About Us

Claire Nunes

Centre Director

Claire Nunes has been in post since 2010. She takes the strategic lead for the organisation, recommending new developments and seeking out funding opportunities.

Claire is a qualified Solicitor having been in private practice locally for over 30 years before leaving the profession to work at Relate. She was the managing partner of a well known local solicitor’s practice, where she gained enormous expertise in management and business development. Claire has always taken a keen interest in the voluntary sector, supporting local charities, and undertaking a number of charitable events. She decided to make a career move into this sector to use her skills for a very worthy cause.

Claire obtained a distinction from the Anglia Ruskin University following completion of the Higher Certificate in Charity Management.

Claire said: “The charity has been through challenging times, following the withdrawal of our statutory funding. We had to have a clear strategy in place to ensure our future sustainability. We have built on the core service of relationship counselling, and have added on some exciting new services to ensure diversity. The demand for our services remains strong and we deliver more hours year on year.”

Ian Maddison

Chair

Ian became a trustee in 2001 and has held the position of Treasurer and now Chair. His background is as a partner in Ernst & Young and in recent years has enjoyed a portfolio career helping corporates and charities. Ian’s involvement with Relate came through his wife who was a counsellor for a number of years.

 


Annie Wimbush

Clinical Supervisor

Having worked as a Relate counsellors for 6 years, Annie trained as a supervisor with Relate in 1994. Since then she has offered clinical supervision and consultation to Relate counsellors across the UK; in private practice and since July 2015 at Relate Cambridge.

Prior to training as a counsellor Annie worked as a community worker in a deprived part of London and came to realise that, while supporting people to change their external environment was important, self-knowledge, better relationships and improved communication could be transformational. Working therapeutically with individuals, couples and families can bring about this change.

Relate counsellors are required to access individual and group clinical supervision on a regular monthly basis to meet external and internal professional standards. Annie’s role is to provide support on clinical matters to the Director and administrative team and to offer the counselling team a supportive and creative supervisory environment where they can reflect on their work with clients, ensuring they are as effective as possible and are working to the ethical standards required in Relate.

Annie says: “The quality of our relationships are central to our sense of wellbeing and can be confusing and complicated. Supporting counsellors to work with clients to understand their feelings and reactions and make sense of their difficulties can be challenging but always rewarding.”

 

 

Elaine Taylor

Training Coordinator and Media Liaison

Elaine became a member of the media team in 2005. In 2008 she took on the role of Press and Media Liaison which she still holds. Her role is to send out regular press releases on local current relationship issues in and around Cambridge, as well as to give interviews when requested to local radio, newspapers and magazines. With the support of our administrative team, she is also involved in updating our website, Twitter and Facebook pages. She is a member of the External Communications Group, which meets regularly, to ensure that we make the best use of our resources and budget.

Having worked as a relationship counsellor for Relate Cambridge for the last 21 years, Elaine has become a huge advocate of the idea of prevention being better than cure. Her motivation for being involved with publicising what we do is to give Relate Cambridge the best possible chance of breaking down some of the resistance people may have about asking for help and support. Elaine is thrilled when she has the opportunity to give a really good radio interview, see our name in print or get an article published, as well as when we get feedback from clients.

Elaine says: "The quote: ‘You never get a second chance to make a good first impression’ makes me very aware of how important it is for our clients to have a positive experience, from the very first moment they see or hear our name mentioned.

"To acquire love … fill yourself up with it until you become a magnet’. The enthusiasm I have, both as a relationship counsellor and in my role as media liaison – along with nurturing an awareness of my own reserve of feelgood factor - allows me to share the passion and love for what I do."

 

 

Susan Quilliam

Ambassador

  

Susan has a passion for helping people have the best relationships. For over thirty-five years she has offered relationship support through her work as an author, trainer, consultant and coach.  

                                                                

Susan has written 22 books published in 33 countries and 24 languages, including The Relate Guide to Staying Together (1995) and the Relate book Stop Arguing Start Talking (1999). Susan also wrote the Arguments Check-up quiz which can be accessed on the Relate website.

