The Board of Directors
Please see below for information about the roles and individuals of the first ACP-UK Board of Directors. We will shortly be holding elections to the Board and will hopefully be recruiting to new roles (such as an additional Expert by Experience, Trainee Reps, Early Career and England Reps), and we will update this page when we have done this.
Chair of the Board of Directors
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1980 and have worked in a variety of mental health settings. I have been involved in clinical psychology training for 30 years and have led the Hull and (more recently) Leicester courses. I was UK Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology in 2002/3: I led the move to backfill arrangements for DCP Officers and the introduction of service user representation in the DCP. I represented the DCP on New Ways of Working for Psychiatrists and subsequently co-led the Training Project Group on New Ways of Working in Applied Psychology. I have served as an expert member of a NICE clinical guidance committee. I have clinical psychology contacts in many other countries and am familiar with the politics and history of the profession in European, American, African and Asian contexts. I have a longstanding interest in, and commitment to, diversity, inclusion, spirituality and cultural competence. I am of dual ethnic heritage and was born and brought up in the North of England.
Clinically I have practised mainly in adult mental health and in physical health contexts. I am also a qualified clinical neuropsychologist and continue to see people with acquired brain injury. I have a longstanding research interest in states of consciousness during general anaesthesia and the prevention and treatment of psychological trauma arising in anaesthetic and surgical contexts. I am an Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Leicester.
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and my current job is Senior Clinical Tutor on the Leicester training course. I qualified in 1993, and I am from a mixed race background.
I have worked in adult mental health and forensic services for many years. More recently I have developed a strong interest in reflective practice and the relationship between healthcare environments, staff wellbeing and clinical outcomes.
My role for ACP-UK has been that of Infrastructure Lead, which means I have responsibility for how we organise ourselves in terms of matching roles to tasks. I have also taken a lead in developing the website and I manage our part-time administrator.
I welcome the chance to work for ACP-UK at this early stage because it provides an opportunity to put into practice ideas developed from a longstanding interest in organisational structures and processes. What is a healthy organisation? Can we create a sound and effective body to represent our profession? I believe the answer is yes to both these questions, and I am looking forward to playing my part in ensuring that from the start we build an organisation that reflects our aims and our values.
External Communications Lead
Hello, my name is Ché and I look forward to meeting as many of you as I can.
My role is Director for External Communications and my main task is external relations. So, I will be taking a lead in building good working relationships with our stakeholders.
I co-founded ACP-UK because I firmly believe that clinical psychology is an essential component of our public health workforce both within and outside of the NHS. It is essential that we have a regular, reliable, consistent strong voice to make the most of what we have to offer society as a profession. My experience is that it is helpful when clinical psychology and psychologists questions itself with the help of critical friends so that we continue to evolve. I believe it is possible to promote our profession without diminishing the contributions of others who have similar values and goals.
I started working mainly within adult mental health in 1994 and qualified with the Salomons course in 2000. I have worked within assertive outreach, CMHT, early intervention, outpatient psychotherapy and inpatient services and led a large team of psychological practitioners including psychologists and psychotherapists. I enjoy teaching, supervision and consultation and promote a compassionate, curious stance in my work. I have held leadership roles within the British Psychological Society with the Division of Clinical Psychology Executive (2014-2016) and was Chair of the Psychosis and Complex Mental Health Faculty (2014-17) serving 13 years on this committee. I have learnt much from many service users, carers, and colleagues over the years and have been grateful for all the informal mentoring I have received. When it comes to mental health and wellbeing I am a strong supporter of the Only Us Campaign. I don’t shy away from naming and working with differences however energising and difficult this might be. Many of my personal values that led me to become a psychologist come from Scouting where international citizenship, inclusion, team-working and creativity are fundamentals, I am a friendly person and what I am best at is finding out who knows and can do what, that furthers a cause and then connecting people together. I currently work part time for the NHS with homeless people and service providers for the homeless and part time independently as an organisational consultant and therapist.
I would like ACP-UK to be an open, transparent, listening and learning organisation, accessible to and built with its members and external stakeholders. Whether you are a trainee, qualified, associate member, I would like people to feel that they belong here, they are treated with respect, have a voice and that they are helped to shape this community.
Internal Communications Lead
Alistair Duff is currently Head of Psychology Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals having worked for the Trust for over 22 years. He started as clinical psychologist working with children and families living with chronic conditions, (Cystic Fibrosis, Asthma, End-Stage Renal Disease and Diabetes). He later specialised in paediatric respiratory diseases, where he still works.
He was awarded a Fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh in 2012 and an Honorary Clinical Associate Professorship, University of Leeds in 2015. He remains actively involved in management, clinical practice, teaching, training and research.
