BICA Chair and Deputy Chair of Accreditation Board
Angela Pericleous-Smith has worked as a Counsellor for 17 years, specialising in infertility counselling for 12 years. Previously, working with one-parent families, survivors of rape and abuse and as a Children’s counsellor for the NSPCC. She currently works as a fertility counsellor in Leeds alongside her Private Counselling and Supervision Practise in York. She is the Clinical Lead Counsellor for the Fertility Control Unit in Leeds.
Angela has a BSc in Therapeutic Counselling (Leeds Met), MA in Psychoanalytical Studies (Leeds Met) and PG Certificate in Supervision (St. Johns, York). Angela is a member of BACP, an Accredited member of BICA. Currently she is a Trainer with the BICA Training Group and Deputy Chair of the BICA Accreditation Board.
Vicky has been working as a counsellor since 2005, she specialises in infertility and now exclusively work in this area. She holds a BA in Early Years. Vicky sees clients for support and implications counselling, she also works with surrogates and commissioning couples. She is a member of BACP and an Accredited Member BICA.
Vicky has a Diploma in Counselling and currently works for several private & NHS clinics in London and the Southeast. She sees clients on a face to face basis, via Skype and telephone. Recently Vicky undertook additional training to support her working with clients remotely.
Vicky is the South East area representative and as this area is logistically widely spread out they meet bi monthly via Skype. In fact the popularity of CPD via Skype has meant meetings now involve counsellors from all over the UK and indeed several different countries!
Vicky welcomes requests from the press and is passionate about ensuring good support is available to all people affected by infertility issues.
After working in a variety of settings Suzanne qualified as a counsellor in 2002 and worked for many years in a NHS Women’s Health clinic and with survivors of sexual abuse in the voluntary sector. She started working as an infertility counsellor at Jessop Fertility, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Trust in 2006, taking on the Senior Counsellor role in 2013. Suzanne is a Senior Accredited Member of BICA and Registered Member of BACP. In recent years she has been an active member of BICA Training Group, co-ordinator for the BICA Central England Regional Forum and member of the BICA Accreditation Board. Suzanne joined the BICA Exec in May 2017 and took on the role of Honorary Treasurer in July 2017 and contributes to the all aspects of the committees work. She represents BICA on PROGAR (BASW’s Project Group on Assisted Reproduction) and the Fertility Fairness campaign group.
Deborah is currently employed as the Specialist Infertility Counsellor at the Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust where she has been working since November 2015. Deborah became a BICA member at that time and then went on to join the BICA Executive Committee following the May 2017 Annual conference. Prior to Deborah's present role, she worked for Relate counselling children, young people, adults and couples.
Kate Brian is a former television journalist who began her career at the BBC as a news trainee and went on to work on Panorama before leaving for ITN where she spent ten years, working mainly as Home Affairs Producer for Channel Four News.
Kate is the author of ‘The Complete Guide to IVF’, ‘The Complete Guide to Female Fertility’, and ‘Precious Babies’, a new book aimed at those who are pregnant or have children after infertility. Kate is a former trustee of Infertility Network UK, and worked for the charity as a regional organiser for two years. She now works freelance as a writer, journalist and editor. Kate has two children who were both IVF babies.
Jim Monach is now a consultant in mental health based in Sheffield, after a University career in social work, mental health teaching and research. He wrote his PhD on the ‘psychosocial impact of childlessness’ published as ‘Childless No Choice’ and has published widely on both infertility issues and mental health. Jim is a past Chair of BICA and current Chair of the National Accreditation Board.
Jim was asked to lead the development of the Infertility Counselling Award and the accreditation scheme for BICA some years ago and is pleased that it has now become a reality for the whole profession. He has wide interests in voluntary and community organisations as well as membership of Mental Health Tribunal and local health service governing bodies
Janet Owen has worked in Infertility counselling for the past 17 years, starting in a small clinic in Sunderland and now works in four clinics both in the NHS sector and the Private sector.
Has been involved with BICA for the past 15 years having been a member of the Executive committee as the Treasurer moved to the training group in 2007 and is currently the Co-Chair of the training group and Publications Officer