The trustees

President (2016 - 2017)

Professor Peter Kinderman CPsychol AFBPsS

I am a professor of Clinical Psychology and Head of the Institute of Psychology, Health and Society at the University of Liverpool.

My life fully began, in many ways, when I studied Natural Sciences at King’s College, Cambridge. On graduation, I worked as an assistant psychologist in Leeds, where I trained as a clinical psychologist (and benefitted from two years of NHS psychotherapy). I worked for the NHS in Keighley before an academic career at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester.

My research interests are in psychological processes underpinning well-being and mental health, and in particular psychotic phenomena such as delusions and hallucinations. I have published widely on the role of psychological factors as mediators between biological, social and circumstantial factors in mental health and wellbeing. I am also interested in the application of such psychological science to public policy. I was twice elected Chair of the British Psychological Society Division of Clinical Psychology; from 2004 to 2005, and again from 2010-2011. In that role, I worked with the UK Department of Health, the BBC, the Health Professions Council, the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency and the UK Office for National Statistics, amongst others.

My passions are numerous, but include fundamental human rights, democracy and social justice, the role that psychological science can play in society, and the transformative power of education (especially for women).


President Elect (2016 - 2017)

Nicola Gale CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

My current post is in the Department of Psychology at City University London. My professional interests include provision of occupational health psychology services in the workplace; mental health, wellbeing and welfare needs of staff including management of work related stress and provision of adjustments to support access and inclusion; working relationships including providing mediation and conciliation; critical incident management and trauma; and consultation and supervision support for workplace teams. My teaching focuses on professional standards of practice in psychology; diversity, equality and inclusion; and clinical practice and supervision. Until 2015 I was also clinical lead and head of service for an occupational health psychology service in the NHS, where the work had both a clinical mental health and organisational focus. I have also served on the Organising Professional Committee for Psychology at Unite the Union. I trained as a counselling psychologist in mental health in the voluntary sector.

My earlier career was in HR development and organisational development and training; in professional services as a management consultant; and as an accountant. As a result, I have experience in strategy, organisational development and change; selection, development, training and coaching; performance improvement; management; regulation, audit and reporting; and have consulted to organisations in different industries and sectors, working on projects across Europe and internationally.

For the British Psychological Society, I chaired the Representative Council of the Society for two years; I have served on the Professional Practice Board; the Ethics Committee where I have contributed to revising the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct; chaired various Society working groups including the working group revising the Professional Practice Guidelines; and am a past Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Away from the work one of my main passions is growing flowers and vegetables, and volunteering outdoors.

I am delighted to serve in 2016-2017 as our President-Elect, supporting our joint endeavours to influence public policy across the nations, in mental health and more widely for example in our workplaces, our schools, and for psychology to help forge a Society where people flourish; to advance and promote our research; provide encouragement and opportunities for students who are our next generation; to engage the public with psychology and what psychologists can offer; and enhance the structures and governance of the Society.


Vice President (2016 - 2017)

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes CPsychol CSci FBPsS

I am a consultant clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, EMDR consultant and clinical neuropsychologist and am currently visiting professor of military psychological therapies at Anglia Ruskin University, visiting professor of psychology at the University of Hertfordshire and director of the Veterans and Families Institute at Anglia Ruskin University.

Following a short service commission in the Army and a short time in sales and marketing, I studied psychology at Birmingham University and University College London, psychopathology at Darwin College Cambridge, clinical psychology at Surrey University and trained as a clinical psychologist in the NHS. After a further five years there, working first in learning disabilities and then in adult mental health, I worked in the MoD for 12 years during which time I was the first senior lecturer in military psychology at the now Department of Defence Mental Health at King's College, London before becoming head of defence clinical psychology and the MoD's first defence consultant advisor in psychology.

I've published widely and lectured on my specialist field of psychological trauma all around the world. I try to make our subject area accessible to all and easily understood and have been lucky to have made frequent appearances in the media including local and national television, national and local radio and in several broadsheet and tabloid newspapers. I'm married to Katy, an Anglican priest, with a son, Ben, at university and in addition to psychology, music, mountains, running, faith and politics are all very important to me. I founded the Campaign for a Royal College of Psychologists and chaired its committee for the past two years.


Honorary General Secretary (2015-2018)

Dr Carole Allan CPsychol Csci FBPsS


Honorary Treasurer (2013 - 2016)

Professor Ray Miller CPsychol FBPsS

I graduated in Psychology from Strathclyde University in 1975 in my home city of Glasgow before moving to Liverpool to complete postgraduate training in Clinical Psychology.

Now (mostly) retired I was employed previously in the NHS as a Clinical and Health Psychologist having worked in England for 20 years before returning to Scotland for a further 15. The final position held was as Professional Advisor for Psychology to NHS Lothian.

My involvement in the Society has taken the form of many roles over many years. I have been both Honorary Treasurer and Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology. I have also previously served as a Trustee as Chair of the Professional Practice Board and was honoured to be President of the Society in 2006-2007.

I am a Chartered Member of the Division of Clinical Psychology and the Division of Health Psychology as well as an Ordinary Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology.

I currently enjoy an Honorary Professorship awarded by Heriot Watt University and am delighted to justify their generosity through occasional teaching and lecturing. My interests remain mainly in the areas of health and well-being as well as the engagement of the public with key aspects of the discipline and practice of Psychology.


