Who are we?

Terri Collins – Patron

Terri Collins, HND in professional (integrative) counselling 1994 – 1998 Brooklands College.

Is a founder Trustee of the NSCCP – The Counselling Partnership’. Has a background in PR, conference and business administration, she is a Director of Osborne & Collins, a family run electrical and business services company based in Walton on Thames.  Terri has been involved in the voluntary sector in Elmbridge for more than thirty years and is a founder Director of Elmbridge Community Link.

Clare Spencer-Guidera  –  Chair

Clare joined the Counselling Partnership in September 2014.  She has worked in a number of leadership roles within the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) over the past 16 years, including as the Deputy Head of the Vancouver office.  She also volunteers with Sure Start (which provides free support services to children and their carers) and as an online mentor providing confidential support and advice to vulnerable young people.

The Chair’s annual statement given out at the AGM is available on request.

Priscilla Austen – Vice Chair

Priscilla Austen has a background in Human Resources and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. She has lived in Elmbridge since 1980 and has been involved in the local voluntary sector for more than 15 years, most recently as Manager of the Elmbridge Volunteer Bureau (now Voluntary Action Elmbridge).  Priscilla was a Trustee of Elmbridge Relate for four years and community member of Referral Order Panels with the Surrey Youth Offending Team. She is now a magistrate at Kingston.

Des O’Reilly,  B.Comm, FCA – Treasurer

Des is Chartered Accountant who has worked in practice with KPMG and has spent the last twenty five years in industry.  He has been involved in multinational operations and has extensive experience of global transactions having worked in a number of countries.

Henry Woodhall – Secretary

Henry first came to work in Surrey in 1990.  A trained social worker, Henry has worked in variety of mental health roles for Surrey Council Social Services, including Approved Social Worker. Henry is a Trustee of Cornerhouse Mental Health Resource Centre in Woking (www.cornerhousewoking.org.uk).

Barbara Cowin B.Sc (Hons)

Is a  Cllr for Walton North Ward and Portfolio Holder for Corporate Development for Elmbridge Borough Council and she is also a trained mediator and works voluntarily for Mediation North Surrey.  She has a background in psychology and teaching and being a former counsellor and supervisor the appointment to the Counselling Partnership as Trustee is an ideal  role. Barbara has been a supporter of the Partnership since her election in  2008.

Sue Bogie – Chair of the Clinical Committee

Sue worked as a Chartered Physiotherapist for 25 yrs, the last 15 yrs.  part –time in a GP practice. She also worked for Elmbridge Home- Start as a volunteer.

Sue’s counselling training started in 1989 with Sutton Pastoral Foundation, part of Westminster Pastoral Foundation(WPF),  as a volunteer counsellor. In 1998 she qualified with WPF as a Post Graduate Psychodynamic Counsellor and was then in private practice and working in a London Hospital until 2008. Sue was a member of their Ethics Committee for 3 years. She joined the Counselling Partnership in June 2009.

Carol Riddington BSc, MSc, DMS, Phd – Operations Manager

As Operations Manager Carol is responsible for the non-clinical operations of the organisation, raising the awareness of the Counselling Partnership’s work within Surrey and fundraise for the charity.

Vanessa Wright BA(Hons) PGCERegistered Member BACP (Accred)Dip Integrative Supervision – Clinical Services Manager

Responsible for all the clinical services and co-ordination of our volunteer counsellors.