Who we are
Find out about our key people, boards, committees and our annual reports.
We are the British Psychological Society
For more than 120 years, we have championed psychology, psychologists and the wider psychological professions, supporting our members through every stage of their careers.
Psychology affects all aspects of our everyday lives, from government policy to the advertising you see on TV. And with the demand for psychology services growing, so is our community.
We have more than 65,000 members - all of whom share a passion for psychology, and its impact on individuals and society.
The BPS gives our members the tools and resources to enhance their careers, with the latest psychological research, CPD opportunities and tailored events.
We’re a forward-facing voice that speaks up for psychology and psychologists. Our work, and the work of our members, helps to influence and develop a psychological approach to policy-making that puts people first.
Community is at the heart of everything we do and that’s why our networking opportunities are so vast. We make it easy to connect and collaborate with other members.
Find out more about what the BPS offers
Our members can choose from more than 100 networks based on their interests or expertise, and enjoy exclusive benefits, including development opportunities and discounts
You can also be part of one of our online communities – a place to share ideas, connect with other members and discuss the latest advances in psychology.
In our careers and education section, you can access professional development opportunities via our continuing professional development (CPD) options, explore careers in psychology, find BPS-accredited courses, postgraduate qualifications we offer, accreditation information and relevant information for employers and institutions.
Explore our lists and directories of qualified psychologists in a range of specialisations to suit your requirements or find professionals in psychological practitioner and applied psychology roles that are currently not regulated by law using our Wider Psychological Workforce Register.
You can also explore our consultation responses, which help share the latest psychological evidence with policymakers aiming to influence and support the development of well-informed policies.
Packed with articles, letters, interviews, news, reviews, careers and jobs, The Psychologist is the best way to keep up to date with all corners of the discipline.
As the official publication of The British Psychological Society, The Psychologist serves as a forum for communication, discussion and debate on a range of psychological topics.
We publish a wide range of scientific, professional and personal formats aimed at our large and diverse audience: The Psychologist is read by more than 50,000 society members in print, and many non-members view our open access offerings online and in our app.
Meanwhile, the Research Digest, launched in 2003, showcases psychological science while also casting a critical eye over its methods. The team all have qualifications in psychology or related subjects, and strive to write in a style that educates, entertains and generates interest, but without resorting to hype.
We provide a wide range of resources for aspiring psychologists, students and professionals, including guidelines and policy directives, and access to journals, publications and books.
The Board of Trustees
This is the society’s primary governing body, with responsibility for the management and control of the society's affairs and transactions, which ensures that we conform to the terms of our charter and that we observe our legal obligations as a charitable body.
The composition of the Board of Trustees is:
- The President
- The President-Elect
- The Chair
- The Chair of Senate
- The Chairs of the Strategy Boards
- Up to two Elected Trustees
- Up to three Appointed Trustees
Meet the team
Nicky is a member of the Division of Occupational Psychology, Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers of Psychology, Qualitative Methods Section, and Scottish Branch Register of Qualifications in Test Use.
In addition, she is currently the Chair of the BPS Committee on Test Standards, serves on the editorial committee of Assessment & Development Matters, and is a council member of the International Test Commission.
Dr Roman Raczka BSc MSc DClinPsy AFBPsS CPsychol is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working as the Consultant Lead Clinical Psychologist for Central London Community Health (CLCH) NHS Trust where he is the CLCH Trust Head of Psychology and the Inner London professional lead for Clinical Psychology
Roman has previously worked in a number of London NHS Trusts as well as having an academic appointment at Royal Holloway, University of London, and visiting lecturer in the London Clinical Psychology training courses.
Roman has had a number of leadership roles in the BPS including Chair of the Division of Clinical Psychology, DCP England Lead, and DCP London Chair.
He was the DCP representative on the BPS Covid Co-ordinating Group and Chaired the COVID Adaptation to Practice sub-group leading on the development of a number of COVID publications.
Roman has over 30 years of working as a Clinical Psychologist in the NHS and his clinical areas of special interest include, adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs including challenging behaviours, Autistic Spectrum disorders, offenders with intellectual disabilities, as well as the development of third wave cognitive behaviour therapies with people with intellectual disabilities.
Roman’s research interests are varied and has had a number of journal articles published.
David has extensive experience in international corporate affairs and has a long-standing personal interest in public health.
