Devolved Council of the RCPsych in Scotland

The Devolved Council is the main decision-making body of the RCPsych in Scotland.

All major issues of policy are discussed at meetings and the Council acts as a link between RCPsych in Scotland members and the central College in London.

The Devolved Council meets four times a year and is made up of:

  • 3 Elected Officers
  • One appointed Meetings Secretary
  • 9 elected members
  • 1 elected Education and Training Committee (ETC) Representative
  • Representatives from all the specialties
  • Observers from the Scottish Government and Mental Welfare Commission
  • Six representatives from the Psychiatric Training Committee (PTC)
  • One representative from Specialty Doctor and Associate Specialist Doctors
  • One representative for Workforce Planning and training issues
  • 2 Patient Representatives
  • 2 Carer Representatives

Executive agendas and minutes (Members only)

RCPsych in Scotland Devolved Council

John Crichton grew up in a farming family in West Lothian. Early influences included his uncle’s suicide, his father’s traumatic memories of war, and developing insulin dependent diabetes at secondary school.

So even before medical school John had an interest in mental health and spent several months working as an auxiliary nurse in the old age wards at Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

His interest in psychiatry developed during his time at Nottingham medical school where he completed an intercalated psychology degree researching occupational stress in psychiatric nursing and won the elective prize for mental health research at the Muhimbili Medical Center, Tanzania.

After a house job in Shetland John trained in psychiatry at Fulbourn Hospital Cambridge. He was influenced by the moral decisions made about those patients with a damaged personality who presented with disruptive behaviour.

To research this further he was awarded the Nightingale Research Studentship at Trinity Hall and The Institute of Criminology, at Cambridge University.

During his doctoral research he developed an interest in homicide and published his first book in 1995: 'Psychiatric Patient Violence, Risk and Response'. He has gone on to publish over 60 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters.

Research interests 

His main research interest is homicide reduction. Since 2000 he has been an honorary fellow at University of Edinburgh School of Law where he teaches a module on the Criminology MSc.

After his PhD, John was a clinical lecturer in Learning Disability at University of Cambridge when he gave evidence in the Bournewood case before becoming clinical lecturer in Forensic Psychiatry at University of Edinburgh – returning to Royal Edinburgh Hospital after 13 years in 1998.

In 2000 he became a consultant at the newly opened Orchard Clinic, Scotland’s first medium secure psychiatric unit and later supported the creation of the Forensic Mental Health Managed Clinical Care Network, becoming its medical director.

He created the ‘Matrix of Security’ and risk management traffic lights system used across Scotland to enhance patient safety. He continues to work as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist specialising in the needs of mentally ill women.

John was instrumental in bringing about the national training program in Forensic psychiatry which has proved a successful model for other psychiatric subspecialties.

More recently as Chair of the Forensic Faculty in Scotland he chaired the influential Victim’s Rights Group, which reported to Scottish Ministers in 2017.

In 2015, John became an advisor to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where he promotes the mental health of prisoners. He has developed close international ties through the ICRC and has had particularly close links with the management of detainees in China.

John is married to Anne-Marie, a GP in Bo’ness. The couple have three daughters – the eldest of whom is a medical student at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Outside work John has campaigned for the availability of insulin pumps and continuous blood glucose monitoring for diabetics on the NHS, researched the history of the Lothians and Border Horse Territorial Army regiment, and helped to design an awarding winning home extension complete with a Mondrian inspired bookcase.

Linda is a Consultant Psychiatrists for NHS Lanarkshire and has been the Associate Medical Director for South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership since July 2017.

She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Glasgow in 1990, completing her training in psychiatry in the West of Scotland before taking up a post in Lanarkshire in 2003.

Linda is a past Chair of the Learning Disability Faculty in Scotland.

Linda has an interest in service development and reducing health inequalities. She has an interest in Human Rights, completing a masters Degree in Human Rights law at the University of Strathclyde in 2005, and tackling mental health stigma.

Linda currently sits on the SeeMe Advisory Board and Represented the College on the Mental Welfare Commission’s Patients Rights Carepathway Group.

Pauline is a consultant psychiatrist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and Associate Director of Medical Education for NHS Lothian. 

Pauline completed her undergraduate degree in medicine at the University of Edinburgh before starting her training in psychiatry in South East Scotland.

After a year working on a voluntary basis in a hospital in rural India, she completed higher training in psychiatry as a lecturer at the University of Aberdeen and Specialist Registrar with NHS Grampian. She subsequently completed a M.D. on the role of obstetric complications in functional psychosis.

