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.
Sue Gray (Chair)
Sue Gray has had a varied work and life experience to date. She is an accomplished senior health and social care director and clinician (Physiotherapy and Mental Health/ Psychotherapy) with board level leadership, business and service development and turnaround experience. She champions empowering peer support models for inspiring people to create a life that works for themselves and has taken the human givens approach into various situations to enhance this. At present Sue is a registered Human Givens Therapist in private practice, a wellbeing trainer and executive coach for a mental health charity, and a culture change consultant for Eastside PrimeTimers.
Julie Lawrence (Joint Secretary)
Julie Lawrence is a Human Givens therapist in private practice. She was formerly a senior leader in the public sector, undertaking Board level roles in the NHS, local government and central government departments.
During her career in the public sector she specialised in change leadership and transformation. Training in the Human Givens allowed her to bring a new dimension to understanding the human response to change, and she believes it greatly improved her capability as a leader.
Julie still undertakes leadership roles and is presently a senior leader in a global energy plc. She uses her experience to support the HGI Board in developing strategy and good governance, and has been joint Board Secretary since 2012.
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.
Judith Desbonne (Joint Secretary & 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.
Jane 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.
Carel Beynen LL.M, HG Dip. P. (Finance Committee Chair)
Carel Beynen is a Human Givens Therapist and a Career Coach with a private practice in Rotterdam. He worked for 25 years as interim-change manager and business consultant in the profit and non-profit sector in the Netherlands. He also has been a local politician in Rotterdam. Prior to this he worked with international companies in the industrial, financial and transport sectors in managerial, financial and legal functions.
Clive Corry is a Northern Irish businessman, whose family business operated in one of the worst areas of the ‘troubles’ in Belfast. Years later, following personal tragedy, Clive realised that complex traumas had been affecting his family for a long time. Reading between 40–50 books on trauma and the stress-disease connection, he discovered that trauma was a wide-spread, pervasive and debilitating condition which affected large numbers of people, on the scale of a world pandemic, but that this was not generally appreciated nor understood. It was also often the root cause behind addictions, obesity, anger, depression, self-harm and suicide; ‘Intergenerational trauma’ from the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ was significant and largely unrecognized. Determined to raise greater public awareness of psychological trauma, its causes, effects and treatment options, Clive gathered some of the best-known trauma experts in the world and organised the first ever International Trauma Recovery Summit in Belfast for health professionals, and a Young Hearts and Minds event for youth and social workers. Both events were hugely successful and are now bi-ennial.
Since launching the conferences Clive has become aware of the human givens approach – impressed by its effectiveness in helping people overcome trauma, addictions and mental health conditions, he was keen to join the Board to contribute his knowledge and help in turn to raise awareness of the many benefits of HG.
Elizabeth Barr (Peer Group Representative)
Elizabeth Barr is an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist (over 10 years), she holds the Human Givens Post-Graduate Diploma (Distinction) and has also been a qualified and registered teacher for over twenty years. Alongside working in her private practice Elizabeth works as a trauma specialist for the military charity www.ptsdresolution.org and also in a variety of educational settings. Elizabeth also has lots of experience of working with Asperger’s and those who have suffered an acquired brain injury.
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