Alongside his role with the BPS, David is Chair of Imperial Health Charity, a former trustee of the British Geriatrics Society and also sits on the Genito-Urinary Medicine Specialist Advisory Committee with the Royal College of Physicians.
He also works on several major research projects around public and sexual health.
Dr Natalie Lancer is a Chartered Coaching Psychologist. As well as a Trustee, she is Chair of Senate, Chair of the Division of Coaching Psychology and the host of the BPS podcast, The Coaching Psychology Pod. She applies the evidence base from her own research and Coaching Psychology to help driven people achieve their goals in a realistic, practical and human way in her coaching programmes.
Natalie is a scholar-practitioner which means that as well as coaching clients and supervising other psychologists, she also conducts research, as an Honorary Researcher at Birkbeck, University of London and is a Master’s and Doctoral supervisor at the New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling. She uses this research to inform her practice and disseminates it to others through peer-reviewed publications. In 2016, she co-authored ‘Techniques for Coaching and Mentoring’ with David Clutterbuck and David Megginson (Routledge).
Professor Patricia Hind is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist. She is a Trustee of the BPS and Chair of the Education and Training Board. She has been a member of the BPS since she was an undergraduate at Leeds University, where she was Chairman and co-founder of the first Undergraduate Psychology conference in March 1972.
She holds a master’s degree in industrial/Organisational Psychology from the University of Hull and a PhD from the University of Leeds which examined the complexities of managing volunteers. Her career led her to City University where she designed, developed and obtained accreditation for the MSc in Organisational Psychology.
Her expertise in in Leadership and Executive Development. As a scholar practitioner she is Professor of Leadership and Management Development and currently senior adjunct faculty and researcher at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School. She has been a visiting Research Fellow at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, leading a project on developing Sustainable Leadership in SME’s. Additionally, Patricia has a wealth of experience in accreditation and external examination at undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels.
She has wide ranging expertise in helping national and global clients to develop their leaders for organisational and personal success and has published extensively on related topics. Patricia is the author and co -author of several books, the latest of which examines the impact of the pandemic on working relationships She has a consultancy company offering both personal and organisational development services.
She is also an Independent Governor at Plymouth Marjon University where she is Deputy Governor, Chair of the People and Organisational and Remuneration committees and is Deputy Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee. Patricia is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Justice of the Peace and a Freeman of the City of London.
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.
Professor Tony Lavender’s training in Clinical Psychology was at the Institute of Psychiatry and Doctorate from Kings College London (1977-1979).
He has played a leading role in workforce development nationally with the Department of Health, British Psychological Society, National Institute of Mental Health and NHS Digital.
He has published extensively on services and therapies for people with psychosis and personality disorder, workforce planning, the history of clinical psychology and more recently anorexia.
He held roles as Dean of a large Faculty and then Pro-Vice Chancellor (covering research, internationalisation, sustainability and equality and diversity) at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Prior to this he directed the Clinical Psychology Programme (at Salomons) for 21 years, most of this time employed within the NHS until the Programme moved into the University.
He retired in December 2016 but continues, as an Emeritus Professor, to maintain an active involvement in reseach, mentoring, organisational consultancy, and workforce planning.
He is currently a member of the Division of Psychology (DCP) Executive and chairs the DCP Workforce and Training Group.
He is a member of the BPS’s Practice Board and chairs the Practice Board’s HCPC Working Group, and is also a member of the NHSE/I/HEE National Psychological Professions Workforce Advisory Group.
Professor Andy Tolmie CPsychol is Chair of Psychology and Human Development at the UCL Institute of Education, University College London, where he has been based since 2007. He is also Deputy Director of the joint Birkbeck/UCL Centre for Educational Neuroscience.(link is external)
Andy is a developmental psychologist with longstanding interest in the neurocognitive and social factors underpinning the growth of children’s conceptual representations and behavioural skills, and the relationships between these, particularly in the primary school age range. Most of his work has focused on educationally-relevant topics and settings, with a substantial emphasis on primary school science, but also on the acquisition of road-crossing skills among children, the use of educational technology to support learning, and most recently the role of motor control in the development of executive function. His research has made extensive use of both quantitative and qualitative techniques.
