Dean James CBE

Chair of Trustees

Dean James has held senior executive roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. His career includes roles as a Chief Operating Officer at the Department for Work and Pensions, as the Chief Executive of Ingeus UK Limited, Chief Strategy Officer for the national charity The Shaw Trust and as the Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, a health and adult social care charity which calls for a new national vision and long-term settlement.

Dean has overseen national programme delivery and operations, including health related services for those with long-term conditions seeking to re-enter employment. A barrister by background, Dean’s prior career was in business transformation and in industry.

Dean’s principal interests lie in advancing sustainable solutions that deliver integrated health and care, promoting the mental health agenda, making the case for policy change and the need to embrace innovation across sectors that Community Housing and Therapy has a strategic interest in.

Professor Rex Haigh FRCPsych

Clinical advisor

Dr Haigh is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist who has been involved in therapeutic communities since being a medical student in Oxford. He has been Chair of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, founder of the Community of Communities quality network at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, series editor of the Jessica Kingsley ‘Community, Culture and Change’ book series, and member of the editorial board of the international journal Therapeutic Communities.

His professional background is general practice, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, and group analysis. He has been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist since 1994, and now also works with the Department of Health as Clinical Advisor for the National Personality Disorder Programme.

In 2015 Rex was appointed Honorary Professor of Therapeutic Environments and Relational Health in Nottingham University’s School of Sociology and Social Policy, for three years starting in August 2015. This is in recognition of his lifetime’s work in therapeutic communities and the development of clinical, training and research approaches based on the democratic and relationship-based principles in the TC tradition.

Dominic Lowe

Honorary Treasurer

Mr Lowe qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen’s in the mid-eighties and since then, has worked in a number of businesses in the Food and Drinks industries, most recently as managing director of Kettle Chips, the UK’s leading handmade crisps.

His other charity activities focus on development projects in Malawi and helping British design graduates find work in the fashion industry.

George Bush


George Bush has been a priest for nearly 30 years and has served diverse communities and settings – he is currently Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. He has some experience of counselling and training and of psychotherapeutic practice personally.

Alongside parochial duties he is involved in a number of charitable ventures spanning social housing, educational grant making, microfinance and FairTrade. He is a Patron of the World Marmalade Festival.