It is with sincere thanks that we bid a fond farewell to our Chair, David Craik, and to our Vice-Chair, Christine Peck, who stood down as Independent Trustees at the AGM held on Saturday 14th November 2015. Both have given their time freely and passionately to help CCC to become the organisation that it is today, providing excellent care to those in need in the region with a reputation for professionalism and quality of care.
David, is dedicating his charitable efforts to the organisation closest to his heart, The Salvation Army, for whom he has worked tirelessly for many years, and has now taken on new responsibilities. Chris, who started with CCC when she trained as a counsellor nearly 30 years ago, has fulfilled many roles in her time, including Branch Representative and Vice-Chair. She now intends to focus on her own business, providing mediation services to businesses.
Therefore, CCC is proud to announce the appointment of two new Independent Trustees, Robert Patterson, and Neil Robertson, who will also take on the responsibility of Chair.
Neil, whose career has largely been in corporate finance in the food industry, is also a qualified psychotherapist on the UKCP register and working in private practice, so has an excellent understanding of both the commercial and therapeutic aspects of a charity such as CCC. He is currently a non-executive director of a number of SME's and Chair of the Finance Committe of The Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA) which is one of the UK's largest educational charities and mostly known for GCSE and A'level examinations, of which it is the largest provider and is also heavily involved in educational research.
Robert worked for 18 years as an Electron Microscopist at Cambridge University before working for the Samaritans for 10 years. He then trained in Psychotherapy and Group Work, qualifying in 1998 and completing a post-graduate diploma in Counselling Psychology in 1992. At the same time, he completed his Certificate in the Supervision of Counselling. Robert has a special interest and training in eating disorders and a general interest in relapse prevention in all psychopathological conditions.
We look forward to all that both Neil and Robert can bring to CCC as Independent Trustees and welcome them both to our friendly fold.