Lisa Haywood’s career in the field of mental health has combined
the theoretical — policy development at both local and the highest
national levels — with the practical — her successful experience
as a chief executive and supervisor of other chief executives.
Everything she does is colored by her deep commitment to the participation
of service users in all aspects of their lives. Her approach stems from
her long experience as both provider and user of those services. She
has worked with charities and statutory bodies to build structures and
services that develop individual autonomy and people’s ability
to make real changes in their lives.
Lisa's accomplishments are listed in her Curriculum
Vitae. Among other
achievements she ran a charity for six years, doubling the income from £1 million to £2 million, increasing staff
and volunteers by a third to offer nearly twice the services. She provided
executive support to national Mind during the five-month interim between
CEOs. She advised the government on the Mental Health Act, developed
the structure for a national user network in England, and worked with
the Welsh Assembly Government to build up their national user organisation
in Wales. She evaluated women's services at Rampton Hospital and is a
Mental Health Act Tribunal member and chairs serious untoward incident
Kofi Sunu is a highly skilled trainer, facilitator and management consultant
with expertise across the health and social care spectrum. He has
over 15 years’ experience in research, business planning, project
development, training and capacity building.
He has considerable management experience as the strategic and operational
manager of a ground breaking residential project for African and
Caribbean people with mental health needs in the east end of London.
Kofi provides an in-depth understanding of the needs of different communities
and chaired the Black and Minority Ethnic Advisory group for the NHS
mental health strategy for London
Please see his Curriculum Vitae for more details
Dr. Jan Wallcraft is currently managing the Service User Research Group
for England, which involves service users in the UK Mental Health Research
She was formerly NIMHE’s Fellow for Experts by Experience, co-ordinating
the group of service users and carers who fed into NIMHE policy, and was a major
contributor to their Making a Real Difference programme, developing tools for
effective service user and carer involvement.
Jan is also a freelance mental health consultant and researcher. She
has been a leading member of the survivor/service user movement for many
years. The first co-ordinator of Mind’s user network, Mindlink, she went on to help set
up UK Advocacy Network, and was a member of Survivors’ Speak Out’s
national committee. Jan was lead researcher on the user-led Strategies for Living
Project at the Mental Health Foundation, and completed her Ph.D. in 2001, on
people’s experiences of crisis, breakdown and psychiatric treatment.
Please see her Curriculum Vitae for more details and recent publications.
Ed Van Hoorn
Ed van Hoorn’s career bridges 25 years of work within the patients/clients
movement in Holland and the rest of Europe. He was a chair of the Dutch
Client’s Union and a founding member of the World Organisation
for Users/Survivors of Mental Health Services (linked to the World Federation
for Mental Health) as well as being an advisor to the Dutch Council for
Currently, with his partners, he runs an innovative agency focussed
on research and the development of systems to enhance and improve the
self determination of service users across all disability areas. This
agency has now entered into a coalition with one of the bigger health-insurance
companies in the Netherlands to inform and influence their
commissioning and purchasing policies though the input of organised service
The main aim in all Ed’s work is to ensure patient autonomy, not
only in relationships with their doctors, but also in the strategic planning
and evaluation of services.