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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.

What you'll be doing

You'll attend up to four meetings a year, which will be held at our offices in Lutterworth or at a suitable location accessible to all executive members. You may also be able to attend remotely using Skype.

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

General responsibilities

You'll have the opportunity to:

  • implement the divisional strategy and ensure it aligns with our 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 us 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 profession

Carrying out the role

As a divisional executive, you'll:

  • attend divisional executive meetings and read through papers and documentation. Where possible, we set meeting dates 12 months in advance
  • 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:

  • be willing to devote time and effort
  • work in or have experience of working in a healthcare setting
  • have good, independent judgement
  • be able to think creatively
  • be willing to take decisions 
  • 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 working with older people
  • links with regional counselling networks
  • understanding of IAPT networks


There is no remuneration attached to 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.

BACP has made it our responsibility when attracting and meeting with new talent to be inclusive and accessible, we welcome applications from people from diverse backgrounds and underrepresented communities. BACP is Disability Confident Committed and we'll make reasonable adjustments wherever possible to support you in your application and candidate journey throughout the recruitment process.