The Board

Philip Ross - Chair DiMHN

Philip Ross joined the DIMHN board in 2013, working initially on the membership scheme and then moving to the Testing and Innovation workstream in 2015. In 2020 he was elected as Chair, following on from Jenny Gill's leadership.

His involvement in the testing guidance development with BRE was mainly driven by a frustration also shared by specifiers; the lack of clarity and repeatability of testing methods which made it challenging and slow for lifesaving innovations to get adopted, not to mention the significant costs of testing with every Trust or Health Board.

He is Co-Founder and Director of Safehinge Primera, a doorset and hardware manufacturer who help architects, estates and clinical staff improve mental health environments by resolving some of the biggest safety issues and barriers to empowering patients.

Safehinge Primera's purpose is to design for good and to help protect people through vulnerable times. Philip is driven by the same purpose and passion to deliver considered, empathetic and compassionate solutions to the challenges of mental health environments.

Jonathan Campbell - Vice-Chair DiMHN

Jonathan Campbell is a professionally Chartered NHS Associate Director of Capital Development with over 20 years’ experience of mental health, acute and community services.

He is a firm believer of the importance of the environment for recovery and that safe, robust and secure environments must also be therapeutic and healing.

As part of his role at the Northern Care Alliance Jonathan is working closely with the group’s Care Organisations to develop master plans and ultimately an estate strategy that captures all of the clinical and operational demand and capacity requirements for the group’s estate.

Trudi Beswick 

Successful textiles entrepreneur, former Director in the Caudwell Group, Trudi has been the CEO at Caudwell Children since its inception in 2000. Over the past 19 years Trudi has orchestrated the charity’s continued growth and become an influential voice within the voluntary sector.

Passionate about Caudwell Children’s impact, it was Trudi’s vision to develop the new Caudwell International Children’s Centre and further the charity’s work providing national and international significance.

Construction of the new purpose-built facility and the launch of the charity’s innovative new autism service is the latest milestone in a long term strategy devised by Trudi to reduce assessment waiting times and improve post-diagnosis support for autistic children.

Phil Barsby

Phil Barsby is Director of Business Development for Intastop Ltd. Phil has been with the company for over 20 years, and has been instrumental in the strategic direction the company has taken which is heavily focused in the Mental Health Sector
Phil’s vision for the future encompasses a drive to ensure regulations around mental health products continues to be at the forefront of legislation. For Intastop, his vision continues to be delivering exceptional customer service whilst addressing the needs of changing industry and environmental demands through a programme of product enhancement and development.

Professor Steve Brown

Steve is Professor of Health and Organizational Psychology at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University. His research interests are around service user experiences of secure mental health care and social remembering within marginalised and excluded groups. He is author of Vital Memory and Affect: Living with a difficult past (with Paula Reavey, 2015, Routledge), Psychology without Foundations: History, philosophy and psychosocial theory (with Paul Stenner, 2009, Sage) and The Social Psychology of Experience: Studies in remembering and forgetting (with David Middleton, 2005, Sage).

Cath Lake 

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).

Alex Caruso

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.

Katharine Lazenby

Katharine Lazenby is a People Participation Worker for East London NHS Foundation Trust, working to increase the meaningful participation of service users and carers in the transformation of community mental health services. She is a mental health Expert by Experience, and is passionate about the importance of service-user involvement and coproduction within the design of mental health care and environments.

Katharine is a tutor at the City & Hackney Recovery College and a volunteer at Maytree Respite Centre for the suicidal, where she supports people in suicidal crisis and delivers training for volunteers.

She draws on both her personal and professional experience to deliver mental health training for a range of audiences, including care and support staff at Peabody Housing Association and community psychologists in East London. She has experience as a university lecturer and is regular public speaker.

Garry Charlton

Garry is the Managing Director for CAD21, a Mechanical and Electrical (MEP) Services Consultancy, specialising in healthcare design.

With a diverse portfolio of mental health experience spanning 15 years, Garry strives to deliver simple, effective design solutions that meet the specific functions of Mental Health service delivery and aid service user recovery. MEP solutions should be subtle by design and allow safe access for regular maintenance without disruption to care spaces.

The key is to understand that MEP solutions are not a one size fits all in mental health services. MEP design can contribute greatly to positive care outcomes if tailored to the particular service being provided.

Lianne Knotts - Associate

Lianne is a Director in Medical Architecture’s Newcastle upon Tyne office, jointly managing the local team. A Senior Architect, Lianne has almost 15 years’ specialised experience in the architectural design and planning of healthcare buildings. Her interest and expertise in designing for mental health has led to work on a wide range of acute and forensic mental health projects across the UK and in Canada.

Jenny Gill - Chair Emeritus 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 has been involved in the design of many mental health facilities and was commissioned by the Department of Health as technical author for the Health Building Note (HBN) 03-01 (2013) – Adult acute mental health units and HBN 03-02 – Facilities for child and adolescent mental health services (2017). She also led the DiMHN input to the joint work undertaken with NAPICU (National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care and low secure units) publication ‘Design Guidance for Psychiatric Intensive Care Units’ (2017). Jenny spent 7 years as Chairman of DiMHN, recently retired and has accepted the honorary role of Chair Emeritus.

Joe Forster – Chair Emeritus 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.