Doug, a retired veterinary surgeon and business owner, joined the Inquest Board and Family Reference Group in April 2023.

His daughter, Stephanie, unexpectedly died in 2016 in an NHS-funded mental health hospital, 125 miles from home.

He is a co-founder of The LEARN Network, has qualifications in mental health first aid and suicide prevention, and is an ASIST Trainer. He is a passionate advocate for the use of Lived Experience to shape learning which can improve policies, systems and practice, and organisations as a whole.