Dr Ian McPherson OBE - Ambassador

Dr Ian McPherson OBE

In terms of sporting memories, Ian was born and brought up in Glasgow, where he was not a supporter of either of the well-known "Old Firm" teams but of one sadly now forgotten by most people, Third Lanark. Ian remembers his excitement as young boy of being given a knitted bobble hat in the red and white team colours but also that the team went rapidly downhill soon afterwards, going from third in the First Division in 1960/61 to eleventh in the Second Division in 1966/67 when they went bankrupt. As a true psychologist, Ian attributes the fact that he has never supported another team to this painful early experience!

Previously Director of the National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU), the agency established by the Department of Health in England to put policy into practice and best practice into policy and prior to that Director of the National Institute of Mental Health in England (NIMHE), Ian has a longstanding interest in improving mental health and mental health services. Ian then went on to become Chief Executive of the Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF), the representative body for voluntary sector mental health provider organisations in England.

A Clinical Psychologist by professional background, Ian worked as a practitioner, researcher and trainer for 13 years, before moving into service development and management.  He then had 9 years as Director of Mental Health for two large NHS Trusts before taking up his post with NIMHE.