Council of Governors

Our governors are the guardians of our mission and values, and they help us achieve our objectives.


We have three different categories of governor – public, staff and stakeholder.

Public Governors are elected by our members, who can be patients, students, local residents or anyone living in England or Wales who is interested in our work. These Governors make sure the voice of the communities we serve is heard right at the top of our decision-making process.

Staff Governors are elected by their peers to ensure they are represented and have a say in how we run our services.

Stakeholder Governors are nominated by our partners to represent the interests of our partner organisations. Our partners include the University of Essex, the University of East London, Camden Council and the voluntary sector in London - Voluntary Action Camden.

Governors have an important role to play, although they are not responsible for the day-to-day running of the trust, and cannot veto decisions made by the Board of Directors.

Governors have two main areas of responsibility: 

Holding the Board of Directors to account

The governors’ statutory responsibilities are to:

  • appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the Chair and non-executive directors
  • appoint (and, if appropriate, remove) the external auditors
  • approve the appointment of the Chief Executive
  • decide the pay and terms of office for the Chair and non-executive directors
  • receive the annual report and accounts
  • contribute to the annual plan
  • ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with its terms of authorisation
  • hold the Board of Directors to account for the performance of the Trust

Representing members and partner organisations

Governors are our link between our members and the directors who make decisions about our services. They are responsible for representing the views of members and partner organisations to the Board of Directors, and feeding back information about the Trust and its performance.

Council of Governors meetings and papers

Our Council of Governors meets four times a year, although they are involved in various projects in the Trust throughout the year.

Register of interests

Our Board and Governors have to declare any potential conflict of interest

Lead Governor

Elected as Lead Governor in December 2021.

Kathy Elliott lead governor

“I bring to the Council of Governors the insight and learning from my role as Vice Chair of Voluntary Action Camden, and lead Trustee for health inequalities.

This builds on my experience working in public health and NHS strategic and operational roles delivering national, regional, and local services. I’ve developed expertise in improving population health outcomes; reducing health inequalities; building working alliances and collaboration; clinical governance; primary care; and specific public health priorities. 

Since ‘officially’ retiring I am enjoying using my skills and experience in new ways. A priority has been deepening my connections to my local community. I was a lay member of the Camden (NHS) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) for five years, providing leadership related to patient and public involvement; primary care; and equalities. I represented the CCG in the emerging joint commissioning arrangements between local areas, and I am vice chair of my General Practice, Patient Participation Group. 

I also contribute to strengthening the public health workforce as an active volunteer with the national UK Public Health Register."

Why did you decide to become a governor?

"I joined the Council of Governors as a stakeholder governor, representing the Non-statutory Sector, through my role as a Trustee of Voluntary Action Camden.  I had worked with representatives of the Trust as part of the Camden Health and Wellbeing Committee and wanted to support their contribution to improving mental health and collaboration with health and care partners."  

Interests: Public health; health inequalities; primary care; equality, diversity and inclusion. 

Political Party: None.

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None.

Public Governors

Talia Berry


Elected for a first term in May 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

I wanted to become a governor at the Tavistock because I am keen to use my personal and professional skills in a new environment. I want our local population to have the psychological services they deserve and want to play a role in shaping the services the Tavistock provides, continuing to see it provide a first-class service to patients as a renowned educational institution. I am also aware that I can’t jump around in a pair of scrubs forever and if I can use the skills I have learnt in the world of medicine in another capacity I would be delighted!

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

My background is a lengthy career working as an NHS emergency medicine clinician, now a consultant, formerly at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead and now at North Middlesex Hospital, Haringey. I am also a lecturer at UCL Medical School in Professionalism and Patient Safety. I have a strong focus on transformation and governance in my NHS role and my colleagues will confirm that I leave no stone unturned in my quest to improve patient experience and safety. I see many patients with mental health diagnoses on a daily basis at work and also understand much about the mental health and wellbeing of our staff, their stressors exacerbated in the current working environments. My UCL role has given me a good insight into the work going on for our transgender community and the difficulties these people face in our communities and establishments. I have a good understanding of the ethical debate around transgender issues and have much experience of the very real anguish that these adolescents and adults face having seen many present in our clinics and emergency departments.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political or other) to declare?


Jocelyn Cornwell

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Appointed December 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

I have a lifelong interest in the quality of mental health services, and connections with the Tavistock and Portman for decades, both personally and professionally.

