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The trustees

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President (2017-2018)

Nicola Gale CPsychol 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 work some of my main passions include growing flowers and vegetables, and volunteering outdoors.

I am delighted to serve in 2017-2018 as our President, 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.


President Elect (2017-2018)

Professor Kate Bullen CPsychol FBPsS 

I was born and brought up in Swansea, South Wales and originally trained as a therapeutic radiographer in Cardiff.  My interest in psychology was developed through my clinical practice in oncology. I undertook counselling training and established a cancer support charity in Swansea in 1992. Sadly, my NHS career came to an end that year due to an industrial accident at work, which had permanent consequences for my health. That was when psychology came to the rescue. 

I started my undergraduate degree as a mature student in 1993 at the University of Wales, Swansea, graduating with a first class degree in 1996, followed by a PhD in 2001 and a post-doctoral fellowship. I was appointed as a lecturer at Swansea University in 2003 and have always had a deep commitment to teaching, firstly as a NHS clinical tutor, and subsequently as an associate lecturer for the Open University. I was awarded an MEd from the OU in 2005, then in 2007 I left Swansea to join Aberystwyth University and establish a psychology department. I remained at Aberystwyth until 2015 in various academic leadership roles (Head of Department; Institute Director, University Director of Ethics and Equality) and was also the university’s Athena SWAN Champion. 

Since 2015 I have been Head of the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Brighton, where I chair the University Ethics and Integrity Committee and provide support for the Athena SWAN charter. I am passionate about enhancing the development and advancement of women in leadership and greatly enjoy my work with the Equality Challenge Unit. My BPS career has included membership and vice-chairship of the Education and Public Engagement Board, membership of the undergraduate accreditation team and chairship of the Social Justice, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. For the last five years I have served as chair of the Ethics Committee. I was awarded Fellowship of the Society in 2017 and next year will be my 25th anniversary as a member of the BPS. 

Spare time – when I have any – is very much family focused.  My immediate family in Sussex, and my family in Wales, and the glorious Sussex and Hampshire countryside keep me grounded.  One of the great joys of recent years has been becoming a grandma. Seeing my wonderful grandson develop is a constant source of renewal for all of us.  It is also a great deal of fun!  


Vice President (2017-2018)

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).


Honorary General Secretary (2015-2018)

Dr Carole Allan CPsychol Csci FBPsS

My career in psychology has spanned clinical, organizational and academic roles. I am currently working as an independent practitioner undertaking consultancy, research and clinical practice. Previous posts have included Professional Lead for Psychology in NHS Glasgow and Clyde and before that as Clinical Director for the Doctorate Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Glasgow. 

I was elected as President 2011-12 and have held a variety of BPS roles. I am a past Chair of the new Special Group of Independent Practitioners and past Chair of the Professional Practice Board. I am a member of the Division of Clinical Psychology, the Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, Special Group of Independent Practitioners and my local BPS Branch is the Scottish Branch.

My interests are in the fields of mental health, addictions, trauma, occupational health and education and training in ethical and professional approaches to practice.


Honorary Treasurer (2017 - 2020)

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)



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 (2017-2020)

Ms Alison Clarke MBPsS


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 The Representative Council (Observer on the Board of Trustees) (2017-2018)

Dr Peter Branney CPsychol AFBPsS


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2016 -2019)

Dr Helen Nicholas CPsychol AFBPsS

Helen NicholsI am a chartered psychologist, EMDR practitioner and registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. My current role is as a senior lecturer in counselling psychology at the University of Worcester and I also work in independent practice in Somerset. I completed my PsychD in psychotherapeutic and counselling psychology from the University of Surrey and have a wide range of experience working in settings such as the NHS adult mental health, Old Age Psychiatry, research, the voluntary sectors, private hospitals, and in academia. My specialism includes working over the lifespan with adolescents, adults and older adults and I have a particular interest in depression, anxiety, trauma (EMDR), and neurodegenerative diseases. My research publications and interest areas include Alzheimer’s disease, Dementia, Personality traits, work-life balance and I am committed to the discipline as both a researcher and a practitioner psychologist.

Since 2010, I have been involved in volunteering within the BPS and the Division of Counselling Psychology. Previous roles include chair of the BPS South West of England Branch and chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology. I continue to be engaged in a number of working groups and projects within the BPS and am pleased to have been elected to the role of trustee.


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2016 -2019)

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