PCU Committee 2017 - 2018

Following the AGM on 1st April 2017, the Union has an executive committee of 8 people drawn from many parts of the counselling and psychotherapy field.  You can contact the committee via pcu.union@gmail.com  

Richard Bagnall-Oakeley (Chair)


I work primarily with children and young people, currently in local schools in North London. Before I became a psychotherapist, I worked in play and youth projects (and was a Unison union rep) - play and creativity have always been central to my work and my values. I've been involved in various grass-roots, non-party political and community projects most of my adult life - for me, the most inspiring social movements are those which work in a decentralised, 'bottom-up' rather than 'top-down' way, empowering their members to make their voices heard and take action. I hope the union can also work in this way.

Juliet Lyons - Secretary 

Having trained as Integrative Child Psychotherapist at the Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education, my specialist interest is in children and families and how we care for each other as a society. I have a strong cross-over interest with the expressive and healing potential of creativity and the use of the arts. I would like to see politics in this country being much more representative of gender, ethnic, cultural and class diversity and I would like to see this widening of diversity in our profession as well. I have come to see PCU as an important protective, critiquing and challenging voice for our complex profession. My particular concerns are in the direction economically driven policies are taking us, impeding the quality of in-depth relationships.

Andrew Price - Treasurer

I was one of the founding members of the PCU and soon after its inception I became a committee member. I am now the National treasurer.Prior to qualifying as an integrative counsellor, I had been an operational firefighter for 30 years and a Fire Brigades Union official. I have experience of being a lay advocate, negotiator and experienced union activist. My practice thus far, includes working with young people as a school counsellor and with a recognise national charity. Currently, I am working at a doctors surgery as their in house counsellor. We need an independent voice for counsellors and psychotherapist so that we can effect change as to how our profession is regarded and rewarded. To take our profession forward we will need to have influence in the workplace, professional bodies and politically.Building the union further is vital if we are to achieve the goals of the founding conference of the PCU. Come join us and be part of making history.Unity is strength!​

Philip Cox  (Lead for professional complaints)


Since attending the first PCU meeting, I have been captured by the idea of having a not-for-profit union run by therapists for therapists. From the beginning, I wanted to contribute so that we can support each other in the changing landscape of psychotherapy training, practice, regulation and wider social justice activities. I’ve been practising for over 20 years. My research explore: unintentional harm in psychotherapy, which means practices that fall within the codes of ethics, yet which clients experience as harmful; how marginalised people/groups risk being further marginalised by some types of therapy; and supporting therapists who are subject to complaints. My perspectives come from being a long-term service user who has now trained as a counselling psychologist.

Jane Clements (Membership Secretary)

Jamie Crabb

Viviane Carneiro

Robbie Lockwood

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