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Lisa HaywoodLisa Haywood

Senior Consultant

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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 inquiry panels.


Kofi SunuKofi Sunu

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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

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Jan WallcraftCurriculum Vitae for Jan WallcraftJan Wallcraft

Dr. Jan Wallcraft is currently managing the Service User Research Group for England, which involves service users in the UK Mental Health Research Network.

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 HoornEd 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 Public Health.

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 users.

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.