Our Chair

Peter has an extensive background in mental health, and has undertaken training as a counsellor, graduating with a Diploma in Counselling in 1997 and obtaining a MA in Counselling in 1999 from Ripon and York St John.

He is a recognised national leader in working with victims of sexual violence and trauma who disclose this both within the custodial setting and mental health arena, and he has presented his work at a number of national and international conferences.

Peter was awarded a BACP Fellowship in 2009 in recognition of his distinguished contribution to the development of BACP and to Counselling/ psychotherapy in general.

Peter chairs a specialist interest group within the World Health Organisation in relation to Sexual Violence and Trauma within custodial settings. He also chairs and leads the Well- Being in Prisons Network within Higher Education founded in 2010 in partnership with the Mental Health in Higher Education Network.

He has developed models of practice and pioneered work in this area both within and outside the custodial setting over the last 10 years. It is through this work that he has been challenged to explore more deeply the nature of regimes and their relationship to the patient and the healthcare worker and their impact on health. He has published a number of articles in this field.

His hobbies include attending his local gym, eating out and walking through the Purbecks. Peter is also a keen supporter of Liverpool FC.

Peter was elected a Fellow of the Royal society of Arts in 2013.