This is a critical time for the Tavistock and I would like to help. The NHS is in crisis: adults, children and young people with mental health problems are experiencing long delays accessing vital treatments; we do not have enough staff and the staff we do have are exhausted, demoralised and anxious about the standards of service.

What experience and skills do you feel you could bring to the role?

I recently left my job as Chief Executive of The Point of Care Foundation ( I now teach and do advisory work. I believe I have relevant skills and experience, and time, to be an effective governor.

I have a good knowledge and understanding of NHS policy, patient safety, quality improvement and the governance of NHS Trusts. I worked for decades in the NHS: in research, management, central government, regulation, patient and public involvement, and latterly as a national advocate and champion of more human healthcare for patients and staff. I am not hierarchical and I am a good team player. I am a good listener, and generally calm, good-humoured and collaborative but I will stick my neck out and speak up when I think it is required.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political or other) to declare?


Ffyona Dawber


Elected for a first term in May 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

As a parent of a child who accesses services at The Tavistock, I believe I can bring a perspective of critical insight into the personal experience of service users and families.

I’ve seen first-hand the challenges of navigating mental health services and I’m aware of issues faced by providers and service users.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

My career has been devoted to working in the healthcare sector. I have extensive board, trustee and governor experience across charities, private companies and public sector.

As a former nurse I have always been focused on the challenges people face accessing and receiving appropriate care, and I use my voice and knowledge to support the rights of those who cannot always speak up for themselves. In my role as governor, I will do all I can to ensure that the board and the Trust are transparent and accountable for communications and interactions with staff, service users and partners.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political, or other) to declare?

Member of the Labour party.

Michael Arhin-Acquaah

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Appointed October 2021.

Ex-service user, neurodivergent Psychology student, determined to amplify the voices of those impacted by such a crucial and important trust.

Why did you want to become a governor?

The accessibility of NHS services provided has always drastically impacted the lives of me and my peers. As the son of first-generation immigrants with understandably strong opinions on healthcare services, and the brother and friend to neurodivergent, nonconforming, minority ethnic individuals, it often felt like our needs were not being adequately met. I believe that the best way to represent service users and amplify their voices is to give them the platform, rather than providing a messenger.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

First-hand experience as an ex-GIDS user and part of the stakeholders’ group, where I take initiative to bring issues I feel should be discussed to the forefront. I also work on the interview panels- recently hiring a non-executive director for an NHS trust. My family is very big, with both a complex and diverse background as well as a long line of developmental disorders- especially in my younger brothers. I also work as a playworker at a playground offering stimulating play for children with additional needs. Outside of work, I am a second year psychology student at London South Bank University (LSBU). This involves developing understandings through prior research and real-life applications. I am interested in neurodevelopmental disorders, cultural and environmental differences, and identity-which lead to independently conducting a qualitative study on BAME individuals who accessed CAMHS services that I later presented at a Tavistock BLM away day. I intend on bringing the perspectives and context of a young, culturally diverse, service user and student of a similar age to those accessing services at the Tavistock. 

Political Party: None

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Stephen Frosh

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Appointed December 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

I am delighted and honoured to have been elected to the governing body of the Tavistock. I worked in the Child and Family Department from 1990 to 2000 as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and was also Vice Dean of the Department for four years. I see the Trust as an immensely important centre for psychotherapy, especially psychoanalytic and family systemic therapy, and a beacon for caring mental health practice. Its standards of training and clinical work have always been high, and the creativity of its staff has meant that its national and international influence have been disproportionately great given the size of the organisation. I hope very much that I can contribute to an institutional culture in which these great strengths can be maintained and developed as the Tavistock enters its second century.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

As well as my background in clinical psychology, including ten years working at the Trust in the 1990s, I have pursued an academic career for the last forty years. I am currently Professor of Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, based in the Department of Psychosocial Studies, which I founded in 2007 as an interdisciplinary department working on the conjunction of social and psychological concerns. I was Pro-Vice-Master of Birkbeck for fourteen years, with successive ‘portfolios’ in Learning and Teaching, Research and Internationalisation, so I have a very strong understanding of these areas, all of them relevant to the Tavistock. I have published widely on psychosocial studies and on psychoanalysis and have a strong involvement with work on social identities, antiracism and gender issues – all areas that abut on the clinical and research issues that engage Tavistock staff. I am currently an elected Governor at Birkbeck, representing the academic community; I am also a director of a preschool and have been Chair of Governors at a primary school in Haringey, so I have experience of governance at various levels and with differently-sized institutions. I am very keen to work alongside the talented group of Governors that support this wonderful organisation.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political, or other) to declare?