He was Editor of the British Journal of Educational Psychology from 2007-12, and is currently an Associate Editor for Brain Sciences and Frontiers in Psychology. He has been actively involved in the Society’s affairs for over 20 years, serving on the Books and Special Projects Group, the Developmental Psychology Section Committee, the Scientific Affairs/Research Board, the Journals Committee, and the Editorial Advisory Group, of which he was Chair from 2010 to 2018. He is the BPS Representative on EFPA Standing Committee on Traffic Psychology, and was Deputy Chair of the Research Board from 2019 to 2021.
Andy was a member of a Royal Society working group in 2010, reporting on science and mathematics education 5-14; and of a UNESCO Expert Group on Girls’ Education in Science and Mathematics in 2016. He was a founding member of ESRC Grant Assessment Panel D (secondary data initiatives/large cohort resources), has been a reviewer for the ESRC’s Research Centres competition, was Panel Deputy Chair for the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship scheme, and was Director of three IOE-led ESRC Doctoral Training Centres/Partnerships between 2011-18. He has been an Assessor for the Australian Research Council since 2013, and more recently for similar agencies in Canada, Mexico and Switzerland.
Dr Adam Jowett CPsychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist and an academic within the School of Psychological, Social Sciences at Coventry University. He is also an Associate Editor of the journal Psychology & Sexuality.
Following completion of his PhD, Adam was a Research Fellow at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, and since 2012 he has been at Coventry University as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Head of School.
Adam has also been Course Director of a BPS accredited MSc Health Psychology programme and has served on the committees of several BPS Sections, including as Chair of the Psychology of Sexualities Section. He is also a member of the Division of Health Psychology and the Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section.
Dr Peter Branney CPsychol AFBPsS is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Bradford.
Peter has undertaken a programme of award winning, internationally leading work exploring to improve experiences of healthcare through interventions that are local, proximal and distal to patients' interactions with services.
Peter held an Economic and Social Research Council studentship at the University of Leeds and was a visiting doctoral student at Massey University, Aotearoa/New Zealand. He holds a BSc in psychology and philosophy international, an MSc in psychological approaches to health and a PhD in psychology. After completing his PhD in 2006, he joined the Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University.
In 2012, Peter transferred to the School of Social, Psychological and Communication Studies, Leeds Beckett University before joining the Division of Psychology at the University of Bradford in 2017. A student-focused educator, Dr. Branney has received awards from student bodies for his teaching in social psychology.
Additionally, Dr. Branney has been an external examiner for undergraduate single and joint honours psychology programmes in the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, and regularly receive invites to be an external expert for periodic reviews and an external examiner for doctorates.
Before retirement from the NHS, Julia ran an innovative community child psychology service for many years that she had developed from scratch. She was involved at a senior management level at the Trusts she worked in. Julia was also closely involved in the training of clinical psychologists, both in teaching and supervision.
Following that, Julia was a member of the National CAMHS Support Service, including a period of being the East Midlands Lead. This service was established jointly by the last Labour Government’s Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health to work with services and commissioners on improvement programmes for NHS CAMHS services.
Julia was a Specialist Advisor with Care Quality Commission for a number of years, taking part in many inspections.
Within the BPS Julia has been particularly involved in the DCP Faculty for Children, Young People and Families, including being the conference organiser and the Chair. She has been on the DCP Executive in a number of roles: Child Lead, Acting Chair, Vice Chair and, currently, Lead for Communications and Publications. She has also represented the BPS in external fora, e.g. the Coalition Government’s Task Force on Child Mental Health which produced ‘Future in Mind’.
Jon has held a series of senior HR Director roles within a variety of commercial organisations. These include Diageo, InterContinental Hotels and most recently Barclays Bank.
At Barclays Jon held a global role responsible for culture change and organisation development.
Jon began his corporate career at Mars Confectionery and has worked in the UK and the US.
Jon is now consulting independently on culture, change management, senior team effectiveness and leadership development.
Matthew Howell has held a number of senior leadership roles within a variety of commercial organisations as well as professional bodies.
These include Deloitte, RSM, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and most recently the British Medical Association (BMA) where he was the Deputy CEO.
At both RICS and the BMA Matthew led the organisations to support their focus on adding value to existing and new members.
With a background in international marketing, Matthew brings a commercial perspective and focus on how organisations can grow sustainably.
