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Member Board

We promote the benefits of BPS membership as a professional body for psychology and the wider psychological workforce and support the development of a sustainable membership strategy.

About

The board was established to guide the society on the development of a member value proposition, to monitor and evaluate its continued success so that it remains fit for purpose for all segments of BPS members.

The strategic role of the Member Board is to advise, direct, and support the society's vision to retain existing members and attract future members and to ensure accessibility and inclusivity.

In addition the board oversees the member networks of the society, ensuring they add value to their members, operate within their rules and their overall structure is efficient, effective and reflects of the needs of members of the society.

We strive to make psychology accessible to all and aim to have a membership base that is representative of the diverse population within the UK and global communities.

We do this through fostering an inclusive culture, welcoming individual differences and committing to ensuring equality and diversity are embedded into all of our activities.

Download the Member Board terms of reference

For more information please email the Member Board team

Board responsibilities

Our main responsibilities are:

  • To advise and support the society on the ongoing evolution of the member journey to ensure that it is reflective of the needs of members at different stages of their careers, in conjunction with education and employers.
  • To ensure that the society has input from members and other stakeholders so that membership remains relevant and valuable to members, existing and potential.
  • To support BPS in developing a coherent, objective and transparent governance structure for all aspects of membership, including grades, registers (with the exception of the PSA accredited registers), directories and networks, which is appropriate, relevant, robust, transparent and valuable.
  • To periodically review and provide member input into the development and evolution of the BPS Member Conduct Rules and the Standing Panel, receiving feedback about their impact and lessons learned.
  • To advise, guide and oversee the ongoing work in implementing the volunteer strategy and monitoring its progress and consideration of lessons learned.
  • In response to identified needs, commission task and finish groups to support membership initiatives and other related issues.

Members

Professor Carol McGuinness - Chair

Professor Carol McGuinness is Professor Emerita at Queen's University Belfast. She is a Chartered Psychologist, member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology, the Cognitive Section, and the Northern Ireland Branch.

She graduated from University College Dublin with a 1st class honours BA psychology degree in 1972, and an MA in 1974. She received her PhD from Queen's in 1979, where she has worked for most of her professional life, teaching and researching. She has been a passionate advocate for teaching psychology, both locally in Northern Ireland and UK wide, and was awarded a National Teaching Fellow in 2000 (the first year the fellowships were awarded).

With a background in cognitive psychology, Carol's research has a strong educational focus. Her work on designing interventions to enhance children's classroom learning and evaluating early years interventions has a sharp policy/impact focus, being influential in several educational systems, as well as specifically informing changes to statutory curriculum requirements in Northern Ireland.

Carol has been an active member of the BPS since she was a postgraduate and has worked with many different membership networks and working groups. For example, she was Chair of the Special Group for the Teaching of Psychology in the 1990s and Vice Chair of the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (now DARTP). She chaired the BPS Working Party on A-level Psychology (2003), edited Psychology Teaching Review (1999-2004), and was an elected ordinary member of the Psychology Education and Public Engagement Board for two years in 2012.

More recently she has been Chair of the Northern Ireland Branch of the BPS (2010-2016) where she worked closely with the leads of local BPS divisions to influence public policy. She continues to act as policy co-ordinator on the NIBPS committee. 

Carol first became a Trustee for the Society in 2017 when she was appointed as Chair of the Education and Public Engagement Board.  She stepped down when that Board was discontinued.

In 2020 she was appointed as Chair of the newly created Member Board.

Stephen Leadbeater - Deputy Chair

Stephen Leadbeater brings over 35 years of work experience to this group.

Following an early career in science, Stephen has spent the last 30 years in the corporate world, and has built up a portfolio that takes in sales, buying, negotiation, capability and business transformation.

Stephen has supported the set up of a global Diversity and Inclusion council within his organisation, and his work in the last 5 years has involved projects in the UK, Europe, Latin America, North America, and Asia.

