BSc(Hons) MSc C.Psychol. AFBPsS



Annabel Poate-Joyner is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow with the British Psychological Society, and a Registered Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. Annabel sits on the BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group, the Mental Capacity Working Party, and Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP) Committees and is also on the BPS Register of Approved Psychological Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and a Specialist Professional Advisor for Care Quality Commission (CQC) in Mental Health and Learning Disability.

Director and Lead Consultant of APJ Psychological Consulting, providing high-quality independent Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness services to the NHS, CQC, Local Authorities, Police Forces, CPS, MOD, and to private sector services.

Throughout her career of 30 years of professional experience, Annabel has worked primarily in the fields of Mental Health, with specialist expertise in Mental Health Act and Mental Capacity Act issues, Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disability, and Vulnerable Persons. 

Annabel has provided expert opinion in several major NHS Hospital and Health & Social Care Home investigations and prosecutions, in Judicial Review in the High Court, in independent Inspection, Audit, Evaluation projects Annabel Poate-Joyner is an Expert Advisor to National Crime Agency Policing, and has provided expert opinion and testimony in a large number of serious criminal cases including sexual offences, domestic abuse, controlling and coercive behaviour, arson, and murder.

Since 1998, Annabel has also specialised in working with police officers and law enforcement organisations, holding several Force Psychologist posts, contracts and arrangements including Surrey Police, CEOP, and the Metropolitan Police Service, the Royal Military Police, SOCA, the National Crime Agency, and INTERPOL, and provided clinical and occupational health advisory services to Dorset Police 2011 to date.

Annabel is a Trustee with the charity Care of Police Survivors, COPS, which provides peer support and psychological and practical assistance to the families of police officers who died in the line of their police duty. 

Annabel is Founder of the Association of Psychologists on Boards which aims to promote diversity and inclusion on all possible issues for better functioning of boards, services and organisations.


1985: BSc (Hons) Experimental Psychology.

1989: MSc in Clinical Psychology. University of Surrey.

2008: Expert Witness Certificate, Cardiff Law School.

2011: Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (DISCO) training, Lorna Wing Centre, National Autistic Society, Bromley.

2013: EMDR Training, Richman EMDR Training, London.


Health & Care Professions Council (HPCP) Registered Practitioner Psychologist (PYL21198)

British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist (23955)

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

§ Full Member of BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (BPS DCP)
§ BPS Expert Witness Advisory Group Committee.
§ BPS Mental Capacity Working Party Committee.
§ BPS SEC DCP Branch Treasurer and Committee.
§ BPS DCP Faculty of Forensic Clinical Psychology
§ BPS DCP Faculty for People with Intellectual Disabilities
§ BPS Division of Forensic Psychology
§ BPS Special Group for Independent Practitioners Committee
§ BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Psychology Section
§ BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors


Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, former President of the British Psychological Society, (2015-16), [email protected]

Ewa Rula, Consultant Clinical Psychologist,

Other specific referees are available on request.


April 1998 to date: Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness Practice. Director & Lead Consultant, APJ Psychological Consulting. Organisational and Management Advisor, and provider of Specialist Psychological Health and Safety Services. Professional supervision and personal support services.

Specialist Professional Advisor to Care Quality Commission (CQC).

April 2012 to July 2012: Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Manager responsible for Service Development and delivery of Psychology to a specialist Autistic Spectrum Disorders Service for young people and vulnerable adults with complex and challenging needs and dual diagnosis.

June 2011 to April 2012: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) Defence Clinical Psychology Service, Joint Medical Command, based at Department of Community Mental Health (DCMH) Portsmouth. Assessment and treatment of mental health and occupational management of serving tri-forces military personnel. Development of specially commissioned Anger Management Programme (Problem Anger Workshop - PAW ) for DCMH nationally. Supervision to MDT clinicians.

April 2010 to June 2011: Locum Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) to Poole Community Mental Health Teams, Dorset Foundation University Healthcare Trust (DFUHT). Assessment, psychological interventions, and case management of the full range of complex and enduring adult mental issues and personality disorders, supervision of MDT colleagues.

January to April 2010: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (8C) & High-Intensity Practitioner to Bournemouth & Poole IAPT Service, DFUHT. Psychological psychotherapy using a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) model as specified by NICE guidelines.

April 1998 onwards: Independent Clinical, Occupational Health, Medico-legal and Expert Witness practice holding roles including Force Psychologist to Surrey Police and the Metropolitan Police Service, Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP), Serious & Organised Crime Agency (SOCA), the Royal Military Police, MOD, and INTERPOL

1995 – 1998: Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade B) in Learning Disabilities & Vulnerable Adults, with Chichester Priority Care NHS Trust. Head of Learning Disability Specialty & Lead Clinician of Specialist Challenging Behaviours Service for Complex Needs & Dual Diagnosis.

1993-2001: Specialist supervision at RESPOND, a charity based in London. Supervision of specialist psychotherapy with borderline/learning-disabled sexual offenders.

1992-1995: Principal/Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Grade A) in Adult Mental Health and Learning Disability Joint Service at Queen Mary’s, Roehampton, Richmond, Twickenham & Roehampton NHS Trust. Community, out-patient and in-patient psychology services.

Provider of full range of psychological therapies with individual, couple and group-work approaches. Clinical specialist in the assessment and treatment of victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse/offences and other forms of abuse and trauma.

Consultant appointed to develop and implement the Abuse Prevention Policy of Learning Disabled service users of a NHS/L.A. Joint learning Disability Service following a public inquiry into the widespread sexual abuse of residents at a long-stay hospital. Clinical responsibility for the provision of psychology services in community care homes and services.

1991-1992: Senior Clinical Psychologist in Adult Mental Health / Health Psychology with Bloomsbury & Islington NHS Trust at Middlesex Hospital.

1989-1991: Clinical Psychologist in Learning Disability, Merton & Sutton Health Authority. Full range of assessment, psychological intervention and treatment approaches including individual and group therapy, in community, residential and long-stay LD hospitals. Provision of CTPLD MDT assessment and psychology servicesto statutory and independent sector homes and to learning disabled people, families and carers in the community.


Harmful Exposure. Police Review, Vol 112, No 5756, 9 Jan 2004.

How to work effectively with your expert. Your Witness, Spring 2008.

Annabel Poate-Joyner