Kevin was appointed Trustee in April 2023.
Kevin has 30 years’ experience in senior finance roles in professional practice and public company finance, including healthcare businesses, serving as both Audit Partner and Chief Financial Officer.
Kevin is Chairman of Marlowe plc, a leader in business critical and regulatory assurance services, including occupational health.
Kevin is a qualified accountant and has a degree in modern languages, which has helped him work extensively overseas.
Meetings and minutes
The Board of Trustees and The Representative Council (which consists of representatives from all of the society's current Member Networks, in addition to our regular trustees) meets every three months to discuss current and future issues affecting the running of the society.
Our Senior Management Team (SMT) is made up of a number of directors whose responsibility it is to oversee the smooth and efficient running of the society's internal workings.
Meet the team
Our CEO, Sarb Bajwa, joined the society in April 2018.
Over the years, Sarb has worked in the aid sector, in legal and financial services, and the energy industry.
He has continually sought to contribute to the overarching goals of each organisation while also leading these various professional membership bodies through a variety of challenging national and international political environments.
Driven to promote and support positive growth and development in all aspects of the society's work, his goal is to ensure the BPS continues to make a meaningful and positive contribution to the world.
Diane Ashby joined the society in March 2019 to lead the BPS Change programme.
She started her career in retail and worked in store management for Marks and Spencer and a number of senior roles in The Body Shop.
She has experience in both the private and public sector and has managed a diverse set of customer-facing services including contact centres, shops, warehouses, libraries, highways operations and waste services.
She has also driven a number of major transformational change programmes, implementing new operating models, business systems, process improvements and cultural change.
Mike Laffan joined the society in July 2006.
Prior to joining the society, he worked in operations, IT, and auditing in a number of commercial, retail, and entertainment organisations, including Bupa, Eurostar, Granada, and Mecca Leisure.
Mike leads the underlying operational services of the society, which includes IT Services, buildings management, security, data protection, and health and safety.
Rachel Dufton joined the BPS in September 2018.
As Director of Communications and Engagement she has responsibility for all internal and external communications and stakeholder engagement.
Rachel has worked in senior communications roles for a range of high profile professional bodies, charities and regulators across the health sector.
She led communications functions at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the children’s charity Ambitious about Autism, and the Royal College of Nursing where she won several UK and international awards including the Chartered Institute of Public Relations ‘Outstanding In-House Team of the Year’.
Debra Malpass joined the BPS in January 2020.
She leads the research, insight & knowledge management function and oversees the Research and Impact team, the Practice Guidance Team and the History of Psychology Centre.
She has a Ph.D in psychology and a wealth of experience as an academic researcher having worked in psychology departments in the UK and USA for over a decade.
Prior to joining the BPS Debra worked as a researcher at AQA, the UK’s largest exam board. In this post she carried out mixed methods research with 14-16 year olds.
She also designed GCSE, A-level and vocational qualifications and carried out statistical analysis to set exam grade boundaries every summer.
Debra also led the Research and Analysis team at the Solicitors Regulation Authority, where she pioneered the use of machine learning, behavioural insights and randomised controlled trials to regulate the legal market.
Bio coming soon.
Boards and committees
The society has five main boards which report to the Board of Trustees, each with a specific area of responsibility.
These boards are made up of society members, and their chairs serve on the Board of Trustees.
Each board also contains a number of sub-committees and working parties.
Find out more about each individual board:
- Education and Training Board
- Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Board
- Member Board
- Practice Board
- Research Board
A number of other bodies also advise the Board of Trustees, these are:
Two standing committees:
- The Psychologist and Digest Editorial Advisory Committee (PDEAC)
- The Ethics Committee
And four sub-committees:
- Finance & Investments Subcommittee
- Risk & Assurance Subcommittee
- People, Culture & Remuneration Subcommittee
- Governance, Board Effectiveness & Nominations Subcommittee
Reports and reviews
Our Review of the Year gives an overview of the our achievements and illustrates how we have delivered on our objectives for the year.
2022 Review of the Year
Download our Review of the Year for 2022, which looks back on another year of major changes.
2022 Annual Report and Consolidated Financial Statements
The trustees are pleased to present their Report and the Group Financial Statements of The British Psychological Society (‘the society’) for the year ended 31 December 2022.
For more information about any of these documents, contact the Communications team.
