Sharan Collins (Convenor)
Sharan is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Supervisor in private practice in Edinburgh. She has previously worked in the voluntary sector as a therapist and in the establishment and management of a counselling centre in the charity sector. She is interested in how shame makes itself manifest in the therapeutic and supervisory relationship and is currently undertaking a PhD on the role of shame in the enhancement and thwarting of the therapeutic encounter.
Graham Monteith (Vice Convenor)
Graham is a retired NHS mental health service manager with a background in mental health nursing. For most of his career he worked in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS) and between 2010 and 2012 was seconded to the Scottish Government as the CAMHS advisor. He is the current chair of HDS (Human Development Scotland).
Lesley Boyd (Treasurer)
Lesley worked as an occupational therapist in mental health services before progressing to a career in general management in the health service. This latterly included tackling health inequalities as a national priority requiring effective collaboration with service users and partners from a variety of agencies in the statutory, voluntary and private sector. She maintains a long-term interest in human relations work and in increasing understanding of the processes which impact on the effectiveness of working at an individual, group and organisational levels. She recently managed a Sutherland Trust organisational consultancy project in the public sector.
Eilish Garland Munro (Secretary)
Eilish has teaching, lecturing, coaching and mediation experience as a trained teacher, qualified mediator, psychodynamic counsellor and executive coach. She was formerly a senior manager in City of Edinburgh Council with responsibility for conflict resolution services across all education sectors. She now works as an independent consultant. She is involved in staff training, executive coaching and mediation services in the private, public and voluntary sectors and as a mediator in the Sheriff Court Edinburgh.
Maura is a social worker, originally from Dublin. She has worked in a range of children and families’ social work settings in both the statutory and voluntary sectors for over 30 years, both as a practitioner and as a manager. Her primary area of interest is the helping relationship. She has recently been awarded a PhD in the professional identity of social work.
Gavin is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Medical Humanities in the School of Critical Studies in the University of Glasgow where he directs the Medical Humanities Research Centre. His research interests primarily engage the medical humanities – those areas of the humanities that complement, contextualize and critique biomedical accounts of human nature, health and well-being. He also writes about literary theory (particularly psychoanalytical theory), contemporary fiction (including science fiction) and Scottish literature.
Ellen worked in local-authority social work. Her specialism was mental health in a range of practitioner and managerial roles. Latterly she was a Strategic Planning and Commissioning Officer for the Joint Lothian Mental Health Programme working collaboratively in a local authority, NHS, and third sector context. She retains an interest in organisational development themes, and how they dovetail with human relation principles and practice.
Graham has a background in teaching, theatre, psychology of education and executive coaching, working in the field of organisational learning and development as a co-founder and director of Forum Interactive, a theatre-based learning and development consultancy, for the past two decades. He works in partnership with clients to develop practical, creative solutions to organisational issues arising from the way people relate and communicate at work. He has experience of working with middle, senior and board level managers within the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Sharan Collins (Convenor)