Chair Education and Public Engagement Board (2016-2019)

Dr Carl Senior CPsychol AFBPsS



Chair Research Board (2015-2018)

Professor Daryl B O'Connor CPsychol AFBPsS

Daryl O'Connor is Professor of Psychology at the School of Psychology, University of Leeds. Daryl was Deputy Director of the School between 2006 and 2011 and currently leads the Health and Social Psychology Research Group in the School as well as heading up the Group's Laboratory for Stress and Health Research (STARlab). His work has been published extensively in leading international journals in his field and it has frequently featured on radio and television and in the national and international press. Daryl is the joint Editor-in-Chief of the journal Psychology & Health. In 2011, Daryl was elected a Fellow by the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) for his significant contribution to the Social Sciences and in 2014 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).

Daryl is a registered health psychologist with strong research interests in psychobiology. He has been actively involved in the business of the British Psychological Society (BPS) for over fifteen years. Since 2000, he has served as an elected member of the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) Committee (2000-2008) and was Chair-elect, Chair and Deputy Chair of the Division from 2005-2008. He was also a member of the BPS Psychobiology Section Committee from 2001-2007 and was Chair from 2004-2006. During this time, he has represented members of the DHP and the Psychobiology Section on Representative Council and the Board of Examiners in Health Psychology. He has been an elected member of Research Board since 2004 and recently served two terms as Deputy Chair of the Board. He’s currently the Board Representative on the European Federation of Psychology Associations (EFPA) Board of Scientific Affairs. As a result, he has gained considerable experience and knowledge of the important issues that face academic, applied and practitioner psychologists in terms of research in the UK and across Europe. Daryl has also acted as an Expert Advisor to the World Health Organisation's Department of Reproductive Health & Research and has been an invited expert to advise upon research strategy at the National Institute of Aging, National Institutes of Health, in the United States.


Chair Professional Practice Board (2014-2017)

Dr Ian Gargan CPsychol AFBPsS

I have practised forensic psychology for sixteen years and medicine for nine years. Forensic psychology entails the assessment and treatment of adolescents who live in residential care. My work as a clinical director facilitates the duties of multi-discipline team members such as psychiatrists, psychologists among other clinical staff. 

Work in court, prisons and within a creative medium really interests me. Helping the professions as a committee chair gives me ideas about what changes could serve progress.

In 1996 I graduated from University College Cork, a National University of Ireland in Biological and Chemical Sciences and Applied psychology. Forensic psychology at the University of Leicester was completed in 1997. Medicine in Trinity took place between 1999 and 2004. Finally an MBA from University College Dublin, a National University of Ireland was completed in 2010.

Chartership and medical registration are a necessity for all aspects of my practice. In addition, to daily work I work as a medical officer for Lansdowne Rugby Football Club and Leinster Rugby.


Chair Membership and Standards Board (2015-2018)

Dr Mark Forshaw CPsychol CSci FBPsS FIHPE

Dr Mark Forshaw is a Health Psychologist at Liverpool John Moores University and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Chartered Scientist, and a Fellow and President Elect of the Institute for Health Promotion and Education. He is also past Chair of the Division of Health Psychology Training Committee, past Chair, Chief Supervisor and Registrar of the BPS Health Psychology Qualifications Board, and past Chair of the BPS Qualifications Standards Committee.

In 2011 he was awarded the British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Health Psychology.

He is the author, co-author or editor of ten books (Essential Health Psychology, Advanced Psychology: Health Psychology, Understanding Headaches and Migraines, Your Undergraduate Psychology Project: a BPS Guide (two editions), Easy Statistics in Psychology: a BPS Guide, Complementary Medicine and Health Psychology, Research Methods in Psychology, Health Psychology in Action and Critical Thinking for Psychology), with others forthcoming in 2014/15. He has published research articles on diverse topics from Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome to menopause symptoms, homeopathy, kidney disease, prosthesis use and tanning behaviours.


Chair of Representative Council (Observer on the Board of Trustees) 



Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2013 -2016)

Professor Jill D. Wilkinson CPsychol CSci FBPsS

I received my MSc (with distinction) and PhD from the University of Surrey. Between 1985 and 1999 I held the post of Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Surrey. During that time I played a major part in establishing the MSc programme in Health Psychology and in setting up the first BPS accredited course (and the first Practitioner Doctorate) in Counselling Psychology, of which I was Course Director.

I am a Chartered Counselling and Chartered Health Psychologist. I am also a registered psychologist with the Health Practitioners Council. My psychology career and interests have spanned both the academic and practitioner aspects of the discipline and I have been particularly committed to the development of applied professional psychology. Currently I work mainly in independent practice, but I am Visiting Professor of Psychology at the University of Surrey, where I continue to teach part-time.

I have served on a number of BPS Committees and Boards including the Counselling Psychology Division Committee (Chair 2002 - 2003), the Board of Examiners for Counselling Psychology (Chief Examiner 1994-1997, Chair 1997-2000), the Membership and Professional Training Board, the National Occupational Standards Steering Committee, the Representative Council and the Investigatory Committee. 


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2015-2018)

Dr Lindsay O'Dell MBPsS


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2015-2018)

Mr Chris D Lynch MBPsS


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2015-2018)

Dr Abigail J Locke Cpsychol AFBPsS