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This event will invite discussion about the collaborative work of the partners, provide updates about the ongoing work of the partnership and offer an opportunity for members and registrants to engage and ask questions.

The Independent Chair of the SCoPEd Oversight Committee, Paul Buckley will host the event. He’ll be joined by representatives from each of the partners along with representation from our Experts by Experience and the Chair of the Technical Group, Fiona Ballantine Dykes.

SCoPEd partners representatives:

Association of Christian Counsellors (ACC) – Kathy Spooner, CEO
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – Hadyn Williams, CEO
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) – Jan McGregor Hepburn, Chair, Professional Standards Committee
Human Givens institute (HGI) – Sue Gray, CEO
National Counselling Society (NCS) – Jyles Robillard-Day, CEO
UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) – Sarah Niblock, CEO


This event is split into three 30 minute sessions, each including a live Q&A session with the panel. The event will start at 10am and will finish at 12pm. There will be a break scheduled during the event. You can read more about the panel below.

You can submit questions before the event by emailing 

The deadline for submitting questions is Monday 16 May 2022 at 12pm.  You will also have the opportunity to submit questions during the event.

Aim of the event

Offer an opportunity for members and registrants to engage and ask questions.


All bookings will be taken by BACP on behalf of the SCoPEd partners.

We can only take bookings online. Please book your place by clicking on the 'To book a place' pink box at the top of the web page.

If you’re a BACP member:

  • login to your account
  • add the event to cart
  • proceed to payment (please note this is a free event)

If you’re not a BACP member, you’ll need to create a  BACP account. We will only use the information provided for administration processes relevant to the SCoPEd partner event – see our privacy notice.

To do this:

  • click on the 'To book a place' pink box at the top of the web page,
  • sign up and create an account
  • add the event to your cart
  • proceed to payment (please note this is a free event)

Panel biographies

ACC - Kathy Spooner, CEO

Kathy Spooner is the CEO of ACC, having previously been their Director of Counselling. In this role she brings her former extensive management experience gained in large complex IT projects in the Health and Finance sector as well as her more current counselling knowledge and experience.As an integrative therapist, she has developed a special interest in responding to religious and spiritual concerns in counselling practice. Teaching on BA and MA programmes in both counselling and spiritual formation has further deepened her sense of the immeasurable value of therapy in restoring and transforming lives. This has and continues to envision her to grow ACC as a secure professional home for counsellors and those in aligned ministries, to transform the provision of mental and spiritual healthcare in the UK and beyond. 

BACP - Hadyn Williams, CEO 

Hadyn was a practising therapist for 25 years working in many contexts including the third sector, universities, local government, NHS and private practice. As a consequence, Hadyn has considerable experience of the many environments in which counselling and psychotherapy takes place with a special interest in complex organisations and employee wellbeing. BACP has been Hadyn's professional home throughout his career as a counsellor and psychotherapist. It has always enabled Hadyn to secure a strong professional identity. In 2011, Hadyn joined BACP as Head of Professional Conduct enabling him to blend his clinical experience with an earlier career history in the legal profession. Hadyn took up the role as Chief Executive Officer for BACP in January 2015. 

BPC - Jan McGregor Hepburn, Chair, Professional Standards Committee

Jan qualified in London as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist in 1984, and have been mostly in independent clinical practice since then. Jan is a trainer for both the North of England Association of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and the Northern School of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Jan was the Registrar of the British Psychoanalytic Council for 15 years until the end of 2019. Jan continues to sit on the standing Registration Committee, which both sets national BPC standards for training and oversees their implementation. Jan is now the Chair of BPC Professional Standards Committee, which oversees clinical practice standards for graduate clinicians and is a trustee of the BPC Board.  Jan has been part of the SCoPEd project since the outset, where the three original stakeholders got together to see if it was possible to agree on competences and standards. The Technical Group, comprised of Jan and the equivalents in BACP and UKCP, along with a research specialist and administrative support, have met, in person until lockdown, more or less every month since, and have now been able to welcome new stakeholders. 

HGI - Sue Gray, CEO

Sue Gray has had a varied work and life experience to date. She is an accomplished senior health and social care director and clinician (Physiotherapy and Mental Health/ Psychotherapy) with board level leadership, business and service development and turnaround experience. She champions empowering peer support models for inspiring people to create a life that works for themselves and has taken the human givens approach into various situations to enhance this. At present Sue is a registered Human Givens Therapist in private practice, a wellbeing trainer and executive coach for a mental health charity, and a culture change consultant for Eastside PrimeTimers. 

NCS - Jyles Robilliard-Day, CEO

Jyles joined the NCS in 2020 as the Head of Engagement and Development and became the Interim CEO in 2021. Prior to this Jyles spent many years managing large multi-functional teams in various countries and settings, with a focus on business development and employee engagement.

UKCP - Sarah Niblock, CEO

Journalist, broadcaster and academic Professor Sarah Niblock is Chief Executive of the UK Council for Psychotherapy. She worked first as a news journalist in the North-West reporting on stories including the Hillsborough disaster and the murder of toddler James Bulger. She began lecturing on ethical practice, training students in reflexive journalism practice. She has a Masters in Visual Culture and gained a PhD in Psychoanalytic Theory from Middlesex University in 2005, as well as further training in humanistic integrative counselling.  Before joining UKCP, Sarah was professor and associate dean at University of Westminster’s School of Media, Arts and Design. She continues to publish research on media, trauma and ethics. She is an Academic Fellow of the Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University, Hon Visiting Professor at York St John University and still contributes to a range of media outlets in the UK and internationally on psychotherapy, visual culture and popular music.    

Chair of the Technical Group - Fiona Ballantine Dykes

Fiona Ballantine Dykes is Chief Professional Standards Officer and Deputy CEO at the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and was previously Head of Professional Standards.  Prior to joining the BACP Executive, she served as trustee and Deputy Chair of the BACP Board of Governors while in post as Head of Qualifications at the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body.  Fiona is a Senior Accredited Member of BACP and still has a small practice as a counsellor, supervisor and member of a service offering counselling in the Wiltshire area.  Previous professional roles include trainer and programme leader for counselling training at a large FE college and Chair of the Federation of Awarding bodies.  Fiona has a special interest in counselling training and assessment and a long-held passion for supporting vocational routes into the counselling profession.  She is currently chair of the SCoPEd Technical Group and has been involved in the project since 2017.