Our Leadership

Our board of directors, who meet regularly, provide leadership and ongoing management of the Institute.

                • Professor Sir Cary L. Cooper CBE AcSS


                  Distinguished Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at the Manchester Business School, University of Manchester.

                • Baroness Susan Greenfield


                  Baroness Greenfield is a British scientist, writer, broadcaster and member of the House of Lords. Her distinguished career began at St Hilda’s College, Oxford where she entered on classics but later
                  became interested in philosophy and graduated with a first degree in
                  philosophy and psychology. She completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1973, and, subsequently, held a Senior Scholarship at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

                  In 1994, she was the first woman to be invited to give the Royal
                  Institution Christmas Lecture, then sponsored by the BBC. Her lecture
                  was titled ‘Journey to the Centre of the Brain’. In 1998, she was
                  appointed Director of the Royal Institution.

                  She is currently a Senior Research Fellow at Lincoln College, Oxford
                  University and Chief Executive Officer of the biotech company Neuro-bio Ltd. Her research is focused on brain physiology, with particular reference to the brain mechanisms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. She has
                  published over 200 papers, including studies on the basic brain
                  mechanisms involved in addiction and reward i.e. relating to dopamine systems and related neurochemicals. She has also investigated the brain mechanisms underlying Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
                  House of Lords Baroness Greenfield sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher and has no formal political affiliation.

                  Current concerns
                  Baroness Greenfield has expressed concerns that modern technology, especially, social networking sites and video games, may have a negative impact on child development, leading to conditions including dementia and autistic-like behaviour.

                  She has 31 honorary degrees and has received the Royal Society’s Michael Faraday Prize. She has been elected to Honorary Fellowships of the Royal College of Physicians and the Science Museum.

                  In 2000, she became a Companion of the British Empire (CBE) for her contribution to the public understanding of science. The following year, she was created a Life Peer, as Baroness Greenfield of Ot Moor in the County of Oxfordshire.

                  In 2003, she was appointed a Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur by the French Government. In 2004, she received the Golden
                  Plate award from the Academy of Achievement in Washington.
                  In 2006, she was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Science Association and was Honorary Australian of the Year. In 2010, she was awarded the
                  Australian Society for Medical Research Medal.

                  As well as being a patron of the Institute of Welfare, she is also patron of Alzheimer’s Research UK and Dignity in Dying. She is founder and trustee of the charity Science for Humanity, a network of scientists, researchers and technologists that collaborates, on a non-profit-making basis, to create practical solutions to everyday problems of developing communities.

                • Rashpal Singh – Accred MBACP, Mem ACW Reg UKRCP, MBABCP, MCCYP, MFHCP, CIW (Acc.)


                  Rashpal is a qualified and an accredited Psychotherapist/Counsellor. He has practiced in the welfare, counselling, occupational health and employee assistance field for the past 20 years. He has successfully set up his own practice where he continues to deliver counselling, coaching, training, information, advice and guidance service, where a person in any walk of life can get confidential support.

                  Rashpal specializes in stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and includes relationship counselling, work related stress to domestic/physical or psychological abuse. His current client list includes GPs, consultants, psychiatrists, counsellors, psychologists and employees, managers and directors of businesses. Rashpal works integratively, short term solution focussed to cognitive behavioural focussed with systemic interventions.

                  Appointed Chairman on Thursday 15th November 2018.

                • Jonathan Cook

                  Jonathan Cook – DMWS Diploma in Welfare Studies and Mental Health First Aid Certificate, Certificate in Health & Social Care, Diploma in Management Studies, Diploma in Further Education, MCMI, FIW (Acc.)

                  Vice Chairman/Trustee

                  Jonathan became a member of the Institute of Welfare in 2008 while serving as a Salvation Army Officer (Ordained Minister). He worked in the field of homelessness for almost 10 years supporting men and women with drug and/or alcohol addictions, mental health issues enabling and rehabilitating individuals back into the community. A placement at Maudsley Hospital, Norwich Prison and working with the Salvation Army Emergency Services in London contributed to his understanding, development and experience in health and social care.

