The trustees

President (2014 - 2015)

Professor Dorothy Miell CPsychol FBPsS

Professor Dorothy Miell CPsycholI am the Vice-Principal and Head of the College of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Edinburgh. The College is one of three in the University and includes all social sciences, arts and humanities research and teaching in the University. Before coming to Edinburgh in March 2010 I had been Lecturer, Senior Lecturer then Professor in Psychology at The Open University in Milton Keynes, ending with a 5 year period as Dean of Social Sciences. Whilst at the OU I was involved in the development and teaching of courses in Social Psychology, Introductory Psychology, Developmental Psychology and both online and residential school versions of Project and Research Methods courses.

I have in the past been a member of a number of BPS committees - Social Psychology Section, Books and Special Projects, Admissions, and the Graduate Qualifications Accreditation Committee and became Chair of the Psychology Education Board in July 2010.

I am a social psychologist by background, interested in patterns of communication in both children's and adults' relationships, and in recent years my research has focused increasingly on collaborative working in creative areas such as music making. I am particularly interested in processes of identity development and creativity, and patterns of communication as these play out in collaborative (often multidisciplinary) working relationships and recent publications include a series of edited texts (Musical Identities, 2002, Musical Communication, 2005 and Musical Imaginations, in press, all with Profs Raymond MacDonald and David Hargreaves and published with Oxford University Press).

President Elect (2014 - 2015)

Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes CPsychol CSci FBPsS

Professor Jamie Hacker HughesI 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.

Vice President (2014 - 2015)

Dr Richard Mallows CPsychol FBPsS

Dr Richard Mallows CPsychol, FBPsPAs a qualified teacher I took my first degree at Birkbeck; an influential experience initiating me into the BPS and setting me up for a life time of doing two jobs at once and consequently a potential committee member. I took my second degree at York where I was the first postgraduate psychology student. I have taught at York St John College for over thirty years and have overseen the development of psychology as a subject in its own right.

The posts I have held within the BPS include Secretary/Treasurer of the Northern Branch, Secretary /Treasurer of the Social Psychology Section, Committee Member of the North Eastern Branch, and the Social Psychology Section member on Representative Council. I am currently an elected Council Representative on the Board of Trustees.


Honorary General Secretary (2012-2015)

Professor Pam Maras CPsychol FBPsS

Professor Pam Maras CPsychol AFBPsSI am a Professor in Social and Educational Psychology at the University of Greenwich where I am Head of the Department of Psychology and Counselling. I am Director of the Research Centre for Children, Schools and Families and I lead the University's early Career Initiative.

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the British Psychological Society. I was President of the BPS in 2007-2008.

My research interests are in the broad areas of social inclusion, anti-social behaviour (including AD/HD and other disorders) in schools and raising young people’s aspirations; I have a particular interest in developmental trends and the impact of others on children and young people’s behaviour – specifically changes in mid-adolescence which I describe as ‘the year 10 effect’; I have held numerous external research grants and have been published widely in these areas. My research has been conducted in the Thames Gateway, South East London and Kent as well as more widely including in the UK as well as in Africa, mainland Europe, China, the US and Australia.


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 Psychology Education Board (2013-2016)

Dr Catriona Morrison CPsychol AFBPsS 

Catriona MorrisonI'm a cognitive psychologist by training and have worked in the university sector for more than twenty years. My line of research is language and memory but it shifts as I encounter new colleagues and students – my students are a massive inspiration for my research. My research interests are diverse and range from contagious yawning to internet addiction.

I am passionate about psychology education and about delivering the highest quality education to our students, which makes my role as chair of the Psychology Education Board particularly pertinent. I am keen to do the best for psychology as a discipline, it is a subject that affords students a high-quality learning experience, equipping them with skills of numeracy and literacy, and has good currency in a competitive job market.

The opportunity to be a trustee is a privilege and a challenge. It's great to be a key part of the Society and the professional body that I have been a part of for quite a while, and I hope I will duly and appropriately represent my constituency of all those engaged in psychology education at every level.


Chair Research Board (2012-2015)

Professor Judi Ellis CPsychol FBPsS


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 Standards Board (2012-2015)

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) 2014-2015

Nicola Gale CPsychol CSci AFBPsS

I am Clinical Lead and service manager for the Staff Psychological and Welfare Service at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a psychology service for NHS staff where the work has both a mental health and organisational focus. I am also a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology at City University London where I teach on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology.

I am a Chartered Psychologist (Associate Fellow) and HCPC Registered Counselling Psychologist. Prior to training as a psychologist my career was in HR development and organisational development and training; in professional services as a management consultant; and as an accountant working in financial management, reporting, regulation, audit and investigations. I have experience in fields including strategy, organisational development and change; people selection, development, training and coaching; performance improvement; operational, people and financial management; and have consulted to organisations in different industries and sectors, and worked on projects across Europe and internationally.

