Commission on Foreign Diplomacy.

Elisabeth Andras

"I regard myself as a mother by profession or perhaps I should say a 'Chairwoman' of a small expanding enterprise: the family! I am convinced that one cannot neglect the work and care of the home without jeopardising the development of personal and cultural standards – a conviction that has been confirmed by the vision of Home Renaissance Foundation. It is therefore a great privilege to be actively involved in an international organisation which I believe will protect what are the fundamental requirements for a human society."

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Elisabeth Andras was born 1955 in Zurich, Switzerland. Her parents are of Hungarian origin and finally settled in Luzern, Switzerland, where Elisabeth spent her childhood with her four siblings.

Elisabeth studied law in Fribourg, Switzerland and finished with a masters. Extended sojourns in the United States and in France as well as a job at the auction house Christie’s, Zurich, completed her education. She has been married since 1982 and is a full-time mother of five children. In 2003 her oldest daughter died of cancer. In 2005 Elisabeth published the book, Schenk mir Dein Lächeln giving a testimony about the joint path during her daughter’s illness. It will soon be translated into Spanish.

Elisabeth is member on the board of the Limmatstiftung, a charitiy foundation in Zürich. She is also engaged in different programs concerning the formation of women. In 2007 she founded the group Mutterplus, which aims to recognise the status of mothers by profession. Currently for Mutterplus she organises workshops and cultural programmes to aid the vocational training of mothers.

Marta Bertolaso

"Recent scientific research shows that the environment plays a crucial role in the development and growth of all living things. Its importance is even more evident when the being in question is as complex as the human person. Care for the well-being of people at home moulds and enriches this environment. So I think it is worthwhile investing time and effort to reassess domestic work: those tasks which turn a house into a home and which are fundamental in the harmonious development of the human person at birth, in maturity and old age."

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After completing her degree in Biology, Dr Bertolaso went on to four years of research in molecular biology and genetics at the National Institutes for Cancer Research in Milan and Turin.
Since then, she has also taken a course in Specialist Bioethics offered by the Catholic University of Rome and completed a PhD at the University Campus Bio-Medico of Rome. She is now continuing her research in Philosophy of Life Sciences in the same university.

In 2007, she was appointed as Executive Manager of Home Renaissance Foundation and a member of the Scientific Committee. She ran one of the projects, for the area of Health and Primary Care, in conjunction with Lexington in the last three years.

Teresa Payne

"As a partner in a firm of solicitors with a Family Department, I am only too aware of the devastation that family break down can bring. A stable family environment is essential to the future of our society! When I was approached by the Foundation I immediately grasped their vision with both hands – an organisation taking preventative steps rather than remedial – it was so refreshing! I am delighted to have been invited to join the Board of Directors and wish to support Home Renaissance Foundation’s work in any way I can."

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Teresa Payne is a Partner at the south west London firm Parfitt Cresswell. Teresa studied law at the University of Wales Cardiff before completing her legal studies at the College of Law, Guildford.

Prior to moving to Parfitt Cresswell, Teresa was a Partner and Head of the Family & Dispute Resolution department at Wellers Solicitors based in their Bromley office. Teresa’s specialism is Family Law and she is a trained collaborative lawyer.

Julia Prats

"Do we think that creativity, determination, intellectual development and emotional balance can be developed to the fullest as a homemaker? The answer is potentially yes and much more holistically than in other professions. I think a fair position would be to accept that homemaking, like any other profession, has the potential to fulfill a personal aspiration to improve to the fullest."

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Dr Mª Julia Prats is an Assistant Professor in the department of Entrepreneurship at IESE Business School and Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Center.

Professor Prats´s areas of interest are the entrepreneurial process and building and managing professional service firms. Her second work stream focuses on understanding the development of professional´s competencies and new business models in professional service firms.

Professor Prats was nominated Kauffman Emerging Scholar for her dissertation work and has published in international journals and congress proceedings.

Mª Julia Prats is Doctor of Business Administration by Harvard University, Master of Business Administration by IESE Business School, and holds a Degree in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalunya. She has taught at Wharton Business School, IPADE (México), INALDE (Colombia) and University of Asia Pacific (Philippines).

