FPSA Trustees

We are a charitable funding organisation run by our trustees, who come from a variety of mental health backgrounds, including nursing, occupational therapy and psychiatry. Here you can find out about our current trustees and the depth of their knowledge and experience. 

Become a trustee for FPSA

We are also looking for people with relevant experience to help the FPSA continue its work to support those working in mental health services for adolescents. For full details please click here or email secretariat@foundationpsa.org.uk

Neil Hemstock (Chair)

Neil has been involved with our organisation since 1984, when we were known as the Association for the Psychiatric Study of Adolescence. He has served as the Local Secretary and Chair and was elected to the National Executive in 1986.

Since qualifying as a nurse in mental health and learning disability, in 1982, Neil has worked in the Leicestershire Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). He was a senior nurse in both community and in-patient settings and is now Lead Nurse for the Families Young People and Children’s Division of Leicestershire Partnership Trust.

Neil is particularly interested in working with psychosis and has completed the Diploma in Medical Health Sciences (Psycho-social interventions) at Sheffield University.

Commenting on his involvement with FPSA, Neil says he is very proud to provide support to improve the care of young people. He looks forward to FPSA’s future with great anticipation and excitement.

Ron Symington (Honorary Treasurer)

Ron has been involved with our organisation since 1991, both as a member and now as a trustee.

Ron is a registered mental health nurse and has worked in a variety of CAMHS Tier 3 and Tier 4 since 1976. Although Ron retired from full-time work in 2007, he is now working in a part-time post in CAMHS Tier 3, in Bangor, North Wales. Ron’s main interests and expertise are in:

  •     in-patient CAMHS Tier 4
  •     the law relating to children and young people
  •     clinical supervision

Dr Alan Cockett (Trustee)

Alan joined the FPSA Board of Trustees in 2011, shortly after retiring from his full-time work as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. Prior to this Alan was a member of our founding organisation, APSA.

For much of his extensive career, Alan was an in-patient consultant and had a special interest in eating disorders. He is also experienced in CAMHS Tier 3 and had a particular interest in dissociative disorders and self-harm.

Alan is a past editor of the European Journal of Eating Disorders, (now the European Eating Disorders Review) and was a regular attendee at the international conference ‘European Council on Eating Disorders’ conference. Along with his involvement with the FPSA, Alan is a member of the South West Regional Governance Committee of Rethink Mental Illness. He was also a director of the Eating Disorders Association (now called Beat). 

Alan’s main therapeutic interests are in the field of systemic therapies and he has been involved as a family therapy trainer. His experience includes teaching and training medical students, postgraduates in psychiatry and psychology and trainees in nursing and social work.

Alan sees his role as an FPSA trustee as a natural extension of his skills and knowledge. It gives him, he says, an opportunity to help professionals assess training opportunities and funding.

Graham Head (Trustee)

Graham joined the FPSA as a Trustee in August 2019. 

Graham worked in Information Management and Technology within the NHS and the wider health and care sector for over 30 years.  This included a spell as Director of IM&T in a teaching hospital in West London, while over the last ten years he has been working on Population Health Management whilst CIO at the Sollis Partnership.  In this latter role he worked with GP practices, commissioners and multidisciplinary teams to identify opportunities for improving the care of specific patient cohorts and individuals.  This particularly focused on the impact of co-morbidities, including the interactions of a wide range of mental and physical conditions.

Graham also worked as Head of Information Services at the British Museum, and was responsible for the delivery of systems as part of the Great Court Millennium project in 2000.  

He was previously a Trustee of Eduserv, a charity providing specialised information and technology services to higher education, local authorities and the charity sector.
Graham has now retired from the health service, and operates his own company, providing advice and guidance on a range of information and technology issues to the public sector.

Paul Mitchell (Trustee)

Paul is a mental health nurse with over thirty years experience in the NHS, primarily within young people’s services in the North West.  For most of his career he has worked with young people within secure services and within offender pathways.  Paul worked as a senior clinician and a service manager while also pursuing a career in research.  He has published and presented research on screening, pathways and interventions for young people in offender pathways; he was awarded his Doctorate in 2009.

Paul worked for three years as Clinical Lead for the National Secure Forensic Mental Health Service for Young People.  He has also worked on two NICE Guideline Development Groups and was also a member of the Department of Health CAMHS Taskforce and the Clinical Reference Group for Secure Services for Young People.

Since leaving the NHS four years ago Paul has worked as an independent consultant, both in the UK and internationally, primarily focussing on pathways and service development.  His main areas of interest are the development of interagency pathways and innovative models of service delivery that actively involve both young people and their carers.

Claire Moran (Trustee)

Claire has worked in mental health for 12 years, with experience in learning disabilities, forensics, and child and adolescent mental health. Claire received her MSc in 2014 (with distinction), and has completed further training in Cognitive Analytical Therapy and psychodynamic therapy. She currently works as a Lecturer at the University of East Anglia, and as a psychotherapist on a community mental health (14-25) team. Over her career so far, she has developed expertise in psychological formulation, clinical supervision, therapeutic relationship, and working with childhood trauma. Claire has a special interest in working with children in care, as well as the ongoing developments in ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) science, which concerns the myriad effects of psychological trauma on the brain, behaviour and overall health outcomes.

Janine Smith (Trustee)

Janine Smith has been involved with our organisation for many years, both locally and at a national level, serving as a trustee and a director. She was involved in the strategic development of our transformation from a membership organisation to a grant giving foundation. This led to our successful change to the FPSA in 2011.

Since Janine qualified as a nurse in mental health in 1991, she has worked in Nottingham CAMHS (in-patient/Tier 4) as a senior nurse. She is still with Nottingham CAMHS, working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the CAMHS Crisis Team.

Janine is particularly interested in adolescents and self-harm, and delivering evidence-based practice interventions. She is keen to explore how systems outside the health arena and multi-agency and inter-agency working can be developed to work in the best interests of young people.

Janine is passionate about her involvement with the FPSA. She is proud to represent the organisation and communicate its aims and objects at national conferences and forums.

Keith Wilshere (Trustee)

Keith has been involved with all three iterations of the organisation since 1989, when he joined the South Yorkshire group, serving initially as Treasurer, and then the National Executive, in 1990.

Initially working as a banker and computer systems operator, since qualifying as an occupational therapist in the late 1980’s, Keith has spent various points of his career working in Derby, Kingston on Thames, Richmond, Sheffield, Hull and East Yorkshire, East Sussex, North London, Nottingham and the East Midlands and latterly in the Black Country.

Keith retired from the NHS in 2014 from the position of Deputy Director of Integrated Governance and Trust Lead Allied Healthcare Professional (AHP) due to personal circumstances. Since then he has formed his own company and has gone on the work in health service interim lead clinical and corporate governance roles for acute trusts, ambulance trusts, clinical commissioning groups as well as being a part-time clinician, videographer and musician.

Keith has remained interested in and committed to the FPSA, previously editing both the practice magazine Rapport, for over 13 years, and some of the more recent FPSA Briefings. He has been the Chair of a school governing body and remains proud and dedicated to supporting young people in general and particularly those in the care systems who work with them.

Applying for Funding

The Foundation for Professionals in Services to Adolescents (FPSA) offers funding for relevant courses, conferences and training. Find out who can apply now. FPSA do not provide retrospective funding, if you have already paid for a course, training or conference you cannot apply for funding. Please check the deadlines for applications before you submit.

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