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)
Philip Needham, FCCA, MBA
Martyn Taylor, B.A. (Hons) Couns. MBACP (Accred)
Mandy Macqueen, BSC (Hons)
If you would like to apply to become a trustee, please visit our vacancies page.
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.”
Martyn H. Taylor
Martyn re-trained as a Person-Centred counsellor later in life after working for the public for over thirty years. His career was mainly based in poorer parts of London in such diverse areas as social housing and in social services. Martyn is passionate about helping people realise their full potential irrespective of what sort of start they had in life. After several years of addictions counselling he is currently employed as a university based counsellor in Surrey. Martyn also has an interest in saving woodlands and has set up an environmental charity.
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.”