Cotswold Counselling is a registered charity which has been running for twenty-nine years and is run by a dedicated team of experienced staff. We deploy the services of over 60 experienced and trained volunteer counsellors, many of whom also work independently. Counsellors are provided with on-going training and professional, clinical supervision. The organisation is run by a management team chaired by Pam Megarry.
Working at Cotswold Counselling
We are actively seeking volunteers for placements on weekdays and evenings and Saturday mornings. If you would like further information about working at Cotswold Counselling, please click here.
Please note: placements cannot be offered to ex-clients for at least two years after they have finished counselling at the Centre. Cotswold Counselling cannot offer personal therapy for training course purposes.
Dr Mark Porter MBE
Sally Le Marechal
Sally is a founder member of Cotswold Counselling. She has a background in personnel management and training consultancy and worked as a 'listening volunteer' which gave her a valuable insight into the organisation. Sally is a past Chairman of the Management Committee.
Mary worked in education, from the East End of London to a girls' Public School, apart from when she cared for her son until he went to school. On retirement Mary became involved in charity work.
Margaret has a business background an many years' experience in the voluntary sector working with both the elderly and young people. She is a founder member of Cotswold Counselling.
Nicki has a medical background in nursing and hospital administration. She has worked with Cotswold Counselling for many years.
Finance & Projects
Zoe has worked in administration and management roles within the Arts and charities sectors for over twenty years.
Adults Counsellor Coordinator
Having transitioned from a business background some time ago, Sarah is a qualified counsellor who has volunteered with Cotswold Counselling for many years. She also works in a number of other counselling settings, interacting with a wide variety of people and organisations.
Coordinator for Children & Young People
Nuala started her career in teaching and on retirement was a headteacher of a primary school. Following this she trained as a counsellor of adults and subsequently trained to work with young children and has extensive experience of working within the primary school environment as a therapist.
Principal Officers and Trustees
Pam has had a career in primary school teaching and has completed some initial training in psychodynamic counselling. She has worked as schools' liaison for Cancer Research before joining Cotswold Counselling, initially as a weekly volunteer.
Liz trained as a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, London and worked as a Ward Sister at The Brompton Hospital before coming to Cirencester and retired 2years ago after 40years in nursing. The last 30 years were spent working in Cirencester as a Practice Nurse.
Stephen Segar OBE
Stephen retired after a career with Lloyds Bank. He has held a portfolio of voluntary/community work including past Chairman of Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum – he remains a trustee, and Treasurer of Cirencester Macmillan Cancer Support. He is a Past President and member of Cirencester Rotary Club.
Management Team and Trustees
Pam Megarry (Chairman)
Liz Hutchison (Vice Chairman)
Stephen Segar OBE (Treasurer)
Janet Bird - Counsellor Representative
Annual general meeting (AGM)
Members of the public are welcome to attend the AGM. Anyone interested in attending should contact for details.
Equal Opportunities Statement
Cotswold Counselling is committed to the ideal of Equal Opportunities and strives to ensure that no person seeking access to the services of the Agency or job applicant or employee or volunteer or support worker receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of disability, age, ethnic or national origin, religion, colour, sexual orientation or marital status, nor is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements which cannot be shown to be justifiable.
This principle will apply to all activities of the Agency, that is, recruitment of employees, training and development, and in all services and facilities offered by the Agency.