Committee Members

DCP Faculty for the Psychology of Older People National Committee List 2019 to 2020


Sarah Butchard

Sarah Butchard is a Clinical Psychologist working with older people in Liverpool.  She works clinically for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust and is a Senior Clinical Teacher on the University of Liverpool Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme.  She is vice chair of the British Psychological Society’s Faculty of Psychology of Older People and was previous responsible for organising CPD for the faculty including the annual conference in 2015. Her interests are in the impact receiving a diagnosis of dementia has on an individual’s wellbeing and relationships, and how people with dementia can live fulfilled lives with support.   Her research focuses around models that promote independence and wellbeing and on Human Rights Based Approaches to care.


Vice Chairs

Tresa Andrews

Hello, my name is Tresa Andrews and I have been co-opted to the FPOP Committee this year to lead the Outcomes Workstream.  I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working with older people in the London Borough of Westminster.  I am also the Central North and West London NHS Foundation Trust Head of Service for Older Peoples' Psychology.  I have for some years held Trust Wide Leadership roles in Research and Development and Clinical Effectiveness for Older Peoples' Services.  I have also represented Older Peoples’ Services at the National Mental Health Quality and Outcomes Group and have recently been involved in the development of the new NHS England’s Framework/Guidance on Mental Health Outcomes.

Mhairi Donaldson

I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in South Essex and am Head of Service for Older People’s and Memory Service Psychology.  I am also the topic lead for the older adult module on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex.  I qualified in Leeds in 2002, and subsequently worked with older adults in Lanarkshire in Central Scotland, before moving to South Essex in 2008. 

I have responsibility for the management and strategic development of older people’s psychology services in South Essex, including for older adults with presentations of mental ill health in community and inpatient settings, and for the clinical psychological contribution to the memory service pathway.  My interests include diagnostic practice in relation to MCI, the application of new ways of working to inpatient settings, outcome measurement with older adults, and the development of accessible and effective IAPT services for older people. 

I was an active member of FPOP (formerly PSIGE) Scotland before becoming involved with the National Committee as Geographical Group Liaison Rep in 2010.  I have been Honorary Secretary since July 2014, and am the MCI workstream lead.


Honorary Secretary

Frances Duffy

I completed a DPhil investigating Memory Deficits in Alzheimer’s disease in 1992.  I lectured in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology and subsequently trained as a Clinical Psychologist, followed by a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology. 

I am the Lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist for Older People in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland.   My primary clinical responsibilities are as clinical lead for the multidisciplinary Memory Service and Dementia Home Support Team.  I have a particular interest in the behavioural and psychological signs of distress in dementia and lead the development of CLEAR Dementia Care. 

I am the FPOP representative on the Division of Neuropsychology Member Services Unit (DoN MSU) and the Northern Ireland representative.  I am also a member of the Dementia Advisory Group (DAG). 


Polly Kaiser

I have worked with people with a diagnosis of dementia and their carers since 1984; first, as a researcher in England and France, and then as a clinical psychologist in the north west of England.  I have been employed part time by Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust since 2002 and am the clinical lead for psychological therapies for older people where a wide range of therapies are used.

As the National Lead for Mental Health in later life at the Department of Health (2009-2011) I was involved in a number of initiatives, including contributing to, editing and producing the Let’s Respect for Care Home tool kit.

I was a founding director of the national Life Story Network (CIC), where I co-developed and delivered the DH funded “Your Story Matters”, “Your Community Matters” and a number of other programs for people with a dementia, carers, and housing and transport sectors in addition to work on spirituality.

I am an honorary lecturer at Manchester University and teach on a number of doctoral clinical psychology training programs on equality issues including gender, sexuality and cultural diversity, and also narrative approaches to bereavement.  As I member of the Faculty of Psychology of Older People (FPOP – formerly PSIGE) I also contributed to a number of developments including the Joint Commissioning Guidance of Older Peoples’ Mental Health

I continue to be committed to learning, exploring and embedding person centred care in as human and as creative a way as possible and have just had a book published by Jessica Kingsley on life story work.