Pauline currently works as a general adult psychiatrist specialising in in-patient care.  She is one of three consultant leads for ECT at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Pauline has a long standing interest in medical education, is a member of the South East Faculty of Clinical Educators and teaches on the Clinical Educator Programme.

As an Associate Director of Medical Education she promotes quality improvement projects in postgraduate training, oversees the induction programme for doctors new to the service and works closely the Deanery, local Training Programme Directors and NHS managers to ensure a high quality of  postgraduate training in psychiatry.

Pauline is a regional advisor and CASC examiner for the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

RCPsych in Scotland Office Staff

Laura's responsibilities include:

  • The RCPsych in Scotland’s communications with other agencies, including the Scottish Government
  • All policy and public affairs work
  • Consultation responses and submitting them all by deadline
  • Liaising with the Policy team in the College
  • Managing the office and staff

Laura is in the office Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

(part-time Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday)

Angela looks after the following areas:

  • Devolved Council of RCPsych in Scotland
  • Devolved Nation financial monitoring
  • RCPsych in Scotland Fellowship nominations
  • RCPsych in Scotland Elections
  • RCPsych in Scotland Academic Autumn / Winter Meetings
  • RCPsych in Scotland Medical Managers Group 
  • Support to Faculties

Contact Angela on 0131 344 4967 or email

Andrew is responsible for:

  • Policy and Parliamentary duties
  • Providing support to the Faculties in Scotland of the RCPsychiS including organising conferences (Addictions, Liaison, ID, Old Age and Forensic)
  • Retired Psychiatrists Group
  • Working Retired Psychiatrists Group 

Contact Andrew on 0131 344 4966 or email

(part-time Tuesday/Wednesday)

  • Susan is responsible for the following areas:
  • Providing support to the Faculties (Child & Adolescent, Eating Disorders and Medical Psychotherapy)
  • Providing support and Secretariat to the Scottish Training & Recruitment Group (STaRG)
  • Mental Health Act Training (Section 22)

Contact Susan on 0131 344 4965 or email

 Laura is responsible for: 

  • All media enquiries in Scotland
  • Pro-active press coverage
  • Public Relations
  • Journalist enquiries 

Laura can be contacted 0131 285 1064 or email  

Devolved Council

Member Year of joining Position
Prof. John Crichton 2017 Chair
Dr Linda Findlay 2017 Vice Chair
Dr Jane Morris 2019 (E) Financial Officer
Ms Katharyn Barnett 2015 (A) User/Carer Representative
Dr Aileen Blower 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Eleanor Brewster 2017 (C) Committee Member
Dr Johanna Brown 2017 (E) Committee Member
Dr Thomas Brown 2018 Committee Member
Dr Alan Carson 2013 (E) Committee Member
Dr Arun Chopra 2019 Committee Member
Dr Lucie Colvin 2016 (E) Committee Member
Dr Mary Connolly 2019 Committee Member
Dr Alastair Cook 2018 Committee Member
Dr Adam Daly 2017 (E) Committee Member
Dr Johanna de Villiers 2018 Committee Member
Dr Helen Goode 2018 Committee Member
Dr Duncan Gray 2018 Committee Member
Dr Emma Hargreaves 2017 (C) Committee Member
Dr Rekha Hegde 2015 (A) Committee Member
Dr Ihsan Kader 2017 Committee Member
Dr Ahmed Khan 2016 (E) Committee Member
Prof. Stephen Lawrie 2018 Committee Member
Dr Peter Le Fevre 2018 (E) Committee Member
Dr Elaine Lockhart 2016 Committee Member
Dr Thomas McCabe 2018 Committee Member
Dr Pauline McConville 2017 (A) Committee Member
Dr Marina McLoughlin 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Seamus McNulty 2019 Education Training and Standards Committee Rep
Dr Caroline Mitchell 2017 (E) Committee Member
Dr John Mitchell 2014 (O) Committee Member
Dr Donna Mullen 2018 Committee Member
Mr Graeme Nisbet 2018 Committee Member
Ms Carolyn Papakyriakou 2015 (A) User/Carer Representative
Dr Pradeep Pasupuleti 2017 (E) Committee Member
Dr Vivek Pattan 2018 Committee Member
Dr Rhiannon Pugh 2017 Committee Member
Dr Andrea Robertson 2017 Committee Member
Dr Jessika Sussmann 2017 Committee Member

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