Joe Forster – President of DiMHN
Joe is a mental health nurse with interests in the social environment and human-scale development. He promotes networking as a means of collaboration for positive change. After an extensive career in clinical work he remains involved in teaching, consultancy and social enterprise. He is a frequent presenter at various events where he challenges audiences to set aside preconceptions and adopt new styles of partnership for innovation.
Jenny Gill - Chairman of DiMHN
Jenny is an experienced healthcare planner specialising in the field of mental health. She has a background in Mental Health NHS Management and has been involved in the mental health sector for over two decades. Jenny was commissioned by the Department of Health as lead author for the Health Building Note (HBN) 03-01 – Adult acute mental health units and liaised on the Environmental Design Guidance for Medium Secure Units.
Clive Stone - Treasurer
Clive Stone is a former director of Primera Ltd. He has been a full member of the Master Locksmiths Association since 1981, serving 21 years as chairman of the Western Region. He is a Diploma holder of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers and a member of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers.
Clive represented the UK on the CEN 1303 panel in Europe particularly in relation to the development of EN15684. He is also a member of the Door and Hardware Federation committee responsible for writing and producing the anti-ligature hardware products standard TS001:2013.
Jeff is the former Head of Design for St Andrew’s Healthcare and has over 17 years’ experience covering maintenance, project delivery and design in a secure mental health setting.
Experienced in the design of services across all low and medium secure pathways including new build and refurbishment with a keen eye for product development and innovation.
Russell Hogarth is an associate lecturer in health and social care at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN). His area of special interest is in the use of narrative, media and creative teaching techniques as a pathway to inclusion and accessible education. He chairs the Creative Communities group, the annual One in Four mental health Film Festival and the World Health organisation Mental Health day community event and also chairs a national and international independent community involvement team. Russell was awarded a University Honorary Fellowship for his services to Mental Health.
Cath Lake is an architect with over 15 years' practical experience in the design and delivery of mental health facilities for both private clients and for NHS Trusts. Cath is the Mental Health lead for P+HS Architects and understands the specific challenges in successfully designing for mental health environments.
She has a hands-on approach and has delivered a wide range of projects all of which share an ambition to improve mental healthcare provision. Experience includes detailed design and construction expertise relating to Dementia, Acute, Learning Disability, CAMHS, Secure and Specialist services.
Professor Paula Reavey
Paula Reavey is Professor of Psychology at London South Bank University, research lead and consultant on projects at the Maudsley and Royal Bethlem hospitals and honorary research consultant at St. Andrew’s Healthcare. She has co-edited two volumes, New Feminist Stories of Child Sexual Abuse: Sexual Scripts and Dangerous Dialogues (with Sam Warner, Routledge, 2003) and Memory Matters: Contexts for Understanding Sexual Abuse Recollections (with Janice Haaken, Psychology Press, 2009), and a sole edited volume, Visual Methods in Psychology: Using and Interpreting Images in Qualitative Research (Routledge, 2011 – now in its second edition).
Philip Ross founded Safehinge in 2009 and is currently the commercial director – overseeing customer relations and new product development. Safehinge is an award-winning product design company with a heartfelt passion for finding innovative new ways of doing things, particularly where it will enhance a safe, secure and therapeutic environment within a mental health setting.
Alex is an architect and founder of ACA+I Ltd. With a can-do attitude, sound judgement and intuition, he has led the design of healthcare facilities in England, Spain and his native Italy, where collaboration and innovation are the key drivers. His dedication to the highest design standards and sustainability is instrumental in defining the brief to translate spatial and operational requirements analysis into intelligent building forms. A member of the Housing and Dementia Research Consortium, Alex sees design for Mental Health and Social Care as “lifelong learning” which continuously offers fresh opportunities for the form to follow the function whilst stimulating the senses.
Tony is an environmental safety sales manager for the Anti-Ligature Shop, which specialises in creating safe environments within mental health settings. His former career as a Mental Health Nurse within the NHS spans over three decades and includes roles as a clinician, senior manager, researcher and educationalist specialising in patient safety and the prevention and management of violence. Tony is driven by the desire to contribute to improving people’s lives, and the environments they live in through evidence based practice and the human touch.