Trustees

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.

Katrina Liao

Treasurer

Katrina Liao is an Investment Principal at Coller Capital and is responsible for originating and executing investments, globally in the private equity secondaries market.  Prior to joining the Coller Capital’s investment team in 2013, Katrina spend 18 months helping the firm raise money from investors worldwide.  Prior to Coller Capital, Katrina was a Controller at InterMedia Partners, a NY private equity fund focused on the media sector and qualified as an accountant (CPA) with Ernst & Young.  Her other experience involves working for a US Senator in Washington DC and working at Cargill, the largest privately held corporation in the US.

Katrina has a BS (summa cum laude) in Finance from Oklahoma State University, an MS in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from INSEAD.

Her other activities involve being a regular guest lecturer at INSEAD Business School and investing and advising start-up companies.

George Bush

Trustee

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.

Lynsey Rowe

Trustee

Lynsey Rowe is a Senior Manager with over 20 years’ experience working in funding and development in the not-for-profit sector including at Arts Council England, Amnesty International and the World Monuments Fund.  She is currently part of Arts Council England’s Capital investment team where she is responsible for a £26m portfolio of grant-funded arts and cultural building projects across England.  As such, she has particular expertise and understanding of arts/cultural organisations, public procurement and property law – as well as charitable philanthropy, fundraising, risk management, governance, finance and operations.

Lynsey has always been enthusiastic about civil society and is keen to play an active role in her community: between 2014 and 2017, she sat on the decision panel for the Crystal Palace Parks Community Projects Fund and, more recently, has become a school governor for a small multi-academy trust in south-east London.

Outside of her work and voluntary positions, Lynsey is an enthusiastic road cyclist, choir member and solo singer, linguist and cultural aficionado.  She has personal experience of mental ill health and recovery and is therefore delighted to use her skills and experience to effect change in the mental health domain as part of the CHT board.

Michael Watson

Trustee

Michael is an Improvement Manager for NHS England and NHS Improvement, working to support the delivery of evidence-based pathways in line with Long Term Plan policy priorities.

Michael’s experience is in implementing quality assurance systems and applying lean principles to service delivery, developed in operational roles in acute NHS providers.  Current work includes services for early intervention in psychosis, adult psychological therapies and mental health services for children and young people.

Lisa Johnson

Trustee

Seb Oram

Trustee

Seb is a practising barrister. He is a member of 3PB Barristers in Temple, from which he has practised since 2009. He specialises in Property, Construction and Commercial Law and advises clients across the private and charitable sectors. He joined the Board of CHT in 2019.