Panel of Readers Chair
David Carter is a Group Analyst and Consultant Clinical Psychologist. He worked for over thirty years in the NHS, initially as a clinician and then as an operational manager and strategic planning lead for psychological services. He left the NHS some years ago and now runs a small private practice in East Sussex where he provides individual and group analytic psychotherapy. He offers supervision and reflective practice to both teams and individuals.
He has a special interest in autism and is chair of the IGA Panel of Readers.
Student Progression Committee Chair
Isobel Conlon became Chair of the Student Progression Committee in November 2016. She is a Training Group Analyst and Training Supervisor on the IGA Qualifying Course in Group Analysis in Manchester. Isobel is in private practice in Leeds as a Group Analyst and Psychotherapist. She has over 30 years’ experience of supervising and conducting groups in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors.
York Courses Co-Convenor
Christopher Davies is an Adult Psychotherapist with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust where his clinical work involves a twice-weekly psychotherapy group and a longstanding weekly analytic group. Christopher also offers consultation and supervises clinical staff conducting groups, and trainees. Outside the NHS, he teaches on the Manchester Qualifying Course and the North East Foundation Course, as well as being co-convenor of the Diploma in Groupwork Practice (York) – Foundation and Diploma years, and a work reflection group supervisor for the Diploma in Groupwork Practice (Manchester). He has conducted staff support groups in a variety of organisations including an NHS Trust, a private hospital and a national cancer charity. Prior to training as a psychotherapist, Christopher held senior positions in personnel, training and development management within industry.
London Qualifying Courses Director
Monica Doran has recently taken up post as London Courses Director. It brings together her wide experience of working in education and training, with that of working as a group analyst. Her clinical experience has mainly been in the NHS. In recent years she has specialised in working with personality disorder diagnoses, developing group interventions for staff and service users based on therapeutic community principles, in which the voice of the service user is given elevated status. She has always had a passionate belief in the adaptive power of groups through reflection and exploration.
Turvey Diploma Course Director
Andy Espey is a Group Analyst with a background in Mental Health Nursing with over 30 years’ experience of working in Secondary Care Adult Mental Health Services and the Prison Service. He currently works as Principal Psychotherapist for the Psychotherapy Service in Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Partnership Trust, conducting Group, Individual and Family Therapy and providing clinical supervision to psychotherapist colleagues and reflective practice to a Community Mental Health Team. He is Clinical Director of The Turvey Psychotherapy Practice.
Reflective Practice in Organisations Director
Antony Froggett a training group analyst and training supervisor with the IGA. He is the course director for the Diploma in Reflective Practice in Organisations. He was previously the Director of training for the IGA qualifying course in group analysis in Manchester. He originally trained as a teacher. He worked as an adult psychotherapist in the NHS for 15 years, and now works independently as an organisational consultant, trainer and coach. He has an MA in Psychoanalysis and the Organisation from the Tavistock Clinic/University of East London. He is currently studying part-time for a PhD in Quakerism and leadership at the Newcastle Business School.
York Courses Co-Convenor
Sally King is an Adult Psychotherapist with Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust. This work includes conducting assessments, a twice-weekly psychotherapy group, a weekly group for young people, and consultation for practitioners. In private practice for over 25 years, she offers psychotherapy, counselling, supervision and training. Since 2006, she has been a seminar leader/tutor and experiential group conductor, on both the Manchester and North East Foundation Courses. In 2008, she became Supervisor for the Manchester Intermediate Course, and was central to the development of its successor, the Diploma in Groupwork Practice, across the UK. She has Institute of Group Analysis Training Supervisor status. She is the co-convenor of the Diploma in Groupwork Practice (York) – Foundation and Diploma years, and continues to supervise work reflection groups on the Diploma in York and Manchester.
Midlands Foundation Course Convenor
Graham MacKay originally trained as a psychiatric nurse and has worked in the NHS for the last 28 years, with a particular interest in therapeutic community, personality disorders and the application of group analytic principles in the challenging medium of the NHS to promote the therapeutic potential of groups. He qualified as a group analyst at Turvey and is a UKCP approved qualified supervisor, having completed the Institute of Group Analysis Diploma in Supervision course. He is now the convenor for the Birmingham Foundation Course in Group Analysis. He currently works full time as a group analytic psychotherapist in the specialist psychotherapies service in Birmingham & Solihull mental health foundation trust. He has recently taken on the role of the Trust Lead for Clinical Supervision.
Manchester Courses Director
Debra Nash is a Group Analyst and IGA Training Group Analyst. She works as an individual and group psychotherapist in independent practice. In addition to providing therapy she is a supervisor to individuals and groups. She has conducted Reflective Practice groups in a range of settings and provides training and workshops in psychodynamic practice. Before becoming Courses Director in 2015, she has at different times worked as Experiential Group Conductor, Seminar Leader and Convenor on the Foundation Course in Manchester. Before becoming a Group Analyst Debra was an English teacher and senior manager in a secondary school in Brent with particular responsibility for Inclusion. She has an MSc in the Psychodynamics of Human Development from the British Association of Psychotherapists.
Oxford Foundation Course Co-Convenor
Anne Reilly is an experienced Consultant Psychotherapist and Group Analyst working mainly within the NHS with a specialist interest in teaching, training and supervision. Anne has been the co convenor of the Oxford Foundation programme since 2008 and prior to this was a Director of a UKCP validated NHS psychotherapy training programme.
Anne has previously served on the board of the IGA for a number of years too.
National Director of Training
Sarah Tucker has over 20 years’ experience of leadership roles in the voluntary sector including at the IGA, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, where she led a national peer-review network for forensic mental health services, and at The Consortium of Therapeutic Communities (formerly Association of Therapeutic Communities) where she served as a Trustee and Chaired a Training Development Working Group. She has led the development of university validated clinical trainings for therapeutic community staff and has a wide range of academic and clinical teaching experience including at the IGA, City University, Queen Mary’s and Birkbeck College University of London. Sarah has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals and is editor of ‘A Therapeutic Community Approach to Care in the Community: Dialogue and Dwelling’.
Sarah is a Training Group Analyst working with groups and individuals in private practice. She is a member of the Fitzrovia Group Analytic Practice and Associate of the Group Analytic Network London. She consults to groups at Freedom from Torture: Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and Intercultural Counselling and Psychotherapy. Previously Sarah worked for many years in the trauma service at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust, the Tavistock Centre for Couples Relationships and HMP Grendon.
International Courses Committee Chair
Linde Wotton worked as a group analyst in the NHS in London. Having trained initially as a psychiatrist, she is also qualified as a teacher with a special interest in dyslexia. She has a deep love of music and undertook a music diploma with the Open University before returning to clinical work. Her writing explores the links between music, communicative musicality and group analytic concepts - particularly the matrix, which she sees as a ‘musical’ process - emphasising the importance of the ‘in between’. Linde was previously the London Courses Director at the Institute of Group Analysis (IGA), UK. She now acts as a dissertation supervisor for qualifying course students in the U.K. and chairs the International Courses Committee at the IGA. Formerly a member of the editorial committee of Group Analysis, with responsibility for the Student Essay Competition, she is currently chair of the Scientific Committee of the Group Analytic Society International (GASI).