Montreux Healthcare Advisory Board

  • Professor Barry Carpenter OBE

    Professor Barry Carpenter OBE

    Barry Carpenter is Honorary Professor at universities in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia. He has been a Fellow of the University of Oxford.

    In a career spanning more than 30 years, Barry has held the leadership positions of Academic Director, Chief Executive, Principal,, Inspector of Schools and 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’.... Read More

    He is the author of over 150 articles and many texts on a range of learning disability/special needs topics .In the last 12 months, his work has been translated into German, French, Dutch and Russian. 2014 will see the publication of a book on Complex Needs, and also marks the 30th year sine Barry’s first article was published.

    Barry lectures nationally and internationally. In recent years this has included China, Japan, Abu Dhabi, Norway, Portugal, and most recently in Germany, Ireland, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand. He is the co-founder of the National Forum for Neuroscience in Special Education. For the Mental Health Foundation he chaired the National Inquiry into the Mental Health of Young People with Learning Disabilities.

    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.

  • 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.... Read More

    In 1990, Dame Philippa was awarded the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Centenary International Award for women who have contributed to the field of learning disability.

    Philippa is the parent of an adult son with a learning disability and has extensive contacts with third sector and user organisations.

  • David Braybrook

    David Braybrook

    David Braybrook 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. Originally with a background in teaching deaf children, David has been a teacher, specialist teacher trainer, Head of a large, residential special school, External Examiner, Registered Ofsted Inspector (SEN), Contractor and Accredited Trainer, Independent Care Standards Visitor and latterly a Director of Education and Chief Executive of two national educational charities.... Read More

    He has 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

    Professor Michael Brown 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.

    The joint clinical academic post was established to promote the growth and development of evidence-based nursing practice, the translation of nursing and wider research within the nursing curriculum and clinical practice. The clinical focus of the Nurse Consultant role is at present within forensic intellectual disability and community health services, involving direct patient care.... Read More

    Through the joint clinical academic role he 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, 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. He was involved in the Nursing and Midwifery Council review of pre-registration nursing proficiencies.

  • 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.... Read More

    Jo has co-authored/co-edited a number of books and articles, the most recently published being Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Interdisciplinary perspectives (Routledge, 2013), Educating Children and Young People with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Creating Meaningful Inquiry in Inclusive Classrooms, both published by Routledge in 2012. She is currently co-authoring 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 qualified to teach in primary mainstream and to all ages of children with special needs in 1986. Darryl works in the special needs sector and specifically across the age and ability range of pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties.

    During his career, Darryl has specialised in the education of pupils with the most profound and complex needs as well as with children with autism and challenging behaviour. Darryl has been a Trainer on the Hampshire PAATHS Course, (Providing Approaches to Autism for Teachers in Hampshire Schools) for 12 years and has this year set up and run an equivalent course in Surrey. He has also been training in Autism and Behaviour Management for the past 14 years.... Read More

    In 2005 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 is an underlying ethos of research leading development and this is coupled with a strong investment in, and utilisation of, interactive technologies and the use of AAC, (Alternative, Augmentative Communication), and in 2010 the school was recognised as a Specialist College for Communication and Interaction. Darryl has 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 the learning of these youngsters.

    Darryl has recently been recognised as an NLE, (National Leader of Education) and The Ridgeway as a National Support School. This is in part due to the current work that Darryl is doing as the Executive Headteacher of an additional Special School in Surrey, and the support he is providing for a Complex Needs School that has been placed in special measures in another County.

  • Dr Raja Mukherjee

    Dr Raja Mukherjee

    Dr Raja Mukherjee MBBS, MRCPsych, PDip EPP Consultant Psychiatrist and Lead Clinician Specialist FASD Behavioral Clinic Bracketts Resource Centre as well as Honorary Senior Lecturer, St George’s University of London. NHS England Specialist Mental Health Clinical Reference group member. Executive committee SSBP International Charity.

  • Dr Barry Coughlan

    Dr Barry Coughlan

    Dr.  Barry  Coughlan  is  a  Clinical  Psychologist,  with  a  special  interest  in  the  emotional wellbeing & mental health of young people and adults with intellectual disability  and  complex  need.    Since  2007,  Barry  has  been  Assistant  Director  of  the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Prior to this he was in full time practice as a Senior Clinical Psychologist, with the Brothers of Charity Services in Limerick, Ireland.

    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.... Read More

    His clinical and research focus includes mental health  &  emotional  wellbeing  in  intellectual  disability,  Complex  Learning  Difficulties & Disabilities, Special Educational Needs, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, Ageing and Disability, Deinstitutionalisation & Community integration.

    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.


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