Sebastian Kraemer

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Appointed December 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

I want to ensure that, in its organisation and trainings, the Trust builds on its own brilliant innovations in professional development.

Better meetings: The Tavistock and Portman clinics are rightly famous for NHS psychotherapy trainings and services. Less well known is their realisation – discovered over many decades’ engagement with all kinds of organisations, even with industry and the army - that effective teamwork depends on the authority of every member of the team, including those who are less powerful or less articulate. What this means is that each gains enough confidence in themselves to speak up, but also to change their position without being pressured to do so.

Wherever they take place, most meetings are not like that. People in groups tend to censor themselves, or feel silenced by louder and stronger voices that take over the proceedings. It is often easier to go along with what seems to be the majority view, obscuring the bigger picture. Yet there are many occasions in public services, such as multidisciplinary team meetings and case conferences, or any gathering (such as a council of governors) whose precise purpose is to incorporate all views, however contradictory they may be.

I have worked in acute paediatrics and psychiatry in the NHS since 1971 and still see for myself the harm done to patients when colleagues fail to collaborate. In whichever field or capacity they may work in future, I want to support the next generation of Tavistock and Portman trainees to make full use of the Trust’s unique, home-grown resources – group relations conferences, reflective and work discussion seminars – to grow the courage and leadership needed for better professional partnerships.

As the 2023/2024 Training Prospectus says, “we know people learn differently when they live through and experience things for themselves”. Learning from experience is both intellectual and emotional labour. This is harder, but more productive than following instructions.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

Since 1976 I have been identified with the Trust in a variety of roles, from trainee to consultant, from teacher to writer, mentor and honorary consultant. My election as governor continues the association.

For many years I directed the Tavistock training of child and adolescent psychiatrists, the only course in the Trust exclusively for doctors, preparing them for NHS consultant posts. In parallel I was for 35 years consultant psychiatrist in the nearby Whittington hospital paediatric department, working during that time with thousands of young people and their families admitted in emergency suicidal crises and supporting nursing and medical staff in the care of these and other complex cases. I now work with NHS staff groups in medicine, paediatrics and mental health.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political, or other) to declare?

Member of the Labour party.

Julian Lousada

Appointed October 2021. 

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I have extensive clinical and managerial experience which gives me the qualifications necessary for the role of governor.

I care passionately about mental health services in the community, the voluntary sector and the NHS. The current challenge is to translate the present-day awareness of mental health into a collaborative network of services. Responding to mental distress is challenging and demanding so it’s essential to offer support to clinical and administrative staff. The quality of services cannot be maintained without a consideration of how familial and social factors impact powerfully on mental wellbeing. In addition, I would support all initiatives where citizens minimise their contribution to the climate crisis. I have worked before retirement for many years at the Tavistock and would like to contribute to its future not just to its past.

I started one of the first community mental health centres in the UK, then worked in Islington as a psychiatric social worker before becoming a consultant social worker/psychotherapist in the Adult Department at the Tavistock, where I subsequently became its Clinical Director. I’ve led professional and regulatory bodies so I know about budget and strategy. I’ve had academic and training posts so I’m aware of the needs and complexities of training. I work well in groups and have consulted to many NHS and other organisations. We face a high demand for mental health services and no prospect of sufficient funds, so creative, non-competitive collaboration with other providers and local groups is essential. No service can be unaware of the need to respond to racism, diversity and inequality. 

Political Party: Labour

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Michael Rustin

Appointed October 2021.

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I have had a long association with the Tavistock, and am strongly committed to its outstanding psychotherapeutic and educational tradition.

I believe I will be able to make an effective contribution to the development of the Tavistock at this difficult time, through my substantial knowledge of its clinical, educational and research activity. .I had a major role in setting up the Tavistock's partnership with the University of East London, which led to the academic accreditation of many Masters and Professional Doctorate degrees, on some of which I still teach as a visiting lecturer, . I am concerned that the Tavistock's fine traditions should be sustained, at this difficult time, and believe that governors should be active in seeing that this happens,. I contributed from this perspective to two chapters in the Tavistock's 2020 centenary volume.

