Board of Trustees

The role of the trustee is to provide oversight to guide the development of careif. This will also include the promotion and participation in careif activities.

Our trustees are:

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui CBE (Co-Founder and Vice Chair)

Professor Bhui has led research and learning programmes on ethnic inequalities in mental illnesses, suicide, self-harm, chronic fatigue, violence and traumatic experiences, homelessness, refugee experiences, drug use and Mental Health Act detentions in hospitals and in the criminal justice system, including prisons. He has been an advisor to the Department of Health and Public Health England, and formerly chaired the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ committees on public health and transcultural psychiatry.

Bhui is Professor of Cultural Psychiatry & Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London, and Consultant Psychiatrist, East London Foundation NHS Trust. He is Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has supported three projects for the National Clinical Director on Mental Health (Consultation and Advice for NHS England, Public Health England, and providing a national public health online resource called Mental Health 4 Life).


Dr Albert Persaud (Co-Founder)

Dr Persaud first joined the NHS in 1974 as a porter and then worked as a care assistant. He studied for his professional psychiatric qualifications and went on to work in public health medicine, joining the Mental Health policy branch of the Department of Health, crafting and developing a number of mental health policy reforms during the late 1990s and through the 2000s. This work included developing and consulting upon the Mental Health Act 2007 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. He was one of the founders of the National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) which was established following the National Service Framework for Mental Health to support the implementation of evidence-based practice. He is a lifelong campaigner in equalities and health and a proponent of cultural psychiatry.

He also crafted, co-authored and co-edited the Mental Health Legislation Resource, an introductory compendium of some of the most commonly used legislation in mental health and has written many papers in the areas of culture and mental health, post natal depression, and the law and clinical practice. He is a member of the Mental Health Act Commission (MHAC), a trustee of the Long Term Medical Condition Alliance (LMCA), is acting Vice-Chair of the Depression Alliance UK and Chair of the GAMIAN Europe Scientific Committee (Global Alliance for Mental Health Advocacy Networks).

He also serves on the advisory board of the South Asian Health Foundation, as well as a number of other scientific committees and boards including the World Association of Cultural Psychiatry, the World Health Organisation and the European Co-operation in the Field of Scientific and Technical Research Committee. He is also a founding member of Primary Care Mental Health and Education (PRImhE) which promotes the development of primary mental health care evidence-based practice.


Professor Dinesh Bhugra CBE

Professor Bhugra became a Trustee of Careif in 2006. He is Professor of Mental Health and Cultural Diversity at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He is also an Honorary Consultant at the Maudsley Hospital, where he runs the sexual and couple therapy clinic.

His research interests are in cultural psychiatry, sexual dysfunction and service development. He has authored/co-authored over 350 scientific papers, chapters and 30 books. His recent volumes include Principles of Social Psychiatry, Mental Health of Refugees and Asylum Seekers (Highly Commended in the 2011 BMA Awards), Migration and Mental Health, Textbook of Cultural Psychiatry (Commended in the BMA Book Awards in 2008 and recipient of the 2012 Creative Scholarship Award from the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture), Culture and Mental Health and Management for Psychiatrists.

He published Mad Tales from Bollywood: Portrayal of Madness in Conventional Hindi Cinema in 2006. Professor Bhugra is the Editor of the International Journal of Social Psychiatry, International Review of Psychiatry and International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. He has also developed teaching modules and short courses for medical students and psychiatric trainees on Cultural Psychiatry and on Cinema and Psychiatry. Professor Bhugra, from 2008 to 2011 he was President of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. In July 2011 he became Chair of the Mental Health Foundation. In 2011 Professor Bhugra was elected President-Elect of the World Psychiatric Association and becomes President in September 2014. He is the first British person (Psychiatrist) to be President of the World Psychiatric Association. In early 2012 he was awarded a CBE by Her Majesty the Queen.


Professor Edgar Jones

Professor Jones has been a careif Trustee since 2006 and has lead a number of careif initiatives including the “Careif Railway Suicides in the UK Study”, (2014) and with Professor Kamaldeep Bhui, Careif Co-Founder and Director, has emerged as a leading expert in the field of Violent Radicalisation and Terrorism. Jones is Professor of the History of Medicine and Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry and King’s Centre for Military Health Research. He originally trained as an historian before completing a doctorate at Guy’s Hospital in clinical psychopathology and training as an analytical psychotherapist.

He is programme leader for the MSc in War and Psychiatry and has worked in the field of military psychiatry conducting studies on shell shock, Gulf War syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder. In addition, he has researched the problems of prisoners-of-war and the effectiveness of interventions designed to re-integrate them into civilian society. He is the co-author of Shell Shock to PTSD, Military Psychiatry from 1900 to the Gulf, Hove: Psychology Press, Maudsley Monograph (2005). He recently conducted a study of morale in the armed forces and the impact of entertainment for the British Forces Foundation.


Professor Rachel Tribe – Careif Trustee

Professor Tribe is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.  In 2014 she received the British Psychological Society Award for Challenging Social Inequalities in Psychology.  Her applied work includes numerous national and international consultancy projects and training for a range of organizations including the Department of Health, Department for Education, the Home Office, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, British Psychological Society  and the  Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Professor Tribe, said of her trustee role: “I have been lucky enough to work with the trustees and volunteers at Careif for several years and I am delighted and honoured to be joining the trustees of such an important charity.  Careif is undertaking ground breaking work within mental health.”


Board of Directors

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui (Co-Chair)

Dr Albert Persaud (Co-Chair)