The team


 The Core Team

The EFFIP project is run by the core team including Dr Steve Gillard, Dr Claire Henderson, Dr Jacqueline Sin, Dr Luke Woodham, Dominique Spence-Polin and Aurora Sesé.

The Project Reference Group

The Project Reference Group (PRG) includes active patient, public and carer involvement (PPI) and meets three times a year throughout the project lifecycle to oversee every aspect of the EFFIP project. The PRG members include the core team and Ellen Harris, Jacqueline Marks, Angela Ryan, Lana Samuels and Dr Clive Travis.

The Expert Advisory Group

The Expert Advisory Group (EAG) oversees the design and development of the COPe-support resource in year 2017, taking on board all the findings gleaned from our developmental work in 2016. EAG members include the core team members, Jacqueline Marks, Lana Samuels, Dr Clive Travis, and Storm Ryan, Leigh Wallbank and Dr Elen Williams.

The Trial Steering Committee

An independent Trial Steering Committee (TSC) has been established to oversee the randomised controlled trial of the COPe-support. The TSC comprises:

Chair – Dr Bryn Lloyd-Evans (of University College London); subject expert member – Professor Jo Smith (of University of Worcester); Independent trial statistician – Dr Louise Marston; carer member – Paul Kenny; carer member – Christine Lewis; carer member – Evadine Okoye (2018-2019); & carer member – Eva Klamerus (2019-20).

“Ask the Experts” forum panel members

COPe-support online resource has a forum where carer-participants can seek advice and feedback from a panel of experts (i.e. individuals with expertise through clinical/professional training or lived experience). The panel members include: Ana-Maria Corredor Collazos, David Coughlan, Dr Ranjita Dhital, Sian Evans, Dr Ban Haider, Julia Heathcote, Dr Claire Henderson, Dr Sarah Mansfield, Dr Aileen O’Brien, Mona Qassim, Juliet Sserunkuma, Clive Travis, PhD and Dr Elen Williams.

Special thanks

We are grateful for the expert input from Fiona Howat (filming and video editing), Nick Humberstone (logo design and digitalization support), Kavirthana Krishnamoorthy (flyer design and Canvas support), Rachel Batchelor (honorary research assistance) and all the members of the eLearning Unit and Centre for Technology in Education at St George’s, University of London.

More information about the team members:

Professor Steve Gillard

Steve is Professor of Mental Health Research, based at City, University of London.

Dr. Claire Henderson

Claire is Reader in Public Mental Health and Consultant Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, and South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr. Jacqueline Sin

Jacqueline is NIHR Post Doctoral Research Fellow and a mental health nurse based at City, University of London and is coordinating the EFFIP project.

Dr. Luke Woodham
Luke is the Technical Innovations Manager in SGUL's eLearning Unit and provides technical guidance to the EFFIP project.
Aurora Sesé
Aurora is eProjects Officer at the eLearning Unit of SGUL and is designing and developing the eLearning resource and the project website.
Ellen Harris
Ellen has personal experience of caring for a loved one affected by mental illness, she works in voluntary sectors, currently for an education charity and previously in Rethink.
Jacqueline Marks
Jacqueline is the ENRICH programme Trial-Manager at St George’s, University of London and has lived experience of mental illness.
Angela Ryan
Angela has personal experience of mental illness and is the founder of Recovery in Mind, a Recovery College in West Berkshire.
Lana Samuels
Lana is a carer for a loved one affected by psychosis and actively involves in mental health research.
Dr. Clive Travis
Clive is an Expert Patient and a Deputy Prime Minister Mental Health Hero (East), who works in promoting better knowledge and treatment for people with psychosis.
Storm Ryan
Storm is an A level student with a passion to promote mental health awareness using her personal experience of coping with mental illness in her family.
Leigh Wallbank
Leigh is Head of Services of SANE – the mental health charity, and has worked in voluntary organisations supporting people affected by mental illness and carers for many years.
Dr. Elen Williams
Elen is a GP with a special interest in the physical health of those with mental health problems. Her interest stems from having two brothers affected by psychosis.
Kate Borrett
Kate is Executive Officer and Mental Health Clinical Support Coordinator, at St George's, University of London.