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Patrons

Maytree's patrons are:

Nick Hitch. BSc MSc CEng MICE MIMarEST
Nick retired in 2015 after a lengthy career in the oil & gas industry, mainly working on the design and construction of offshore facilities projects. In January 2013 he was employed as project manager for a compression upgrade at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria when it was attacked by Al Qaeda. Forty oil workers died in the 4 day hostage crisis but Nick survived and escaped. Building on his experience of recovery from a traumatic incident he enjoys supporting charities and not-for-profit organisations assisting victims of terrorism, hostage taking, trauma and mental health issues.
Nick Hitch
Professor Keith Hawton
Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Suicide Research at Oxford University and Consultant Psychiatrist at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. For more than thirty years he and his research group have been conducting investigations concerning the causes, treatment, prevention and outcome of suicidal behaviour. He has published more than 400 papers and chapters and 15 books. Professor Hawton is co-editor of The International Handbook of Suicide and Attempted Suicide (2000, Wiley), editor of Prevention and Treatment of Suicidal Behaviour: From Science to Practice (2005, Oxford University Press), co-author of By Their Own Young Hand: Deliberate Self Harm and Suicidal Ideas in Adolescents (2006, Jessica Kingsley Publishers), and co-editor of Suicide (2012 Routledge). He is a member of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy Group for England, the All Party Parliamentary group on Prevention of Suicide and Self-harm, and the US Suicide Research Strategy Task Force. Professor Hawton has received the Stengel Research Award from the International Association for Suicide Prevention (1995), the Dublin Career Research Award from the American Association of Suicidology (2000), the Research Award of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (2002) and a Life Achievement Award for outstanding contribution in research, treatment and teaching in the field of suicidology presented by the European Symposium of Suicide & Suicidal Behaviour (2012)
Alastair Campbell
British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Director of Communications and Strategy for prime minister Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003.
Simon Armson
Simon Armson has been involved with Maytree since its inception; he was on the Board between 2005 and 2013 and Chairman between 2009 and 2013. He was on the staff of Samaritans for twenty years, for fifteen of which he was Chief Executive. He now has a portfolio in mental health, which includes clinical psychotherapy practices in London and Berkshire, membership of the First Tier Tribunal (Mental Health) and work as a Mental Health Act Manager at Broadmoor Hospital. He was previously a Mental Health Act Commissioner and Chaired the Board of the Commission in 2008/09. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel to the Ministerial Council on Deaths in Custody between 2008 and 2014.

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