Previous reports and reviews
This strategy aims to define the purpose, vision, values and initiatives of the BPS until the end of 2022, to what we all hope will be a post-Covid era.
It captures our aim to grow as an organisation – in reach, influence, impact – so that we can work collaboratively across the society to provide high quality guidance, support and services for psychologists and the wider psychological workforce, support the advancement of psychology, and place psychology at the centre of tackling wider societal issues.
Six strategic goals make up this strategy which bridge the gap between where we are now and where we want to be:
- We will promote and advocate for diversity and inclusion within the discipline and profession of psychology and work to eradicate discriminatory practice.
- We will strive to create a vibrant member-centred community with a meaningful membership identity.
- We will promote the value of and encourage collaboration in interdisciplinary development and engagement.
- We will be the home for all psychology and psychologists and uphold the highest standards of education and practice.
- We will increase our influence and impact and advance our work on policy and advocacy.
- We will strive to be more innovative, agile, adaptive and sustainable.
Find out more about the interim strategy.
The British Psychological Society is a signatory to several Memoranda of Understanding aimed at promoting increased cooperation and collaboration with like-minded organisations around the world.
Currently we have signed memoranda with the following organisations/countries:
Memoranda of Understanding
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of South Africa. South Africa - 24 May 2001 - 15 June 2001
- Copy Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Slovenian Psychological Association. Slovenia - 2004
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Australian Psychological Society. Australia - 3 April 2008
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the National Academy of Psychology (India). India - December 2008
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the American Psychological Association. America - 3 April 2008
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Psychological Society of Ireland and British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch concerning ISPA [International School Psychology Association] Dublin 2010 conference Ireland - 2010
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Japanese Psychological Association. Japan - 9 April 2013
- Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapies - October 2014
- Declaration of Intent to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between The British Psychological Society Russia and the Russian Psychological Society. - 28 May 2015
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Russian Psychological Society. Russia - 11 July 2015
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland. Ireland - 11 November 2015
- Memorandum of Understanding with The Swedish Psychological Association. Sweden - 26 April 2016
- Memorandum of Understanding between the British Psychological Society and the New Zealand Psychological Society. New Zealand - 26 April 2016
- Memorandum of Understanding on Conversion Therapy in the UK version 2. Conversion Therapy - October 2017
- Society signs Memorandum of Understanding with our Portuguese counterparts to develop reciprocal access arrangements to research for their members; develop work exchange programmes and other experiential learning opportunities; organise collaborative events; share best practice and provide grants to encourage collaboration. Portugal - 4 May 2018
- The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependency (APPG), British Psychological Society (BPS), British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP), have agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to be able to work together collaboratively All-Party Parliamentary Group for Prescribed Drug Dependence and British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the The Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry (CEP) - 3 May 2018
- BPS Memorandum of understanding with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie. Germany - 18 September 2018
- BPS and Association of Clinical Psychologists non binding Memorandum of Understanding Association of Clinical Psychologists - 2020
- The British Red Cross and British Psychological Society memorandum of understanding. Allowing clinical and counselling psychologists to join a team of Psychosocial Reserve Volunteers (PRV) to assist the public after major incidents and disasters. British Red Cross - 2020
Memoranda of Cooperation
- Memorandum of Cooperation between the British Psychological Society and the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Ireland - 3 April 2008
- Memorandum of Cooperation with the Mental Health Foundation (MH). Mental Health Foundation - 17 January 2018
- Memorandum of Cooperation with the Academy for Healthcare Science (AHCS) - agree to exchange knowledge and achieve mutual recognition of modernising psychological and scientific careers; identify areas of joint career and professional development opportunities; develop reciprocal access arrangements; speak with a united voice on items of mutual interest. Academy for Healthcare Science - 2 May 2018
- BPS Division of Occupational Psychology and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP), Memorandum of Cooperation European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) - 2018
- BPS Memorandum of Cooperation with Nuffield Health. Nuffield Health - 25 January 2019
Rules and statutes
The following documents set out the requirements and codes of conduct to which our members and subscribers are expected to adhere.
In addition, our Royal Charter & Statutes (granted in 1965) serve as the governing documents of the society from which its aims and objectives are derived.
Issues of structure, financing, and membership are dealt with and ratified by our Annual General Meeting.