H.M Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, The Countess of Verulam
Sir Simon Bowes Lyon KCVO
The Duke of Bedford
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)
Mandy Macqueen, BSC (Hons)
Mariola Valero, MBA
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.
Mandy has recently been appointed as a Trustee for the Foundation. She is looking forward to taking 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.”
Mariola Valero has over 10 years experience in the Healthcare industry. A qualified pharmacist who also holds an Executive MBA is currently working as an Operations and Business Improvement Manager for Wallgreens Boots Alliance. Mariola has worked across the UK, holding different roles for multinational companies providing training, developing and coaching people at a Senior level. Mariola is passionate about the development of others and has a keen interest in Learning and Development strategy.