I was an active member of the Council of Governors for three years until 2018. During that term of office I had particular concerns about the development of the Gender Identity Dysphoria Service, which I pursued through many questions and interventions within the Trust, though not in the public domain, in the hope that this would lead to improved services for clients. In addition to my knowledge of the Tavistock, I have had substantial relevant experience as a staff governor of the University of East London, and as a trustee of several charities, including Open Door (the Young People’s Counselling Service in Haringey), the Amiel-Melburn Trust, and the Stuart Hall Foundation. The Stuart Hall Foundation with my support has been contributing to the Tavistock's current mission of attending to issues of ethnicity. 

Political Party: Labour

Financial or other interest in the Trust: Yes

Details of Financial or Other Interest

I provide some teaching services to the Trust, through a small part-time secondment from my university. 

Michelle Morais

Appointed October 2021.

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I am professionally passionate with a track record of improving patient care through collaborative practices and strong partnership work.

I believe in the work of the Tavistock having first-hand experience of the organisation as a Masters student, and a referring mental health partner. My experience of managing a thriving Mental Health Enablement service which straddles local authority and health directives has skilled me in the understanding and delivery of public services. I recognise the need to continuously review and appropriately adapt service offerings in line with the changing needs of both our client population and environment. For me this can only be achieved though co-production in its truest form, where the people we serve are considered at the very heart of all clinical practice. If elected I will promise to do my best to listen and action the voices of those who need appropriate advocacy at board level. My contribution will be a thoughtful clinical and personal one that aids the essential presence of diversity, insight and compassion.

My relevant experience includes working as a clinician for statutory mental health services for nearly 20 years. My specialist fields include co- pioneering the Enablement model in mental health service, suicide prevention, and delivering service support for carers of those with mental health challenges. My skills are strongest in leadership and developing excellent partnership ties with relevant agencies across the sectors of secondary, primary and third sector ensuring patients’ needs are viewed holistically and met efficiently. I hold the budget for my service so I appreciate the need to maintain the very best of professional standards when under pressure.

Political Party: None

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Kenyah Nyameche

Appointed October 2021. 

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I would like to contribute my organisational development and systemic skills and experience to shaping the Tavistock and Portman Trust’s future.

I am not afraid to be curious and ask questions that seek clarification and perturbs the system, to reach outcomes. I have worked in several health settings including the NHS CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). I am able to draw on both my skills and training to engage in different strategic decision-making processes, be it in education or clinical. I am also keen to be included in the discussions and change around anti-racism that actively makes a difference to the communities the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust serves.

To the role of Governor, I bring the skills of exploring solutions to problems; public speaking; accountability; reporting outcomes; evaluating change; communicating with different groups of people from diverse communities; team building; confidence building; IT skills; managing stress & conflict; and managing new challenges. These are all supported by my experience below: previous business tutor at City University; previous internal auditor; trained family and systemic psychotherapist (with a special interest in trauma work) - UKCP, AFT & EMDR registered; I am a clinical supervisor (in training); facilitator in learning disabilities; facilitator in equality & diversity training; previous board trustee for housing project; and writer and researcher. I have lived experience of learning disabilities (dyslexia); and lived experience of racism and bullying in education and in the workplace.

Political Party: None

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Sheena Bolland

Sheena Bolland

Appointed Dec 2021.

I have a long and varied history working alongside children and families or cared in many fields including emotional well-being.

For many years I have attended training at the Tavistock and Portman and have worked with children and their carers who have accessed services. The role of a governor is to support the accountability of the organisation to service users, the wider community and commissioners alongside encouraging plans for the future direction of services. I am an experienced trustee on the board of national charities with the same skills will readily transfer to being a governor. I have proven myself to be committed and passionate which I would also bring to this role.

My experience in the field of children’s and adults social care and health would mean I have an understanding as a clinician and a senior managers in this field of work which is not essential but important to being a governor as well as my experience as a trustee.

Political Party: None

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Staff Governors

Jessica Anglin d’Christian

Re-elected for a second term October 2021.

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I served as a Police Constable with the Nottinghamshire Constabulary, which demanded high levels of self-discipline and self-control, crisis management, listening, mediation and conflict resolution skills. Whilst there, I advocated for local policy changes to the use of police powers when supporting clients from ethnic minority backgrounds.

