Maximising the knowledge and experience of social care leaders in mental health to improve outcomes.


Ruth Allen - Chair.

Ruth Allen - Chair.

Ruth is currently Director of Social Work for the South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, covering five Borough Council areas in SW London. 

She has previously worked for Local Authorities and Trusts in East London and in Hertfordshire and has also worked for CSIP/NIMHE. 

Ruth gained a Doctorate in Education in 2007, focusing on the learning needs of mental health staff and leaders in complex organisations.  She is co-author of 'Leadership for Personalisation and Social Inclusion in mental health' (SCIE, 2009) and was editor of the SCSN's paper on the Positive Future of Social Work in Mental Health.

Ruth is particularly interested in rekindling British social work's links with grassroots community movements for social change and social justice and in making links between British and international social work.  She is currently part of a team developing a new Human Rights Based Leadership Programme for mental health social work with SCIE, NMHDU and University of Central Lancashire.

Ben Bano - Secretary / Membership Secretary.

Ben Bano - Secretary / Membership Secretary.

Ben Bano was Director of Social Care and Older Peoples Services in East Kent Mental Health Partnership Trust prior to founding Telos Training Ltd in 2005. 

Telos Training has a particular focus on a whole person approach to Health and Social Care training. Ben has taken a particular interest in integrating the Health and Social Care perspectives to Personalisation and in leadership development of Team Managers and Senior Practitioners to bring this about.

Ben has facilitated a number of successful learning sets for senior social care practitioners in integrated mental health services in the last two years. 

Within the last twelve months he has been involved with a number of Mental Health Trusts in the implementation of self-directed support and the leadership development required to facilitate this process.