Honorary Treasure

Carolien Lamers

Hello, my name is Carolien Lamers and I am the representative for Wales. I trained in the Netherlands as a social gerontologist, and I have been working in the UK as a clinical psychologist for more than a quarter of a century. 

My work is split between clinical community and inpatient work and being the admissions tutor for the North Wales Clinical Psychology Programme at Bangor University. My research and clinical interests are in the psychological consequences of cognitive changes for people, carers’ experience, end of life decision and organisational change.

I will be coordinating the FPOP responses to consultations across the four nations and we would like to hear from you if you are interested in contributing.


Bulletin Co-Editor

Katharina Reichelt

I am a clinical psychologist and have recently become co-editor of the Bulletin.  Originally from Germany, where I obtained a business degree, I moved to the UK to study for an MBA (more business) and then logically sought employment as a research assistant in a psychology department.  More studying ensued, and I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2003 from Manchester University.  

I have worked with older adults since 2004 and was FPOP geographical convenor of the North-East between 2010 and 2012.  I am currently working in a memory service in the North-East of England. My special interests include cognitive behavioural therapy, neuropsychology and dementia as well as going for long runs and baking a decent cake. 


Paul Whitby 

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working in North Wiltshire. I gained my professional qualification from Plymouth Polytechnic in 1986 and have been working with older adults ever since. Prior to that i was a psychiatric nurse and the peak of that part of my career was as a Charge Nurse in the Bethlem Hospital in London. I have held a number of positions as a clinical psychologist in the south west of England and in south Wales. I teach on the Bath clinical psychology course and supervise trainees regularly.

My principal interests are Cognitive Behaviour Therapy as applied to older people; challenging behaviour in dementia; the application of Attachment Theory in later life; the psychological environment of In Patient wards and nursing homes, and the expression of sexuality in old age and dementia.

In 2012 I travelled to Scandinavia and Holland to study 'Marte Meo', a method of helping carers improve their interactions with people with dementia, especially around episodes of personal care, building on their existing skills. This approach shows the application of Attachment Theory and Trevarthen's micro-analysis of conversations to a difficult-to-reach group in a very practical manner. My next project is to make this part of my clinical work and hopefully to engage in some research


Media and Website

Sarah Ghani

I trained on the Leicester course in the early 1990s, having gained a place on the course thanks (I believe…) to my passionate description of an early paper by Tom Kitwood on person centred care!

 I received most of my actual training in Nottingham where I then worked for 4 years post qualification before moving back to London.  This gave me a solid grounding in Community Psychology which has influenced my practice ever since.  I have taught on this on Doctorate courses (as well as teaching on a range of older adult topics over the years).

I have a strong commitment to training, always enjoying having trainees and participating in course committees and selection processes.  Since 1999 I have worked as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist working primarily in Hounslow and am the Psychology Lead for Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Services in West London Mental Health NHS Trust.  I also lead on involvement, am developing a Diversity strategy for the Trust dementia service and am an MNSAP peer reviewer.  I wrote and presented early on in my career until more managerial roles somewhat squeezed this out, but am now making time to return to these areas and contribute again to more nationwide developments.


Geographical Group Liaison Officer

Gemma Graham


CPD Lead

Julia Boot


Ordinary Committee Members

Angie Smith

Kathryn Dykes

Natasha Lord

Becci Dow


Co-opted Members

Reinhard Guss

I studied Clinical Psychology and Gerontology at Heidelberg University in the 1980s. I subsequently worked in Salford, completing the BPS Statement of Equivalence and working in Older People's Psychology Services, mainly based in Kent and Medway. I developed my interest in working with people with a dementia, working with memory assessment services in both Neuropsychological assessment and in postdiagnostic interventions and therapy. I have a particular interest in Young Onset Dementia and in Service User involvement of people with a diagnosis of dementia.I am currently the dementia workstream lead on the FPOP Committee.

Contact me at

Ian Scott






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