Our People

We have a small management, communications and administrative support team, with a number of committees looking after various aspects of the organisation’s working life. These include; ethics, membership, programme planning, research, continuing professional development, independent private practice, regional issues and employment.

Below you will find details of those who hold positions with the ACP, including our officers and administrative staff, committee chairs and advisors, Unite and Europe representatives and editors of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and The Bulletin.

To contact any of the members listed below, please email us or call the ACP office on 020 8458 1609. For media interview requests please contact the Press Office

Leadership and Administration

Heather Stewart, ACP Chair

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Heather Stewart  is now a retired member of the profession, but continues to have some supervision, consultation and training commitments. Her last position was as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in Dudley and Walsall Mental Health NHS Trust, where she was the Child Psychotherapy lead across two CAMHS teams.  In her new role as Chair of the ACP, she aims to keep the ACP’s focus on children and psychoanalytical thinking.  Her background is in education, where she held a variety of roles, both academic and pastoral. She has been the ACP honorary secretary for the last three and a half years. “I look forward to a collaborative journey with the ACP, seeing it grow as an organisation that affects positive change, not only for our members but also for the public".

Email: chair@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

John Crowley , Treasurer and Operations Manager

John Crowley is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working in North London at the Brent Centre for Young People and in private practice in South London. He works mainly with adolescents and their parents and consults to organisations & working groups.

John also works in educational settings, with students, individually and in groups, as well as with members of staff providing work discussion, consultation and supervision

Email: treasurer@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Alison Roy, Media and Communications Lead and Editor, ACP Bulletin

As well as being the ACP Media and Comms Lead, Alison Roy is lead child and adolescent psychotherapist in East Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and is clinical lead for the new CAMHS adoption service (AdCAMHS). Her specialist areas are adopted children, young people and their families, parent-infant work and groups.

Before training as a child psychotherapist, Alison was an artist and arts journalist. She ran groups for homeless young people involved in crime and drug use and founded a youth magazine, a theatre group and wrote a community diploma in creative and performance arts. She was the founder and director of Generation Arts Project, which brought together disenfranchised young people caught up in gang culture.

To contact Alison Roy email: editor@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Mary Walker, Registrar and Chair of the Membership Committee

Mary Walker is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist employed in a south London Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), where she has both a clinical and managerial role. She is involved in the teaching and training of child psychotherapists through the British Association of Psychotherapists and as a service supervisor in her clinic. Mary is a former joint editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy and co-convenor of the CPD committee. Before training as a child psychotherapist, Mary worked as an English teacher and a residential social worker.

Email: registrar@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Chairs of Committees and Advisors

Eve Grainger, Chair, Assessor's Panel

Eve Grainger is the lead consultant child psychotherapist for the North-East London NHS Foundation Trust, and was lead clinician for Barking and Dagenham Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) from 2002 to 2005. Until 2008, she was the ACP’s joint London Regional Advisor. She has a particular interest in work with adolescents, looked after children and research. Eve is Chair of the Assessors Panel. The role of the panel is to offer advice and support to organisations in relation to the employment of child psychotherapists.

To contact Eve Grainger email: contactus@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Jackie Hall, Executive Advisor

Jackie Hall is a child and adolescent psychotherapist in the Child and Family Directorate at the Tavistock Clinic and Assessment Tutor for the M80 Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy programme. She has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2009, serving as Honorary Secretary (2009 – 2012), Vice Chair and Acting Chair (2013 - 2014).

After qualification in 2004 she worked in a multi-agency service in Camden (MALT) and in LAAC services in East Kent before taking up her current post.  She has a particular interest in groups and inter-professional work.

In her role as Executive Advisor she actively supports the work of the Chair and the Committee to develop the ACP as a viable, modern professional body.

Contact Jackie at: jackiehall@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Ricky Emanuel, Chair, Ethics Committee

Ricky Emanuel is a consultant child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist who trained at the Tavistock Clinic in London.

He is head of child psychotherapy services at the Royal Free Hospital. Previously he was clinical lead for Camden CAMHS working in children’s commissioning for Camden Primary Care Trust. He has held a variety of positions in the ACP and has recently taken over as chair of the Ethics Committee from Sue Sherwin-White.

He has also sat on many Government bodies representing child psychotherapy like the National Service Framework for CAMHS, the CAMHS review and the NICE guidance development group for children with depression. He teaches at the Tavistock Clinic, Birmingham Trust for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and lectures widely in the UK and abroad.

The Ethics Committee considers and adjudicates complaints from the public within the context of the ACP’s disciplinary procedures, and advises the ACP on relevant ethical and professional matters.

