04 May 2017
Nicola Gale, practitioner psychologist and lecturer at City, University of London, is the new President of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
Nicola’s professional interests include provision of psychology services in the workplace, encompassing mental health, wellbeing, support for access and inclusion, working relationships, and support for workplace teams. Her teaching focuses on professional standards of practice in psychology, diversity, equality and inclusion, and clinical practice and supervision.
Previously she was 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. Nicola has a background in HR development and organisational development and training; in professional services as a management consultant; and as an accountant. She has experience in strategy, organisational development and change, leadership and management, and performance improvement, and has consulted to organisations in different industries and sectors, working on projects across Europe and internationally.
Nicola Gale said:
“It is an honour to have been elected as BPS President and it will be a privilege to serve. The BPS has a century of history as the professional body for the science and practice of psychology. Our mission, to ensure that people are equipped with the everyday psychological skills and knowledge to navigate a complex world, knowing themselves and others better, has never been more relevant than in current times.
Our focus in the coming year is particularly on inclusion, investing in future generations and developing and disseminating the evidence base relevant to the complex human social and environmental factors relevant to public policy.
The BPS exists to make things better for people, so that everyone can access evidence-based psychology to enhance their lives, communities and wider society. There are many areas of challenge where our discipline can make a real difference through our research, practice, education and public affairs work. As President, I am looking forward to working on this over the coming year with our communities across the four nations of the UK, in Europe and internationally; and with our members, chief executive, directors and staff.”
These aims will build on our recent Declaration on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion which can be read here.
Nicola begins her one-year term at the BPS Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM is held during the BPS 2017 Annual Conference in Brighton (3 – 5 May).
It was also announced at the AGM that Kate Bullen has been elected as President for 2018-9. Kate will serve a year as President Elect whilst Nicola Gale is President.