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Meet the Board

TCTC is a charity which is governed by a Board elected from its membership. There are some formal roles which are required to comply with the requirements of The Charities Commission and Companies House and then internal roles and areas of responsibility which help us develop the work of the organisation.

This document introduces the TCTC Board to you, gives you a little of their background and interests and highlights areas of TCTC work that they have specific focus on.

Andy Brooker
TCTC Experts by Experience Group


Simon Clarke photo Sep 16Simon Clarke

Simon has lived experience of psychosis and using mental health services, is a former member and leader of Christ Church Deal (CCD) therapeutic community, and is a Health and Care Professions Council-registered clinical psychologist. He is currently working as a senior lecturer within the Division of Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Simon qualified with his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2009 from Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology at Tunbridge Wells. Following this, he worked in early intervention in psychosis services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, chronic pain services for Nottinghamshire NHS Healthcare Foundation Trust, and then as an academic tutor at University of Lincoln on the Trent DClinPsy training programme.

Simon is interested in the use of critical theory, psychoanalysis, narrative approaches and spirituality in understanding madness and the development of alternative therapeutic environments. He is currently exploring these themes through his PhD thesis entitled ‘How Can Madness be Understood and Represented Authentically?’ in the School of Education, University of Nottingham under the supervision of Dr Gary Winship and Dr Colin Wright.

John Gale

John Gale
TCTC Exec Group

John Gale is CEO of Community Housing and Therapy (CHT) a mental health charity specialising in therapeutic communities and President of the International Network of Democratic Therapeutic Communities (INDTC). Formerly a Benedictine monk, he lectured in philosophy and church history, specialising in late antiquity. After leaving the priesthood he trained as a psychotherapist and has worked in therapeutic communities in the voluntary sector for over twenty years. He was the clinical director of CHT before being appointed to his present post in 1999. He is a board member of ISPS UK and a member of the advisory panel of the Community of Communities programme at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He was development editor and deputy editor of the journal Therapeutic Communities for seven years and is currently a member of its international editorial advisory group. He was a member of the International Advisory Committee of the 11th World Congress of the World Association for Psychosocial Rehabilitation. He regularly speaks at conferences and has contributed to books, and published articles in academic journals. He is particularly interested in the interface between philosophy, psychoanalysis and spirituality.   

Kevin Gallagher

Kevin Gallagher
TCTC Chair & Exec Group
TCTC Windsor Conference Group
TCTC Children and Young Peoples Sector Group

Kevin is Managing Director at CPA limited, the UKs largest independent psychology service and also Organisational/ Management Consultant and Chair of TCTC. He qualified as a social worker in the mid 90’s, working with care leavers before moving to residential childcare progressing from practice through management into leadership roles in the local authority and then the independent sector.  He has overseen and led regional and national childcare organisations including mergers and contracted services for local authorities. His work has always focussed on the care, education and emotional support to young people with complex needs and developing the systems to support staff. This has now extended to adult support services and mainstream education. Tavistock trained, he is actively consulting to current TCTC member organisations, has recently completed an MBA with research into residential therapeutic care. Kevin is now a governor of an inner city primary school.

Ruth Hirons

Ruth Hirons
TCTC NHS Sector Lead

Ruth is Deputy Medical Director and Consultant psychiatrist in Psychotherapy for the whole of Kent. 15 years ago after a lot of campaigning, managed to develop the Brenchley Unit which is a TC for PD patients. About 9 years ago, then recruited an outreach team of therapists who go to every community team and assess patients for PD and invite them to weekly outreach groups while offering consultation and support to the staff. Just over a year ago we opened a second day TC in East Kent, and have now started a service to see all patients with PD who are admitted to the crisis team or the acute wards in Medway. Their service is opening a short term hostel for women with PD in Medway in 2014.

Ruths background has been in psychotherapy since graduating in 1969, and her first experience of a TC was in the John Connolly hospital in Birmingham in 1970. This was a huge inspiration as a young doctor and an experience which has inspired Ruth all her life. Ruth went on to train in psychiatry and psychotherapy and has felt very privileged to be able to work for so many years in this area and to have contributed to the development of services for this disadvantaged client group. Ruth looks forward to working with the TCTC as we go forwards .

My personal life includes a husband, 4 grown up children 2 of whom are doctors , 4 grandchildren and a dog.

Peter Holmes

Dr Peter Holmes
TCTC Windsor Conference Group Chair

Peter Holmes is a business psychologist, management consultant and pastoral counsellor who co-founded a therapeutic community which is also a local church, Christ Church Deal. He has immersed himself in the field of therapeutic communities, practically and through his PhD. He served on the Executive of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, and supported the Community of Communities as a Lead Reviewer. He designed and piloted a TC programme for genocide victims in Rwanda and has supported TC development in USA for those with emotional distress, for homeless single mums and their children, and in faith contexts.

Amanda Knowles

Amanda Knowles
TCTC Community of Communities Link
TCTC Children and Young Peoples Sector Group

With over 35 years experience Amanda, a qualified social worker, has worked in the public, voluntary and independent sector in a variety of residential and field work settings. She has worked as social worker in a statutory Children and Families team, a Child Protection Officer with the NSPCC and held several management positions including children’s home manager and children’s resource centre manager, a youth justice and community support team, an education support service, a residential respite service for children with a disability, 5 children’s homes a 16+ service and a regional secure unit. Since 2003, Amanda has been Director at Horizon Care and has led it to become a therapeutic, psychologically informed provision also developing specialist training for residential care staff. She has been a Trustee and Director of ‘The Consortium for Therapeutic Communities’ since 2011 and in this role is contributing to the promotion of Therapeutic Communities and Environments. 

Susan Williams

Dr Susan Williams
TCTC Treasurer & Exec Group
TCTC Secretary
TCTC Research and Development Group

Dr Susan Williams is a sociologist and organisational consultant specialising in processes of change in individuals and groups. She is co-founder of Christ Church Deal, a TC and local church that was the focus of her doctoral research.  She has developed training programmes bringing TC and Enabling Environment-related processes to a variety of organisations in both the UK and internationally. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Bristol. She is a Specialist Advisor to the Enabling Environments Award programme at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement. She is also an ex-service user. She chairs the TCTC R&D Group and also serves as TCTC’s Treasurer and Secretary.

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