Dr. Juliet Whitaker - Medical Director
MA MB BChir DPM MIRP
Juliet graduated with a 1st Class Honours Degree in Medicine from Trinity Hall Cambridge, in June 1988 and in the same year rowed for the Blondie crew in the Cambridge v Oxford Women’s Boat Race. She went on to complete her clinical training at St. Thomas’s Hospital London, before returning to Cambridge to site her final examinations in 1991, passing with Honours. She spent ten years in NHS clinical practice, working through General Medical and Surgical training posts, and subsequently Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Accident & Emergency and Palliative Care as part of a Vocational Training Scheme in General Practice. Most importantly this lead to opportunity to work and train in Psychiatry, a speciality to which Juliet subsequently returned, and remained with for five years. A chance meeting during a career break precipitated by personal injury, led Juliet to accept an entirely new challenge in Healthcare Recruitment in the summer of 2000. The initial intention was always to return to clinical practice, but one thing led to another, and the next nine years saw Juliet developing her envied and much renowned reputation for specialist Mental Health recruitment services to the NHS and Independent Sector; a reputation underpinned by the highest standards of ethical professional practice and quality of service to all who worked with her.
Isabelle MacDonald-Parry - Expert Witness Services Director
Isabelle joined Mind Professionals in November 2017 after completing her LPC with BPP University and her LLB(Hons) with Anglia Ruskin University. Isabelle’s legal education has given her an invaluable insight into the importance of expert evidence. Since joining Mind Professionals Isabelle has grown our Expert Witness Service and assisted numerous solicitors and legal professionals in finding the right expert to provide detailed Medico-Legal reports for their cases. Isabelle became a Director in April 2019 and now oversees the Expert Witness team while continuing to assist with a wide range of cases.
Ash Bavalia - Managing Director
Ash has worked in the high technology, commercial, defence and aerospace sectors for a combined period of over 25 years holding technical, senior management and director level positions. He operated a very successful Interim Management business for 5 years before co-founding Mind Professionals.
Catherine Jenkins - Operations Director
Catherine joined Mind Professionals in January 2013 after graduating with a 1st class Masters in Philosophy (M.Phil) from the University of Cambridge. She has since been instrumental in the design, implementation and operational management of all internal quality and compliance management processes and has developed her role within the organisation into the Operators Director position she holds currently. Catherine is responsible for monitoring the regulatory performance and daily practice of all recruitment and administration staff. She strives for excellence; seeks to identify and implement best practices; and has driven the development of the all the operational procedures, policies and systems currently in place for this purpose.
Jenny Knight - Therapeutic and Diagnostic Services Director
Jenny joined Mind Professionals to head the Therapeutic and Diagnostic Services within Mind Professionals bringing with her many years of experience from the legal and psychological therapies sectors. Her background and knowledge has been instrumental in the design of MIND Professionals’ Autism Diagnostic Service from its infancy and she has led the service from the outset, building up a strong understanding and ensuring the smooth running of both the diagnostic and post-diagnostic support provision. Her focus on assuring that an individualised, empathetic and optimised clinical approach is in place that best addresses each person’s needs, ensures that our therapeutic and diagnostic services reliably provide the appropriate outcomes for each case.