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Policy and Public Affairs Home  

Influencing Decision Makers  

BACP's Policy and Public Affairs Team works to influence key decision makers at every stage of policy making. From MPs in the House of Commons, to Government Ministers, civil servants and across the devolved institutions, our team ensures our members' views are heard.   

Raising Awareness 

Raising the profile of counselling and psychotherapy and mental health in general is a key function of the department. We are constantly looking for opportunities to increase policymakers' understanding of the benefits of psychological therapies.

To do this we submit evidence to government bodies and non-governmental organisations through submitting consultation responses. 

Parliamentary Work

We continually monitor the political news cycle, including key debates, questions, statements and proposed new legislation across Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Assembly and the Northern Ireland Assembly. This allows us to react and have input into changes which may impact on our members and the profession. 

You can keep up to date with BACP's policy and public affairs work here, through Therapy Today and Twitter @BACP .    

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About Us



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Deputy Chief Executive

Nancy has been involved with BACP for many years, as a counsellor and a researcher, with an interest in research into counselling in health care settings. Having worked at the Centre for Health Economics and the centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York, Nancy joined BACP in 2003 and has worked as the Deputy Chief Executive since September 2015. Her role signifies BACP's commitment to contribute to the evidence base for psychological therapies and to develop evidence based policy and practice in the counselling and psychotherapy field.



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Head of Policy and Communication

Suky joined BACP in 2005. She brings to her role an understanding of psychological therapies through her BSc in Human Psychology and MSc in Work Psychology and Business. She is responsible for the management of BACP's policy process, identifying, analysing and communicating how public policy impacts on BACP and  how BACP can influence national policy. Additionally, Suky oversees the public consultations process and leads on the development of BACP's policy and position statements.



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Deputy Head of Policy and Public Affairs

Martin joined BACP in September 2008 and works to promote BACP and the professions to Parliamentarians across the four countries of the UK. Prior to joining BACP, Martin worked as a Political Consultant helping a wide variety of businesses, professional bodies and charities influence policy-makers. Martin has a Master's degree in British Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds and has also worked as an Assistant to Chris Leslie MP and Graham Allen MP.



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Policy and Public Affairs Officer 

Matt re-joined BACP from the British Psychological Society in July 2015, following 2 years as the Policy Advisor for Professional Practice at the BPS. Matt has previously worked in the Policy and Public Affairs team at BACP and has a degree in Politics and Journalism from De Montfort University. Matt's role is primarily focused on ensuring evidenced based information is communicated to external stakeholders on BACP's policy priority areas.