Professor Lord Richard
Layard, Emeritus Professor of Economics, Centre of Economic Performance,
London School of Economics
Professor Peter Hobson, Tavistock Professor of Developmental Psychopathology,
Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Andrew McCulloch,
Chief Executive, The Mental Health Foundation; Professor Susie Orbach,
Psychotherapist, Consultant and Writer; Alison Faulkner, Mental
Health Service User, Consultant and Researcher
Peter Hobson is Tavistock Professor of Developmental
Psychopathology in the University of London, based at the Tavistock
Clinic and in the Behavioural and Brain Sciences Unit, Institute
of Child Health, UCL. He is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, and
has a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Cambridge.
His research interests converge upon the significance of interpersonal
relations for understanding the course of human development, both
typical and atypical, and include programmatic studies of autism
and borderline personality disorder.
Susie Orbach is a psychoanalyst and writer.
She co-founded The Women’s Therapy Centre in 1976 and The
Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, a training institute in
New York, in 1981.
Her interests as a psychotherapist and writer
have centred around psychoanalysis, gender, sexuality, countertransference
and the body, psychoanalysis and the public sphere, the construction
of femininity and emotional literacy. Her books include Fat is a
Feminist Issue, Hunger Strike, What do Women Want?, Towards Emotional
Literacy, The Impossibility of Sex and the forthcoming Bodies.
She is a founder member of ANTIDOTE (working
for emotional literacy) and Psychotherapists for Social Responsibility
and convenor of ANYBODY, campaigning for body diversity (www.any-body.org).
Susie is a Visiting Professor at the LSE
and co-founder of Psychoanalysis@LSE and has been a consultant to
the World Bank, the NHS and Unilever. She is a board member of The
International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
and has a clinical practice seeing individuals and couples.
Biography: Alison Faulkner
Alison Faulkner is a freelance researcher,
trainer and consultant, working from a service user/survivor perspective.
She has over 20 years experience of social research mainly in the
mental health field, and has worked for the Mental Health Foundation,
the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health and the National Centre for
Social Research. From 1997 to 2002 she managed the ‘Strategies
for Living’ programme at the Mental Health Foundation, which
sought to document and disseminate people’s experiences of
mental health problems through research, publications and conferences.
Since becoming freelance in 2002, she has
worked for a range of organisations including Universities and Trusts,
the Mental Health Foundation, Rethink, Mind, the Richmond Fellowship,
the Home Office Safer Custody Group, and she is a member of INVOLVE.
As a user of mental health services, Alison has experience of a
range of services including acute inpatient care, crisis services,
psychotherapy and medication.
Biography: Andrew McCulloch
Mr McCulloch has been Chief Executive of
the Mental Health Foundation since October 2002.
Prior to this, Andrew was Director of Policy
at The Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health for 6 years. He was formerly
a senior civil servant in the Department of Health for 16 years
and was responsible for mental health and learning disabilities
policy from 1992 to 1996. He has particular interests in policy
development, partnership working, models of mental health care,
human resources and public mental health. He has spoken and published
widely on mental health issues.
Andrew’s other experience has included
being a school governor, the non-executive Director of an NHS Trust,
a Chair of mental Health Media, a charity dedicated to giving people
with mental health problems and learning disabilities a voice. His
PhD study related to psycho-social adjustment to old age.
Biography: Prof Lord
Richard Layard was founder-director of the
LSE Centre for Economic Performance, a large research centre covering
most areas of economic policy. Since 2000 he has been a member of
the House of Lords.
He has written widely on unemployment, inflation,
education, inequality and post-Communist reform. In recent years
he has been actively involved in the new science of happiness, and
in 2005 published Happiness: Lessons from a New Science.
Mental illness is probably the single greatest
threat to a happy life, and for this reason Richard Layard is currently
leading a campaign to provide within the NHS evidence-based psychological
therapy for people with clinical depression and chronic anxiety
disorder. The Depression Report, published in July 2006, is the
manifesto for this campaign.
Richard Layard is also active in other happiness
promoting policies, such as the emotional aspects of children's
education, and initiatives by local authorities to monitor and improve
the happiness of the population in their area. He founded the Employment
Institute in 1985 to press for action to prevent long-term unemployment
and was its Chairman from 1987-92. After Labour came to power, he
was from 1997-2001 a government consultant on policies towards unemployment
(including the New Deal) and towards skills.
He was Chairman of the European Commission's
Macroeconomic Policy Group in the 1980s and then co-Chairman of
the World Economy Group set up by WIDER. From 1991-97 he was an
economic adviser to the Russian government's economic staff.
He has been on the staff of LSE since 1964.