Professional Conduct Committee

The professional conduct committee oversees the Society’s role in responding to all concerns and complaints made against members of the Society. They review all complaints and oversee and advise on how each case will be handled.

As well as fulfilling the role of handling specific complaints they will also report to the Society Council about any related issues that may be of relevance to Society policies and procedures – thus ensuring the NCS has a constantly evolving approach to all issues relating to public safety.

The professional conduct committee will meet as required in response to concerns or complaints.

Chair: Dr Chris Forester                                      

Registrar: Vicky Parkinson

Public Protection Officer: Sam Hurdley

Ex officio:

Public Protection Officer


Professional Standards Committee

The Professional Standards Committee will review and update the Society’s internal processes and procedures where professional standards are concerned and maintain an awareness of all external issues that may impact upon the profession of counselling and psychotherapy. They will review training provider applications and review any queries relating to individual membership applications as needed. They will advise on:

  • Policy and procedures of applications
  • Individual member’s audits
  • Training school audits
  • Government and regulation issues
  • Relations with other professional associations

Chair: Kate Mahoney, Head of Professional Standards


Lindsey Cooper, University of Nottingham

Karen Ferguson (adviser on Hypnotherapy)

Kate Day

Lay Member:  Susan King


Professional Development & Supervision Committee

All members of the Society agree to take responsibility for their continuing professional development. The role of the Professional Development & Supervision Committee is to source ideas and give guidance to all members about such issues as:

  • CPD Courses
  • Research
  • Supervision

Chair: Freya Bottomley


Helene Baker

Vicki Crane

Andrea Lindsay

Joanna Taylor

Ex Officio:

Deputy CEO


Independent Assessor

Dr Phillip Rees

The role of independent assessor is to review and report to the Chair and Chief Executive of the Society on matters of Society Audit and Governance.

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