BACP Spirituality is for counsellors, psychotherapists, pastoral carers, chaplains and related professionals whose own work and world view, or whose client's world view, is informed by a spiritual perspective. It offers a rich opportunity to make links with others who share and are interested in a broad range of related subjects and beliefs.

We're planning to develop more vibrant regional communities of practice and a more effective online presence, seeking ways to use the resources and expertise within these communities, united by Thresholds our divisional journal.

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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

The duties of a Divisional Executive Member are to: 

  • implement divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with BACP organisational strategy, so promoting 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 several months in advance wherever possible.
  • adhere to BACP’s volunteer policies, procedures and code of conduct
  • adhere to and support the BACP’s governance framework
  • attend BACP’s Annual General Meeting, where possible
  • maintain absolute confidentiality for any sensitive or confidential information you receive while carrying out the role
  • observe and undertake 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 - able and willing to use technology on BACP business 

The following skills are desirable, but not essential: 

  • experience in web management
  • experience with social media, such as Twitter, blogs, Facebook
  • interest in promoting good practice and research, especially in relation to spirituality, counselling and social justice 


There is no remuneration attached to this role, however we will reimburse reasonable expenses incurred 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. 

Closing date for applications is Monday 18 February 2019. Interviews will be held on 4 March 2019 at BACP House in Lutterworth.