The Inquiry Team

Chair to the Inquiry: Dr. Geraldine Strathdee

C.B.E. O.B.E. Hon. FRCPsych

Dr. Geraldine Strathdee has had a broad career working in the field of mental health in England and internationally. She has worked for many years as a consultant psychiatrist in the NHS. She brings a wealth of experience in mental health policy, regulation, quality improvement and management at national, regional and local levels. Throughout her career Geraldine has been committed to tackling the preventable causes of mental ill-health, improving access for all to high-quality, effective services. She is passionate about empowering patients and staff to develop their potential, and promote kind, compassionate, effective care that achieves the optimal social and clinical outcomes for patients.

The Chair will be supported by a team of advisors, identified by their expertise and understanding of matters raised.


Secretary to the Inquiry: Kate Ward

Kate Ward is the Secretary to the Inquiry. Her role is to support and advise the Inquiry Chair and act as Chief of Staff to the Inquiry team.

Kate is a member of the senior civil service. She has wide-ranging relevant experience to this Inquiry, including a role as Deputy Secretary on a previous public inquiry, and expertise in promoting improvements to mental health policy and delivery. She has also worked on the frontline as a nurse.

Kate is passionate about and has extensive experience in supporting patients, families, and healthcare professionals to have their voices and experiences heard by policy makers and the Government.

Legal Advisor: Catherine Turtle

Catherine Turtle is the legal advisor to the Inquiry. Her role is to advise the Chair and the Inquiry team on any legal issues which may arise.

Catherine has extensive experience of working with inquiry teams, stakeholders and witnesses and was previously Deputy Solicitor to the Undercover Policing Inquiry.

Catherine has a particular interest in mental health and in assisting the Inquiry in making workable recommendations to improve patient safety and care.