Philip Ross joined the DIMHN board in 2013, working initially on the membership scheme and then moving to the Testing and Innovation workstream in 2015. In 2020 he was elected as Chair, following on from Jenny Gill’s leadership.
His involvement in the testing guidance development with BRE was mainly driven by a frustration also shared by specifiers; the lack of clarity and repeatability of testing methods which made it challenging and slow for lifesaving innovations to get adopted, not to mention the significant costs of testing with every Trust or Health Board.
He is Co-Founder and Director of Safehinge Primera, a doorset and hardware manufacturer who help architects, estates and clinical staff improve mental health environments by resolving some of the biggest safety issues and barriers to empowering patients.
Safehinge Primera’s purpose is to design for good and to help protect people through vulnerable times. Philip is driven by the same purpose and passion to deliver considered, empathetic and compassionate solutions to the challenges of mental health environments.