Montreux Healthcare Advisory Board

  • Professor Barry Carpenter OBE

    Professor Barry Carpenter OBE

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has been an Academic Director, a Chief Executive, a Principal, an Inspector of Schools, and the Director of the Centre for Special Education at Westminster College, Oxford. In 2009, he was appointed by the Secretary of State for Education as Director of the Children with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project. Since completing that research, Barry has overseen the development of a national project developing online training materials for teachers of children with severe, profound and complex learning disabilities. He is the author of over 150 articles on a range of issues pertaining to learning disabilities. His work has been translated into German, French, Dutch, and Russian. He has also written a book on Complex Needs. Barry lectures in China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Portugal, Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia, and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. He chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities for the Mental Health Foundation. Barry has been awarded Fellowships of the Royal Societies of Arts and Medicine. He was created OBE by the Queen for services to children with Special Needs. He is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He was a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

  • Dame Philippa Russell

    Dame Philippa Russell

    Dame Philippa Russell is Emeritus Chair of the Government's Standing Commission on Carers and a Board member of TLAP (the Think Local, Act Personal Partnership) and of NDTi (the National Development Team for Inclusion). She is a member of the Ministerial Mental Health Advisory Group, an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatry and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and Vice-President of Carers UK. She was formerly a Commissioner with the Disability Rights Commission and Director of the Council for Disabled Children andis an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Dame Philippa was awarded the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Centenary International Award for women who have contributed to the field of learning disability. Philippa has extensive contacts with third sector and user organisations.

  • David Braybrook

    David Braybrook

    David works as an independent strategic and operational partner in SEND work in the public, private and voluntary sectors and for the DfE. He has over 35 years’ experience gained in front line and strategic work and in inspection, regulatory and consultancy roles. ODavid has been a teacher, a specialist teacher trainer, Head of a large, residential special school, an external examiner, a registered Ofsted inspector (SEN), a contractor and accredited Trainer, an independent care standards visitor and latterly a Director of Education and Chief Executive of two national educational charities. He served on the SEND Tribunal, the Care Standards Tribunals, and the Upper Appeal Tribunal and currently is a lay member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council Fitness to Practise panels and the Metropolitan Police Misconduct Panels. He previously held similar appointments with the Bar Standards Board and the British Gymnastics Association.

  • Professor Michael Brown

    Professor Michael Brown

    Michael has held a joint clinical academic appointment with NHS Lothian as a Nurse Consultant and as Professor in Health and Social Care at Edinburgh Napier University for over ten years. He has over thirty years clinical experience in a range of nursing, academic and policy posts in hospitals, community settings, in practice development, education, and research. Through his joint clinical academic role, Michael is a member of the NHS and university working group to develop Clinical Academic Research Careers (CARC), a collaboration between NHS Lothian, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Edinburgh, and Queen Margaret University to develop sustainable clinical academic research careers. He has experience of developing, implementing and evaluating government policy and has led on two national projects in relation to nursing and midwifery and the care and support of people with intellectual disabilities and another on a national health needs assessment. He has serviced on national strategic policy committees for the Scottish Government, NHS Education for Scotland and NHS Health Improvement Scotland. He is the elected Chair of the Royal College of Nursing Intellectual Disability Committee and is President of the Royal Society of Medicine Intellectual Disability Council. 

  • Jo Egerton

    Jo Egerton

    Jo Egerton is a Schools Research Consultant and writer. She previously worked as lead research coach for SSAT’s (The School’s Network) Research Charter Mark Award with mainstream and special schools, as well as on a number of Department for Education and Teaching Agency funded research and writing projects, including the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project , the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Education (FAS-eD) Research Project, and the online Training Materials for Teachers of Pupils with Severe, Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties. Jo has co-authored and co-edited a number of books and articles. Jo also co-authored a book on educating children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities. Jo has worked with young people with learning disabilities in education, residential care, and leisure capacities. She has a Primary PGCE, and an M.Sc. in Learning Disability Studies.

  • Darryl Morgan

    Darryl Morgan

    Darryl works across the entire age and ability range of pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. During his career,Darryl has been a Trainer on the Hampshire PAATHS Course, (Providing Approaches to Autism for Teachers in Hampshire Schools) and has this year set up and run an equivalent course in Surrey. Darryl took on the headship of The Ridgeway Community School in Farnham Surrey, a Special School for children aged between 2 and 19 years with severe and profound learning difficulties. The school is characterised by high expectations and has built a reputation for innovative practise. There Darryl developed and implemented a new approach to the delivery of education for pupils with profound complex needs and coupled with an ongoing investment and focus on the development of all staff, this has had a significant impact on learning outcomes Darryl has recently been recognised as an NLE, (National Leader of Education) and The Ridgeway as a National Support School.

  • Dr Barry Coughlan

    Dr Barry Coughlan

    Barry is the Assistant Director of the University of Limerick's Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology. Prior to this he was in full time practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, with the Brothers of Charity Services in Limerick, Ireland. He specialises in the emotional wellbeing and mental health of young people and adults with intellectual disabilities and complex needs. Barry's clinical practice, teaching, and research are primarily focussed on evidence-­‐based practice issues pertaining to the identification, assessment and treatment  of  mental  health  issues  in  young  people  and  adults  with  intellectual disability and complex need. He has supervised over 30 PhD’s to completion, covering a wide range of applied clinical topics. In addition to his current role on the Clinical Psychology Doctoral  programme, Barry is Chair of the Education & Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee, which involves the management and oversight of all research ethics within the faculty. Barry  holds an honours  degree  in  Applied  Psychology  from  University  College  Cork, a PhD from University College Cork, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from University College Dublin.


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