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.
Wendy Molefi-Youri M.A. Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Mandy Macqueen, BSC (Hons)
Tony Cates - Chair
Tony has many years’ experience as a Board member and Committee Chair at a £2billion turnover Big 4 professional services firm. He retired from his position as lead Vice Chairman and Global Relationship Partner for key FTSE100 accounts of KPMG in September 2021. Tony has been a strong advocate for mental health and disability throughout his career having held the role as Board Sponsor for Mental Health and Disability and also member of the government’s Disability Confident Leaders Group (https://youtu.be/885k3iT2W9g/). He has issued two ‘Leadership from the front’ reports promoting greater board representation from people with disabilities.
Tony continues to have an extensive portfolio of work including Chair of the KPMG foundation (its charitable arm), Board member of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant Company responsible for the pageant to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022, the Board of Create (Arts), a charity using art to help disadvantaged people gain life skills and a Non-Executive Director at CyclePharma. We are excited about the extensive experience he can bring to The Counselling Foundation.
Mandy Macqueen - Vice Chair
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 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.”
Frances qualified as a barrister and started at The Bar, and moved to acting as a lawyer in the public sector and then onto senior management roles. Frances has extensive knowledge of public service delivery, particularly governance and privacy, and brings these key practical skills to the board. She was attracted to volunteering with The Counselling Foundation as a locally based charity which provides critical services to help with personal wellbeing. “I like the fact that it combines training and counselling services and am interested in doing what I can to help ensure those services are brought to all sections of the communities we serve.”
Frances also brings her personal knowledge of counselling services as a user and as someone who has friends and family who have struggled to access services.
”I am passionate about access and fair representation and confident to use check and challenge as a critical friend. I think this is the role of a trustee, helping ensure delivery of the organisation’s mission in the most effective way.”
Frances believes there are many opportunities for providing training to business and third sector organisations which will improve our financial position and widen the impact of offering services which improve community wellbeing.