About the Forensic Psychiatry Faculty

Forensic psychiatry covers areas such as the assessment and treatment of mentally disordered offenders, investigation of complex relationships between mental disorder and criminal behaviour, and working with criminal justice agencies to support patients and protection of the public.

Its purpose is to provide leadership in the care and treatment of mentally disordered offenders and others needing similar services, including risk assessment and management and the prevention of further harm. Achievement of this requires a consistently high standard of both multidisciplinary and inter-agency working.

Forensic psychiatrists work side by side with others including the police, probation service, courts, Crown Prosecution Service, and prisons.

Executive committee

Member Year of joining Position
Dr Sandeep Mathews 2024 (E) Chair
Dr Josanne Holloway 2024 (C) Vice Chair
Prof. Pamela Taylor 2024 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Helen Whitworth 2022 (E) Financial Officer
Prof. Andrew Forrester 2017 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Alexis Acosta Armas 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Pankaj Agarwal 2021 (A) Equality Champion
Dr Anis Ahmed 2024 (E) Committee Member
Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Helena Austin 2023 (A) Regional Representative
Dr Olusola Awonogun 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Christian Brown 2024 (E) Committee Member
Dr Johanna Brown 2021 (EX) Committee Member
Dr Ailsa Bruce 2023 (C) PTC Rep
Dr David Burke 2021 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Dan Cleall 2024 (E) Committee Member
Dr Kenneth Courtenay 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Owen Davies 2020 (C) Committee Member
Dr Steffan Davies 2017 (C) Committee Member
Dr Jude Deacon 2020 (C) Committee Member
Dr Mayura Deshpande 2020 (C) Committee Member
Dr Adrian East 2023 (EX) Northern Ireland
Ms Sheena Foster 2020 (A) Committee Member
Dr Heidi Hales 2023 (C) Committee Member
Dr Fiona Hynes 2023 (EX) SAC Chair
Dr Michael Kingham 2022 (C) Regional Representative
Dr Marc Lyall 2020 (E) Committee Member
Dr Marc Lyall 2020 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Miranda Maddock 2024 (E) Committee Member
Dr Craig Marsh 2021 (EX) Committee Member
Dr Chitra Nagaraj 2023 (A) Regional Representative
Dr Aideen O'Halloran 2016 (C) Committee Member
Dr Boris Pinto 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Imran Piracha 2022 Regional Representative
Dr Victoria Robinson 2023 (C) Committee Member
Dr Callum Ross 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Samir Srivastava 2021 Regional Representative
Dr Shaji Sukumaran 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Victoria Thom 2022 (A) Regional Representative
Dr Matthew Tovey 2024 (C) Committee Member
Dr Cleo Van Velsen 2024 (E) Committee Member
Dr Dawn Washington 2021 (C) Sustainability Champion
Dr Tom Wynne 2018 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Ian Yanson 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Helen Youngman 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Elizabeth Zachariah 2024 (C) Committee Member

  • The committee meets three times a year in London.
  • See job descriptions of committee members (Chair, Vice Chair, Financial Officer and elected member)
  • Service users and carers are represented on the committee
  • Regional representatives are invited to attend committee meetings.

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