Chair - Dr John May
John May MA, PhD, CMRS, MCMI has extensive experience of the charity sector. He has held two paid positions as a charity CEO. As a volunteer, he has been Chair or Vice Chair of two other charities and is currently Chair of the Finance Committe of a third. Prior to retiring, John worked in the local government, private and voluntary sectors, both as an employee and as an independent management consultant.
John believes his role as Chair of the CCC Board is to help the charity to balance the twin elements of mission and management in fulfilling its charitable object of relieving distress by the provision of counselling to those who need it. A charity which does not use its resources for public benefit (mission) is a charity that has lost its way; but so is a charity that does not exercise prudent stewardship (management) of those resources.
Honorary Treasurer - Amit Mehta
Amit Mehta ACA, MBA (Cranfield) has extensive experience in the business world, helping businesses navigate challenging times, financially.
Having joined CCC very recently, this is Amit's first stint in the not-for-profit sector. He feels that working with a local charity enhances his personal impact and hopefully will benefit the charity through his experience. Amit values the work done by the charity sector in maintaining and enhancing the social fabric. He believes financial prudence underpins the charitable objectives and that the two go hand-in-hand. Amit's role is to provide financial advice and to help strengthen financial governance.
Counsellor - Catherine Callow
Catherine Callow RGN, Cert. Ed, Post Grad Cert in Supervision, BACP Senior Accredited Counsellor has a background in nursing and as a lecturer in further education, teaching on social care courses.
Catherine joined CCC in 1986, when she commenced her counselling training with CCC and counselled for CCC until her retirement in 2017. She had a private counselling practice, supervising counsellors for many years and counselled for the NHS, working in three GP surgeries counselling individuals and running therapeutic groups. Catherine also specialised in post-traumatic stress disorder and working with victims of abuse and torture.
In the years that Catherine has been a member of CCC, she has held offices as Peterborough Representative on the Management Group, Peterborough Branch Chair, and Vice-chair of the Management and Trustees Committee. Catherine was CCC's Education Officer for 10 years, setting up and managing an active continuing professional development (CPD) programme. She has always been a very committed member of the consultancy, taking pride in the fact we offer a highly professional service and are able to offer therapy to clients who may otherwise by unable to access it.
Over the years, Catherine has been involved in voluntary groups, including as a trainer for Parentline and Home Start. She belongs to the Red Cross and has been part of their Macmillan Independent Living Programme. Catherine also still runs the marriage preparation courses for Marriage Care. As a trustee, Catherine hopes to continue to support the valuable work of CCC.
Counsellor - Leigh Bettles
Leigh Bettles is an accredited member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and a certified Integrative Psychotherapist with the IIPA (International Integrative Psychotherapy Association).
Leigh currently works in primary healthcare for the NHS, is an IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service and is in private practice.
Leigh has worked as a counsellor and has volunteered with CCC since 1998 and wants to see the organisation thrive and continue to deliver its charitable objectives.
Counsellor - Kirstin Bicknell
Kirstin Bicknell MA, UKCP, MBACP is an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor. She is an experienced trustee with over 17 years' experience in the voluntary sector. Her background includes arts administration, project management, marketing and fundraising. A qualified teacher, she provides CPD and has presented research at the UKCP research conference. As well as her own private practice, her counselling experience includes 9 years of working with Lawrence Way Community Counselling Service in Cambridge, taking short term GP counselling referrals and she provides consultancy and training services.
Kirstin is a counselling member of CCC's Hunts and Cambs branch. She believes in ensuring high quality counselling is accessible to all who need it and promotes the importance of valuing counsellors.
Marketing - Sharon Kennedy
Sharon Kennedy DipM, FCIM has extensive experience of sales and marketing in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Running her own internal and external marketing consultancy business, Sharon helps organisations to develop sustainable competitive advantage via well thought through marketing strategies that deliver on achieving social and charitable purpose.
Sharon believes that by reaching more beneficiaries of counselling services at point of need, a growing and sustainable service can be maintained and developed further. She is passionate in helping CCC to reach more people and provide affordable quality counselling to those who need it most.
Digital - Gareth Tranter
A technologist at heart, Gareth is also passionate about his local community, healthcare, education and charity. He has proven success over 18 years in various leadership positions and business development roles with experience in a variety of industry sectors.
Gareth has served as a school governer, Chairman of a governing board and non-executive director whilst he currently volunteers his consultancy services to the charitable sector with CCC. Familiar with corporate goverance and risk management, he has project management experience and a flair for digital advocacy.
Currently studying for an MBA at the University of Liverpool, he is enjoying embedding new skills and taking on global leadership challenges, change management and wider societal responsibilities. He is a humble character, a technology evangelist and is militant about continuous self-improvement; skills which he hopes will prove beneficial to CCC and the team of trustees as the charity moves into the next phase of its development.