Corporate Governance

CDS UK has a robust management structure in place to ensure we provide the highest standards of care for patients and that appropriate clinical and organisational processes are observed.

As a registered charity, we have a well-respected Board of Trustees who are responsible for our governance and strategic direction, working with the Chief Executive and the senior management team to ensure the charity is managed responsibly and that appropriate governance arrangements are in place.

Our objectives

  • the promotion of health and in particular mental health, particularly but not exclusively by the provision of services and assistance to people affected by dissociative disorders and complex, traumatised states
  • Providing support and help to people affected by dissociative disorders and complex, traumatised states, their families, dependents and carers
  • the advancement of education in complex mental health, specifically in relation to dissociative disorders, childhood abuse and complex trauma in particular but not exclusively by the provision of lectures, seminars, research studies and training events

Our trustees 

We have six trustees on our board who bring a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience to their role.

Dr Ashley Conway (Chairman)

Dr Ashley Conway is a Consultant Counselling Psychologist AFBPsS with over 30 years of professional experience. He has worked in a wide range of environments from NHS primary care to private psychiatric hospitals, and London teaching hospitals to his own clinics. He has taught on post-graduate training programmes, and facilitated a support group for clinical staff working on an acute psychiatric ward.

He has published widely in professional journals and contributed chapters in numerous books and is the author of a number of books.


Dr Ruth Cureton

Ruth is a retired GP who now works part-time as a Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities for a CCG.

Her career, around family commitments, includes 20 years in General Practice; 10 years in the Voluntary Sector supporting recovery for adult survivors of childhood neglect, trauma and abuse and volunteering as a trustee for a number of charities working in similar fields.

Ruth speaks on recovery from childhood neglect, trauma and abuse from both lived experience and professional perspectives, with the goals of raising awareness of the consequences and improving the journey of recovery for fellow survivors.


Dr A.A.T. Simone Reinders

Dr A.A.T. Simone Reinders is an award winning and leading neuroscientist and international expert in the neurobiology of trauma-related dissociation and the brain imaging correlates of dissociative identity disorder disorder (DID). Simone’s pioneering research showed identity-state-dependent blood-flow patters in the brain of individuals with DID. Follow-up research showed that these patterns cannot be simulated and that DID and PTSD share trauma-related neurobiomarkers. This significantly advanced understanding of brain function and structural brain abnormalities in DID.

Simone is currently working as a Senior Research associate at the IoPPN of King’s College London. Her most recent work addresses DID-dismissive perspectives using brain imaging [1] and a review of 205 studies identifying biomarkers of pathological dissociation in a transdiagnostic manner [2].

Simone is Chair of the ENIGMA-Dissociation Working Group and Lead Trustee for the Clinic of Dissociative Studies’ Academic Programme.


[1] Reinders AATS and Veltman DJ. Dissociative identity disorder: out of the shadows at last? Br J Psychiatry 2020: 1–2.

[2] Roydeva MI and Reinders AATS. Biomarkers of Pathological Dissociation: A Systematic Review. Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2021.


Miss Gillian Winifred Miles






Dr Susannah Fairweather, MA (Cantab), MBBS, MRCPsych, DHMSA, DPMSA, CCT

Dr Fairweather is a Consultant Psychiatrist. Since 2013, she has worked at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. She has specialised in the assessment and treatment of children and young people who have experienced significant trauma during their development due to inter-personal and familial abuse. She has a particular expertise in the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers, whom have often suffered human rights abuses.

Dr Fairweather is a Clinical and Educational Supervisor in psychiatry for the London Deanery. She provides training and supervision of junior psychiatrists in the assessment of the psychiatric consequences of trauma and in medico legal report writing.
She is regularly instructed as an expert witness in the civil courts and Asylum and Immigration Tribunals. She has undertaken expert witness assessments in the UK and internationally.

Dr Fairweather is a member of the working party for asylum seeker and refugee mental health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Mr Chris Nagle