Take a look at this section to find out who is on the Steering Group for this project. The wider Project Partners are listed seperately.

Service user and carer representatives


BUTLERDebbie Butler

I have been an Associate member of staff with the University of Nottingham for the last few years using my experiences of treatment by the NHS for most of my life. I have increased my knowledge base from this role and would encourage other service users to get involved.



Thomas Kabir


Thomas leads the Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) programme at the McPin Foundation. From 2009 until 2014 Thomas was the coordinator of the national service user involvement arm of the NIHR Mental Health Research Network. Thomas has worked on a number of national public and patient involvement (PPI) in research initiatives including the ‘Budgeting for Involvement’ guide together with INVOLVE, and service user focused outcome measures. Thomas has also helped to produce several resources that aim to help people in receipt of welfare benefits receive payments for involvement work.

RADINPaul Radin (October 2016 - July 2017)

Involvement Volunteer / Patient Leader pushing for Genuine & Meaningful Patient Involvement. Based at Nottinghsamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Paul also does a lot for MindTech HTC, and many other Regional & National Healthcare Organisations, Think Tanks and Peer-Led Initiatives. Digital Technology for Mental Health is of particular interest because it’s a conduit for Future Improvement which needs to be driven by Service-Users.





RAWSTHORNEMat Rawsthorne


Mat Rawsthorne CGMA is a peer support trainer and researcher: Service User Consultant for the NIHR CLAHRC-EM REBOOT study (RCT of the Effectiveness of Big White Wall compared to Other Online SupporT) and ESRC PhD student researching digital wellbeing at the Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence, Institute of Mental Health.

Elizabeth Rye
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Health and Social Care representatives

Victoria BettonVictoria Betton

Victoria is founder and director of mHabitat - an NHS owned initiative which supports people-centred digital innovation in health and care. She is a qualified social worker with experience in local government, third sector and the NHS. Her doctoral research is on the theme of mental health and online social networks. You can find her blog at www.codesigndigitalhealth.co.uk She has Masters degrees in Women’s Studies, Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Relations. She is involved in steering HealthTech Women North and Digital Leaders Y&H and is an Improvement Fellow at the Y&H Improvement Academy. You can find her on Twitter @VictoriaBetton and her Pets as Therapy dog Bibi on Instagram at bibithepatdog




CHAPMANKathy Chapman

Kathy is the Programme Manager for the Mental Health System Leadership Programme (MHILP) hosted at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. The MHILP undertakes projects involving mental health information and intelligence and Kathy coordinates a range of quality measurement and quality improvement projects in mental health including the MINDSet mental health quality improvement toolkit. Kathy has 25 years of experience in the NHS initially as a clinical psychologist specialising neuropsychology and forensic psychology and later in a senior management roles including at Board level.



HollisChris Hollis

Chris Hollis is Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Before moving to Nottingham, Chris trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, where he completed his PhD. Chris is lead clinician for the Developmental Neuropsychiatry Service at QMC, with special interests in lifespan neurodevelopmental disorders including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tourette's, Austism Spectrum Disorder, child and adolescent-onset psychoses and psychopharmacology. In addition he is Clinical Director of the NIHR Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC) in mental health and neurodevelopmental disorders (MindTech), Director of the Centre for ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Across the Lifespan (CANDAL) and leads the NIHR CLAHRC NDL Children and Young People's research theme.



KNOWLESLouise Knowles

Louise is a registered psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and has been a practicing psychotherapist for the past 20 years. She has considerable clinical experience in both the public and private sector. She currently works at The University of Sheffield where she is the Head of Counselling and Psychological wellbeing.




Chris Packham

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Additional Support and Expertise


Rachel Churchill

Rachel is a Professor of Evidence Synthesis and coordinates the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group. A psychiatric epidemiologist by background, she has over 20 year experience of conducting mental health services research and evidence synthesis. She has experience of developing innovative approaches to evidence synthesis and of integrating mechanisms for evidence generation with systems for improving policy and practice in a variety of healthcare systems. She has strong networks amongst clinical guideline producers, service user groups, and some charities and health advocates, and has worked with these groups to establish priorities for new research and research synthesis to help with decision-making. Based in the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) at the University of York, she is the academic lead for CRD’s Knowledge Translation and Mobilisation Group.

CravenMichael Craven

Mike is senior research fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operative and is assisting Lucy Simons with managing the web content for the JLA PSP on the MindTech website.






DIXSophie Dix

Sophie is the Director Research at MQ: Transforming mental health through research. MQ is a major new charity aiming to raise funds to invest in world-class research aiming to improve treatments, help us to understand the causes and find ways to prevent mental illness. After a post-doctoral position investigating the neural substrates involved in fear and anxiety, Sophie transitioned to industry and spent the next 14 years at Eli Lilly based in Surrey. Sophie holds a BSc in Anatomical science from Bristol University, a MSc in Neuroscience from Oxford University and a PhD in Psychology awarded by Cardiff University.




EASTONKatherine Easton

Katherine is a post-doctoral Research Scientist working in the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield. She joined the University of Sheffield in 2011, having spent 6 years at the University of Manchester working in the Mental Health group of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. She aims to engage in, and develop research that seeks to improve vulnerable group’s mental and physical health through the use of innovative technologies. She works predominantly with external organisations including the NHS and industry to co-design and develop new products and services and ensure their quality and impact is evaluated to a high standard.

ElliottIris Elliott

Iris is the Mental Health Foundation's Head of Policy and Research and leads its Interreg NWE ‘eMEN’ digital mental health project for the UK. Iris became a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts in recognition of her "exceptional and longstanding commitment to improving public mental health in the UK and Ireland". Originally a social worker, she holds a PhD in sociology, MA in public culture studies and MSc in health promotion.







SUDDABYAlli Suddaby/
John Loder

Alli manages Nesta’s Dementia Citizens project, a citizens science project that connects people affected by dementia and researchers using apps. Before joining Nesta, Alli was an independent digital project manager, working on digital projects that have a positive impact. She has worked for The Department of Health, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Marine Stewardship Council.

John is the Head of Strategy for the Health Lab at Nesta. He leads their work on digital health, including digital interventions, building online communities of patients, digital peer support and the potential of digital technology to enhance and accelerate research.

totophotoToto Anne Gronlund

Toto became a JLA Adviser in Spring 2017, after many years in the NHS, having worked in citizen and clinical involvement, health Informatics, evaluation and health economics. In the voluntary sector she has held roles as a Trustee and facilitator and mentor.



SimonsLucy Simons


Lucy has a background in mental health services research, with a strong emphasis on bringing service user and carer perspectives to the fore with interests in peer support, self-management and involvement in education. She also has five years’ experience in public involvement in research at INVOLVE, the NIHR advisory group on public involvement in NHS, social care and public health research. Since joining MindTech in 2013, she has brought together her research and involvement interests, adding a digital twist!


TomlinAndré Tomlin

André is an Information Scientist and a lifelong advocate of evidence-based healthcare. He is Managing Director of Minervation Ltd, an evidence-based healthcare consultancy that works with charities, the NHS, companies and universities to improve patient care with better use of the best available evidence. In 2011 André started the Mental Elf website which helps people who work in mental health keep up to date with the latest reliable research.

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