IGA Board of Trustees

Board of Trustees Members


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.


Angela Douglas

Vice-Chair of the Board and member of the Executive Committee and the Membership Working Party.

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. 


Abdullah Mia

(Lay Trustee) Honorary Treasurer and member of the Executive Committee


Robert White 

(Lay Trustee) Honorary Secretary

Dr Robert White


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 

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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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Vincent 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. 




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