About us

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 Josanne Holloway 2020 (E) Chair
Dr Jeremy Kenney-Herbert 2020 (E) Vice Chair
Dr Helen Whitworth 2022 (E) Financial Officer
Dr Helen Youngman 2022 (E) Financial Officer
Prof. Andrew Forrester 2017 (C) Academic Secretary
Dr Alexis Acosta Armas 2022 (E) Committee Member
Mr Alain Aldridge 2020 (A) Committee Member
Dr Hasanen Al-Taiar 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Olusola Awonogun 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Vishni Balakrishnan 2022 Committee Member
Dr Hector Blott 2022 Committee Member
Dr Trevor Broughton 2020 (E) Committee Member
Dr David Burke 2021 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Kenneth Courtenay 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Raman Deo 2017 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Abebe Ejara 2015 (RRO) Regional Representative
Ms Sheena Foster 2020 (A) Committee Member
Dr Sarah Hewitt 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Michael Kingham 2022 (C) Regional Representative
Dr Christopher Lawrence 2022 (C) Committee Member
Dr Marc Lyall 2020 (E) Committee Member
Dr Marc Lyall 2020 (RRO) Committee Member
Dr Sandeep Mathews 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Boris Pinto 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Imran Piracha 2022 Regional Representative
Dr Callum Ross 2022 (E) Committee Member
Dr Samir Srivastava 2021 Regional Representative
Dr Shaji Sukumaran 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Matthew Tovey 2020 (E) Committee Member
Dr Tom Wynne 2018 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Ian Yanson 2020 (RRO) Regional Representative
Dr Elizabeth Zachariah 2020 (E) 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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