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Membership and Management


To participate in iBUG, service users can choose their own level of involvement and commitment.

Members can aim to become directors or consultants to our partner organisations, the Royal Holloway University College London and the Middlesex University. Participants can join us to publish their work in the ‘iBUG Influence Magazine’ and occasionally contribute or seek advice: we welcome any level of engagement. We do have monthly Business Meetings to which all service users are welcome to attend.

To become a member, please contact us.

The Management

The Board

The iBUG Board is made up of:

  • Peter Jones, Chair
  • Suzy Lee, Vice Chair
  • Mick Taylor, Director
  • Laura Talanti, Service Manager and advisor to the Board

You can find out more about the management and the individual profiles below under the Introductions heading.


iBUG has Volunteer Project Workers who greatly contribute to the success of the organisation. iBUG values its volunteers: we provide a safe environment where you can gain work experiences, develop skills and knowledge. We provide in-house training but as part of individual development programmes: we also fund placements in courses.

To find out how to volunteer, please contact us.

This is what one of iBUG's volunteers has said about his involvement with iBUG:

"I am very happy that my efforts have been appreciated, I can now accept commitment and responsibility without fear and much of my self-worth has been re-established through making a worthwhile contribution to society. I shall no doubt continue to make further progress as I have all the help and encouragement I could wish for from the directors and team mates." (PF)



Peter Jones, Chair

Peter is the co-founder of iBUG and has been the chair of the organisation ever since. Peter laid down the foundations of service user involvement in the commissioning and monitoring of mental health services in Islington and fought hard to achieve success in the implementation and provision of such services. Peter has been an advisor  on service user involvement and service user perspectives at The Royal Holloway, University Of London PHD Clinical Psychology Course, and Middlesex University. He is also a CQC Expert by Experience. 


Suzy Lee, vice chair 

Suzy has been a director of iBUG for two and a half years. Suzy is the project manager of the Patients Council Project. Suzy attends the Women's Forum at Highgate Mental Health Centre, the Black Women's Forum and the Women's Strategy Group at Drayton Park. Suzy is also a management committee member at MIND.


Mick Taylor, Director

Michael has been active in the Patients Council for several years. He has brought a wealth of experience of service user involvement to iBUG.


laura talanti, service manager

Laura started working for iBUG in February 2010.

Laura is experienced in working in the charity sector in various roles. She is also a BACP Registered Psychodynamic Counsellor/Psychotherapist.





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