I helped establish a Psychiatric Intensive Care unit in South East London, formulating policies and procedures, and I run a successful private psychotherapy practice, holding weekend workshops and seminars teaching on mental health. I believe empowerment and education are effective change agents, and through building and shaping relationships we can make a positive difference. I remain committed to reducing stigma around mental illness within society and on reducing barriers that discourage individuals from engaging with services.

I have twenty years’ experience supporting clients, carers and staff within the NHS and currently work across two NHS Trusts. This affords me the ability to draw on good practice, highlight strengths and promote change through comparison.

I appreciate the rich diversity of ethnicity, culture and social dynamics and as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for MOSAIC CAMHS I remain fully committed to ensuring that the Trust’s Race Equality Strategy is systematically taken forward with the right voices. I will be an excellent link between the BAME network and the Council of Governors, and will represent the views of all staff, helping to ensure that the Trust strengthens its commitment to diversity and moves a step closer to becoming more reflective of the community which it serves.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am employed by the Trust as a family and systemic psychotherapist.

Maisam Datoo


Elected November 2022.

Why did you want to become a governor?

The governor opportunity allows me to learn about and engage the Trust more meaningfully. It also gives me the opportunity to inform and involve (in the decision-making process) a key resource of our Trust – its staff. I feel a tremendous commitment to our Trust and by extension, to the NHS. For me, it’s the closest thing, we, in this country have to a national religion. I often bristle at wastage and want to see us get the best deal(s) possible.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

I have been involved in strategy and organising in past roles and am able to galvanise people around a common cause. I am presently a student at the Institute of Group Analysis and have staffed and been a member on numerous Group Relations Conferences. I am learning more about groups, authority, leadership and followership and am deeply interested in the organisational unconscious.

Political Party: None
Financial or other interest in the Trust: I am employed by the Trust

Paru Jeram

Paru Jeram

Appointed Dec 2021.

Fairness, equality and strong work ethics are my core values. I will advocate the Trust’s mission and objectives with pride.

To me, the NHS represents dedication, excellence, passion for the greater good, equality, diversity, service, education and innovation. Having worked at the Trust for over five years, I value the amazing work undertaken in the field of mental health. I am proud to be working for an organisation which makes such a massive contribution to supporting the community and which supports professional development and education. As a governor, I want to provide a voice for colleagues, students, and users, and to support both the Directorate of Education and Training (DET) and the Trust more widely in shaping a positive future and to better support and serve the diverse breadth of staff, colleagues, and students across the Trust and to contribute hugely to the changing landscapes of the Trust and the NHS more widely.

I have worked in Higher Education for nearly 20 years and having worked within DET at the Trust for over five years, I have a unique perspective from both the education and clinical services. As a governance and quality assurance officer, my role is to ensure the Trust’s academic regulatory and learning and teaching processes are upheld and are of the highest standard, compliant with professional and regulatory bodies and reflect innovation within the sector. I strive for excellence, enhancement, governance, integrity, equality and fairness. I am an excellent team player; have strong communication skills and I build strong and positive partnerships with colleagues, and I hope to bring my professional and personal skills to this role.

Political Party: None

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Student Governor

Katharine Knight

Elected for a first term in May 2022.

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Why did you want to become a governor?

As a trainee psychotherapist and student rep, I have enjoyed representing my peers on the D58 course and felt I could bring my experience of advocating for my student colleagues to a wider level on the Board of Governors of the Tavistock. The Tavistock is a remarkable and historic institution but there is always room for improvement, innovation and greater responsiveness to the demand for change, alongside the upholding of the highest standards in the delivery of healthcare and education of healthcare professionals. The student body is key to developing and promoting what the Tavistock does best: learning new ways of doing things, implementing them, and striving for excellence, always with an eye to the future of mental health care and how this can better serve patients, staff, learners and educators, and the local community. I am motivated to seek out opportunities for quality improvement, and I aim to be a voice for the vibrant student community and contribute to best practice at the Tavistock.

What skills and experience do you feel you can bring to the role?

Alongside being a current student, I am also a junior doctor working within the NHS in acute services. I have had experience of working as a junior doctor rep (for less-than-full-time trainees) and have run diversity training courses for medical students and health professionals. I am committed to the highest ethical standards, the importance of diversity, and the values of the NHS in all the work that I do, and I will carry this over to my work on the Board of Governors.

I have had previous experience working for national charities in women’s health and with the Royal Colleges as a medical student ‘ambassador’; I am therefore well-equipped to speak up for the student community at the Tavistock and will draw on my skills in liaising and advocacy to do so energetically and effectively.