As Treasurer, I will be working to establish ACP-UK as a financially robust and stable organisation, in order that it may effectively represent and guide the profession. I have led the Clinical Psychology Department in the Leicestershire Early Intervention in Psychosis Service since 2005, and more recently I held the position of Divisional Research Lead within the Trust. I have also worked as Clinical Tutor on the Leicester training course since 2004, as well as acting as External Examiner to other clinical psychology training programmes in recent years.
I have a longstanding commitment to representing the interests of Clinical Psychologists, and I served as Union representative supporting the local clinical psychology community for several years. I am looking forward to using these experiences to shape the development of our fledgling organisation. As a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Family Therapist I am interested in the way people and organisations are positioned through language and discourse, and I am keen to help ACP-UK establish a position of credibility and influence.
Throughout my career, which spans 3 years training in Manchester (1971 – 1974), 28 years in the NHS (1974 – 2002) and 16 years since then, working for my own company Psynapse (Psychological Services) Ltd, I have devoted time and attention to the organisation and promotion of clinical psychologists’ services. From Chair of the BPS DCP 1980 – 83 to the DCP SGM resolution in London May 2016, through workshops and symposia at a succession of DCP Annual Conferences and the Hundred Flowers workshops (with Derek Mowbray of MAS) in 2011, via articles in The Psychologist and CP Forum I have argued that the 1990 ‘internal market’ and its consequences were a watershed in healthcare in this country. Clinical psychologists’ services therefore needed to become more visible, responsive and accessible in order to have the impact that our countries so desperately need. Unfortunately, we had only limited success in coping with what, perhaps inadvertently, became quite a hostile environment and we felt the lack of a clear national voice.
Now we have our own Association, with Directors and members from all four nations of the UK. It does not have the burdens of being a charity, but it is a Community Interest Company (C.I.C.). That guarantees that everything it does is intended to contribute to the improvement of the health, social care and well-being of the population of the UK. The means by which ACP-UK plans to achieve those ends are by promoting, publicising, supporting and developing the contributions of clinical psychologists. The greater the number of members for whom ACP-UK can speak, the greater the influence it can have at national and regional levels That is why those of us who have been setting it up want you and your colleagues to help us make the ACP-UK an effective voice on behalf of the profession and an effective contributor to progress and innovation in health and social care.
Director of Membership &
The promotion of psychology and the support and development of Clinical Psychologists have been strong drivers in my professional practice since qualifying. I have worked clinically within several NHS roles and am currently Head of Clinical Health Psychology Services at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (2014 – present). My own area of clinical practice is within physical health and I have a particular interest in working with people with diabetes. I am currently completing a Masters in healthcare ethics with my thesis focusing on distributive justice and ethical approaches to resource allocation.
I have direct experience of supporting trainees via a 10 year role as a research tutor on the University of Hull course. I have been active within Faculty for Clinical Health Psychology, DCP, BPS since pre-qualification and latterly as Chair Elect, Chair and Vice Chair (2008 – 2015). Additionally I have served wider psychology-representation roles for example on the NICE Chest Pain Guideline Development Group – expert co-optee (2007 – 2009), as a Council member, British Association for Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation, British Cardiac Society (2005 – 2009) and on DCP Conference Committee (Dec. 2011 – Dec. 15).
I believe the ACP-UK allows Clinical Psychologists a powerful collective voice to communicate the benefits they bring to policy, procedure and practice. In unity there is strength and I see the work of ACPUK as being complimentary to that of the DCP and BPS. I am excited and hopeful about the future of the profession and am pleased that ACPUK can be part of that journey.
Expert by Experience
My invited role with the ACP is to establish and embed the voice of Experts by Experience, engage with fellow professionals, and seek to engage members of the public. Guided by the co produced ACP constitution, we intend to consider as many mechanisms of professional and public involvement as practicable.
Director for Northern
I am the ACP-UK representative for Northern Ireland (NI). I joined as a member following the York meeting in July 2017 and accepted co-option to the Board a few months later. I am committed to supporting the development of this professional organisation as I see it filling an important and unique role, promoting Clinical Psychology and supporting clinical psychologists. I have been a member of BPS and DCP for over 30 years. I was a founder member of the Faculty of Perinatal Psychology in 2006 and have continued to serve on the Executive Committee, including a period as Chair from 2008 to 2013.
I qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 1987. After a few years in Adult Mental Health, I moved on to CAMHS and Paediatric Psychology services. I was appointed to the first post in the first perinatal mental health service in NI in 1999, my specialist area of interest since the 1970’s. Since retiring from the NHS in 2017, I have continued to be involved in training and clinical work, as well as providing guidance and leadership related to perinatal mental health services.
