Steven Allen is Campaigns Director of the Validity Foundation, formerly the Mental Disability Advocacy Centre (MDAC), headquartered in Budapest. He leads the organisation’s advocacy initiatives before regional and itnernational bodies including the United Nations, Council of Europe, European Union and African Commission, and also served as interim Executive Director between 2017-18. He is an MPhil/PhD candidate at the University of London pursuing research on legal institutions which restrict or deny legal agency and holds an LLB (Hons) from the same.
Peter Bartlett is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Professor of Mental Health Law in the School of Law at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. He has advised menta health law reform in Bosnia and Herzogovina, Armenia, Serbia, Georgia and Lesotho, and in 2013-15 was the expert advisor for the House of Lords Committee on the implentation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He has published extensively on human rights law and mental health/capacity/disability. His open access publications can be found here.
John is a carer. His HealthWatch describes him as an influential member of a regional social enterprise of active mental health carers. An NHS approved service improvement leader, his career specialism was quality improvement and change management. He has worked for years with the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) unit of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and led joint-working with mental health commissioners and providers. He worked extensively with academics as one of the consultants contracted to facilitate knowledge transfer from universities into small companies. He recently completed a post-graduate course in heritage conservation and now practices in that field, with hopes of becoming perfect!
Dr David Crepaz-Keay is Head of Empowerment and Social Inclusion for the Mental Health Foundation. He has led the development, delivery and evaluation of many self-management and peer support across England and Wales. he has been a technical advisor to the World Health Organisation on empowerment issues, chaired a WHO working group on developing indicators of involvement, and has spoken and written widely on involvement, empowerment, self-management and peer support. He is an editor of the Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice and sits on technical advisory groups for the Forces in Mind Trust (mental health research), NHS England and NHS Improvement (mental health payment systems), and is currently a senior advisor to Public Health England (mental health campaign).
With over thirty years of involvement as first a user of mental health services and later as a campaigner, he is also an advocate of service user voices being included in mental health service planning and delivery.
David was a Commissioner for Patient and Public Involcement in Health (2003-2007). The Commission (CPPIH) was created to give the public a voice in decisions that affect their health, and the health of the local. He was a founder member of the English national survivor user network (NSUN) and co-developed and facilitated the Welsh Mental Health Form (2014-2018).
Before working in mental health, David wrote economic models at HM Treasury of models of underground water systems for the water industry. He is also a qualified cricket umpire.
Natalie Drew Bold is a Technical Officer with the Mental Health Policy and Service Development team in the department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the World Health Organisation. As part of her work she supports countries to reform national policies, plans and laws and services in line with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and other international human rights standards. In addition, she oversees the WHO Quality Rights Project, which builds capacity of natural stakeholders to understand and promote human rights and recovery approaches in mental health.
Alison Faulkner is a freelance survivor researcher and trainer in mental health with over 25 years’ experience of working in mental health research and consultancy. she has worked for most of the major UK mental health charities, including the Mental Health Foundation, NSUN (The National Survivor User Network), Mind and Together for Mental Wellbeing. She managed the user-led ‘Strategies for Living’ programme from 1997 to 2002, one of the first user-led research projects in the UK. Currently she is working part-time with Professor Diana Rose at King’s College, London on a groundbreaking project: EURIKHA, which seeks to capture and understand the knowledge contributions of service users and survivors across the globe. Alison has personal experience of mental distress and using mental health services, including inpatient care, medication, psychotherapy, A&E and crisis services. She was awarded her PhD in 2017 by City University, London on the role and value of experiential knowledge in mental health research.
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Dr Joseph Leong Jern-Yi has been working at the Institute of Mental Health (Singapore) since 2000. After obtaining his Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practioner(CPRP) in 2004, he also did his clinical fellowship at UCLA with Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry Robert Paul Liberman in 2009.
He was Deputy Chief of Community Psychiatry at the Institute of Mental Health working with Community Partners to build connections, capacity and capability. He shares his expertise in Psychiatric Rehabilitation and Recovery as an Expert Advisor to start up several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) such Club HEAL, Caregiver Alliance, Hougang Care Center and St Andrew’s Nursing Home. He also serves on the Board of the Singapore Association for Mental Health. He is the current President for the Association for Psychiatric Rehabilitation (Singapore).
For his contributions, he was given the Healthcare Humanity Award 2011 by the President of Singapore and the Distinguished Public Service Star Award in 2013 by the Singapore government.
