Meet the Team


Ross Bryson

Dr Ross Bryson has worked as a GP in a multicultural urban context for over 35 years. He has seen both the range of human need and the potential to meet that need through a compassionate and integrated primary healthcare team. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practice on account of his work in developing whole-person healthcare. Understanding how the universal needs of the human spirit can be recognised and cared for in General Practice led Ross to establish an NHS GP Chaplaincy service in 1997. He has been involved in the research and development of this since then. He helped to set up an independent professional organisation, the Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice. He is a director of Karis Neighbour Scheme which has been commissioned by the NHS to provide Chaplaincy to General Practice since 2014. He a founding trustee of WholeCare and its CEO. He recently published about the basis for whole person health care, how it can be taught and the role of primary care chaplaincy.

Hilary Garraway

Dr Hilary Garraway is a consultant clinical psychologist and BABCP accredited CBT therapist, supervisor and trainer. She initially worked in youth and community work in the voluntary sector and then in developing a community project, similar to a recovery college, based on whole person health care principles. Hilary then worked in the NHS for about twenty years in adult mental health, mainly working with people who were experiencing psychosis. Alongside her psychology training, Hilary has also trained in person-centred art therapy, ecotherapy and therapeutic creative writing. Hilary recognises the importance of integrating creativity and including spirituality within therapy which has led her to develop Holistic CBT. She has published a book on Holistic CBT as well as a personal development course, based on this model, called ‘Free To be Me.’ Hilary is an honorary lecturer at a number of universities and provides training in various other settings. She is a spiritual director and has an interest in contemplative and Celtic spirituality and is part of the Contemplative Fire community. She is a former chair of the National Spirituality and Mental Health Forum and former British Psychological Society spirituality lead. 

Angela Painter

Angela has been passionate about supporting the transformation of lives through whole person care since her teenage years when volunteering in India.  Having trained at Great Ormond Street Hospitals and worked as a Registered Children’s Nurse she went on to become a Health Visitor working holistically in South London and Kent. Her leadership experience was gained through a variety of senior roles within NHS primary care and as a Trustee of many organisations and charities.

Angela spent 2 years exploring a calling to ordained ministry. She then moved into the charity sector as Chief Executive of a faith based Charity providing recovery and rehabilitation in the areas of addiction, homelessness and offending. Until May 2019 she was employed as Chief Executive at a Charity whose core mission was the integration of spiritual care with physical and emotional care and included both employed and volunteer Chaplains. In 2022 Angela was awarded a lifetime achievement award for making a difference to local communities and in 2023 she received the British Empire Medal in the Kings New Years Honours for services to the Voluntary Sector in Kent.

Listening & Guidance Advisory Team

James Reed

Dr James Reed is Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the NHS. He has worked across a range of settings including prisons, secure hospitals and the community, and the work involves some of the most marginalised patient groups with the most significant needs.

He also has significant experience in NHS leadership and has experience at regional and national level of governance and leadership through work in digital health.

He has worked as part of the Diocese of Birmingham Deliverance ministry team, and has a general interest in promoting good understanding of mental health and illness within faith communities.

Stuart Hutchison

Dr Stuart Hutchison was a GP in Tewkesbury for over 30 years after completing various junior hospital posts, including 18 months psychiatry, before retiring in 2022. He also worked in Occupational Health for local companies. During that time, he was always interested in mental health and pastoral care. GP Chaplaincy provides a timely listening and guidance service that patients need and he is keen to encourage other GP surgeries to adopt chaplaincy wherever possible.

Sarah Gough

WholeCare Manager

Admin Team

Tim Herbert

Company Secretary

Becky Lee

WholeCare Administrator