Our Patrons:

H.M Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam
Sir Simon Bowes Lyon KCVO
The Duke of Bedford

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)
Francine Godrich LLB (hons)
Philip Needham, FCCA, MBA
Martyn Taylor, B.A. (Hons.) Couns. MBACP (Accred.)

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.”

Francine Godrich

Francine Godrich is qualified solicitor with over 10 years’ experience, 8 of which were spent working in private practice as a corporate lawyer in US law firms. Francine is currently head of legal and compliance for The Practice Group, the largest provider of primary care in England.
Francine is responsible for ensuring that the legal requirements of the organisation are met and is a great believer in ensuring that a commercial, collaborative and practical approach is taken to legal issues, in line with The Counselling Foundation’s strategy.
Her role encompasses delivering corporate governance throughout the organisation, supporting and guiding the executive and management teams in their delivery of high quality, client focussed care.

Philip Needham

Philip has over 30 years experience in the Financial Services industry, initially in public practice and subsequently at The London Metal Exchange where he ultimately held the position of Director of Finance & Company Secretary.
He is a qualified accountant and holds a Masters in Business Administration from Henley Business School.


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.