Meet the Team

Director of Services

Honey Langcaster-James BSc (Hons) MSc PG Dip PPABP CPsychol

Honey Langcaster-James BSc (Hons) MSc PG Dip PPABP CPsychol is a Consultant Media Psychologist, Chartered Academic Psychologist and Fellow of Healthcare Improvement Leadership at NHIR ARC NWL & Imperial College London, where she is actively researching best practice in TV Contributor Welfare. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Science (1st Class Honours), a Post-Graduate Master of Science degree in Work & Organisational Psychology (with Distinction) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Personal & Corporate Coaching. She passed her qualifying examinations at The British Psychological Society with a rarely awarded Commendation from the Examiners. She also undertook a further three years of Post-Graduate level vocational training in Integrative Psychotherapy (at the Scarborough Counselling & Psychotherapy Training Institute) and holds a British Psychological Society Level A Certificate in Occupational Testing. Honey is also a Certified Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and has a previous thirteen-year career as an Academic and Lecturer in Media Psychology at two UK Universities. Honey is a Chartered Academic Psychologist with The British Psychological Society, registration number 388087.

Honey is considered to be an internationally renowned expert in the psychological welfare of contributors on factual entertainment programmes. She has consulted for and advised organisations such as Ofcom, the UK Government (including the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Inquiry on Reality TV), The British Psychological Society Media & Ethics Committees, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky, Netflix, Virgin Media, Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox, among other channels and multi-national media organisations. Her professional opinion on the welfare of reality TV show participants has been featured in many UK and international news outlets, including BBC Worldwide, Sky News, NBC, CBC and newspapers including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Times, The Telegraph, the BBC News Website and other publications.

At On Set Welfare, Honey is responsible as Director of Services, for overseeing the needs of the various productions that we work with. This means she is often the first point of contact for our clients, and she advises producers, production managers and commissioners on the services that they need to put in place in order to properly safeguard their contributors. She is highly experienced in designing and completing Psychological Risk Assessments and psychological health & wellbeing screening consultations and compiling assessment reports. She also provides psychological consultancy, format point advice and psychotherapeutic/counselling support for production companies and contributors both during and following the filming of TV and film productions.

Head of Research & Development

Professor Rowan Myron MA (Hons), PhD, PgDip MS, HEA Associate Fellow, CPsychol

Professor Rowan Myron MA (Hons), PhD, PgDip MS, HEA Associate Fellow, CPsychol is a Consultant Psychologist, Chartered Academic Psychologist and Associate Professor of Healthcare Improvement Science at the University of West London and Imperial College. She has a Master of Arts degree in Psychology (1st Class Honors), a PhD in Developmental Psychology, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and she is an Associate member of the Higher Education Academy. She has also undertaken Post-Graduate vocational training in coaching and mentoring and is a trained facilitator in the Myers Briggs Type indicator (MBTI) personality assessment inventory. Rowan has been working and teaching in Psychology for the last 20 years and more recently she has worked in the NHS with Imperial College and University of West London to build capacity in improvement, change management and leadership.  She is Head of Research and Development at On Set Welfare and is currently working with our Director of Services to design and implement what is believed to be the world’s first rigorous academic training programme in TV & Film Contributor Welfare, a Post-Graduate Diploma in TV Contributor Welfare. Rowan is a Chartered Academic Psychologist with The British Psychological Society.

Rowan is a researcher, writer, presenter and manager in the field of healthcare improvement and social science, with particular expertise in psychology, attachment issues, bullying, improvement science and knowledge implementation in healthcare. She has wide-ranging experience in leading research and education programmes; with specialist knowledge in change theories, improvement methodologies and implementation in healthcare. She has been published extensively both nationally and internationally and after several years Lecturing in Psychology the University of Hull she then moved into the Charity sector and worked with service users at the Mental Health Foundation. Rowan then moved into a hybrid programme supporting frontline NHS staff to make changes and improve services and she currently works in the NHS and academia, holding roles at both Imperial College, University of West London and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust as well as taking the lead on service improvement and research at On Set Welfare.

Head of Clinical Psychology

Dr Frances Burbidge BSc (Hons), ClinPsyD, PCAP, HEA (fellow)

Dr Frances Burbidge BSc (Hons), ClinPsyD, PCAP, HEA (fellow) is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist,  specialist in Suicide Risk and Prevention, Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Head of Clinical Psychology at On Set Welfare. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree (completed in 2001) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (completed in 2007). She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist) with the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration number PYL24119). She has completed various post qualification trainings in different therapeutic modalities, is qualified in psychometric testing and academic practice.

