The Board

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 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)

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.

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).

Philip Ross

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 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.

Tony Crumpton

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.

Jonathan Campbell

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.