Our Trustees

Our voluntary board members are from a diverse backgrounds and govern the charity.

Bruce Bissell (Chair)

Joining in July 2010, Bruce’s career in the pharmaceutical industry took him to the top of a global company where he sat as HR Director. Recently retired, he brings his business planning and HR expertise to Beacon, and sits on the Business Planning Committee, HR & Governance committee.

Steve Ellis

Steve spent 40 years in Project Management in Information Services and Outsourcing, progressing to European Programme Director for Unisys Processing Services – a specialist division working within the financial sector. He brings his project, organisational and process improvement skills to Beacon and sits on the Business Planning and Finance committees.

Brian McCluggage (Co-opted)

Brian joined the trustees in 2009 and, as a practising barrister, brings his legal knowledge to bear on a range of areas for Beacon. Brian also sits on the HR & Governance committee, assisting in HR matters and ensuring that the development and health of the board as a whole is a focus for the future.

Joan Tsalikis

A trustee of Beacon for 15 years, and a previous chair for 6 years, Joan is one of the more experienced trustees. Joan’s background is in teaching, and was teacher at a school for children with learning disabilities. Her interest in the welfare of young people remains, and she sits on the Young Beacon committee.

James Harper (CEO)

James has worked in the charitable sector for 15 years, the last 9 as the lead at Beacon Counselling.  In the distant past he studied chemistry, then worked in a range of roles in the private sector, and also qualified as a counsellor.  He brings his passion for counselling and love of the sector to this role, along with expertise in developing projects and organisations.


See the various prestigious awards and accreditations that Beacon Counselling has received throughout the last few years.

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