Our Trustees

Alison Graham

Chair
Alison Graham is a GP partner in Cambridgeshire and a graduate of Newcastle University. She knows from first-hand experience that there is a huge amount of unmet need and a shameful lack of support for young people with mental health problems that is the result of decades of underfunding. As a mother of 3 teens and with over 30 years of clinical experience she has a unique and varied view of the issues from many different perspectives.

As Chair and trustee for Young People’s Counselling Service (YPCS), her aim is to not only ensure young people get high quality counselling when they need it but that they get meaningful early intervention to manage their emotions before they are overwhelmed. She is passionate about engineering systemic change to improve the lives of young people.

"I am privileged to be part of a truly extraordinary team that work incredibly hard. We have grown this charity from a tiny organisation into the impressive high quality and respected employer that it is now in only a few years. I am in the debt of those who share my passion for change, who are frustrated by the years of funding neglect and devote their time, energy and skills to making that a reality. We do not want to see any child turned away when they are in need, and also recognise that families need support too. Together we must ensure that investment into the wellbeing of our young people is a priority because they are our future, and it is our collective responsibility to maximise their potential."

Nicola Houghton

Vice Chair
An experienced School Business Manager, Nicola supports children and young people in a wide range of roles. Nicola is passionate about raising aspirations and making a difference to young lives.​

Clare Dhanushan

Safeguarding Lead
Clare has worked in the NHS for 20 years as a qualified nurse, health visitor and currently within safeguarding children. She has several years experience in delivering safeguarding children supervision, training, advice and support to health care staff. Clare recognises the importance of early intervention for children and young people's mental health.

David Weir

Treasurer
David has over 30 years of experience in completing company management accounts and feels proud to support the the charity as we grow from strength to strength.​

Jenny Wilton

Secretary
Jenny is an Operations & Process Management Specialist with more than 20 years of experience in implementing change and managing process improvement, quality management and supply chain management in a wide variety of organisations.​

Peter Ashworth


Peter is a retired senior teacher in local schools who spent 40 years working with young people aged 5 to 18. He is proud to have been involved with YPCS for the last 10 years and is looking forward to supporting the charity's growth.​

Young People’s Counselling Service
Annabelle Davis Centre
School Bungalow
Broadway
Yaxley
Peterborough PE7 3JD

Phone: 01733 903288
E-mail: admin@ypcs.uk

Registered Charity No. 1190555