Email: chair-ethics@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Ryan Lowe, Chair of Independent Practice Committee

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Ryan Lowe 

MA, Mpsych psych, ACP UKCP

Ryan qualified from the Tavistock in 2005.  She has worked at the Tavistock Day Unit, The Tavistock Adolescent Department and the Monroe Family Assessment Centre.  For the past six years she has been working priviately as a clinician, a supervisor and as an expert witness.  She is currently Clinical Director of The Therapeutic Consultants, a private child and family group practice in North London.

To contact Ryan Lowe email: contactus@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Isobel Pick, Chair of Training Council

Isobel Pick is a child and adolescent psychotherapist working in London in the Tavistock Outreach Project in Primary Schools and in private practice. She works with children, adolescents and parents, and supports staff in the school setting, providing consultations and work discussion. She also undertakes supervision.

She is also a member of the British Institute of Psychoanalysis and works in private practise with adults.

Email: tc-chair@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Lydia Hartland-Rowe, Secretary to the Training Council

Lydia Hartland-Rowe is the chair of the Programme Planning Committee, which arranges scientific meetings and events and is responsible for planning and organising the ACP’s annual conference.

Unite Representatives

Julia Mikardo, Unite Representative

Julia Mikardo is a consultant child & adolescent psychotherapist at the Child & Family Consultation Centre in Richmond, London. She is a former editor of The Bulletin. Before training as a child psychotherapist, Julia worked as a social worker with looked after children.

Alongside Margaret Hunter-Smallbone, Julia is one of two national representatives on the Occupational Advisory Committee of Applied Psychologists in the UNITE union. This committee develops strategy and guidance on pay and conditions for union members in the professions of psychology and child psychotherapy working in the NHS.

Margaret Hunter, Unite Representative

Margaret Hunter Smallbone is a consultant child and adolescent psychotherapist at St Albans Child and Family Clinic and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) divisional manager for Herts Partnership Foundation Trust. She previously worked at the South London and Maudsley Trust for 15 years. Before training as a child psychotherapist, she worked at a home for looked after children. She is the author of Psychotherapy with Children in Care: Lost and Found (2001).

Alongside Julia Mikardo, Margaret is one of two national representativeson the Occupational Advisory Committee of Applied Psychologists in the UNITE union. This committee develops strategy and guidance on pay and conditions for union members in the professions of psychology and child psychotherapy working in the NHS.

Media and Publications

Nina Jacobs, Media and Communications Officer

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Before joining the ACP in 2009 to cover communications and policy issues, Nina Jacobs worked as a freelance journalist writing articles for health and social care publications. Alongside this she also taught media law and journalism to prospective journalists at a private further education college.

Her background is in local news where she first trained as a journalist and left as news editor to pursue a career in freelance journalism. Since returning in July from a year's maternity leave Nina has rejoined the communications team and is focused on proactive and reactive PR work as well as internal communications.

To contact Nina Jacobs email:  ninajacobs@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Alison Roy, Media and Communications Lead and Editor, ACP Bulletin

As well as being the ACP Media and Comms Lead, Alison Roy is lead child and adolescent psychotherapist in East Sussex Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and is clinical lead for the new CAMHS adoption service (AdCAMHS). Her specialist areas are adopted children, young people and their families, parent-infant work and groups.

Before training as a child psychotherapist, Alison was an artist and arts journalist. She ran groups for homeless young people involved in crime and drug use and founded a youth magazine, a theatre group and wrote a community diploma in creative and performance arts. She was the founder and director of Generation Arts Project, which brought together disenfranchised young people caught up in gang culture.

To contact Alison Roy email: editor@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Kate Stratton, Co-Editor, Journal of Child Psychotherapy

Kate Stratton

Kate Stratton is a child and adolescent psychotherapist in the Adolescent & Young Adult Service at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust where she teaches on the clinical training in child and adolescent psychotherapy. Before training as a child psychotherapist she worked as an editor and theatre critic.

The Journal of Child Psychotherapy is the official scientific journal of the Association of Child Psychotherapists and is published three times per year.

To contact Kate email: contactus@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Teresa Bailey, Co-Editor, Journal of Child Psychotherapy

Teresa Bailey became a member of the ACP Journal Editorial Board about 12 years ago. She was assistant editor before becoming joint editor in January 2011. Since December 2007 she has been head of service at Oxleas NHS Community and Mental Health Foundation Trust and heads up an active and lively group of child psychotherapists. She worked for 11 years at the South London and Maudsley Trust prior to her current role and has also worked at Open Door. She has worked in East Africa and was previously a trainer of teachers. Her particular interests are in trauma and depression.

Teresa is Co-Editor of the Journal of Child Psychotherapy, the official scientific journal of the Association of Child Psychotherapists which is published three times per year.

To contact Teresa email: contactus@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Chris Hayman, Diary and Events Co-ordinator

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Email: chrishayman@childpsychotherapy.org.uk

Georgina Taylor, Social Networking

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Email: georginataylor@childpsychotherapy.org.uk