IGA Board of Trustees

    Board of Trustees Members


    Dennis Czech


    Dennis is a Group Analyst in the NHS in Hertfordshire, and in private practice.  He has a background in education and family work, with a special interest in early years and how infants develop their ability to form groups. 


    Angela Douglas


    Angela is a Group Analyst, Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist who is recently retired from clinical practice and NHS full time employment as Head of a Specialist Psychotherapy Service. She has worked in the field of mental health from the early 70’s through to 2016 in various organisational contexts, including NHS, Women’s counselling and Therapy Service and Independent/Private Psychotherapy Practices. She has contributed to and Chaired various professional and organisational committees locally and nationally, including within the British Psychological Society, United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, NHS and Institute for Group Analysis. 

    Rachel Gibbons


    Dr Rachel Gibbons is currently the Director of Therapy for the Priory Group.  She is a practicing psychoanalyst and qualified as a group analyst in 2018.  She has recently left the NHS after working as a Consultant Psychiatrist in various psychiatric settings that include, inpatient and psychiatric intensive care wards, outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapy services, hospital liaison teams and forensic and prison services. 

    She has organisational consultancy training and has been a regular member of group relations conferences over the past 16 years.  
    She worked and trained at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic.  She writes and talks about the nature of mental illness, suicide and self-destructive mental.

    Frances Griffiths

    Chair of the Board of Trustees, member of the Executive Committee, Finance Committee, Membership Working Party and the Professional Membership Committee.

    Frances began her career as a teacher in the UK, moving to Africa where she spent seven years as a tutor and examiner in adult education. On return to the UK she moved into special educational needs and management in education as an Associate Lecturer with the Open University and Lead Head of a School Consortia. She has experience of working with patients with complex needs in the NHS where she was a collaborator on a three year research project. She is currently a Group Analyst in private practice, seeing people in groups and individually; executive coach, clinical supervisor and teacher on all aspects of the clinical training at the IGA. She is a Group Workshop Leader with the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine (IPM), serves on the Membership Committee of the Group Analytic Society International and is a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.

    Vince Leahy


     Lay Trustee

    Vincent Leahy is an organisation development specialist, coach and facilitator in schools and business. After many years working in education, people development and business the Middle East and North Africa, returned to the UK to work in Education and HR Management and Development consultancy. With an MSc in Human Resource Development and MA in Linguistics; a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development; a member of the Association of Coaching; registered psychometric tester with the British Psychological Society and most recently the IGA Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations; Associate Lecturer at the Open University Business School and the Faculty of Education, Health and Social Care at Winchester University. 

    Abdullah Mia

    Lay Trustee, Honorary Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee

    Dr Abdullah Mia is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for a partnership service between the NHS and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) working with complex trauma and persistent offending in young male adults. He also works in private practice as a therapist, trainer and facilitator within teams and organisations focussing on equality, diversity and inclusion. He has written about the individual and group experiences of difference and the impact this has on the mental health of people within their communities. Abdullah has an interest in men’s mental health and the impact of social discourses on communities.


    Christine Oliver


    Trustee and member of the Membership Working Party

    Christine Oliver (PhD) is Consultant Family Therapist and Group Analyst for East London Foundation Trust and a psychotherapist, supervisor and organisational consultant in private practice.  She also co-directs the MSc in Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development at the University of Bedfordshire.  A special interest is in the development of methodologies for structuring dialogue to engender reflexive practice in the work place.  She provides systemic leadership and management training and consultancy for public, private and not for profit organisations locally and globally; more recently developing extensive Systemic Leadership programmes for senior leaders in two local authorities.  She has contributed to the development of systemic theory and practice through many published papers and through two books: Reflexive Inquiry, published by Karnac, London (2005) and Complexity, Relationships and Strange Loops, published by the MHA Institute, Canada (2003).

     Francesca Ryan

    Lay Trustee and Board link to Join the Debate

    As well as a long career as an actor (including RSC, RNT and many TV credits), Francesca teaches transferable performance skills for impact and communications training. She works in both public and private sectors, with extensive experience of advanced clinical communications for the NHS. She has a research degree from the University of Essex, and a Diploma in Facilitation and Conflict Resolution from the NAOS Institute in conjunction with The Forgiveness Project. Her teaching work includes Associate Lecturer in Theatre Studies in the UK, and Shakespeare Studies in the USA.

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