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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 GraySue 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 - HGI Board MemberJulie 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 - 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.


Joe Griffin - HGI Board MemberJoe Griffin, FHGI

Joe Griffin is a psychologist with many years’ experience both in psychotherapeutic practice and in training psychotherapists. His influence on psychotherapy has been enormous among those who value effectiveness above all. As co-developer of the human givens approach to psychology and behaviour, thousands of health professionals have enjoyed his practical workshops and seminars on brief therapy for treating anxiety related disorders, depression, trauma and addiction. Many of these can be watched online. Since it is widely recognised that much mental distress comes from work related stress he is increasingly in demand by businesses to help them run more effectively by taking account of the innate needs of customers, employees, suppliers, owners and shareholders.


Judith DesbonneJudith 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 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.


Malcolm Hanson - HGI board memberMalcolm Hanson (Supervision Lead)

Malcolm Hanson is a highly experienced HG therapist and supervisor. After a 20 year career in the Armed Forces, he worked full-time in the NHS for over 9 years with a wide range of severe and complex cases; many with suicidal ideation. He holds an MA in Human Givens Psychotherapy and a Doctorate in Social Practice. After leaving the NHS he moved to Scotland where he now runs a private practice, which includes work at the Prince's Trust in Glasgow. He is also a Trustee of the charity PTSD Resolution, which uses HG therapists to help veterans and their families.


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