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
    Lancaster University, Management School
    Pro Vice Chancellor for External Relations in Lancaster University

  • 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.

  • Keith Osborne – Dip Cllg, Dip Mgt., MIMA (Acc.), AEB Tutor (Acc.), FIW (Acc.)


    Keith is a former Chair of the Institute and currently Vice Chair. He was delighted to return to the board after a brief sabbatical due to work and personal commitments. During his absence he has continued to be an active member by both sourcing and presenting at Institute meetings.

    For the last 11 years he has worked as a counsellor in the Metropolitan Police where he is part of a team providing 1 to 1 counselling, couple counselling and trauma interventions. His style of counselling is intergrative and he also has a specialism in Financial Debt Counselling.

    As an AEB accredited Tutor he has run counselling courses and during his time at the Met he has been an integral part of the team rolling out and presenting a Stress Awareness Programme that won the 2011 National Training Awards. He was also part of a team that designed the Met’s Suicide Prevention Programme titled “In Despair”.

    Keith’s background in counselling goes back to 1987 when he took up the post of Welfare Officer for the Central Office of Information (COI). He has also managed an Occupational Health Unit for the London Borough of Havering.

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

  • Fiona Blair – BA (Hons), MSc Guidance and Counselling, Relate CC, MBACP (Accred), FIW (Acc.), Diploma in Clinical Supervision and Consultancy

    Vice Chair

    Fiona has been working and studying in the field of counselling since 1998, and during this time has gained a depth of experience working in a number of specialist settings, including Relate(NI), Northlands Addiction Treatment Centre, Private Practice in Northern Ireland and as a Health and Well-being Counsellor for the Metropolitan Police. Currently she is working for CONTACT – Staff Counselling, Stress Management and Conflict Resolution Service for the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Her therapeutic approach is integrative and pluri-dimensional, and she is trained in Trauma Debriefing and as a Transformative Mediator. Fiona has also been involved in developing and delivering training in a number of subjects, including Stress Management and Resilience, Understanding PTSD and Working Therapeutically with Trauma, Suicide and Self Harm and Power and Control Dynamics.