The day to day work of the Leicester Counselling Centre is delivered by a large team of Volunteer Counsellors, overseen by two staff members: A Clinical Director and an Administrator. A team of Volunteer Receptionists assist in the day to day tasks and support the smooth running of the Centre. An Executive Committee meet monthly to focus on the strategic development of the Centre, working alongside the Director to ensure that it continues to meet the need of its local community.

Volunteer Team

leicester counselling centre volunteer with us

Volunteer Counsellor Team

Our team of 85 volunteer counsellors are all qualified or nearing the end of their training. All our counsellors are trained to diploma, graduate or postgraduate level and have gone through a very careful selection process. Our counsellors are experienced in a wide range of issues. Their clinical work is regularly supervised and monitored according to the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy’s (BACP) ethical code of practice.

leicester counselling centre job opportunities

Volunteer Receptionist Team

Our team of 14 volunteer receptionists provide day to day reception and administration support. Their tasks include greeting clients as they attend their counselling appointments, handling donations, answering the telephone and diary management. They all provide their time voluntarily and are an invaluable help to the staff and counsellors.

Staff Team

Leicester Counselling Centre Hannah Cooper

Hannah Cooper

Clinical Director

Hannah has worked at the Leicester Counselling Centre since 2019, after managing another voluntary counselling organisation for 12 years. She is a qualified and experienced psychodynamic counsellor and has practiced in a voluntary and private setting. She has a passion for the incredible contribution that the voluntary sector makes to mental health service provision and for ensuring support is accessible to all. Hannah will be on maternity leave from November 2021 and leaves the Centre in the capable hands of her maternity cover, Tracy Orton.

Sharon Howgill


Sharon has worked at The Leicester Counselling Centre since 2006. She enjoys working alongside the dedicated team of volunteer receptionists and counsellors and overseeing the smooth running of the office.

Executive Committee

Leicester Counselling Centre Kay Hoggett

Kay Hoggett


Kay is a counsellor and coach, with a background in directing and consulting on change programmes for global companies, as well as running a small business. She volunteers as a counsellor at the Centre.

leicester counselling centre tony

Tony Priest


Tony trained in Existential Psychotherapy and has since completed a number of different trainings, including trauma work and Coherence Therapy. He has worked with clients who have addiction problems since 1996, and from 2004 to 2017, he was Course Director of the Leicester University Foundation Degree in Drug and Alcohol Counselling. He has been a volunteer since 2015, and he also works as a volunteer at a drug and alcohol rehab in Nottingham. Tony regards counselling as the most fascinating activity anyone could ever take part in.

leicester counselling centre louise

Louise Taylor


Louise has held the position of Treasurer for TLCC since April 2013. Louise works for the University of Leicester and has worked within the Finance Office, the Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning and currently supports Research within one of the Colleges.

leicester counselling centre angela

Angela Crawley


Angela started working at The Leicester Counselling Centre as a trainee in 2009 whilst studying on the university of Leicester’s postgraduate training in psychodynamic counselling. Since then she has continued to work with our clients as a counsellor and assessor, alongside her private practice. She joined the Board of Trustees in 2014.

Leicester Counselling Centre Ewen

Ewen Purcell


After a successful 18-year career in financial services risk management, Ewen retrained and refocused as an Integrative Counsellor, specialising in working with anxiety, depression, feelings of sadness, low self-esteem and self-injury.
He is a huge Welsh rugby union fan and have two beautiful labradors, Bailey & Harper, to keep him busy when there’s no rugby on.

Leicester Counseling Centre Graham

Graham Ward


Graham is a former career advisor and further education lecturer in sociology of health, social policy and counselling, theory and practice. He has been a volunteer counsellor at Leicester Counselling Centre for about twenty years and a trustee for over ten years.

Mario Anastasiades


Mario is a Senior Associate Solicitor having qualified in 1988 working in the Lutterworth branch of Leicestershire firm Rich and Carr. His key areas of practice are employment law, personal injury and clinical negligence and civil disputes as well as coroners’ law. He is a former Chair of the Leicester Counselling Centre and ongoing member of the Executive Committee since 2010. He is fluent in Modern Greek and the Greek Cypriot dialect and a keen supporter of Manchester United!