Meet our Board and Senior Staff

Our Board of Trustees and Senior Staff

Board of Trustees


Dr Saiqa Naz

Saiqa joined the Board as President-elect in 2021, having previously chaired the BABCP Equality and Culture Special Interest Group between 2017 and 2021. Saiqa is on the board of editors for the Cognitive Behaviour Therapist and Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies journals. She is also one of the co-authors of the IAPT BAME Positive Practice Guide and has been leading on work to adapt therapy for diverse communities. Saiqa's experience has primarily been with adults in socially deprived areas, but her interest is in community outreach work to bridge the gap between CBT and diverse groups including men. 

President Elect

Dr Stirling Moorey

Stirling has been a BABCP member since 1986 and became an Honorary Fellow in 2023. He is currently President Elect and will take over from Saiqa Naz as President in July 2024. He recently retired as a Consultant Psychiatrist specialising in CBT at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust where he was professional head of psychotherapy. He continues to be actively involved with supervision and teaching and has many years experience teaching mental health professionals from different backgrounds through the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience CBT course. Stirling’s main interests have been in the application of CBT to cancer, coping with adversity, and the therapeutic relationship in CBT.

Honorary Secretary

Colin Hughes

Colin is a long-standing BABCP-accredited member and joined the BABCP Board as co-chair of the Finance Committee in 2018 going on to be co-chair of the Course Accreditation Committee. He is also Vice Chair of the Irish Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.  He is a Programme Director of the BABCP-accredited programme at Queens University Belfast, and a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist linked with the Belfast Trust.  In addition, he is a Registered Mental Health Nurse and is involved in the teaching and training of Mental Health Nursing at Queens. Most of his clinical work focuses on those adults living with Personality Disorders and Self Harm.

Honorary Treasurer

Jacqueline McKenna

Jacqueline joined the BABCP board as Honorary Treasurer in 2018. Her background is Mental Health Nursing. Jacqueline completed her CBT Postgraduate Diploma at Dundee University in 1998 and returned to Dundee to complete her MSc in CBT in 2001. She has worked within the NHS as an accredited BABCP senior practitioner working in Adult Mental Health service in Northern Ireland. During this time she have been instrumental in establishing a Primary Care-based CBT service in local GP surgeries. She has taken a lead role within her Trust CBT service in terms of developments and training with supervision.  She is now a Service Lead within the newly formed Regional Trauma Network, a specialist Trauma service in Northern Ireland delivering evidence-based therapeutic interventions.  She has been an active member of the Northern Ireland nurses CBT Forum since 1998, which is now known as the Irish Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies – part of the BABCP branch network, and has been their Treasurer for more than six years. 

Elected Members

Beth Owen


Beth gained a wealth of knowledge working as qualified healthcare professional in the NHS in Scotland, initially as a General Nurse then in District Nursing, before moving to work in the field of mental health for the last 16 years, qualifying as a CBT Therapist in 2015, gaining full BABCP accreditation in 2016, and has been an active member of the BABCP, with an organisational role as treasurer of the Scotland branch. Beth gained extensive experience working as a therapist in both low intensity and high intensity posts, and has recently left the NHS to concentrate on work in the private sector. Beth's commitment to CBT is reinforced through wide professional experience and aspiring to contribute towards highlighting and promoting the future of BABCP.

Elizabeth Ruth 

Liz was elected to the Board in 2022. She is a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner by background, having worked in the IAPT programme for eleven years as a Qualified, Senior and Lead PWP with a special interest in Long Term Health Conditions. She is currently Assistant Professor and course leader for Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner training at the University of Bradford. Liz is the Chair of the BABCP Low Intensity CBT Special Interest Group and co-author of an upcoming book on the experience and practice of Low Intensity psychological interventions.

Lay Directors

Jacqui Porritt

Jacqui joined the Board as a Lay Director in July 2023. Jacqui works for the Royal College of Surgeons of England as their Executive Director of Resources and also sits as a family court Magistrate in North and West Yorkshire. Jacqui’s special interest lies in children’s mental health and how domestic abuse affects long term behaviour and health. Jacqui is also a mental health first aider and menopause champion. Jacqui came from the corporate world of financial services originally, but saw the light in 2008 and has worked in not for profit organisations ever since.

Niul Dillon Hatcher

Niul is a lawyer with a long career as in-house counsel in contexts including financial institutions, providers of financial and commercial infrastructure, regulatory authorities, Eurostar and Help the Aged. He is an experienced company secretary. Niul chaired - or was a member of - numerous risk, regulatory and legal committees. He speaks a handful of languages including Arabic. Now retired, he works pro bono as a lawyer and as trustee assisting refugees, homeless people and street-connected children.

Senior Staff

Chief Executive Officer

Tommy McIlravey

Tommy joined BABCP as CEO in June 2023. He has extensive experience as a charity CEO, with five years at Lancashire Mind, and previously at Sahir House, an award-winning charity providing services around HIV and sexual health across Merseyside and North Cheshire. He was Founder of the Liverpool Pride festival and has nearly 25 years' experience as a charity trustee and non-executive director. This included several years serving as a Lay Trustee on the board of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Finance & IT Manager

Michelle Harwood

Michelle joined BABCP in January 2020 as Finance and IT Manager. Michelle started her career twenty years ago in Accountancy working in private practice and studied Association of Chartered Certified Accountants training at BPP before moving into more commercial accounting roles. In the last 8 years Michelle has worked in the not-for-profit sector combining Finance and IT projects-based work. Michelle has completed MSP (Managing Successful Programmes), PRINCEII and PROSCI Business change management.

Head of Membership Services 

Michelle Livesey

Michelle joined BABCP in 2017 as Head of Membership Services. She has an extensive experience in Charity and Higher Education management; working at a senior leadership level in a membership organisation for over 15 years, in addition to also managing commercial enterprises. She values the opportunity to work for organisations which make a difference to enhance the lives of others and is keen to ensure that those in her team feel valued in their role.

Senior Clinical Advisor

Helen Macdonald

Helen joined the senior management team in February 2020, after 11 years as Course Accreditation Registrar. After graduating in Psychology and qualifying as a Mental Health Nurse, she trained in CBT in 1991 at the Institute of Psychiatry and later gained a Masters Degree in CBT. She has developed CBT services in secondary care settings and in pain management, as well as teaching and supervising in CBT since the mid-1990s. She is a Senate Award Fellow of the University of Sheffield and a Fellow of BABCP. She has been elected to the Board of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies.

Chief Accreditation Officer & Registrar

Rebecca Light

Rebecca joined BABCP as an Accreditation Liaison Officer in 2021, and then took on the role of Accreditation Liaison Manager in 2022 before joining the senior management team in September 2023. Rebecca graduated in Psychology in 2002 and later gained a Masters Degree in Clinical Effectiveness in Child & Adolescent Mental Health at Cambridge University and a further Post Graduate Diploma in CBT in 2011. Rebecca has worked in a range of voluntary services, and child and youth mental health services within the NHS for the past 20 years and continues to work in private practice offering CBT for Children and Young People, as well as providing supervision. Rebecca is passionate about developing CBT career pathways to promote high quality services for all.


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