BACP Workplace promotes the professional practice of counselling in the workplace and supports practitioners who work with employees, employers and employee assistance programmes (EAPs).

We campaign for high standards and best practice, offering a forum for all professionals with an interest in employee support and psychological health and wellbeing in the workplace. 

Term of office

Executive members are appointed for up to three years. This may be extended for a further three years.

Time commitment

You'll need to attend up to four meetings a year, which will usually be held at our offices in Lutterworth. You may be able to attend remotely using Skype.

You'll also have ongoing tasks, which may include planning divisional events, or attending events to network and build the profile of the division.

General responsibilities

Your duties will be to:

  • implement divisional strategy as it aligns with BACP organisational strategy, so promoting that counselling changes lives
  • work collaboratively with BACP staff
  • promote the division's area of expertise and bring best practice into the work of the division and BACP
  • network and represent BACP and our members to wider stakeholder groups, addressing counselling and psychotherapy issues and concerns
  • act as an ambassador and advocate for BACP and the counselling professions

Carrying out the role

You will be expected to:

  • devote time and effort and attend divisional executive meetings fully prepared, having read all papers and documentation. We set meeting dates 12 months in advance wherever possible.
  • adhere to our volunteer policies, procedures and code of conduct
  • adhere to and support the governance framework
  • attend the annual general meeting, where possible
  • maintain absolute confidentiality for any sensitive or confidential information you receive while carrying out the role
  • observe the seven Nolan principles: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership

Skills and abilities

You should:

  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively
  • be willing to take decisions and cabinet responsibility
  • understand the responsibilities of the position
  • be IT literate: willing and able to use technology on BACP business

The following skills are desirable but not essential:

  • experience of EAPs
  • website editing
  • public relations
  • social media - Twitter, blogs, Facebook and others
  • experience of working with an ageing workforce and older people
  • an understanding of human resources (HR) or an HR background


There is no remuneration for this role, however, reasonable expenses incurred in carrying out the volunteering role will be reimbursed in line with our volunteers expenses policy.

To apply

For more information or to apply for this volunteering role, please send your cv and an application letter stating your relevant skills, knowledge and experience to We welcome applications from across the four nations of the UK.