Lord Victor Adebowale CBE (Chair) Chief Executive of Turning Point

Victor is Chief Executive of Turning Point, a leading health and social care organisation which provides services for people with complex needs, including those affected by drug and alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

He is a Visiting Professor and Chancellor at the University of Lincoln as well as being an associate member of the Health Service Management Centre at the University of Birmingham and of Cambridge University Judge Business School.

He began his career in housing as Estate Manager with Newham Council, moving to become Head of Permanent Property at Patchwork Housing Association in 1985 and then Regional Director of Ujima Housing Association. From 1990 to 1995 he was Director of the Alcohol Recovery Project in London and from 1995 to 2001 was Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the national youth homelessness charity.

Victor is a Non-Executive Director on the NHS Commissioning Board, a Commissioner of the UK Commission for Employment and Skills and on the Board of Locality. He is also President of the International Association of Philosophy and Psychiatry. He previously chaired the Home Office's Stop and Search Community Panel and was involved in Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health (the Department of Health’s five-year mental health action plan that ended in 2010) as joint chair of the National Race Equalities Steering Group.

In 2000, Victor was awarded the CBE for services to the New Deal, the unemployed, and homeless young people and in 2001, he was appointed a crossbench member of the House of Lords.

Dr Ruth Allen Director of Social Work at South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust and Chair of the Faculty of Mental Health at the College of Social Work

Ruth is a qualified social worker and Director of Social Work for South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust. She is a member of the ADASS mental health, drug and alcohol policy sub-group and the chair of the national Social Care Strategic Network for mental health which organises learning and networking activities for senior social care managers in mental health trusts and local authorities.

In June 2012 she took up the position of transitional faculty chair for the College of Social Work’s Mental Health Faculty. Ruth is also a UK advisor on the ERASMUS European recovery focused mental health programme.

Ruth is a member of the Approved Mental Health Professionals (AMHP) leads network, providing senior professional leadership for several cohorts of local authority AMHPs. In addition, she is an Honorary Research Fellow with the Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences at the University of Kingston and a NHS representative peer reviewer for the Local Government Association, specialising in adult safeguarding and adult social care peer reviews.

Professor Louis Appleby CBE Professor of Psychiatry at University of Manchester and National Clinical Director for Health & Criminal Justice

Louis is National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice at the Department of Health and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester. He is Director of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness and an honorary consultant psychiatrist at the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust.

He graduated in Medicine in Edinburgh and subsequently trained in both hospital medicine and psychiatry, the latter at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He has an MD from Edinburgh and is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of both Physicians and Psychiatrists.

Louis leads a group of over 30 researchers in the Centre for Mental Health and Risk. In 2000 Louis was seconded (part-time) as the Government's National Director for Mental Health to lead a national programme of reform in mental health care and in 2010 National Clinical Director for Health and Criminal Justice. He leads the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.

Chief Constable Simon Cole Chief Constable of Leicestershire Constabulary and ACPO lead for mental health

Simon took up his position as Chief Constable of Leicestershire in June 2010, where he is responsible for leading the Force, heading up the Chief Officer Team, and managing relationships with key external partners. He began his policing career in the West Midlands as a Constable where he worked in the City of Birmingham in various roles, including Staff Officer to the Chief Constable and Operations Superintendent in Handsworth, before becoming Commander of Dudley South Operational Command Unit.

Simon joined Hampshire Constabulary in 2003 as Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) and became Deputy Chief Constable in 2008. As ACC, Simon led Hampshire in delivering Safer Neighbourhoods, with teams of local Safer Neighbourhoods officers and Targeted Patrol Teams. In 2007, he was invited to be on the directing staff of the Strategic Command Course, an international course that trains senior officers and staff who will work at Chief Officer level in the future.

As Deputy Chief Constable, Simon was responsible for corporate planning, consultation, information and research, as well as diversity and performance. He has led a national portfolio for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) on mental health and disability since September 2011. In April 2012 he also became ACPO national lead for the Local Policing and Partnerships Business Area. This includes local policing, 101 and contact management, citizens in policing and digital engagement. Simon previously led nationally for ACPO on both crime statistics and vetting.