In the last decade, Stephen has undertaken a course of study in psychology to support his business experience, including a masters in Occupational Psychology, and post graduate qualifications in coaching and mindfulness. As such, Stephen is also a qualified coach and a mindfulness teacher, both of which he has built into his role in business. 

Stephen's interests as a member of the board are particularly focussed on the broader membership and how the BPS serves members who have not been through the Chartership career path, yet psychology is at the heart of their work and their interests.

He is particularly interested in how the BPS can be the 'go to' organisation for both those interested in membership to support their non-psychological career, and also where organisations come to seek expertise in how psychological methodologies could influence their work processes.

Cheryl Jones

Cheryl Jones is a Psychological Therapist, and Accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist (CBT) with the British Association Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). Holding a BSc (hons) in Psychology with Criminology, MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and Postgraduate Diplomas in Psychology and CBT, and Postgraduate Certificates in Counselling Skills and CBT.

Cheryl currently is an ordinary committee member of the Welsh Nation, Division of Counselling Psychology. She has previously held Public Relations and Communication Lead roles with the Welsh Nation, Division of Clinical Psychology and South West Division of Clinical Psychology with the BPS. She set up and was the first Chair for the BABCP South East Wales Committee.

Cheryl works for the NHS, Volunteers, and is an Independent Practitioner, having gained over 26 years of experience in a variety of mental health and social services.

This experience and having been a Graduate Member of the BPS for the last 20 years has led to an interest in how the BPS can better serve the communities it serves. Psychology professions have seen a rapid growth in the last 11 years, and for many the BPS has not served this growth in ways that it is able to and wants to change this.

Cheryl joined the Member Board at its investiture on 17th July 2020 and is interested in enabling the BPS to better support its communities needs by facilitating the voice it has started to hear through the Member journey initiative, it has been on, for those who hold psychology at the heart of what they do and who they are, by being someone on the panel who embodies part of this expedition.

Christina Buxton

Christina Buxton CPsychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the BPS, a Chartered Scientist, and a member of the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology, the Division of Occupational Psychology, and the Division of Counselling Psychology.

Christina is also senior practitioner member of the BPS Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy, and on the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors. In addition she is a registered psychotherapist with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), a member of EMDR UK and Ireland, and an accredited member of Emotional Freedom Technique international (EFTi).  

Christina is the past chair and treasurer of the BPS Crisis, Disaster and Trauma Section, a member of the BPS Research Board and the Representative Council. Christina is a member of the BPS Psychological Testing Centre (PTC) and is on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU). She is a member of the PTC Committee on Test Standards (CTS) and a member of the CTS Health and Social Care Contexts Working Group.

Dr Hazel Bending

Dr Hazel Bending CPsychol SFHEA ASBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

She is a member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology (DARTP) and has previously had a committee role for the BPS SouthWest Branch.

Hazel is a senior lecturer at Plymouth Marjon University, with a teaching focus. She has worked in the university sector for over 20 years, and gained Chartership through the teaching route.

Her teaching focusses on qualitative methods, neuropsychology and mental health, community psychology and conceptual/historical issues in psychology. She is the programme lead for the University undergraduate and post graduate programmes in psychology.

Hazel's research interests include authentic assessment, identity, student experience, wellbeing and disability.

She is currently leading on an international research project addressing student volunteering.

She is also currently supervising PhD students on projects relating to wellbeing, mental health, disability and structural violence.

Dr James Barr

Dr James Barr, CPsychol, AFBPS is an HCPC registered Occupational Psychologist working independently.

He has been a member of the London & Home Counties Branch since 2014, was Chair 2017-2019 and is currently Honorary Treasurer. He was Chair of the Branch Forum 2018-19.

Earlier in his career he worked as a senior consultant at SHL, research manager at YSC, project manager applying artificial intelligence at British Airways, business analyst at Cisco Systems and as an AI software developer at Prudential Assurance. 

