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Trustees & Patrons

Ann Burton

Ann Burton

Ann Burton, MCIPD, is a qualified HR Specialist, with over 20 years’ experience working at Board level as a Senior HR Director in the UK and Ireland, within commercially focussed work environments.  She was also part of a European HR based team travelling extensively within the EU.  In 2009, she formed her own HR Consultancy, and has retained her loyal Client base throughout that time.  She provides a pragmatic down to earth approach to all employee relations matters, and firmly believes a fair, equitable and professional approach to all team members is paramount to successfully managing people.  

Kevin Gibbs

Kevin Gibbs

Kevin is a retired chartered civil engineer. He spent a large part of his career with Wessex Water in a number of senior operational management roles. In 2004 he started his own consultancy/contracting business working with local authorities, water companies and the Environment Agency. In addition to water, he has experience in waste and recycling and flood risk management, as well as general management and business planning skills. Retirement has provided the opportunity to contribute his organisational management experience to BCPC and to pursue hobbies, which include walking, cycling and playing / producing music.

John Macdonald

John Macdonald

John is a director of Newgate Construction Ltd a Bristol based building contractor & was responsible for the successful refurbishment of the BCPC Trim Bridge offices.

He has always lived in the Bath area, starting his career in Quantity Surveying private practice & moving on to local companies of M P Kent Homes, Ernest Ireland Construction Ltd, RSW PLC & has been the Commercial Director for Newgate since 2000, where his role covers all office and site administration, surveying disciplines, project controls, and contractual responsibilities.

Away from work related life his time is spent with his family including grandchildren, Bath Rugby, golf, & most importantly with his ever faithful working black Labrador Cooper.

His experience in the commercial environment brings a separate perspective, strength & support to the administration & board.

Frankie McGibney

Frankie McGibney Trustee

Frankie is an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist and CTSD supervisor, with a background in teaching and training. Initially a secondary school teacher, she later worked for the Open University, training participants to organise and run various interest groups in the

community, such as ageing, health and welfare, etc. and ran groups herself in Leyhill Open Prison. She went on to become a lecturer at the University of Wales, Caerleon alongside developing her private practice in Bristol which included further training in EMDR, and many years in a residential setting working with people with severe emotional difficulties.

Frankie’s long experience as a psychotherapist and involvement in the community with people from different backgrounds and with varying needs enables her to bring a useful and balanced perspective to the work of the Board.

Judy Ryde

Judy Ryde Trustee

Judy Ryde is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist and works as a psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer and is a co-founder of BCPC where she has taught on all stages over a twenty year period. She has been Chair of the Psychotherapy and Counselling Service, a member of the Standards and Ethics committee and has previously sat on the Training Committee. She teaches supervision through The Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD) and directs and supervisors the Trauma Foundation South West which provides counselling and psychotherapy for refugees and asylum seekers in Bristol ( She has completed doctoral research into ‘whiteness’ within psychotherapy and psychotherapy organizations at The University of Bath and her book Being White in the Helping Professions was published in 2009.