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)
David John Hill, MSB, MBA MInstAM(Adv.Dip)
Francine Godrich LLB (hons)
Martyn Taylor, B.A. (Hons.) Couns., MBACP (Accred.)
Philip Needham, FCCA, MBA
Rosi Rangelova, MABScMBACP (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.”

David John Hill

David is an experienced Business and Operations Manager and a qualified Generalist Adviser for The Citizens Advice Bureau.

“Our primary focus is with the client, enabling them to improve their quality of life within the community.”

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.


Rosi Rangelova

“My name is Rosi Rangelova. I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist and a member of the British Psychological Society with a 10-year long private practice. I am also a supervisor working in another charity, St. Pauls Cancer Support Trust overseeing the counselling practice of some younger colleagues there.  I am a strong believer in the benefits of one learning about oneself, both for the person and for the wider community. During my training years, I worked as a volunteer counsellor in various charities, and got to experience first-hand the value and the complexities in this unique field: providing low cost counselling to the community.  I trust that the end result of this work is people, who are kinder to themselves and to the world, and as such I am passionate in supporting the growth of The Counselling Foundation.”