He has a D.Phil in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, an MBA from Lancaster University and a BSc in Experimental Psychology from Sussex University.

Mutassam Chaudhrey

A Psychological Practitioner who is deeply passionate about mental health.

Dr Dan O’Hare

Hi, I'm Dan, an educational psychologist and professional tutor on the doctoral EP training course at the University of Bristol.

I founded and run edpsy.org.uk and online magazine for anyone interested in education and psychology. My professional interests currently centre on communication and dissemination, and climate breakdown, children and psychology.

Central to lots of my work is making psychology more accessible to, and for, those we work with.

I have a strong interest in how we translate insights from psychological research and practice to influence policy and policymakers. There is often a strong desire to understand more about what psychology has to say about a variety of issues, but it can be the case that our messages and how we deliver them are not always the most engaging or accessible.

Prior to training as a psychologist I worked as a marketing and training manager for an international home audio company, and have also worked in sales and marketing for some of the biggest tech brands in the world.

I've been a member of the BPS since my undergraduate degree, and have always seen it as my 'natural home' as a psychologist. Looking ahead to my work on the member board, I am particularly interested in:

  • Reducing the 'divide' between 'divisions' and responding to members' desire to collaborate across traditional boundaries
  • Considering how the society maintains and protects the huge number of passionate volunteers that work to make the society what it is
  • Thinking about how we engage members through a variety of channels

Student Committee Representative – Angel Au

Bio coming soon.

Student Member – Claire Arnott

Bio coming soon.

Activities

Member Conduct Rules (MCR) and Complaints Process Review Task and Finish Group

The Task and Finish Group was formed in spring 2021 and completed its work in early 2022.

The group was convened by Member Board with the purpose of reviewing the society's Member Conduct Rules and other complaints and appeals processes, and to draft new versions for approval by the Board of Trustees.

The group considered how the new Rules should reflect the changing nature of the psychology and the membership, and the relationship with the HCPC and with other professional bodies.

The new Member Conduct Rules were implemented from January 2022, with updates added by the Trustees in June 2022. Associated codes of conduct, and the society's complaints and appeals policies have also been revised and implemented.

Group Members
  • Cheryl Jones (Chair), member of Member Board
  • Dr Roger Paxton, former Chair of Ethics Committee
  • Professor Tony Lavender, member of Practice Board
  • James McTaggart, member of Practice Board
  • Dr James Millington, member with experience of investigations
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards at the BPS
  • David Mears, Senior Legal Adviser at the BPS
  • Kajal Panchal, Standards & Inclusivity Officer at the BPS

Member Grades Task and Finish Group

A Task and Finish group of Member Board members was convened in Autumn 2020 to review the current grade structure and propose an alternative.

The Member Board approved a proposal for consideration by the Board of Trustees that included a new grades structure accompanied by a set of underpinning principles and examples of how member personas would fit into the new grades structure.

In December 2020, the Board of Trustees approved the proposed new grades structure, incorporating a number of key changes, for consultation with the membership. 

Group Members
  • Prof. Carol McGuinness (chair), Chair of Member Board
  • Cheryl Jones, member of Member Board
  • Christina Buxton, member of Member Board
  • Faith Martin, member of Member Board
  • Stephen Leadbeater, member of Member Board
  • Andrew Christer, Membership and Customer Services Team leader at the BPS
  • Karen Beamish, Director of Membership, Professional Development, Delivery and Standards at the BPS
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards at the BPS
  • Dan O'Keefe, Head of Membership and Customer Services at the BPS

Volunteer Policy and Values Task and Finish Group

Group Members
  • Prof. Carol McGuinness, Chair of Member Board
  • Cheryl Jones, member of Member Board
  • Hazel Bending, member of Member Board
  • Chetan Trivedi, Head of HR and Organisational Development at the BPS

Mentoring Service Steering Group (MSSG)

MSSG is tasked with preparing a BPS Mentoring Service infrastructure to support the numerous focused mentoring schemes that our members are already running or seeking to develop.