Susan Van Bilderbeek

"I have received my appreciation of the work of the home both through my upbringing and through my experiences as a homemaker. There is no doubt in my mind that this work is invaluable to my family and to each individual this work serves throughout the world. However, I also firmly believe that this work can also have a huge impact on society because of the effect it has on each person. I was thrilled to discover Home Renaissance Foundation and I am very proud to be able to contribute to the work of the Foundation as a Director."

Patrons

Colin Brazier

"The home faces lots of competition. Work means some of us spend long hours in an office or living out of a suitcase. Ever-increasing commutes to work mean the car is a second home for many. And, when at home, reality can be side-stepped on the internet, inside one of its virtual worlds.

Ironically, the home has rarely enjoyed more attention. Glossy interior design magazines, house 'makeover' programmes on television. But there is more to the home than the latest light fittings. People make a home, through their interactions, traditions, routines. It is frequently unglamorous and, consequently, frequently undervalued. The HRF exists to right that wrong."

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Colin Brazier is a television news presenter and author who writes about the value of larger families in modern society. His work as a journalist has brought him several industry awards, including a gold medal from the New York Television Festival for his reports from Afghanistan. His research on the obstacles faced by bigger families is published by the think-tank Civitas. Entitled 'Another Child Matters', it draws on Colin's own experience as a father-of-five, as well as data from Britain and elsewhere, to argue that society fails to give larger families the credit they are due.

Rosa María Lastra

“I consider that combining the work of the home and professional work which in my case is in the field of academia, is a rewarding albeit challenging task. The balancing of competing demands for one's time can some times be a source of stress. But it is important to keep the priorities right: home and family comes first. The needs of the children are dynamic and change over time. In order to deal with those needs certain flexibility is required as well as generosity, fortitude and good time management.”

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Rosa Lastra is Professor in International Financial and Monetary Law at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS), Queen Mary, University of London. She is a member of Monetary Committee of the International Law Association (MOCOMILA), a founding member of the European Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee (ESFRC), a senior research associate of the Financial Markets Group of the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an affiliated scholar of the Centre for the Study of Central Banks at New York University School of Law. She has consulted with various governmental and intergovernmental institutions, including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the UK Treasury Select Committee.

Prior to coming to London, she was an Assistant Professor of International Banking at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs in the City of New York (1993-1996) and Director of the International Business and Finance Studies within the Master of International Affairs Program. From January 1992 to September 1993 she was a consultant in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., where she participated in numerous programs of technical assistance in the fields of banking and central banking in countries in Eastern Europe, Former Soviet Union, Latin America, Asia and Africa. She studied at Valladolid University, Madrid University, London School of Economics and Political Science and Harvard Law School.

Her list of publications includes two authored books, Legal Foundation of International Monetary Stability (Oxford University Press, 2006) Central Banking and Banking Regulation (FMG of the LSE, 1996); two edited books, The Reform of the International Financial Architecture (Kluwer Law, 2001) and Bank Failures and Bank Insolvency Law in Economies in Transition (with Henry Schiffman, Kluwer Law, 1999); and numerous articles in internationally refereed journals such as the International and Comparative Law Quarterly of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law, the Harvard International Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of European Law and the Journal of International Economic Law. She is a general editor of the Journal of Banking Regulation. She speaks regularly at academic events and international conferences on a range of financial and monetary law issues.

Richard Corrigan

“As a chef, my philosophy is firmly rooted in a sense that food should reflect both who we are and where we are. My upbringing on a rural farm in Ireland taught me to appreciate unpretentious, fresh, seasonal food and that, in turn, is what I have become known for. I was wonderfully surprised when I discovered Home Renaissance Foundation and learned that its vision promotes the work of the home. Without the care and education, I received at home, I would not be who I am today. I am proud to be able to stand up for the work of the home as a patron of Home Renaissance Foundation.”

