Heather Barker

Heather Barker – Chairwoman

After studying economics at Nottingham University, Heather started work in the oil industry, before working in a variety of different companies and organisations that led to her current work as an independent consultant. Heather’s work covers a mix of interim management, strategy development, consultation, facilitation, mediation and training. She works with companies and organisations in the private, voluntary and public sectors.

Heather has frequently worked as a volunteer and has been involved with a number of different charities both in the UK and overseas. Whatever the charity, there are two common themes – listening and the offer of emotional support. As a volunteer, Heather has worked as a frontline volunteer, trainer, trustee and Chair of a number of boards of trustees.

Rob Murphy

Rob Murphy – Treasurer

Rob Murphy is a Chartered Accountant and experienced Finance Director. He is currently Chief Financial Officer of Forward Internet Group, one of the country’s fastest growing internet businesses. This role also includes Forward Venture Partners which invests in early stage businesses.

Prior to joining Forward, Rob had considerable experience in the video games industry where he was CFO of a large games publisher. He has also worked in private practice advising fast growing companies. Rob has over ten years’ experience of sitting on public company boards. He has also been Treasurer of a charity and advised a number of arts organisations.

Brian Barker

Brian Barker CBE

Brian qualified as a barrister after university in both the UK and the USA and has specialised in the criminal law, appearing in court defending and sometimes prosecuting. He spent 10 years as a Q.C and has taken part in a number of well-known cases including the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. He became a full-time Judge at the Old Bailey in 2001, and is now the Senior Judge with additional administrative and ceremonial responsibilities.

He comes from a family of teachers and has enjoyed teaching when time allows both in the UK and abroad; and is particularly interested in making the criminal law, procedure and social justice understandable at all levels.

He has wide committee and chair background and was a governor of a 6th form college for 10 years. He is on the board of the Sir John Cass Foundation ( a large educational trust directed towards young people in East London) as well as the Kalisher Trust which helps young people of limited means start a legal career. There is a psychiatric element in a number of the cases that he deals with and he has also sat on Mental Health Review Tribunals which review the status of patients in secure institutions.

Brian was awarded the CBE in the New Years Honours List 2015 for services to the administration of justice and to charity.

Brian has three daughters who provide him with plenty of guidance and hopes that his overall experience and perspective can contribute to the expansion and success of MAC- UK.


Dr Duncan Law

Dr Duncan Law, is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, with over 25 years experience working across the NHS, Higher Education, and Third sectors. He is Clinical Lead for the London & South East CYP IAPT Learning Collaborative at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Young People Centre and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London and Director of MindMonkey Associates (www.mindmonkeyassociates.com). In addition he is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College London, a board member of ACAMH, a founder member of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), and former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology’s Faculty for children, young people and their families. He has a particular interest in the use of goals in therapy, improving mental health services for children & young people, through evidence-based practice, shared decision making, quality improvement & community psychology approaches.


Karen Elston

Karen has international marketing and communication experience across a wide range of sectors including financial, healthcare, tourism, government affairs, and consumer brands.  A successful entrepreneur and business leader in communication agencies, she spent the last two decades providing strategic advice for C-suite executives and their core management teams in devising marketing, communication & public relations programmes for branding, business growth, reputation management, and campaign acceleration.

As part of the senior management in Asia for global agencies, Karen was a trusted advisor for clients and built network operations in key markets.  She was a valued mentor for her teams and she remains committed to guiding and mentoring people in their pursuit of personal growth and development.

Ciaran Biggins

Ciaran is an experienced social innovator who co-founded and is the Director of MindFood CIC – an ecotherapy social enterprise supporting mental health recovery through growing and selling food. Ciaran also works for Hammersmith and Fulham Mind and is responsible for developing and growing pioneering mental health services and social enterprises across West London. Ciaran is a fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and is a former Vice Chairman of Mind in Ealing and Hounslow and trustee of Action West London.

Prior to working in mental health, Ciaran led Corporate Partnership fundraising teams for some of the UK’s most well known charities, including the NSPCC, Teenage Cancer Trust, and Scope.

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