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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Executive Committee: Spirituality and Psychiatry Special Interest Group


Spirituality and Psychiatry SIG Executive committee
About the Executive

The committee has a busy agenda and meets four times a year, its members drawn from a wide range of spiritual and religious affiliations.


Chairs to date:

  • Founding Chair Dr Andrew Powell 1999 - 2003
  • Professor Andrew Sims 2003 - 2005
  • Dr Sarah Eagger 2005 - 2009
  • Professor Chris Cook 2009 - 2013
  • Dr Paramabandhu Groves 2013 - 2017
  • Dr Alison Gray 2017 - 


The maximum term for elected officers (chair, secretary and treasurer) is 4 years. All other appointments to the committee are non-tenured and by invitation, and the Executive welcomes expressions of interest from members who would wish to play an active role in the planning and running of the special interest group.


Executive Committee
Member              Year of  joining    Position

Dr Alison Gray

2011 (E)


Dr Lucy Grimwade

2015 (E)


Dr Christopher Findlay

2005 (E)

Financial Officer

Dr Andrew Powell

1999 (EO)

Committee Member

Jo Barber

2013 (C)

Service User Representative

Dr Andrew Clark

2011 (C)

Committee Member  

Prof Chris Cook

2004 (C)

Committee Member         

Dr Simon Dein

2007 (C)

Committee Member

Dr Glòria Durà – Vilà 2017 (C) Committee Member

Dr Sarah Eagger

2000 (C)

Committee Member

Dr Paramabandhu Groves 2008 (C) Committee Member

Dr Nick Hallett

2015 (C)

Trainee Representative

Dr Chetna Kang

2013 (C)

Committee Member

Dr Omur Miles 2018 (C) Communications Technical Support

Dr Russell Razzaque

2013 (C)

Committee Member

Dr Hashim Reza 2017 (C) Communications Secretary

Dr Sophie Thomson

2011 (C)

Committee Member

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College Position Paper:

CPD Online module: 

Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture:

College 'Help is at Hand' leaflet:

From the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust:

Please note: single download of the Handbook is permitted for personal use only. For multiple copies, email requesting an order form: £5 per copy including UK postage, discounts available for 10+


From the Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatry Association: