BAGIS Council

All council roles were re-elected prior to the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2019. 

  • Only FULL members of BAGIS were eligible to vote.  

  • The election process was administered by an independent expert by experience, who fulfilled the role of scrutineer.

 The outcome of the elections was announced at the AGM on 3rd October, as follows:

  • President: Matthew Mills

  • Secretary: Sarah Murjan 

  • Treasurer: Lucy Evans

  • 2 Year Council Member (4 Roles):

    • Gary Butler 

    • Paul Carruthers

    • Helen Greener

    • Sally Robbins-Cherry

  • 4 Year Council Member (4 Roles):

    • James Bellringer 

    • Anna Laws 

    • Christina Richards 

    • Claudia Zitz

Further information about the council members can be found below.

Matthew Mills - President

Matthew Mills is a Consultant Speech and Language Therapist in voice and communication and Head of the Speech and Language Therapy Service at the Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, London, where he has worked since 2009. He has worked in voice for over 25 years and originally trained as an actor and musician at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He is a founder member of the Trans Voice and Communication CEN, and a National Adviser for the Royal College of Speech and Language. Matthew is a lecturer at the University of Greenwich and external examiner for MA/MFA voice programme at Royal Central School of Speech & Drama. He has presented at WPATH, EPATH and BAGIS, is a contributor of the International Journal of Transgenderism,  and  co-author with Gillie Stoneham of the ground-breaking text The Voice Book for Trans and Non-Binary People

Sarah Murjan - Secretary-General

Dr Sarah Murjan is a Consultant at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health. 

Lucy Evans - Treasurer

Lucy Evans is an Endocrine Clinical Nurse Specialist at the London Tavistock and Portman Gender Identity Clinic (adult service). 

James Barrett - Ex-offico (Previous President)

James is a consultant in gender dysphoria medicine and Lead Clinician of Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic, in London. 

Gary Butler

Helen Greener

Helen is a consultant in gender dysphoria and the clinical lead at the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Paul Carruthers

Sally Robbins-Cherry

I am a Nurse Consultant/ Senior Psychotherapist working at the Nottingham Centre for Transgender Health..

I have worked in Transgender Health Care for 12 years

James Bellringer

James is a consultant urological surgeon and provides genital reconstructive surgery to trans feminine people. He is based in Wimbledon, London.

Anna Laws

Dr Anna Laws is a clinical psychologist working at the Northern Region Gender Dysphoria Service, based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Christina Richards

Professor Dr Christina Richards BSc (Hons), MSc, DCPsych, CPsychol, EuroPsy, FBPsS is an HCPC Registered Doctor of Applied Psychology and a full Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) where she is the current Chair of the Division of Counselling Psychology; Committee member for Psychologist Prescribing; Lead National Assessor for Counselling Psychology; Chair of the revision Committee of the BPS Assessment, Diagnosis and Formulation guidelines; and Chair of the revision committee of the BPS Guidelines for working therapeutically with sexual, gender, and relationship diverse clients of which she was an original co-author.

Professor Richards is Visiting Full Professor of Gender and Mental Health at Regent’s University London School of Psychotherapy and Psychology; and is the Clinical Module Lead for the Royal College of Physicians intercollegiate qualification in Gender Identity Healthcare.

Prof. Richards is Lead Consultant Psychologist/Head of Psychology at the London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves strategic planning and management on a national and international level; supervising senior staff; assessing people with highly complex needs for hormones and surgeries, and supervision of  individual and group therapies from a number of different modalities.

Prof. Richards is also Head of Research at the NHS London Gender Identity Clinic (Charing Cross) within the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. This role involves responsibility for the strategy and implementation of the research programme at the clinic. Professor Richards also lectures and publishes internationally on gender, sexualities, and critical mental health – both within clinical academia and also to third sector and statutory bodies.

Prof. Richards was elected to the Executive Board of the European Professional Association for Transgender Health (EPATH); and was selected by the executive board of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) to be Lead Chapter Author for Adult Assessment in the Standards of Care Version 8 (SoC v8) revision. She also represented the East Midlands to NHS England’s Clinical Reference Group (CRG) on Gender Identity Services; and is listed as an expert in gender diversity by the BPS on the Gender Diversity Specialist Register (whose criteria she co-drafted). She is one of the few psychologists recognised by HM Courts and Tribunals Service as a Specialist in the field of Gender Dysphoria, thus allowing her to prepare medical reports for the Gender Recognition Panel.

Prof. Richards is a founder member of the British Association of Gender Identity Specialists (BAGIS); a past Trustee of the National LGBT Foundation; a founder member of BiUK and co-author of the Bisexuality Report.

Prof. Richards is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal of the British Psychological Society’s Division of Counselling PsychologyCounselling Psychology Review. Her own publications consist of various papers, reports, and book chapters. She is first author of a clinical guidebook on sexuality and gender published by Sage – Richards, C., & Barker. M. (2013). Sexuality and gender for mental health professionals: A practical guide. London: Sage; First editor of the Palgrave Handbook of the Psychology of Sexuality and Gender; First editor of a multidisciplinary book about people who identify outside of the gender binary of male or female – Richards, C., Bouman, W. P., & Barker, M. J. (2018). Genderqueer and non-binary genders. Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan; Sole author of the monograph: Richards, C. (2017). [Monograph]. Trans and sexuality – An existentially-informed ethical enquiry with implications for counselling psychology. London: Routledge; And has an upcoming co-authored book on clinical work with trans and non-binary people for the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Richards, C., & Barrett, J. (forthcoming 2019). Trans and non-binary gender healthcare for psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists/Cambridge University Press.

Pronouns: She Her, Hers  (Pretty much…).

Claudia Zitz

Claudia is a Clinical Psychologist and Systemic Psychotherapist working with young people and their families in the Gender Identity Development Service. 

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