The project will establish the governance, administrative procedures, and guidance materials for the Service, and develop support for the leaders, participants and processes of the constituent schemes.

Currently we are looking to launch the service with our pilot schemes in autumn 2022.

Group Members
  • Hazel Bending (Member Board and DARTP)
  • Phil Cox (Psychotherapy section & DCoP)
  • Dawn Gosden (DOP & DoCP)           
  • Tia Moin (DoCP)
  • Andrew Parsons (DCoP)
  • Amra Rao (DCP)
  • Patrick Roycroft (DCP)
  • Neil Baker / Helen Cockle, Diversity and Inclusion at the BPS
  • James Goodwin, Careers Manager at the BPS
  • Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards at the BPS
  • Vicki Smith, Workstream Project Manager at the BPS
  • Claire Tilley, Head of Workforce Development, Education and Training at the BPS

Full Member grade Task and Finish Group

In July 2022, Privy Council approved changes to the Royal Charter and Statutes to create a new grade of Full Member to meet the needs of those members who have held Graduate status for a long time and whose further development deserves recognition.

A Task and Finish group of Member Board was convened in Autumn 2022 to develop an inclusive process for the evaluation of applications through Statute 6(2)c - the portfolio route to Full Member status - and to prepare full guidance on application for the grade of Full Member.

The group completed its work on the submission requirements and assessment criteria in May 2023, with the launch of the portfolio route scheduled for autumn 2023.

Group Members:

  • Dr Dawn Branley-Bell, Chair of Cyberpsychology Section
  • Angela Collins, Graduate Member
  • Dr Chris Fullwood, Cyberpsychology Section
  • Cheryl Jones, Member Board
  • Dr Linda Kaye, Cyberpsychology Section
  • Dr Sarah Knight FBPsS, Chartered Member
  • Stephen Leadbeater, Member Board
  • Gabriella Mitchell, Defence and Security Psychology Section committee member
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards, BPS
  • Dr Sarah Smith FBPsS, Chartered Member

Associate Fellow and Fellow Task and Finish Group

In July 2022, an AGM of members approved changes to the Society Rules to revise the criteria for the award of Associate Fellow and Fellow of the Society.

A Task and Finish group of Member Board was convened in Autumn 2022 to develop an inclusive process for the evaluation of applications for the awards.

The group completed its work on the submission requirements and evaluation criteria in May 2023, with the launch of the portfolio route scheduled for autumn 2023.

Group Members:

  • Christina Buxton, Trustee and member of Member Board
  • Andrew Christer, Customer Service Team Leader, BPS
  • Julia Faulconbridge, Elected Trustee
  • Jaunita Hopper, EDI Lead – Policy and Practice
  • Cheryl Jones, Member Board
  • Stephen Leadbeater, Member Board
  • Kajal Panchal, Standards and Inclusivity Officer, BPS
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards, BPS

Social Media Guidance Task and Finish Group

Following the review of the Member Conduct Rules, Member Board sought to update the social media guidance to bring the document up to date and to augment the currently practice-focussed advice.

The Board convened a Task and Finish group in August 2022 to benchmark against relevant organisations and to create a revised version of the guidance for comment by all Strategic boards and Ethics Committee.

Member Board approved the revised Social Media guidance in May 2023, and they are currently being prepared for publication on the website.

Group Members:

  • Christina Buxton, Trustee and member of Member Board
  • Dr Chris Fullwood, Cyberpsychology Section
  • Julia Faulconbridge, Elected Trustee
  • Social Media and Online Communities Manager, BPS
  • Dr Adam Jowett, Chair of EDI Board
  • Dr Linda Kaye, Cyberpsychology Section
  • Dr Dan O'Hare, Member Board
  • Dr Rachel Scudamore, Head of QA & Standards, BPS