Our Trustees:

Our Trustees are collectively responsible for the governance of The Counselling Foundation and work with the senior management to oversee the running of our charity whilst bringing their specific expertise and experience to our skill set.

Julian Gell, BSc (Chair)

Wendy Molefi-Youri M.A. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Martyn Taylor, B.A. (Hons) Couns. MBACP (Accred)

Mandy Macqueen, BSC (Hons)

Emma Branch

Tom Smith


If you would like to apply to become a trustee, please visit our vacancies page.

Julian Gell

Julian has recently been elected as the Chair of Trustees at the Foundation. He has been our trustee for the last three years and has taken an active part in some of the key decisions and projects we have embarked on over that period.

Until he retired from full time work he was, for 17 years, head of Human Resources and a board director at Prudential plc’s fund management business – M&G Limited. Prior to that he served in various HR roles at the Eastman Kodak Company.

“The Counselling Foundation is an important asset in our communities which we must nurture and protect and I am completely committed to that aim.”

Mandy Macqueen

As a trustee Mandy takes an active part in shaping the strategy, helping support making key decisions and helping to deliver projects for the Foundation.

She has spent over 25 years working in Change and Technology, with nearly 10 years working for global Management Consultancy firms running projects for Financial Services clients. She also has over 15 years experience running large IT Business Delivery functions for Global Banks. She recently left Financial Services to become Global Head of Business Solutions at leading global law firm Allen & Overy.

“I am very excited to be joining the Counselling Foundation community and I am keen to understand more about how the Foundation works and help it to continue to be successful.”

Wendy Molefi-Youri

Wendy is a highly experienced GP with many years working in the NHS, with a specialist interest in women’s health and wellbeing. With her background in wellness coaching and mindfulness teaching, she offers an integrated approach to her clinical and coaching practice.

She has great appreciation of the many challenges faced by healthcare professionals on a daily basis; the mounting workload crisis and the soaring rates of burnout, stress and depression.

Wendy teaches and supports trainees and fellow healthcare professionals on the merits of nurturing their own self-care and wellbeing. She views self-care as the critical ingredient that supports and sustains wellbeing in the workplace, NOT an optional extra. Wendy is an accomplished international speaker and advocate for increased awareness and training on self-care.

Wendy holds a Masters degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) from the University of Oxford. Her dissertation on ‘The role of Mindfulness Based Intervention in facilitating psychological adjustment in the menopause’ was published in the British Menopause Society Journal and presented at the International Mindfulness Conference in South Africa.

In her new role Wendy very much looks forward to learning and sharing ideas with fellow trustees who come from a diverse background. She was attracted to the Foundation and keen to work with a local charity whose objectives were aligned with her ethos and clinical practice.

“As well as offering affordable counselling services to the community I like the fact that The Counselling Foundation offers training for counsellors who provide an invaluable service.”

Tom Smith

Tom is a finance professional who has held senior roles in public companies (both in the UK and Australia), private-equity backed and privately owned businesses.
Currently, Tom is Head of Financial Planning & Commercial Analysis at BBOXX Limited, a next-generation utility company seeking to address the energy poverty crisis across the world by developing and deploying renewable energy technology in developing markets in Africa and Asia to off-grid communities.
As a specialist in transformation and growth environments within small and medium-sized enterprises, Tom is looking forward to working with his fellow trustees and The Counselling Foundation’s senior management team to create sustainable growth for the Foundation.
Tom recognises the overarching challenge faced by third-sector organisations are the same as that of private and public sector businesses, how to deliver more for less. This requires a good understanding of the sector, a clear strategy and an efficient operating model, utilising the right technology in the right way. With established strong foundations in this regard and look forward to assisting the drive for further improvements.
“One of the aspects that I like most about the Foundation is the holistic approach towards making counseling services accessible to all who need to utilise them, whether via the NHS, training of new counselors or provision of subsidised counseling services, all aspects of the Foundation seek to address the same issue through different means.”

Emma Branch

After 27 years working for the partnership at KPMG, Emma is now looking to pursue new challenges and opportunities.

Emma’s career started firstly in management consulting and more latterly working as Chief Operating Officer for one of KPMG’s largest business units. Emma is a qualified accountant and specialised in large global and UK organisational transformation programmes.

Emma is now committed to supporting the not for profit sector and we welcome her as an additional member to our board of trustees supporting the Foundation.