Dr Sarah Carr is the Acting Chair of the Board.

Dr Sarah Carr is an independent mental health and social care consultant and researcher. She also works as a Senior Fellow in Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham. She has experienced mental distress and used mental health services since my late teens and use this to inform all my work

Sarah was previously an Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University and worked for the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) as a Senior Research Analyst, where she led on a five-year Department of Health funded improvement programme on personalisation and person-centred practice. She has worked in research, information and service development roles at the National Institute for Social WorkOxleas NHS Trust and the Centre for Mental Health. Sarah is a member of the Care Quality Commission Adult Social Care Co-production Group and is on the editorial board of Disability and Society. She is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the School for Social PolicyBirmingham University, Visiting Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Sarah currently chairs the Service User and Carer Advisory Group for Think Ahead. In 2012 Sarah co-edited the book ‘Social Care, Service Users and User Involvement’ with Professor Peter Beresford of Brunel University. Sarah has particular interest in service user and patient involvement, personalisation and person-centred practice and equality and diversity and uses her lived experience of mental distress and service use in her work.