Rowena Daw Independent consultant

Rowena, along with Melba is leading the Commission’s research, case review and report writing. She was previously Head of Policy at Mind and later at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She chaired the Mental Health Alliance's policy group from 2001 to 2007 and was its Vice-Chair until 2011.

She is a lawyer who previously worked as an academic, in law reform and for human rights commissions in UK and overseas. Her Dr in Philosophy was in the field of equality and human rights and she has published widely in these areas and in mental health. She has a special interest in training and awareness raising for professionals and community groups. She currently works as an independent consultant.

Paul Farmer Chief Executive of Mind

Paul has been Chief Executive of Mind, the leading mental health charity working in England and Wales since May 2006.

Mind is the best known mental health charity in England and Wales and is an influential voice on mental health issues. It was established in 1946 and has since grown into a major network with a turnover of over £30 million centrally. There are over 160 independent and locally managed Mind associations providing over 1300 local services in England and Wales, helping around 280,000 people every year with an additional turnover of around £105 million.

Mind is a partner in the Time to Change campaign, the biggest ever campaign in England to tackle stigma and discrimination around mental health. Mind provides high quality information, campaigns for equality for people with experience of mental distress and supports people to pursue their own goals and have a voice. User involvement is at the heart of its activities-over half of Mind’s staff and two thirds of its Trustees have personal experience of mental distress. Current campaigns in 2012 include Acute and Crisis Care and Welfare reform.

Paul is Chair of the Disability Charities Consortium, Vice-Chair of the Department of Health Talking Therapies Programme Board and Chair of the Equalities and Diversity Forum panel on human rights. Before becoming Chief Executive of Mind, Paul was Director of Public Affairs for Rethink and was Chair of the Mental Health Alliance from 2001-2006.

Paul is a trustee at the Mental Health Providers Forum, an umbrella body for voluntary organisations supporting people with mental distress. He was a trustee for the Directory of Social Change, a campaigning voluntary organisation that provides the sector with training and publications.

Professor Tony Maden Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychiatry at Imperial College London

Tony has been Professor of Forensic Psychiatry since 2000. He is a forensic psychiatrist with a particular interest in violence risk assessment and the treatment of personality disorders. He was previously at the Institute of Psychiatry where he was a senior lecturer and worked on national surveys of mental disorder in prisoners.

He has carried out research into the security and treatment needs of patients in prisons, medium secure and high secure hospitals. Tony has been an honorary consultant at Bethlem Royal Hospital and clinical director of forensic services at Maudsley Hospital (both in south London) and he was also lead clinician of the Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder Directorate at Broadmoor Hospital.

Tony is the author of the 2007 book Treating Violence: a guide to risk management in mental health, co-authored Essential Mental Health Law in 2010 and has written and contributed to a large number of journal publications and reports.

Dave Mellish Chair of Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of the London Mental Health Chairs Group

Dave has chaired Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust in south east London since 2001. He previously had a long and varied career in the police force culminating with being Chief Constable in Northumbria.

Dave is the Chairman of the London Mental Health Chairs Group, the King’s Fund Board Leadership Reference Group, the NHS London Overview and Scrutiny Group and the Pan-London Mental Health and Policy Partnership Board.

He is a NHS London representative on the Metropolitan Police internal policy group looking at the Mental Health Act. Dave has also advised the Department for International Development on governance systems and police reform programmes in Bangladesh, Belize and Nigeria and worked in the Balkans to reduce conflict and improve access to justice.

Claire Murdoch Chief Executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust

Claire was appointed Chief Executive of Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust in January 2007. She has over 20 years of NHS experience holding various clinical and managerial posts in inner London mental health services. She has played a key role in planning new models of services and contracting in her current role and has broad experience in partnership and professional development work.

Claire is a registered mental health nurse and holds an Honours degree in social policy. She is also the Chief Executive lead operating on behalf of London’s 10 NHS Mental Health Service providers in relation to mental health and policing.

Lucy Scott-Moncrieff President of The Law Society and specialist in mental health law

Mental health and human rights lawyer Lucy Scott-Moncrieff is the managing partner of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP, a virtual law firm with a national reach acting for legally aided and privately paying clients. The firm specialises in representing detained patients, life sentence prisoners and vulnerable children and young people.

