Board members

The board members are:

Sue Monckton Rickett Sue Monckton Rickett (Chair) Sue Monckton Rickett holds the roles of Chair and Company Secretary. Sue has been counselling for over 25 years, working within church settings and private practice and is a Registered Accredited Counsellor with ACC. Her training included Jungian sandplay and she is licensed to practice sandplay by the British and Irish Sandplay Society. With her husband Chris, Sue leads an organisation called WINGS (Wholeness in God’s Son), which provides counselling services, training for counsellors, pastoral carers (including being a Regional Trainer for PCUK) and prayer ministry and leading retreats. They have a particular concern for caring for carers and as part of this have established a support network for NHS workers. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a qualified Prince II Project Manager. She has worked in these roles in international banks in the City of London and in private practice for over 30 years.

Chris Williams Chris Williams (Deputy Chair) Chris Williams holds the role of Vice Chair and is an Integrative Christian Counsellor and Supervisor working in private practice, accredited with ACC and a member of BACP. He was in the Metropolitan Police service for 30 years, including 16 years in the rank of Inspector. His police service has meant that he has been involved with many individuals and groups from diverse ethnic and multicultural communities, schools and services. His work as an inspector included being responsible for community policing and he was also a representative of the London Branch of the Christian Police Association, establishing relationships between the police and church leaders in Camden and Brent. Upon retirement he obtained a BA (Hons 2:1) Degree in Theology and Counselling 2005 London School of Theology (LST – Brunel University validated) and then worked as part of the administrative staff at LST from 2006 – 2009. Since then he has undertaken further counselling and supervision qualifications. Chris values being a member of ACC for the affirmation of belonging to a professional association which allows expression of his Christian Faith, whilst not being cut off from the wider counselling world. As a board member, he brings his experience and skills learnt in his professional roles plus a commitment to team work in promoting ACC and ensuring that its professional standards and status are held in high esteem by colleagues in the profession, the general public and other counsellors and counselling associations.

Peter Barraclough Peter Barraclough Peter Barraclough is on the core counselling team at United Churches Healing Ministry, Huddersfield where he trained, and also practises counselling privately in Sheffield where he lives. He used to work as a civil engineer in the public health field for a local authority and consulting engineers. Peter and his wife are Trustees of the Terminus Initiative, Lowedges, Sheffield, a community based charity supported by local churches that is focussed around a café and shop on a local estate, as well as a Public Health Initiative Team and a conversation club for asylum seekers and refugees. They are also companions of the Northumbria Community which is a dispersed network of diverse people from different backgrounds, streams and edges of the Christian faith who explore monastic spirituality. Peter is a member of the Trauma and Abuse Group (tag) and has a particular interest in working with the legacy of childhood trauma and developing understanding in this area. He also has a License in Theology through Lampeter University and has been particularly influenced by the writings of Stanley Hauerwas, Alasdair MacIntyre and Stuart Murray Williams. He believes that to develop counselling ethics we need theology and psychology to ask questions of each other. He is concerned that Christians resist the temptation of reacting against contemporary politics but rather adjust to living on the margins of society, where Jesus lived among the powerless, and disavow Christendom which assumes the politics of power.

Marlene Forsythe Gidharry Marlene Forsythe Gidharry Marlene Forsythe-Gidharry. My experience in church ministry and professionally has involved the development, care and equipping of others for nearly 30 years now. My professional background is in education & I am a trained teacher with a broad range of experience, including secondary education, adult education & special needs education. My work within education has provided valuable opportunities to develop management & leadership skills, to be involved in multi-agency & partnership working, and given me many opportunities to engage with people from diverse backgrounds. I have been a credentialed minister, in the New Testament Church of God, since 2010 & have recently become a volunteer Town Chaplain in my local community. In 2003, I took a 4 year career break from teaching to become a Missions Programme Co-ordinator, in a Christian sending organisation. I worked within mission personnel, providing member care, I selected & recruited short & long term oversees employees/ volunteers; provided induction & orientation training; developed and ran a short term overseas programme for older or retired volunteers; & did debriefing. My role with ACC PCUK recently was pastoral care champion working as part of that team to promote pastoral care with the PCUK Director. Out of that has come the Pastoral Pals Initiative. My academic qualifications & study include Post-Graduate Certificate of Education, MA in Education & Development, National Professional Qualification for Headship and Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. My hobbies & interest include a love of travel and I have lived in Botswana for 2 years – teaching English. I love visiting historical & natural sights. I am a member of the National Trust & the Wildlife Trust. I enjoy working on arts & craft projects. Music is another of my areas of interest, both listening to it and being involved in my church worship team. Over the past year I have been learning to play the saxophone.

Wein Fung Wein Fung Wein Fung is a Pastor of one of the congregations of the Chinese Church in London, which is a multilingual, multicultural, multigenerational and interdenominational congregation. He took on this role in 2017, having previously been a Pastoral Worker for 9 years and before that a volunteer Youth Worker for 6 years. His role involves leading the congregation, equipping others and developing the both the pastoral and youth work. He is passionate about seeing the lives of individuals and communities transformed. He gained an MA in Transformation: Scripture, Church and World from the London School of Theology (LST) in 2012 and before that a BA Theology (Diploma) also from LST. He has also undertaken Coaching and Counselling courses with CWR. Prior to his roles with the Chinese Church he was a constable with the Metropolitan Police, which included working with the Safer Neighbourhood Team. He enjoys working as part of a team and rising to challenges and thinking strategically and creatively. His wife is a Registered Counsellor with ACC. His hobbies include rock climbing, cooking and photography.

