Dr Robert Harland 

Robert completed his psychiatric training at the Maudlsey Hospital and is now a consultant psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust within the Psychosis Clinical Academic Group.  He works on an inpatient unit at the Maudsley Hospital.  Before that he worked for five years as a ward and community consultant in the borough of Lambeth.  He is a trainer of junior psychiatrists and teaches medical students from Kings College London. He retains close links with the Institute of Psychiatry, including as an honorary teacher on a number of academic courses. He works privately at the Sloane Court Clinic.  Robert’s special interests include the philosophical and conceptual aspects of psychiatry, alternative explanatory models of mental disorder and emotional distress, and the use of both pharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches.  He has published in a number of academic and popular journals.

Prof. Richard A.A. Kanaan

Richard is a psychiatrist specialising in conversion disorder and schizophrenia.  He previously studied mathematics and philosophy in Oxford and Los Angeles, before training in medicine and psychiatry in London.  He was a clinical academic at the Institute of Psychiatry/Maudsley Hospital for the past 10 years, and was appointed Chair of Psychiatry and Consultant Psychiatrist at Austin Hospital, Melbourne in 2013. Professor Kanaan has produced in excess of 50 publications, across a number of disciplines, including neuroimaging, neuropsychology, epidemiology, philosophy, and social psychiatry.  He has advised the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the National Health Service on management of conversion disorder, and developed and led a specialist conversion disorder clinic for many years. 

Dr Nikola Kern

Nikola studied medicine at the University of Heidelberg and completed her Doctor of Medicine thesis there.  She worked at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich and was awarded a scholarship from the Max Planck Society to follow research in the field of genetics of affective and anxiety disorders.  She then trained in adult psychiatry at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and developed a special interest in various forms of psychological treatments, including family and mentalization-based therapy. She is a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and has completed a postgraduate diploma in systemic family therapy at the Institute of Family Therapy.  Nikola completed her training in general adult and liaison psychiatry in 2010 and since then has worked as a consultant in the Eating Disorders Service at the Trust. She is responsible for day care and part of the outpatient service at the Maudsley Hospital, as well as the inpatient service at Bethlem Royal Hospital.  She is also part of the research team for a project called ‘Nice outcomes for referrals with impulsivity, self-harm and eating disorders’.

Dr Gareth Owen (Chief Executive)

Gareth studied physics and philosophy at King’s College London and then medicine at the Royal Free and University College Medical School. He subsequently trained in medicine and clinical neuroscience at Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge before starting clinical and research training in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in 2002, where he has been since.  As Clinical Senior Lecturer at King's College London, his research group addresses problems shared by psychiatry and law. It is supported by the Wellcome Trust and takes a strongly interdisciplinary approach. As a consultant, Gareth works in the Lambeth Home Treatment Team, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is an editor, with Simon Wessely and Robin Murray, of The Maudsley Handbook of Practical Psychiatry.  Gareth has participated in several BBC radio 4 programmes on psychiatry, law and philosophy and had a spell as a Wellcome Trust fellow in the UK parliament looking at the Mental Capacity Act (2005) in healthcare.

Dr Edward Skidelsky (Chair)

Edward studied philosophy and theology undergraduate at Oxford from 1992-95. After graduating, he worked for two years with a Moscow NGO and a further two with a London-based publisher and think-tank. Edward returned to Oxford in 2000 to complete a doctorate on the late idealist philosopher of science and culture Ernst Cassirer, spending two years as a visiting student at the Humboldt University, Berlin.

Edward’s doctoral research was on the early twentieth century German philosopher Ernst Cassirer (published in 2009 as Ernst Cassirer: The Last Philosopher of Culture), but his interests have since shifted to moral and political philosophy.  Edward has written essays on the ethics of capitalism, the value of happiness and the philosophical importance of the history of ideas. His most recent book, co-written with his father Robert, How Much is Enough? Money and the Good Life, came out in 2012 and has been translated into 15 languages. A following book, The Moral Language of Modernity, has been commissioned by Princeton University Press.  Edward appears regularly in the press and on radio on subjects including philosophy, religion and intellectual history.