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From his home in Ireland, Richard catapulted himself into the prestigious ranks of the culinary world and his restaurants have won him both critical and public success. He is the owner of Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill (London and Dublin) and Corrigan’s Mayfair – which has been awarded AA Restaurant of the Year 2010. Richard is also very active in public spheres. He has written three cookbooks (The Richard Corrigan Cookbook: From the Waters and The Wild, Cookery School and The Clatter of Forks and Spoons) and appeared on television numerous times, including his appearance as a participant in the Great British menu competition. He is also a champion of responsibly sourced products through his involvement with the Farm to Fork and Slow Food Movements.

Paola Windsor

“I drew inspiration from my own home and wish to also create a strong, peaceful home, to which I believe every human being has a right in order to develop physically and spiritually.

Creating a harmonious home is the result of much thought, hard work and dedication on the part of the home maker and I feel strongly that society should recognise this work to a far greater extent than it does at present. I believe that with its global vision Home Renaissance Foundation will contribute greatly to bring about this change.”

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After being educated at St Paul's Girls' School and Wycombe Abbey Paola proceeded to read Classics at Cambridge. She then took her postgraduate (M.Phil) in Philosophy at Paris IV La Sorbonne. She speaks seven languages namely English, Swedish, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Croatian. She is a writer and painter and is now married and a mother.

Prue Leith, CBE

"I am only a housewife" is the saddest response in the world. Can there be anything on God's good earth more important than being a mother and home-maker? I am delighted to be a patron of the Home Renaissance Foundation.”

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With her earlier experience of setting up and running three businesses , Leith’s (the Michelin starred restaurant) Leith’s Good Food and Leith’s School of Food and Wine, Prue Leith is now also the Patron of the Prue Leith Chef’s Academy and restaurant in South Africa, and has initiated a charitable training restaurant, Hoxton Apprentice, in Hackney. Her involvement in the areas of food, catering and education has been wide-ranging. She has chaired 3E’s, a not-for-profit company turning round failing state schools, was on the quango that developed the National Vocational Qualifications; chaired the British Food Trust and the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce) and was the Founder chairman of Focus in Food, which is dedicated to teaching children to cook.

Today Prue chairs the Schools Food Trust, which is charged with overseeing the implementation of the nutritional standards for school food that followed the Jamie Oliver TV campaign. Previously a cookery columnist for various newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Guardian, she has also written a number of cookery books including the best selling Leith’s Cookery Bible with Caroline Waldegrave. Her presence on TV has also been extensive; she has presented a 26 part series and been the subject of two documentaries and her most recent appearance has been the Great British Menu , now in its third series on BBC1.

Prue has also had a parallel career in business, sitting on various boards such as that of British Rail, Safeway, Whitbread, Woolworths, and the Halifax. Presently she is on the boards of Omega International Group plc and Orient-Express Hotels. She has published 3 novels, and her fourth, Choral Society, will be published early next year.

Peter Sutherland, KCMG, SC

“It is a great pleasure to support the Home Renaissance Foundation because recognising the dignity and value of work in the home is a pivotal issue in the 21st century. In times of increasing mobility and new social pressures, the home remains a crucial space for human development and care, as the first site of human flourishing. I applaud the Foundation for pursuing the unique and salient mission of building recognition for the work that facilitates the environment of our daily lives and the common home that we all share.”

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Mr Sutherland is an international business leader of Irish nationality. A barrister by profession, he is a Senior Counsel of the Irish Bar and formerly served as the Attorney General of Ireland. He is currently the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Migration and President of the International Catholic Migration Commission. Formerly, he was the founding Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Chairman of the London School of Economics and non-executive Chairman of Goldman Sachs International. He is a non-executive director of several international companies and has been awarded fifteen honorary doctorates and numerous state honors for his work.

Partners

  • Nottingham Trent University
  • The Catholic University of America
  • IESE Business School
  • IAE Business School
  • Universitá Campus Biomedico di Roma
  • Lagos Business School
  • Kenvale College
  • Mothers At Home Matter
  • Needo Comunicación
  • Rino Snaidero Scientific Foundation
  • Make Mothers Matter
  • National Family Week
  • Big Lottery Fund
  • The Family Watch