Our current Trustees are:
Rob Willson – CHAIR
Rob is a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with a special interest in obsessional problems. He co-authored with David Veale and Alex Clarke the self-help book Overcoming Body Image Problems including BDD. He first became involved in research on BDD 20 years ago. Currently he divides his time between private practice and conducting research on improving the understanding and treatment of BDD. Rob was indirectly involved in the original launch of the BDD Foundation through his participation in a BBC TV documentary Too Ugly for Love. Rob hopes that the foundation will help to raise a far greater level of awareness of BDD amongst people with the disorder, the general public, and healthcare professionals. He believes that there is a great deal to be done in terms of improving identification/diagnosis, understanding of how serious BDD can be, and that it can be successfully overcome.
Nicole Schnackenberg (Secretary)
Nicole Schnackenberg is a registered psychotherapist and holds an MSc in psychology. She is currently working towards accreditation as a chartered psychologist and dreams of specialising in BDD. Nicole has lived through many years of BDD’s icy grip and considers herself to be an ‘expert by experience’. She laments the lack of awareness and support available to both sufferers and their families and is proud to be part of a Foundation whose fundamental aim is to bridge that gap. Nicole has a particular interest in mindfulness-based approaches and is also a certified yoga therapist.
Alan Shooter FCA FCCA (Treasurer)
Alan is a Chartered Accountant who recently retired after forty-seven years in the profession, of which thirty six years were as Principal in a central London firm. Very happily married to Susan they enjoy their family life with five children and seventeen grandchildren. During his professional career Alan acted for a number of Charities in the sectors of Health, Education, Military and Elderly. This included a national charity concerned with a specific child brain cancer. He was also a trustee of a family charitable foundation and has acted for a number of others over his career. Apart from his charitable work Alan’s other interests are mainly theatre, art and various branches of science and medicine.
Professor David Veale
David is a Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and The Priory Hospital North London, where he directs a national specialist service for people with BDD. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. He has co-authored with Rob Willson and Alex Clarke a self-help book on Overcoming Body Image Problems including BDD and with Fugen Neziroglu a treatment manual for BDD for professionals. He was chair of the NICE Evidence Update on OCD and BDD in 2013 and a member of the working group that produced the NICE guidelines on OCD and BDD in 2005.
Minnie completed a degree in Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art and Design, specialising in sculpture. She went on to work as a curator in the east end of London where she organised projects for
emerging and internationally acclaimed artists. After a major bereavement she changed course and volunteered at the Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice, assisting in therapeutic art workshops. She facilitates BDD support groups and is passionate about raising awareness for the disorder.
Amoreena is originally from Canada and moved to New York in 1997 to work on Wall Street as an Investment Banker and Trader. She currently lives in London and has a Theatre Production Company, Glimpse Theatre, and is studying to be a counsellor with a primary interest in BDD and anxiety disorders. She has a deep understanding of BDD and the effects and the repercussions it causes. With this familiarity she wants to educate and support others on their own paths to recovery and regaining their lives back from this debilitating disorder.
Sergio graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2000 and worked for the civil service for approximately 10 years. He is currently pursuing his lifelong dream of becoming a full-time, professional writer. Sergio is able to bring the experience and perspective of having seen first-hand the effects of BDD on a family member, as the disorder claimed the life of his brother, David, who was formerly a trustee. He is passionately committed to honouring his brother’s memory with his work for the foundation.
Kitty is an English and Politics graduate from the University of Exeter. She worked in the fashion industry in the years following. However, a personal experience with BDD fueled a decision to take time out of work and was her motivation to help raise awareness and understanding of Body Dysmorphia. During a particularly tricky time she was inspired to raise money for the Foundation by designing and selling charity Christmas cards. The hope being that awareness will be raised in the process and sufferers will feel less ashamed or misunderstood in their plight. Now a trustee, she wants to continue her fundraising efforts and support the charity in any way she can.