Claire Bethel (Chair)

Claire Bethel is an independent consultant and has previously worked in the Department of Health, in the NHS as Chief Executive of a Primary Care Group and helped to set up the Office of the Children’s Commissioner in 2005 where she worked as the first Director of Policy and Research. She led on the National Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity Services, and the development of Future In Mind, a comprehensive strategy aimed at improving children and young people’s mental health.

Dick Churchill

Dick Churchill is a GP and has previously worked for the University of Nottingham as Director of Clinical Skills for the medical course and contributed to research into mental health and the health care of young people. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners (FRCGP) and has a research doctorate in the field of adolescent healthcare.

Ellen Louise Dowds

Ellen-Louise Dowds is an asthma and allergy paediatric sister in her local community. Ellen-Louise’s background consists of working at Evelina Children’s Hospital, Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospital and EPUT. She has had experience guest lecturing at Greenwich University about young people’s health and inpatient treatment, she has also been a peer trainer in the Tree of Life Project for the Children and Young People’s Diabetes Service at University College London Hospitals

Debbie Fallon

Debbie Fallon has a clinical background in both adult and children’s nursing and is a senior lecturer at the University of Manchester. She is also the chair of our Advisory Council Children and of the Young People’s Nurse Academics (CYPNAUK) which is a national organisation of academics involved in the education of children’s nurses at all levels.

Nicola Gray

Nicola Gray is a Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice at the University of Huddersfield. Her research and policy interests include young people’s health, intersectoral working in schools, medicines information and health literacy. She is the Vice President for Europe of the International Association for Adolescent Health, and a Governing Council Member of NCD Child.

Camilla Parker

Dr Camilla Parker is a lawyer and independent consultant specialising in the areas of law and human rights relevant to the mental health care of children, young people and adults.  She has a long-standing interest in promoting a human rights perspective to the development of law, policy and practice in health and social care.

Neal Patel

Neal Patel is the Head of Digital Marketing & Communications at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He has a history of working in membership
& health care industry, including experience in Media Relations, Stakeholder Engagement, Public Affairs, Public Relations, and Communications Planning.

Chris Simpson

AYPH trustee treasurer Chris Simpson is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.  He has over thirty years of experience in a variety of areas, including the music industry, Transport for London and latterly the Department of Health and Social Care.