Professor Lynne Gabriel OBE is professor of counselling and mental health at York St John University and was Chair of BACP between 2008 and 2011.

She was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s Jubilee Birthday Honours last year for services to higher education and mental health.

Lynne takes over from David Weaver, who stepped down as our President at our AGM at the end of his five-year tenure.

"I’m honoured to be asked to be President of my professional body," she said. "I’m really looking forward to it.

"I’ll work with our Chair Natalie (Bailey) and CEO Anna (Daroy) to look at how I can support BACP to move forward.

"I see my role as being a supportive presence and, maybe occasionally, an appropriately challenging presence to support BACP."

Our Chair Natalie Bailey said: "I’m delighted to be able to welcome Lynne as our new President.

"Lynne is a respected leading figure in counselling and psychotherapy who has been an inspiration to so many therapists as a university teacher.

"She brings a huge amount of skills, knowledge and experience to the role.

"It’s an exciting time at BACP with the launch of our new five-year strategy and I’m really looking forward to working with Lynne on that."

Professor Lynne Gabriel OBE, President of BACP

Professor Lynne Gabriel OBE, President of BACP