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Michael Maier is head of the London Specialty School of Psychiatry. This post is a joint appointment between London Deanery and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is the current elected chair of the London division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a consultant psychiatrist and honorary senior lecturer at Imperial College, London and an honorary consultant at West London Mental Health Trust. He trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery / Institute of Neurology where he held a Wellcome Trust Training fellowship. Michael runs a specialist service for treatment-resistant schizophrenia and has been programme director for specialist registrar training in north west London for the past 10 years.


Rob Howard is Dean of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is Chief Investigator on the MRC CALM-AD and DOMINO trials and works to provide an independent evidence base to support the use of treatments in people with dementia, depression or psychosis. Clinically, Robert Howard is an inpatient consultant in Southwark for the Older Adults and has an interest in forensic and other medicolegal issues in old age. He was a defence expert witness in the War Crimes trial of Szymon Serafinowicz in 1996 and was Amnesty International’s expert witness in the Pinochet extradition hearings in 1999.



Robin Murray is a Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, and indeed has spent most of his working life there apart from one year at NIMH in the USA: fortunately the latter did not do him too much harm. His particular interest is in understanding the causes of psychosis, and he and his colleagues have contributed to the understanding that environmental factors such as obstetric events, heavy cannabis use and migration increasing the risk of developing schizophrenia-like psychoses. According to ESI ScienceWatch, he is one of the most frequently cited schizophrenia researchers in the world; he has supervised 35 PhDs and 28 of his students have become professors.





Simon Wessely is Professor of epidemiological and liaison psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and head of its department of psychological medicine, as well as Director of the King's Centre for Military Health Research. He is also honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at King's College Hospital and Maudsley Hospital, as well as Civilian Consultant Advisor in Psychiatry to the British Army.




Mark Salter is a consultant in adult general psychiatry in Hackney, East London. He is a member of the College’s Public Education Committee and has been one of the College’s media experts for over 15 years. He has worked as a writer and broadcaster on BBC and ITV, and has produced both films and stage work related to mental illness. Between 1998 and 2003, he was co-director of the media project of Every Family in the Land, the College’s five year campaign to address the stigmatisation of mental illness. He has a special interest in media misrepresentation of violence in psychotic illness, and the teaching of media skills to mental health professionals. In 2008, he published his first book, Outdoor Psychiatry, cowritten with Dr Trevor Turner.



Joanna Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Mental Health Sciences at University College London and a practising consultant psychiatrist in rehabilitation psychiatry. She has spent her academic time re-evaluating the nature and efficacy of psychiatric drugs and exploring the history and politics of psychiatry more generally. She is the co-chair person of the Critical Psychiatry Network, which was set up in 1998, and has campaigned against the dominance of the biomedical approach to psychiatry and the influence of the pharmaceutical industry, in alliance with service user groups. She is the author of “The Myth of the Chemcial Cure”.



Peter Tyrer is Head of the Department of Psychological Medicine in the Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health at Imperial College and also Professor of Community Psychiatry. He has been interested in the concept of personality disorder since a medical student 40 years ago and has been involved in research to improve its assessment, treatment and impact on other mental disorders. He is the editor of Personality Disorders: Diagnosis, Management and Course, first published in 1988 and is currently involved in assessing the DSPD programme of the Home Office and the Department of Health as well as randomised controlled trials of treatment supported by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council. He is also Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry.




Dr Gerada undertook her psychiatric training at the Maudsley and Bethlam. Since 1991 she has worked as a Principal in General Practice though has maintained her interest and expertise in the addiction field. Since 1993 Dr Gerada has been the lead clinician for the Consultancy Liaison Addiction Service which provides support to general practitioners to deliver effective care to drug users. Dr Gerada has held a number of national roles, including, Senior Policy Advisor Department of Health, Drugs and Alcohol. Director of RCGP Substance Misuse Use Unit & Chair of RCGP National Expert Group on Substance Misuse. Director Primary Care, National Clinical Governance Support Team, 2003-2006: responsible in part for developing Governments’ response to the Shipman Inquiry. Vice Chair RCGP 2007 – 2010.





Jane Haywood is a specialist nurse practitioner in addiction. She is also one of the first Independent Nurse Prescribers to be trained in England. She has enhanced skills in delivering specific psychological interventions aimed at individuals with addiction problems. Jane has worked in the addiction field for over 15 years - both in primary and secondary care.





Oyedeji (Deji) Ayonrinde  is a consultant in general adult and substance misuse psychiatry at the Bethlem Royal Hospital where he runs a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU).  Following training at the Bethlem and Maudsley he is currently  the College Tutor with responsibility for CT1-3 training.  Dr Ayonrinde is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Transcultural Mental Health and has pioneered the MSc programme in Queen Mary’s University of London.  He has been a examination panel member with the General Medical Council for several years with contributions to undergraduate and postgraduate education.  He maintains interest in supporting the mental  health of health professionals.  As the Medical Advisor to MIND in Croydon he has participated in a number of award winning initiatives including “Boxercise”, anti-stigma and  media projects.  He has contributed chapters to cultural psychiatry books alongside publications and editorial roles.  Dr Ayonrinde is a keen medical historian with a growing antique collection.


Simon Dein trained as a registrar in psychiatry at Guys Hospital and went on to do a Master's degree in social anthropology and then a PhD in social anthropology. He is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Medicine in the Centre for Behavioural and Social Sciences in Medicine at University College London and honorary consultant neuropsychiatrist at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow.  He works clinically as a consultant psychiatrist and his main clinical interests are in oncology and palliative medicine, and much of his work is with dying patients. He has published a number of papers on religion and health, and is the joint editor of Mental Health, Religion and Culture.




Nick Bass