As a clinical psychologist her practice has focused on providing psychological assessments, formulations and treatments to adults with severe and complex mental health difficulties in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings in both the statutory and independent sectors. She has an interest in positive preventative public health approaches to mental health, which is currently being explored in an academic setting and she is also currently working on developing service models and protocols to reduce suicide in people presenting in mental health crisis.

Fran is Head of Clinical Psychology at On Set Welfare, and she oversees our clinical service provision and welfare services for TV and Film production companies. She specialises in the provision of Psychological Health Checks, Psychological Risk Assessments, Clinical Psychology Assessments, Psychometric Testing, On Set and On Location Psychotherapeutic Support.

Head of Mental Health First Aid & Welfare Training

Dr Kate Mason BSc (Hons), DClinPsy

Dr Kate Mason BSc (Hons), DClinPsy, is a Clinical Psychologist and licensed provider of Mental Health First Aid Training (MHFA England). She is Head of Welfare Training at On Set Welfare which means that, working alongside our Director of Services, she is responsible for overseeing our Contributor Welfare and Mental Health First Aid in TV & Film Training Programmes and the other specialist training courses which we have devised specifically for production companies and crew members. Kate completed her Bachelor of Science degree in 2002, and her Doctorate of Clinical Psychologyin 2009. She is registered as a Practitioner Psychologist (Clinical Psychologist) with the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration number PYL24973). She has also completed post qualification training in a number of different therapeutic modalities, psychometric testing and academic practice and is a Mental Health First Aid England Instructor. She is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist with the British Psychological Society.

Kate has over 16 years of experience working for both the NHS and in private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. Her clinical work has focused on providing psychological assessments, formulations and treatments to adults and young people with severe and complex mental health difficulties in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She also provides training and workshops in mental health and has developed an interest in preventative outdoor programs to support young people to develop resilience, self-esteem and a positive growth mindset. She has also has a particular interest in devising specific training for TV and Film Production Companies in the psychological welfare of contributors.

Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Dr Peter Burbidge BSc (Hons), Clin.Psy.D., PG. Cert. DBT, C.Psychol, AFBPsS

Dr Peter Burbidge BSc (Hons), Clin.Psy.D., PG. Cert. DBT, C.Psychol, AFBPsS. Is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and trained Dialectical Behaviour (DBT) Therapist. As well as a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, he also has a Post Graduate Certificate in DBT. He is also a qualified user of the Diagnostic Interview for Social Communication Disorders (DISCO). The DISCO is a comprehensive diagnostic tool for diagnosing conditions which might prevent someone from adequately being able to provide informed consent to take part in a TV or Film Production, for example, Autism, Asperger’s syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders. Pete is a Chartered Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society – Registration No 158707. He is also registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registration No PYL03125.

Pete has 12 years post-qualification experience. He has worked in a Low Secure Hospital for people with Learning Disabilities and complex mental health problems. These included psychosis, autism and personality disorders. He has worked on a consultancy basis in specialist residential homes for adults with autism, learning disabilities and Prader Willi Syndrome. He has also worked for The Recovery and Psychological Interventions Team, which was part of the Community Mental Service. Here he specialised in working with people with Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). He is currently the Head of Psychology for a large residential provider which specialises in working with those with a Personality Disorder and he leads the therapy team in the Specialist Residential Treatment Service for adults with EUPD. Pete is an Associate Consultant Clinical Psychologist at On Set Welfare and he works with any of our contributors who would benefit from his particular specialisms.

Head of Medical Services

GP – Dr Leila Allin-Dirir MBChb, DFSRH, MRCGP 2009

Dr Leila Dirir MBChB, DFSRH 2007, MRCGP-2009 is a General Practitioner based in London. She is an experienced NHS GP of 10 years and most recently she has working on the frontline at London’s Nightingale Centre. She has previously worked as a military GP where she gained experience in occupational health and military medicine. She also spent many years working in the Urgent Care hospital setting.

As a GP, Dr Leila has a wide range of clinical skills covering all specialties and can offer medical advice on most conditions. She has a keen interest in the provision of medical services within the TV & Film industries. At On Set Welfare, Leila leads our medical provisions for TV & Film productions and is able to carry out Medical Risk Assessments for contributors wishing to take part in a production. Dr Leila can also provide private consultations (by Telephone or Video Call, and in person at our private London clinic) to address and advise on any medical needs (relating to both physical and mental health) a contributor or cast member may have.

Dr Leila is registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and is on the South East GP performers list, enabling her to work as a GP anywhere in the UK. She is known for her particularly personable ‘bedside manner’, friendly and approachable communication skills, and she believes empathy, understanding and clear communication is key to excellent patient care.