Pesach Lichtenberg, M.D., is a Jerusalem psychiatrist and associate professor of psychiatry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. After many years during which he served as the director of a closed psychiatric inpatient ward, he left in 2016 in order to establish the first Soteria home in Israel. He opened a second one in 2017, also in Jerusalem. Since then the model has been recognised by the Israeli Ministry of Health, and similar homes have begun to be established elsewhere in the country.
Professor Andy Long has been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost at the University of Nottingham since July 2018, taking the executive lead on strategic and operational planning and academic resources. Prior to this he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor in Engineering at the University.
His research is on composite materials, in particular analysis and development of manufacturing processes for aerospace, automotive and renewable energy applications. This work has been supported by numerous research awards from research councils, UK government and industry. Most recently he was Director of the EPRSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub, leading a consortium including 10 UK universities and 22 companies. In 2006 he was awarded the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Rosenhain Medal for distinguished contribution to materials science, and in 2014 he was elected a SAMPE Fellow for significant contributions in materials and process engineering technology.
Professor Martin Orrell is Director of the Institute of Mental Health, a partnership between the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, and also Head of the Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham.
He has published over 300 academic papers and is Editor of the journal Aging & Mental Health.
Dr Soumitra Pathare MD MRCPSych PhD is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Director of Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy at the Indian Law Society, Pune, India. His primary interests are in the areas of mental health policy, scaling up mental health services, rights-based care and legislation.
He is Project Director of SPIRIT Hub (2017-2022) a collaborative initiative scaling up and evaluating 3 universal suicide prevention interventions in a cluster randomised controlled trial. He is currently involved in scaling up Atmiyata across Mehsana district, Gujarat (2013-2019) with a population of 1 million. Atmiyata is a project to improve access to mental health services in rural areas, by training and mentoring women leaders of micro-credit self-help groups to provide basic psychological interventions and access to social benefits for a defined rural population. He was the Principal Investigator of QualityRights Gujarat project (2014-2016) which implemented the WHO QualityRights program in 6 public mental health facilities in Gujarat. he has served as a WHO consultant in many low and middle-income countries assisting in developing mental health policy and drafting and implementing mental health legislation. He has provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in drafting India’s new Mental Health Care Act 2017, which takes a rights-based approach to mental health care and provides for publicly funded universal mental health care.
Michael Rowe, Ph.D., is a medical sociologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. His main areas of study, research and writing are citizenship, an applied framework for full social inclusion and participation, mental health outreach and homelessness, peer studies, and medical humanities. He is the author of many peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and other publications, and of six books, including Citizenship and Mental Health, Crossing the Border: Encounters Between Homeless People and Outreach Workers, Classics of Community Psychiatry and The Book of Jesse: A Story of Youth, Illness and Medicine.
Mike is Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion at University of Nottingham and Chair of the European Network for Mental Health Service Evaluation (ENMESH). His main research interests are recovery-focused and outcome-focused mental health services, including Recovery Colleges, lived experience narratives, peer work, identity, citizenship, wellbeing, needs assessment and developing measures, e.g. INSPIRE, Camberwell Assessment of Need, Threshold Assessment Grid. He has written over 270 academic articles and published 11 books, including Personal Recovery and Mental Illness (2009), Partnering for Recovery in Mental Health (2014), Positive Psychotherapy for Psychosis (2017) and Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health (2017). His free booklets include Making Recovery a Reality (2008), REFOCUS: Promoting recovery in community mental health services, 2nd edition (2011), 100 Ways to Support Recovery, 2nd edition (2013), The empirical evidence about recovery (2015) and The Business Case for Recovery (2017), all downloadable at researchintorecovery.com
Vicky Stergiopoulos is a Clinician Scientist, the Physician-in-Chief at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical and Innovation, in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research activities focus on the development and evaluation of interventions to address the needs of people who are homeless and those who make frequent use of mental health services. She has a great interest in the redesign of our health system for the purpose of system improvement, in partnership with service users.
Professor Samson Tse is Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Mental Health in Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. He has expertise in examining the complex mechanisms of recovery from severe and persistent mental illness like bipolar disorder and gambling disorder. He has served in government, and non-government organization advisory committees in New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong. Samson has presented to groups around the globe about issues he is passionate about: Living beyond disability and improving service users’ experience. He was also the Co-Chairperson of the Programme Committee of the International Conference on Recovery-oriented Services and Policy Planning in Mental Health in 2018.