                  Jonathan currently works for Age UK Northamptonshire as a Collaborative Care Team Coordinator with the focus on older people loving later life, promoting independence at home and preventing hospital admissions.He works closely with GP surgeries to identify patients who fall into a social model of care working closely with statutory and voluntary services to manage care in the home meeting physical, sociological, emotional and mental health needs. Jonathan also manages the Institute’s website and Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).

                  Appointed Vice Chairman on Thursday 15th November 2018.

                • Carol Roberts photograph

                  Carol Roberts – Diploma in Brain Injury Rehabilitation (University of Swansea), DMWS Diploma in Welfare Studies and Mental Health First Aid Certificate, FIW (Acc.)


                  After a varied career, Carol is now Managing Director of Oakwood Brain Injury Case Management. She has previously worked as a job coach in supported employment; and then developed and ran an extremely successful programme of employment rehabilitation for brain injury clients with Kent Social Services. Following this, she was asked to become a Case Manager at The Priory.

                  In 2003, Carol moved home to Wales and started Oakwood Brain Injury Case Management. She originally set up as a sole practitioner, becoming the first Brain Injury Case Manager based in south Wales.  The business grew and developed successfully, and Carol now has a team of Case Managers and Support Workers working with her.

                • Cameron March

                  Cameron March MBE – Advanced Diploma in the ‘Management of Psychological Trauma’ (Nottingham Trent University), DMWS Diploma in Welfare Studies and Mental Health First Aid Certificate, FIW (Acc.)


                  Cameron joined the Royal Marines in 1963 and has served in many of the major conflicts that have involved the Corps in recent years. In 1996, whilst serving as a Staff Officer in the Headquarters Royal Marines, he was asked to investigate and develop a suitable trauma management model for use by members of the Royal Marines. The resulting ‘Trauma Risk Management’ (TRiM) model has been used by the Royal Marines Command since 1998 and has been subsequently used by many other civilian and military organisations throughout the United Kingdom. In 2007 he was published in the book “Combat Stress Injury”. He was awarded the MBE in 2001 for his work in the field of Operational Stress Management.

                  In 2013 he developed a new strategy for the welfare care of Royal Marine Veterans and their immediate families. Originally conceived as the “TRiM4Veterans” Project, in 2014 the organisation was invited to become part of the Royal Marines Association and is now titled the “Royal Marines Support Network”. He now works as the “Principal Veteran Support Officer” located in the Royal Marines Association at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth He leads a team of 120 Volunteer Support Officers responsible for the provision of a wide range welfare needs for the entire Royal Marines Family.

                  In recent months he has been responsible for a unique protocol amongst Service Charities, which merges the RMSN with psychotherapists throughout the UK. The protocol processes troubled RM Veterans and Bereaved parents into clinical assessment and where appropriate, into NICE Approved Therapy within 21 working days.

                • Ros Richardson

                  Rosalind (Ros) Richardson – MBACP Snr Accred. U.K.R.C. FIW, CIW Accred.

                  Co-opted Director/Trustee

                  Ros has many years experience working as an Independent Consultant Counsellor, Trainer and Supervisor. Working in the Private and Public sectors. Ros combines her Clinical background, with a comprehensive understanding of the commercial environment. Ros spends time delivering a range of workshops on Professional Boundaries and Behaviour, Stress Management, Anger Management, Bereavement and Loss and other Key issues. Ros works with and supports MHFA first aiders.

                  Ros undertakes one to one Mentoring and Counselling up to the highest corporate level. In December 2015 Ros was appointed mentor and coach to the House of Lords.

                  Ros has worked with NHS GP’s and has a Harley Street Private Practice offering Counselling and Psychotherapy. Clients include: The Houses of Parliament and House of Lords, The National Portrait Gallery, Bre and CONEL.

                  Ros is an Associate of Opus Health, A Companion and Fellow of the Institute of Welfare.