Nicola Neath, Chair
Nicola is an accredited integrative psychotherapist and trainer, working in the Staff Counselling and Psychological Support Service at the University of Leeds. She has a small private practice, which is mainly for collaborative training. Nicola is passionate about bringing different psychological perspectives into practice in her training, psychotherapy and coaching work.
Tina Abbott - Past Chair
Tina is the full-time Staff Counselling Manager at Cardiff University; she came to Cardiff in 2008 to set up and run their Staff Counselling Service. Tina has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, a Diploma in Integrative Counselling, a Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling Supervision and an MA in Professional Development (Management). She is a BACP senior accredited counsellor and supervisor (individuals) and is mainly psychodynamic in her counselling approach. She also has a small private counselling and supervision practice.
Tina has over 25 years' counselling and management experience in various settings including: working in two drug and alcohol agencies; two FE and HE colleges; private practice and as a staff counsellor for eight years in the NHS. She has a particular interest in workplace counselling, helping people find their own individual and sustainable work life balance, and meaning and purpose in their work and home life. She is also interested in how the institution affects the individual and vice versa. Tina was a member of the BACP Universities and College Counsellors executive committee for seven years and a member of the Workplace committee for two. She thoroughly enjoys her voluntary work with BACP Divisions with the generous support of Cardiff University. She finds these networks provide an opportunity to keep in touch with what is happening in the sectors on a national level, and that they offer collegial support and a pool of wide ranging expertise to draw on.
Her other passion is Eco-psychology and how this growing field can support the challenge to encourage the public to engage with climate change issues.
Julie Hughes is a BACP Accredited Counsellor and has been working as Senior Case Manager and Counsellor at Mind Matters Counselling LLP for the last 10 years. Mind Matters provides services aimed to support individual employees and the workforce as a whole, managing health and well-being to ensure an effective and motivated workplace and Julie has been at the forefront of developing this UK wide service and oversees all counselling issues within the organisation. Her counselling experience has been varied, having worked in schools, the NHS and the wider Public Sector.
Julie has a special interest in Trauma work particularly in workplace settings and is responsible for psychological support when Critical Incidents occur in the workplace and for providing in depth support with clients who experience more complex reactions to trauma. Julie is the founder of the Trauma Networking (Northern) Group, set up in 2012 aim to support professionals in the region who are working with trauma. Julie joined the BACP Workplace committee in order to promote and develop health and well-being within the workplace and she is currently the BACP Workplace Network Coordinator.
Nick Wood heads up the counselling team at Gloucestershire County Council and has been a member of BACP Workplace Executive since May 2013. Nick has a special interest in issues relating to counselling in the workplace and the positive impact counselling can have on managing staff absence and promoting employee engagement. Nick is also keen on promoting Healthy Workplace initiatives and in his current role has set up staff volunteer networks to encourage Dignity at Work and staff Health and Wellbeing. Nick is a regular contributor to Counselling at Work the journal of BACP Workplace and is particularly interested in how counsellors can measure and publicise the impact of their work within organisations. He lives in Bristol with his large family and is always keen to meet other counsellors and share ideas and information.
Keith is the Clinical Lead for the employee assistance programme (EAP) provided by Help EAP, and has an ongoing private practice in addition to his work with Help EAP. He also works with couples, holds a diploma in hypnotherapy and is a graduate member of the BPS. Keith is looking to develop more integrated working with counsellors, service providers and potential service users for workplace-based counselling services. He is also a supervisor, and is particularly interested in supporting counsellors with workplace issues and with their couple's work.
Anne Scoging, Honorary Advisor
Anne is currently the Head of Advisory and Counselling Services for the London Fire Brigade (LFB). This service offers both debt/money advice and counselling to all employees. The service offers psychological support for the comprehensive range of difficulties that employees can face but also has a focus on providing psychological containment for those attending critical and/or catastrophic incidents as well as working in more depth with complex trauma responses.
Prior to entering the field of counselling and psychotherapy Anne spent over twenty years as a Clinical Scientist working in medical research and has retained a deep interest in researching and finding evidence to support best practice and what really works for our clients. Anne spent eight years heading up a North London mental health agency delivering holistic services for people with mental health difficulties.
Anne states "I have a particular interest in looking at the range of services that workplace counsellors are often called on to provide today, the complexities of providing an in-house service and the areas in which counselling services can become involved to promote resilience and psychological wellbeing throughout organisational workforces. I have joined the BACP Workplace committee with a real desire to contribute to the continuing work of developing and promoting best practice across the field, drawn from all our experiences."
Andrew Kinder, Special Advisor
Andrew has been a member of the executive committee since 2002, he was Chair of Workplace from 2005-2008 and then Past Chair until 2009 when he was co-opted back onto the Executive committee as Executive specialist with connections to Employee Assistance Professionals Association – he is currently Chair of the Employee Assistance Professionals Association. Andrew is a Chartered Occupational & Counselling Psychologist and BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor and has been working as a manager and practitioner within the workplace counselling domain for over 18 years. He is responsible for all professional issues within the area of counselling within Help Employee Assistance. Andrew is particularly interested in developing/expanding the role of counsellors within organisations, carrying out organisational stress risk assessments, CPD for workplace counsellors and in the evaluation of workplace counselling. He published previously with co-authors Rick Hughes & Professor Cary Cooper the book 'Employee Wellbeing Support; a Workplace Resource' and more recently 'International Handbook of Workplace Trauma Support'. The publisher is John Wiley.