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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 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.


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.


Carel Beynen - HGI board memberCarel 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.


Chrissy Boyce - HGI board memberChrissy Boyce MPH, BSc (hons), DMS, PGCert, SRN

Chrissy Boyce has over 37 years experience working in a wide variety of senior leadership roles in a number of key settings across the NHS. She was a member of the Department of Health's central team leading the design and implementation of NHS 111. As the East Midlands lead for Urgent and Emergency Care Chrissy played a major role in the development of Major Trauma systems across England. She brings a very broad knowledge and experience base that includes, nursing, primary care, public health, prison healthcare and ambulance service.


Clive CorryClive Corry

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.


Sue GraySue Gray

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

Latest News:

BBC Somerset Radio Interview

Charlie Taylor interviews Judith Desbonne and Tiffany Osborne about the human givens approach to therapy and its many benefits.

2020 Conference Programme announced

This year's 2-day conference promises to be another cracking event with some fascinating new insights, a wealth of practical content to expand your professional knowledge and inspirational illustrations of how widely the HG approach is spreading.