Admin Office: LANCuk, Independence House, Adelaide Street, Heywood OL10 4HF
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The staff list includes:

Dr Neil Rutterford – Chartered Psychologist, Neurofeedback Therapist

CPsychol AFBPsS BSc (Hons) PGCert DipPsych MSc PhD MIoD

Dr Neil Rutterford is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society; a member of the Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology and an associate member of the British Neuropsychological, and International Neuropsychological Societies. Neil undertakes QEEGs at the LANCUK, as well as neurofeedback.

Previously he has worked as a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of East Anglia, as well as Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge and was Head of Centre for Psychology and Counselling at Swansea Metropolitan University. He completed a PhD in neuropsychology at Swansea University in 2005 after working in clinical settings with a number of neuro-rehabilitation providers. Neil was trained and accredited in neurofeedback by EEG Spectrum. He has since practised this treatment approach since September 2005. Neil has published a number of articles in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at international and national conferences. He also supervises several research students and projects which include the efficacy of neurofeedback in a traumatic brain injury population; and the efficacy of neurofeedback in enhancing executive function performance.


Dr Obeagaeli Ani – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist


Dr Ani has worked as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, mostly in London and the Home Counties, since 2007. She did her post graduate medical training in Psychiatry at the Charing Cross Scheme in London and undertook further specialist training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The Great Ormond Street/ The Royal London training scheme. She became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2003.

Previously she worked as a Consultant in the NHS at Hertfordshire for 8 years. Dr Ani has expertise in assessment and management of a broad range of child developmental and mental health conditions including but not limited to problems with social communications/ Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders, depression, anxiety, obsessive – compulsive disorder, Tic disorders/ Tourettes syndrome and emotional/ relationship difficulties. She also undertakes Mental Health Act assessments for several NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups and sits on a regional Mental Health Act Approvals Panel.

Dr Cornelius Ani – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

MBBS, MSc, DCH, MRCP (paediatrics), FRCPsych, FHEA, MD(Research), PGC (Medical Law)

In addition to working with LANC Dr Ani is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Ashford CAMHS in Surrey. He is also Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and Guest Lecturer at the Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health University of Ibadan. He holds a Research Doctorate Degree in Medicine from Imperial College London. Dr Ani is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has expertise in the assessment and treatment of a wide range of child and adolescent mental disorders including ADHD, Autism, and Tourette syndrome.

Dr. Joshua Westbury  -Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist



Dr. Westbury is a psychiatrist with ten years
experience in the assessment and management of mental health
issues in children and adolescents. He has worked as a
full-time NHS Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
for five years, including four years as Consultant for the
Southend Child and Family Consultation Service and
Consultant for the South Essex Child and Adolescent Learning
Disability Service. He is currently the Consultant for
Poplar Adolescent Inpatient Unit in Rochford, Essex.

Dr. Westbury trained in medical science at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and
completed his medical training at St. Bartholomew’s and
the Royal London Hospital Medical School, London. He
completed core training in psychiatry at the Royal Free
Hospital and specialty training in child and adolescent
psychiatry at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He has
experience in the assessment and management of children and
adolescents with neurodevelopmental disorders including ASD
and ADHD, as well as mood disorders, anxiety disorders,
eating disorders, psychosis, emerging personality disorders
and other mental health issues in childhood. He has
interests in psychopharmacology, learning disability and
management of complex cases.

Dr Rakendu Suren – Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Dr Suren Completed his  core training in psychiatry from St Bartholomew’s and Royal London hospital training scheme and completed  the  higher training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry from Great Ormond Street Hospital.  He has expertise in assessment and management of Complex Neurodevelopmental disorders  such as ADHD, Autism, Tics/Tourette’s syndrome , Mood disorders , Anxiety disorders , Eating disorders, Psychosis and other mental illness seen in Children and Adolescents . He has a special interest in Paediatric psychopharmacology and has published on this topic . He has a keen interest in School mental health and Neurodevelopmental disorders across life span, particularly ADHD  transition from Adolescent to Adults.

Ana Santo – Paediatric Occupational Therapist

Ana Santo is a Paediatric Occupational Therapist with 26 years’ experience, within the NHS and in private practice, working with children and young people (birth to 19) with a range of severe and complex needs. She has worked in both special and mainstream schools as well as preparing young people for adulthood. She has extensive experience working with families within the most complex situations including those going through SEN tribunals. This involves preparing detailed reports and attending tribunals. She also have has extensive experience as a Manager and Professional Lead for Occupational Therapists for over 16 years and was the Lead Commissioner for Children with Disabilities within a London Borough.


