The Orchard OCD Registry Partnership


Professor Naomi Fineberg is a consultant psychiatrist with 20+ years’ experience in systematic investigation and treatment of OCD. Naomi serves on the UK’s NICE Guidelines Committee for OCD. She is also running an OCD specialist centre at the Hertfordshire Partnerships Mental Health Trust, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.


Dominique is a research assistant at the University of Hertfordshire. She has supported people with OCD in previous roles and does administrative work on the Registry, such as monitoring the email and updating the website.


Dr Andrew Laughland is an IT Consultant. His PhD in Cognitive Psychology evaluated the use of smartphones with spontaneous and intrusive memories. He has a particular interest in web development, statistical programming and databases in clinical and healthcare applications.


Dr. Luca Pellegrini is a psychiatrist at Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Research Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire and at Imperial College London with particular interest in Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders (OCRDs).


Nick is a serial social entrepreneur with 15+ years’ experience in medical charities. Most recently, he founded and led a successful consortium developing a treatment for Black Bone Disease, an ultra rare genetic disease affecting his children. Nick is also an OCD patient.


Megan is a Clinical Trial Manager within the Clinical Trial Support Network (CTSN) at the University of Hertfordshire and has experience of managing OCD studies.


Dr David Wellsted is the Head of the Health Research Methods Unit (HRMU) at the University of Hertfordshire and has worked on a number of OCD trials at the University.


Margherita works for Orchard OCD and manages their communications and fundraising. She experienced severe OCD during her adolescence and young adulthood. She is passionate about Orchard’s work to collaborate closely with interdisciplinary professionals and progress in developing new and better treatments for patients suffering from OCD.

The Orchard OCD Registry Steering Committee

A steering committee is an advisory board that provides advice and guidance on a project. We have developed an Orchard Registry Steering Committee (ORSC) that involves members of UH, Orchard, other stakeholders and individuals with lived experience of OCD (“Experts by Experience”). We feel it is very important to have Experts by Experience involved in the steering committee to provide their insight and suggestions.

We’d like to thank the members of the steering committee:

  • Catherine Benfield
  • Dr Lynne Drummond
  • Professor Julia Jones
  • Emma McIvor
  • Professor Barbara Sahakian
  • Tracy Stanley
  • Professor Trevor Robbins