While I am keen to continue to support ACP-UK, I believe that the organisation and the future of the profession will be best served by meaningful involvement of early and mid career clinical psychologists. I encourage any clinical psychologist who has an interest in joining ACP-UK as a member, or in standing in the next election to represent NI, to get in touch with me: email [email protected]
Director for Scotland
I have spent most of my clinical psychology career working in the field of forensic mental health. These days, my job as Head of Psychology for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde mainly involves management and professional leadership responsibilities but I am still a member of a multidisciplinary clinical team in a low secure hospital. I see all aspects of my work as being about improving psychological well-being, be this at the level of individual patient care or organisational culture. Each move I have made in my career and the professional interests I have followed have been about extending my influence, and that of my profession, to this end. There is still a long, long way to go before sufficient attention is paid to psychological factors in the prevention and treatment of physical and mental health problems. Greater steps can be made if we work together as a community of clinical psychologists, forming networks, accessing expertise and sharing experiences across the country. A strong professional body provides the vehicle to do this.
Director for Wales
I’m Beth Parry-Jones, Wales rep and ACP-UK Director. I was formerly DCP Wales Chair for three years and became involved in the early committee stages of developing the ACP-UK as Wales rep. Having the devolved government and devolved budgets for health, social care and education, means that we have a different NHS in Wales (which has the largest ring fenced budget Welsh Government are responsible for). Policy and guidance documents specific to Wales are continually coming out for consultation and it is important that we in Wales, representing the ACP-UK, work to respond to consultations of relevance to clinical psychologists as they arise. We also have legislation that is specific to Wales, such as the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 which, at a broader level, can influence the work of clinical psychologists in Wales. As the ACP-UK Wales rep, I have already established formal links with the two clinical psychology training programmes because it is vital that the ACP-UK supports forthcoming generations of clinical psychologists and help to safeguard, as best as we can, funding for trainees. Contact me on: [email protected]
Information Technology Lead
I trained at the Institute of Psychiatry and after qualifying (a mere 13- month Diploma then), I joined the staff of the Clinical Teaching Section (the Maudsley Course) in the Psychology Department, working clinically in the Children’s Department of the Maudsley Hospital and the Adolescent Unit at the Bethlem. I then moved to the Institute of Education for a time, then re-joining the NHS as Principal Psychologist in the Child Psychiatry Department at St George’s Hospital, London. I eventually became Head of Clinical Psychology in Wandsworth District, London in a Top Grade (Special Responsibility) post.
Following yet another reorganization I took the Child Psychology service to St George’s Hospital Acute Trust where I remained until early retirement in 1997. I was then appointed to the Chair of Clinical Psychology in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway University of London to set up and run the Clinical Doctorate for its first 7 years, retiring in 2004. While running the course, I worked clinically in the Paediatric Department at Charing Cross Hospital and in community services through the Ashford Hospital in Middlesex, and then moved from clinical work to join the then Health Advisory Service as a Child Psychology advisor. I was junior and then senior editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry over a period of 14 years.
From my Maudsley days, I specialised in working with children with autism and communication difficulties as well as in epidemiological and behaviour therapy research and interventions in the NHS, homes and schools. I also specialised in psychometrics and approaches to assessment.
I have for many years been interested in computing and healthcare informatics, getting involved in creating a psychology/psychiatry dataset and developing software for NHS CAMHS clinical record keeping. At Royal Holloway I developed the ACE programme for doctoral trainees to log and analyse clinical experiences.
Because of my strong interest in healthcare records I became involved in the very early days of setting standards for record content through various NHS and other bodies, culminating in my membership and involvement in establishing the PRSB (Professional Records Standards for Health and Social Care) as the BPS and Professional Practice Board representative. I have written several related papers trying (unsuccessfully – I think) to get CPs to engage with electronic clinical records so that their contributions to services can be properly captured and reflected. I continue to believe that failure to engage fully has led to the profession being disadvantaged as others in mental health specify the core content of records and become more involved in the rapidly developing national informatics agenda.
My involvement with ACP-UK is the culmination of a long history of engagement with CP as a profession, beginning in the 1960’s when I joined the BPS and DCP with a particular focus on services for children and families. I regarded CAMHS as a major specialty within clinical psychology with its own professional requirements. My efforts culminated in my setting up the DCP Child Psychology Special Interest Group and later was involved in establishing the Child Faculty in the DCP.
I have sat on more committees and working parties of the BPS/DCP and elsewhere than I care to remember, but always aiming to foster CP and its unique roles. I have never underestimated the importance of the BPS or the contributions of the DCP to the growth and development of the profession. But I also recognised a long time ago that the BPS was never designed to fully meet the professional needs of CP and that the DCP was never designed properly to support the emergence, development and professional aspirations of the diverse specialties of its members and Faculties. I do not underestimate the challenges facing ACP-UK as it works to create a professional body for CPs, but I see this initiative, long in coming, as the first really important step to creating something that can, with the support of its membership, become immensely important to CPs and their aspirations, both as practitioners and on behalf of the people they work with.