For the British Psychological Society, in addition to my role as Chair of the Representative Council, I am currently an Ordinary Member of the Professional Practice Board, a representative of the Division of Counselling Psychology on the Ethics Committee and on the Policy Network, and past Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology.

I am enthusiastic to serve on the Representative Council as Chair, to work with colleagues in the Divisions, Sections, Branches, and those on the staff of the Society, to develop the influence of psychology as a profession, advance the agenda for research for the profession, provide encouragement and opportunities for students, and support the governance of the Society. I should like to use my professional experience and commitment to benefit the discipline and profession as a whole in these times of challenge and change.

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 (2012-2015)

Emeritus Professor Ken Brown CPsychol FBPsS

Emeritus Professor Ken Brown CPsychol FBPsSI graduated in Psychology from Aberdeen University in 1964. My working live has involved becoming an Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer, at Aberdeen University (1965-68).

Then I became a Senior Lecturer, Professor and Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University
of Belfast. At the same university I also became the Head of Department and the Dean of the Faculty of Science.

In 1984-85, I was a visiting Scholar at the University of California at San Diego. In 1998, I was given the Special Award of Merit from the Psychological Society of Ireland, where I am a Fellow. Furthermore, I have been Chair of the Association of Heads of Psychology Departments.

In regards to the Society I have been a Fellow since 1977. In the past I have been Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch, plus President and Honorary Treasurer of the Society.

Currently I am the Chair of the BPS Standing Conference Committee. I am also a member of the Publication and Communications Board, Personnel Committee and the Representative Council.


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2012-2015)

Dr Gene Johnson CPsychol FBPsS

I am an Occupational Psychologist with over 20 years' experience in the corporate, consultancy, government, and academic sectors. I started my career with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in New Orleans as an HR management trainee, and then worked for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in Washington, DC as a personnel research psychologist. When I completed my doctorate, I wanted to try my hand at academia, so next moved across the world to take a lectureship in the School of Management at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. While on sabbatical at Cranfield University, I decided to stay in the UK and to make another major career change, this time to consultancy. I worked in assessment and leadership development, including managing Ford Motor Company's outsourced People & Business Solution's function, before transitioning into a corporate role at Dell. There I led its EMEA Talent Management function as Director and then moved on to Rackspace Hosting, this time as International Director of Talent & Development. I currently run my own occupational psychology and talent management consultancy, Working Matters Ltd.

I am an avid supporter of professional development and standards. While in New Zealand, I achieved status as both a registered psychologist and registered member of the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand, and was elected to both their national councils. My working involvement with the BPS started with the role of Treasurer for the London & Home Counties Branch and as co-organiser of the inaugural Psychology for All event. I was next Chair of the Division of Occupational Psychology, when I oversaw the admittance of occupational psychology to HCPC regulation and initiated the DOP Member Engagement programme, to enhance the value of the BPS/DOP to our members. I am also the co-lead of the DOP's landmark Leadership Development Programme. Currently, I sit on the DOP Executive and am the Chair of the Wessex Branch, an elected Representative Council member, and a new Trustee.


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2012-2015)

Dr Lyndsey Moon CPsychol


Council Representative on the Board of Trustees (2012-2015)

Dr Gerry Mulhern CPsychol FBPsS

Dr Gerry Mulhern CPsychol AFBPsSI was an undergraduate at Liverpool University and undertook my doctoral research at Queen's University Belfast. Following four years as Laboratory Demonstrator at Edinburgh University and six years lecturing at the University of Ulster Coleraine, I returned to a lectureship in the School of Psychology at Queen's in 1991. I was promoted to senior lecturer in 1997.

I am a cognitive psychologist with primary research interests in numerical cognition, numeracy and mathematical reasoning in children and adults. I teach research methods and statistics to undergraduates and a final year course in cognitive psychology.

I am a member of the Academic Liaison Board of the National Distance Education Council in the Republic of Ireland.

As a member of the BPS for over 20 years, I have been involved in the work of the Society for much of that time. My active involvement began as the Assistant Secretary of the Northern Ireland Branch in 1988, in which I became Secretary/Treasurer in 1991.

I served on the Council and Finance & General Purposes Committee from 1991 to 1998, becoming Honorary General Secretary of the Society in 1995. From 1995 to 1998, I chaired the Personnel Sub-Committee. I continue to be a member of this committee to the present day. I served the Presidential term 2010-2011.

I had a significant role in the BPS Colloquium on the Structure of the Society (1997). I have served on the Society Working Parties on Statutory Registration (1995-8) and the Future of Psychology as a Profession (1995-7).