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Our Patron and Board of Directors

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Sue Cook (Patron)

Sue Cook, as well as being a journalist and author, is one of the UK’s most experienced and popular broadcasters. Over a long career she presented programmes for both radio and television, notably, You and Yours, Nationwide, Crimewatch, Out of Court, and Children in Need with Sir Terry Wogan, and interviewed a diverse range of people from James Stewart to Archbishop Tutu.

Sue is supportive of the human givens approach to relieve suffering and its potential to bring much-needed clarity to all walks of human life

She is an honours graduate in Psychology from Leicester University, who also awarded her an honorary D. Litt in 1997 in recognition of her contribution to British broadcasting, an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and a patron of the Rainbow Trust, the Children’s Liver Disease Foundation, and the British Wireless Fund for the Blind.


Dr Declan Lyons - HGI Board MemberDr Declan Lyons, PhD, MSc, MRCP (UK) MRCPsych (Chair)

Declan Lyons has been a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. Patrick’s University Hospital since 2001. Having trained in medicine for the elderly initially, his psychiatric training took place at St. Patrick’s University Hospital and at the Maudsley Hospital in London. He is director of the Evergreen programme for older adults, which emphasises positive aging and enhanced independent living for older adults with mental health problems. Declan jointly conducts a memory clinic with the psychology department at the hospital with focus on early detection of dementia and other causes of memory disorders. He has particular clinical and research interests in late life depression, medical education and management and lectures at Trinity College on psychiatry and ethical issues applied to medical practice.


Julie Lawrence - HGI Board MemberJulie Lawrence (Joint Secretary)

Julie Lawrence is a public sector manager and civil servant, and a Human Givens therapist in private practice. She has worked in senior management roles within the NHS and in central government. Her recent roles include Assistant Chief Executive for the London Borough of Barnet, and Director of Offender Management Policy in the Ministry of Justice. Prior to that, she was Director of System Reform for the NHS. She is currently Director of Strategy and Resources for Border Force within the Home Office.


Julian Penton - HGI Board MemberJulian Penton, CQSW, MA, HG.Dip.P, FHGI (Joint Secretary)

Julian Penton has several years' experience as a practicing human givens therapist, working in private practice as well as for Hartlepool Mind.

He is also a co-trainer on the Human Givens Supervision Course and a diligent member of the HGI Ethics and Complaints Committee where he helped forge the HG approach to dealing with ethical dilemmas.


Ivan Tyrrell - HGI Board MemberIvan Tyrrell, FHGI

Ivan Tyrrell worked for many years as a psychotherapist specialist in brief therapy for depression and anxiety, and now spends most of his time lecturing and writing. In 1997 he co-founded the human givens approach with the Irish psychologist Joe Griffin, and together they have written numerous best-selling books on mental health and wellbeing, psychology, counselling, dreaming, depression, the origins of creativity and consciousness. He is the editorial director of the HGI's journal Human Givens, and a director of the Human Givens College.


Celia Nicholson - HGI Board MemberCelia Nicholson (Lay member)

Celia Nicholson worked for 25 years in corporate Human Resource Management prior to becoming a Human Resources Consultant where she specialised in leadership development and organisation change. As a Managing Consultant and later a Director she designed and led many national and international management development programmes for major corporations in the banking, pharmaceutical, IT and energy industries. In more recent years as an independent consultant she also supported numerous blue chip organisations through long term organisational change advising at the strategic level as well as supporting and coaching managers through often difficult long term transitions.


Jane TyrrellJane Tyrrell, HonHGI

Jane Tyrrell has been closely involved with the human givens approach and the HGI since their inception, working closely with Joe Griffin, Denise Winn and Ivan Tyrrell on the core HG books, Diploma Manual and development of training courses. She has a life-long interest in psychology and human development and her background in design and marketing has played a central role in developing HG’s growing online presence – she is keen to increase global awareness of the human givens approach to mental health and wellbeing, as well as the many benefits of HG therapy. She holds the HG. Diploma.


Judith DesbonneJudith Desbonne (Peer Group Representative)

Judith Desbonne is an experienced Human Givens Therapist, Supervisor and psychiatric nurse currently running a private practice.

She has thirty years’ experience of working in the NHS mental health services with experience of working with adults, the elderly and children and young people within the Child and adolescent mental health services. (CAMHS).

She also holds a teaching qualification and previously worked in a further education college as a learning support tutor.


Jackie ChidwickJackie Chidwick (Lay member)

Jackie Chidwick has worked for 31 years in education. Having gained a first class degree in 1987 and the National Professional Qualification for Headteachers in 2000, Jackie continues to be driven by a deep passion for empowering learners of all ages to achieve success. Having been involved as a leader in both primary education and initial teacher training, she has a long established interest in emotional well-being; her work has centred around helping children and adults to overcome barriers of all kinds to access their innate ability to succeed.  Her background in educational leadership brings experience in strategic development linked closely to financial best practice and the effective deployment of quality assurance to secure high standards of professional practice.

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