Phil Martin Phil Martin Phil Martin lives in Bournemouth and works as a counsellor in private practice and in a local Christian counselling service. He is a committee member of SWACP (South West Association of Counsellors & Psychotherapists) and led a working group to review & re-launch the association this year. He is passionate about helping people who get stuck or lost in life and in supporting them to find their true selves and move on. He also works as a coach and consultant undertaking improvement studies and projects. He is a chartered electrical engineer and spent almost 40 years working in engineering and operations management within the private and public sectors. In his last management role as head of business improvement, his focus was on improving business processes for both the organisation and the teams that had to use them. Projects included the introduction of smart phone technology, enhancing working patterns and improving safety systems. He enjoys all forms of technology and often helps individuals and organisations who find it challenging. He has an honours degree in engineering (The City University, London) and a master’s degree in counselling (The University of Strathclyde).

Peter Roberts Peter Roberts Peter Roberts spent his career in the City of London working in the areas of Auditing, Accounting, Finance, Training and Regulatory Reporting. His work in International Banking involved travelling to Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the United States and secondments to New York and Seoul, South Korea. Since retiring in September 2017, he has undertaken a Foundation course in Theology at St John’s College, Nottingham and am currently studying at St Augustine’s College of Theology, West Malling as part of his training for Licensed Lay Ministry/Reader in the Canterbury Diocese. His wife, Sonya, is a Registered Accredited Counsellor with ACC and together they lead a Church in the village where they live which is a Local Ecumenical Partnership supported by the Anglican, Methodist and Baptist churches. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Association of MBA’s.

Tony Ruddle Rev. Tony Ruddle Rev. Tony Ruddle is an accredited Baptist minister who ministered in Dallas, Texas; Chelmsford; London and Grantham. His last role was as Deputy Head of Chaplaincy for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust based at St James’s (“Jimmy’s”) from which he retired. Already Chair of ACC at that point he then became the Executive Chair combining both roles until 2019. Tony was involved in counselling through many years and lastly at Pathways Counselling Services, Leeds. He has an Honours degree (London) and a Masters in Applied Theology (Wales) and holds a Graduate Diploma in counselling with York St John University. Tony is married to Maureen who is also an ACC Accredited Member.

Fiona Sherburn Fiona Sherburn Fiona Sherburn I am an experienced human resource and organisational development professional. Over the last 30 plus years I have worked across the civil service, further education, the voluntary sector, and the NHS. My current role is Deputy Director for HR /OD and payroll for a combined mental health and community services Trust in Bradford. Prior to joining the Board of ACC as a Trustee I served as a Trustee for Leeds Faith in School and Spacious places. I also volunteer as part the Goforth’s Churches Together team for West Yorkshire Destitute Network – which supports asylum seekers in Leeds with food, shelter, and emotional support. My academic qualifications include: MA in HRM and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education. I am a trained coach and MBTI practitioner. My hobbies and interests include open water swimming, running, and visiting the cinema. Over the last three years I served the ACC board, with a focus on human resources and safeguarding issues. If elected to the Board for a further three years I would continue to work with Board Members to help ACC continue to grow and flourish as an organisation in what is an increasingly complex environment and extend its influence in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.

Helen Vipan Helen Vipan Helen Vipan, I live with my husband in Leeds where we worship at a local Baptist Church and where I am involved with the children’s work at a missional congregation working in a deprived area of Leeds.
Prior to qualification as a psychotherapist in 2014 I worked first in teaching, and subsequently for Scripture Union bookshops. Since qualifying in 2014 I have joined Wellspring – a Christian Counselling Agency in Harrogate – where I work with clients using a relational model; and as Training Services Manager organising training in pastoral care, Mental Health First Aid and professional development for counsellors. I also have a private counselling and supervision practice.
I love this work; it’s an incredible privilege to be invited to share someone’s life journey; allowed to take part in and witness their growth and transformation. I’m constantly amazed at what clients’ achieve, and what they teach me in the process. Private practice can feel isolating, and I enjoy connecting with others through my work with Wellspring. It’s one reason I really appreciate membership of ACC. The training offered – both at regional events organised by the NE Network, and at the national Summer School & Conferences – has been excellent, and provided great opportunities to meet other Christian counsellors working in a variety of settings and using different models; all of which contributes to my own growth as I reflect on & develop my counselling practice from a Christian perspective. Through the training work at Wellspring we are able to resource individuals, groups and churches to care more effectively for themselves and others, and I am impressed by the passion and professionalism with which PCUK embraces this challenge on a national scale. It has been both a privilege and a joy to be part of the development of ACC since acquiring a PSA accredited register, and as it has sought creative ways to serve and represent Christian counselling and Pastoral Care more effectively.