Chair of Trustees:

Professor Rex Haigh FRCPsych  

Dr Haigh is an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist who has been involved in therapeutic communities since being a medical student in Oxford. He has been Chair of the Association of Therapeutic Communities, founder of the Community of Communities quality network at the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit, series editor of the Jessica Kingsley ‘Community, Culture and Change’ book series, and member of the editorial board of the international journal Therapeutic Communities. His professional background is general practice, psychiatry, and psychotherapy, and group analysis. He has been an NHS Consultant Psychiatrist since 1994, and now also works with the Department of Health as Clinical Advisor for the National Personality Disorder Programme. In 2015 Rex was appointed Honorary Professor of Therapeutic Environments and Relational Health in Nottingham University’s School of Sociology and Social Policy, for three years starting in August 2015. This is in recognition of his lifetime’s work in therapeutic communities and the development of clinical, training and research approaches based on the democratic and relationship-based principles in the TC tradition.

Honorary Treasurer:

Dominic Lowe 

Mr Lowe qualified as an accountant with Arthur Andersen’s in the mid-eighties and since then, has worked in a number of businesses in the Food and Drinks industries, most recently as managing director of Kettle Chips, the UK’s leading handmade crisps. His other charity activities focus on development projects in Malawi and helping British design graduates find work in the fashion industry.


Robert Dowler MBE FRICS

Mr Dowler is a Chartered Surveyor and former partner of a firm of Chartered Surveyors and Property Managers in Richmond. He is also a trustee of the Royal Cambridge Home – a residential care home. For ten years he was chairman of ’s Community Care trust –a day respite care centre for the chronically sick and housebound and is currently a trustee of Daybreak – a charity providing a similar service in. For twelve years was a Governor of Esher College. Robert was the chair of the trustees until he stepped down in 2014. He remains on the board.

Rev George Bush

Rev Bush has been a priest for nearly 30 years and has served diverse communities and settings – he iscurrently Rector of St Mary-le-Bow in the City of London. He has some experience of counselling and training and of psychotherapeutic practice personally. Alongside parochial duties he is involved in a number of charitable ventures spanning social housing, educational grant making, microfinance and FairTrade. He is a Patron of the World Marmalade Festival.

Victoria Pickup

Ms Pickup has been a trustee of CHT since June 2013. She qualified as a solicitor in February 2010, specialising in Charity law. After close to five years in practice at a city law firm, she moved to work at Oxford University, where she had studied, and is now working as part of the University's governance administrative team.