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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, 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 (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.
Julian 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, 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.
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.
Judith 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.
Atlanta Wardell-Yerburgh (Peer Group Representative)
Atlanta Wardell-Yerburgh is an experienced Human Givens Therapist currently running a private practice.
She has extensive experience in counselling, coaching and psychotherapy with individuals and groups. Before that she spent many years in business, qualifying initially as a chartered accountant with Deloitte and then moving into corporate turnarounds dealing with companies in trouble. She has also worked in the venture capital industry at director level.
Carel Beynen LL.M, HG Dip. P.
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.
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