Lorna Meech – Speech and Language Therapist



Lorna is a member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) certified to practice and Health Professions Council, HPC Registered., and is also a member of the Association of Speech and Language Therapists in Independent Practice (ASLTIP).

She has had over 20 years experience working with children and adults with varying conditions. Her specialist areas include patients with very complex needs and particularly children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder and those with dysphagia (feeding difficulties). However, Lorna also has a great deal of experience with dyspraxic children, cochlear implants and those with less complicated speech and language problems.

Dr Justine McCarthy-Woods – Consultant Clinical Psychologist


Dr McCarthy Woods is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS for the past 27 years with children, adolescents and adults presenting with a range of emotional and psychological issues and difficulties. She has worked in various clinical settings (schools, Child Guidance Clinic, GP surgeries, hospitals, community mental health teams, adolescent outreach team). She currently works at the Tavistock Clinic, where she is the Lead for the Adolescent and Young Adult Service, covering the 14-25 year age range.

During the course of her career, working at a senior level, she has been responsible for managing both adult psychology services and child and adolescent psychology services in Birmingham, Surrey and London and supervising and teaching trainee clinical and educational psychologists enrolled in doctoral-level training programmes.

In addition to her NHS work, she works privately, specialising in psychometric and educational assessments, for children, adolescents and young adults who may have difficulties with learning and/or specific learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, or problems with attention, organisation, processing and memory.

Mary Conroy – Nurse


Mary is RMN trained and has over 30 years experience working in mental health with both children and adults. Her special interest is ADHD and she has always strived to improve assessment and intervention. Whist working in the NHS, Mary developed a nurse led ADHD clinic and a post diagnostic group for parents. She believes adults with ADHD, and parents of children with ADHD benefit from help in noticing the positives and recognising the difficulties they and their children face. Mary is trained in both Webster Stratton parenting techniques and Parent child game, and is currently involved in developing and delivering LANC’s adult ADHD service

 Dr Joe Johnson – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist


Dr Johnson has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist for over 10 years. He set up an NHS Adult ADHD service in 2009 and has since been heading this service. He has been involved in a multi centre clinical trial in adult ADHD, and has delivered ADHD training programmes to a variety of professionals including psychiatrists, GPs, nurses, occupational therapists, probation officers and other practitioners in mental health across the UK and has also been invited to speak at national and international meetings.

 Dr Cherry Lewin – Consultant Adult Psychiatrist


Dr Lewin is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has more than 10 years experience as a Consultant Psychiatrist within the NHS.  She specialises and currently works within Adult ADHD and General Adult Psychiatry.  Dr Lewin also has an accreditation in Substance Misuse Psychiatry, and has significant experience of working with young people with early-onset psychotic illnesses. She has a strong interest in medical education and is the Royal College Tutor for psychiatry trainees within her hospital.

 Christine McLanachan – Life Skills Coach

Christine McLanachan Has worked in the field of ADHD / Aspergers and similar conditions for over 15 years. She was instrumental in the setting up one of the first support groups in the Manchester area,  and Christine went on to develop this support group into a family support centre where she was manager.

The centre offered services such as, parent & adult group, educational Advocacy service, Children’s development service (Activities for children) ADHD Family management programmes. Christine has sat on a number of advisory committees pertaining to child & Adolescent Mental Health.

Since 2001 Christine has trained as a Life Skills, ADHD coach, and as a training developer, facilitator and management consultant. Much of her time is now spent coaching families and individuals on the difficulties of living with ADHD  

Gareth Wood – Nurse Practitioner

Gareth has practiced in the Learning Disability field since qualifying as a Learning Disability Nurse / Social Worker in 2003.  His post qualification experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults with Learning Disabilities ranging from mild to profound and with additional needs.  This includes Autism Spectrum Conditions, various psychiatric needs, many differing challenging behaviours, numerous complex physical health needs, Dementia and adults who have offended.

During Gareth’s time in practice, he has developed a particular interest in the Autism field.  He achieved a Masters in Autism Spectrum Conditions in 2014 and most recently has been actively involved in developing an Autism Training Package for Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, who he is also currently employed with.  Gareth has been working for LANCuk since September 2017 where he has conducted adult diagnostic assessment for Autism.

Alison Hunter – Speech and Language Therapist

Dr Mischa Mockett – Consultant Psychiatrist

Joanne Needham – Nurse Practitioner

Lindsay Wood – Nurse Practitioner




The staff at the Centre have particular expertise in appreciating the reality of ADHD, and the strong possibility of the vulnerability created by ADHD progressing in one way or another.

The clinic is always interested in hearing from schools, NHS organisations and/or other providers or services where there is a possibility of working together as a joint venture.

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