Lucy was elected to the Law Society Council in 2002, and before that was a member of the Society’s Mental Health and Disability Committee which she joined in 1986. After joining Council Lucy became a member of the Law Society's Regulatory Affairs Board, Access to Justice Committee and Education and Training committee.

Lucy sits as a Mental Health Tribunal judge and in the past provided training for those applying for membership of the Law Society's Mental Health Panel. In 2005 she won the Mental Health Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award. She is acknowledged as a leader in her field in the Chambers Directory and the Legal 500 and many of her cases, including those before the ECtHR have been reported over the years. One of her clients was the first person to obtain a declaration of incompatibility under the Human Rights Act. The resulting remedial order altered the discharge criteria affecting all those detained under the Mental Health Act.

Lucy was a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel, was a commissioner with Postcomm from 2008 to 2011, and is an associate with Verita, which carries out investigations on behalf of public bodies. She is also director of two management and training companies. In 2011 she won the Association of Women Solicitors' award for best manager of a legal aid practice.

Professor Betsy Stanko Assistant Director of Corporate Development at MPS (providing research support and advice)

Betsy is Assistant Director of Corporate Development, managing the development of Evidence and Performance for the Metropolitan Police Service. In her first life, she was a professor of criminology, teaching and researching at Clark University (USA), Brunel University, Cambridge University and Royal Holloway, University of London (where she remains an Emeritus Professor).

She has published over 80 books and articles over her academic career. The most cited of these works is Intimate Intrusions: Women’s Experiences of Male Violence, published in 1985. She has been awarded a number of lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Criminology, most notably the Vollmer Award (1996), recognising outstanding influence of her academic work on criminal justice practice.

From 1997-2002 she was the Director of the UK Economic and Social Research Council’s Violence Research Programme. In 2002, she joined the Cabinet Office, in the Prime Minister’s Office of Public Services Reform, where she worked on citizen focus and policing in particular. In September 2003, she joined the MPS as a full time employee. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. Along with Jon Jackson (LSE), Ben Bradford (Oxford) and Katrin Hohl (City University) she has just completed a book on public trust in policing, Just Authority? (2013).

Patrick Vernon OBE Expert in BME health and social care and equalities issues

Patrick is Director of Every Generation Media a social enterprise promoting family history and cultural heritage. He is the former Chief Executive of the Afiya Trust, one of the leading race equality health charities in the country. He has previously worked as a senior civil servant at the Department of Health and Local Government Association, as Director of the Brent Health Action Zone (Brent Primary Care Trust), and as Regional Director for MIND.

He was a member of the Ministerial Advisory Group for mental health, Equality and Diversity Council, former Chair of Healthwatch Advisory Working Group and member of the Healthwatch Programme Board.

Patrick is also a former Non-Executive Director of Camidoc (GP out of hour's service in North London) and a trustee for Social Action for Health in East London and the North Muslim Housing Association. He is a former Non-Executive Director of East London & the City Health Authority and Independent Chair of Westminster Partnership for Race Equality where he played a key role with the Metropolitan Police and the Muslim community during the aftermath of 7/7 bombings in Westminster.

Patrick is a Councillor in the London Borough of Hackney where he previously chaired the Health Scrutiny Committee. He was awarded an OBE in June 2012 for his contribution to tackling health inequalities for ethnic minority communities. He was also recently appointed as committee member for Healthwatch England.

Melba Wilson OBE Independent consultant

Melba, along with Rowena is leading the Commissions research, case review and report writing. She has spent over 20 years working in the health and social care sector.

Melba has substantial and in depth knowledge of public policy in mental health; health and social care and the third sector, and of work to enable and support improvement in systems and processes. Formerly a Chair of a Primary Care Trust, she has led organisational change at middle and senior management levels.

Melba has a strong track record in working with the community and voluntary sectors as a facilitator, an effective communicator and with a focus on promoting equality of opportunity and social inclusion for people from diverse communities.

A former journalist, Melba has written widely on issues of health and social care, with particular reference to black and minority ethnic communities. She was Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit's Mental Health Equalities Programme up to the end of March 2011 and was the national head of Delivering Race Equality in Mental Health (DRE), the Department of Health’s five-year mental health action plan that ended in 2010.