Trustees

Terri Collins – Patron

Terri is a founder Trustee of the NSCCP (North Surrey Community Counselling Partnership) now The Counselling Partnership and has a background in PR, conference and business administration.  Terri has been involved in the voluntary sector in Elmbridge for more than thirty years and is a founder Director of Elmbridge Community Link. She sits on the Clinical Committee

Alastair- Evans-Gordon – Chair

After working in advertising and marketing in his 20s, Alastair enjoyed a brief career as a professional actor and theatre producer before becoming a househusband and father to Christopher. He retrained as a Performance psychologist, specialising in elite sport. He then qualified as an integrative psychotherapist, working with primary school children, an addiction centre and regular GP referrals. He is obsessed with cricket, plays golf regularly, and has returned to the stage with regular appearances in an experimental theatre company.

Graham Mann – Vice Chair

Graham founded his first business when only nineteen followed by a second six years later in the IT solutions & services sector. This business was successfully divested after sixteen years to the market leader where Graham stayed in a variety of management roles for ten years. He now works locally as a business consultant and is chairperson of Walton-on-Thames Cricket Club. Graham also founded the Walton-on-Thames Beer, Wine & Live Music Festival now in its third year and Walton Watchdog. Graham is a volunteer mentor for the social enterprise organisation Hatch and helper at the Walton Foodbank. Graham’s interests include watching his son play cricket, going to the ballet with his daughter, travelling with his wife and playing chess.

Steve Peckham – Treasurer

Steve qualified as a chartered accountant in 1984 and spent twelve years with KPMG in various offices. On leaving he spent a short-time heading EMI’s international audit team before becoming finance director of their South African business in 1996.  After that he held various finance director roles in Virgin’s Megastore and cinema groups.  In 2007 he led the buyout of Virgin Megastores UK to form Zavvi. In 2009 he left that business to join the U.S. hair and beauty group Sally as the UK finance director where he stayed until retiring in 2015. Steve is now able to support a number of charities as Treasurer and is looking forward to working with the TCP team.

Suzanne Doerr – Trustee – Marketing

Suzanne has worked as a communications consultant for over thirty years, advising corporate and challenger brands on issues such as strategy formulation, corporate visibility, change management, B2B and internal communications. She also develops and delivers training workshops on topics including consultative sales and social selling.  Suzanne is a qualified life coach and offers one to one and group coaching.  When she is not working, she loves spending as much time as possible with her family – mostly on the hockey or football sidelines!  She also enjoys playing with the Rusty Racquets once a week at Walton tennis club. Joining TCP as a Trustee has met a long held goal to be involved in the charity and non-profit arena.

Sara Langley – Trustee

Sara is a Pastoral Assistant with St Peter’s Church, which has been involved with the Counselling Partnership since the beginning; she acts as our link to the church. Sara is a self-employed book-keeper and is on the church finance team as well as running the Hersham Craft Group.

Dr ramesh kapadia – Trustee

Dr Ramesh Kapadia has started two charities both of which are still thriving. One is for the education of street children in Mumbai (www.vidya.org.uk ), which had children featured in the film by Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire. He worked in education and has now retired but is still a governor in a local school. He has always had an interest in mental health which now has a higher profile. He lives in Long Ditton, Elmbridge.

Mary davies – Trustee

Mary taught French before training as a counsellor and later as a supervisor. She worked for eight years on a day programme for people with drug and alcohol addiction problems. This included counselling, group facilitation and clinical supervision of volunteers and staff. Since then she has taught on the counselling degree course at Kingston College and been in private practice as a counsellor and supervisor. She supervised volunteer counsellors for The Counselling Partnership for ten years, recently retiring from this role..

rachel hitching – Trustee

Rachel is a Chartered Secretary and member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (“ICSA”): The Governance Institute.  She started her career working for professional membership bodies before moving into the private sector.  She has held various governance roles and is currently Company Secretary for Fujitsu.   Through volunteering as a Samaritan Rachel has come to appreciate the importance of the services offered by The Counselling Partnership, she is keen to get involved and offer her support.  In her spare time, she enjoys walking and cooking. “