I would like to see the Tavistock and Portman Foundation Trust flourish in its second century, maintaining and extending its reputation for innovation, compassionate care, and as a centre of excellence for psychoanalytic ideas within the NHS. I believe the Tavistock’s greatest asset is its staff and students, in particular their open-minded curiosity about people’s emotional life, and I would like to contribute to our institution’s sound governance and to the championing of integrity, ethical practice, and openness to engagement from all stakeholders within the Trust’s remit.

Do you have any relevant interests (financial, political, or other) to declare?

None to declare.

Stakeholder Governors

Peter Ptashko FRSA

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Appointed March 2022.

Peter has worked in social enterprise for the last 15 years, working for foundations, international networks, and a variety of educational institutions with a focus on social change. Currently he is a consultant and CEO of his own company – Cambio: House of Social Change – and supports social businesses to start and scale through a combination of coaching, consulting and teaching.

Peter has lived in Camden for over 10 years and has been active in the community across a variety of community organisations. This includes being a school governor and work with Voluntary Action Camden.

Why did you want to be a governor?

The Tavistock is an important institution in Camden so this post was interesting to me. I don’t have a healthcare background, but I do have a background in governance and have a variety of Board experience having sat on Boards for 15 years. From my business background I have experience leading organisations, and from my work with social business I bring an understanding of social impact and the work of social and public sector organisations. I’ve got a lot of governance experience and a variety of skills and attributes that could be valuable to the local community.

Political Party: Labour – standing as a candidate for local elections in May 2022

Financial or other interest in the Trust: None

Professor David O'Mahony

University of Essex

Appointed May 2021.

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David O'Mahony is University Dean of Partnerships (Research) and Professor of Law at the University of Essex. His research focuses on the meaning of justice in the context of criminal justice systems, with particular sensitivity to the rights of individuals and the use of restorative justice and alternative ways of responding to crime.

His research is based on analyses of the needs of victims, communities and offenders and he has applied a range of empirical methods to explore concepts of justice and rights in criminal justice. He has developed a distinctive critical theory of restorative justice and its application in criminal justice systems. His current projects include research applying restorative justice perspectives to the criminalisation of squatting in England and Wales and theorising the role of restorative justice within modern criminal justice.

His research has been supported by over £1.3m in research grants and has directly impacted on the reform of criminal justice in several jurisdictions. He has conducted a national evaluation of the youth justice system in England and Wales for the Home Office, and was commissioned by the Criminal Justice Review Group, set up after the Good Friday/Belfast Agreement, to conduct a fundamental review of Juvenile Justice in Northern Ireland. This research was published as Juvenile Crime and Justice (Criminal Justice Review Group Research Report 17, London: HMSO, 2000) and led to the enactment of the Justice (NI) Act 2002, which established the first mainstreamed restorative youth conferencing system in Europe. His study of the use of restorative practices for dealing with young offenders, using a large-scale quantitative analysis and qualitative observations of police practice, led to the adoption of new police cautioning procedures.

David started his academic career at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University, and previously taught at Durham University and Queens University, Belfast. He has held a fully funded visiting research fellowship at Cornell Law School, USA under the Gender, Sexuality and the Family: Expanding International Human Rights Norms programme. He is a member of the editorial board for the journal 'Youth Justice', and a member of the Northern Ireland Crime Prevention Panel and the Restorative Justice Working Group.

His teaching interests include the legal regulation of young people, restorative justice, crime and social control, criminal law and legal and social research methods.

Robert Waterson

University of East London

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Appointed December 2022

Rob Waterson joined the University of East London in February 2020 and is currently the Dean of the School of Health, Sport & Bioscience. He joined UEL from the London regional team of Health Education England where he was the Nursing and Midwifery Programme Manager. In this role, he oversaw the development of the nursing associate role within education establishments, NHS organisations and Primary and Social Care organisations. Rob has a wealth of experience in vocational learning having previously been the Senior Lecturer: Business manager and lead for apprentices at the Institute of Vocational Learning at LSBU. Rob has been involved in the development of the nursing associate programme since its inception in 2016 and has an interest in clinical workforce transformation and redesign. He has been involved with leading the innovation and redesign of a simulated Hospital and Primary Care Training Hub, training students for the future of healthcare. He is a 2022/23 Florence Nightingale Scholar.

Kathy Elliott

Appointed May 2021. 

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