 

Susan is particularly committed to improving love relationships and is currently relationship advice columnist for Fabulous magazine; in 2008 she rewrote the classic  manual of intimacy The Joy of Sex (Mitchell Beazley 2008). She won the award of UK Dating Expert of the Year in 2015, is one of the Family Planning Association's designated 21st Century Achievers, and has recently been appointed to the Council of the Sexuality and Sexual Health section of the Royal Society of Medicine. She is a Patron of Outsiders, the charity promoting sexual positivity for those with disabilities.

  

Having originally trained as a teacher, Susan now delivers workshops, presentations and keynote speeches on relationship topics to health and education professionals and to the general public worldwide. She also offers coaching on relationship issues both personal and professional, and is a member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists.

 

Susan said: Relate Cambridge is a hugely inspiring as well as effective organisation. The counselling and education and learning material they offer are crucial in helping individuals, couples and families to create and maintain the happy relationships which lie at the heart of human health and happiness.  So I was thrilled when I was approached to be an Ambassador, and am hugely enjoying what I can do to help spread the word and to support Relate Cambridges work."

 

 

 

 

Kay Blayney

Ambassador

Kay Blayney has lived and worked in Cambridge all her life and is currently running a successful freelance consultancy in the field of Creative Education, liaising with a multitude of professionals in many different capacities across the whole educational spectrum.  Until 2015, Kay was Head of Creative & Expressive Arts (Drama, Music, Art & Dance) at Parkside Federation Academies, Parkside and Coleridge Campuses.  Last summer, Kay worked closely with us at Relate Cambridge, in the production of our second film to promote our work with children and young people. 

In her role at Parkside, Kay was responsible for developing internal/external performance opportunities, liaising with local/national/international communities, promoting and creating activities, innovative opportunities and international visits and leading school/community projects with local community groups and professional practitioners. 

Kay’s recent projects include:

·    Working for the Cambridge Early Years Teaching School as Project Manager, responsible for setting up an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) program, working in partnership with CREC Early Years Partnership and Birmingham City University.

·    Promoting ‘Creativity within schools’ working as a CALSA (Culture Arts Leaders for Schools and Academies in Cambridgeshire) promoting the Artsmark and Arts Award, ensuring pupils benefit from the best cultural education and Senior Leaders include ‘Arts and Culture’ within their school improvement plans.

Kay as the ‘entertainer’ – regularly performs her own original monologues and is now also a presenter on Cambridge 105 – on the new 105 Today prime time morning show.  She is currently running a successful freelance consultancy. 

Kay said:  “Working creatively with Relate last year on the promotional film, really made me see the impact counselling can have on young people’s lives, and how important it was for me to be involved in protecting young people from being affected by adult led issues.  Working with Relate has made me realise that Relate was as much about preventing damage from occurring and preserving good healthy relationships, as opposed to simply offering families support who are breaking up!”

Dr Bev Morris

Ambassador

Bev is Managing Director of Marvellous Minds Ltd and leads successful consultancy and training teams working in the private, public and voluntary sectors. Her focus is working with people to establish effective relationships, at work and home, using creative and challenging techniques that suit the specific needs of each individual. Bev has been working with Relate to deliver CPD opportunities to professionals and volunteers using counselling skills in their work.

Previously, Bev was a College Vice Principal and before that she worked in Whitehall writing policy and briefing ministers. It was during this time that she trained as a Sexual Harassment Counsellor to work with public sector staff.

Using her doctoral research in coaching and mentoring for teachers, Bev has developed models of training to integrate coaching skills into personal and organisational change, and has worked with clients, such as the British Antarctic Survey, Westminster Kingsway College, the British Military and KPMG.  These models have been applied successfully in situations such as counselling skills training for military medics to tackle PTSD.

As well as teaching and assessing on Level 5 leadership, counselling and coaching qualifications, Bev writes on-line training programmes for the voluntary sector to enable people to engage with learning if they cannot attend formal courses. Bev is passionate about inclusivity and encouraging people to achieve their full potential and she use creativity and mindfulness to support everyone to be the best they can be in whatever they choose to do. She believes this is the basis for all successful relationships.

Currently, Bev is studying for a Creative Writing MA, and has recently completed Mindfulness for Peak Performance through the University of Monash.

Bev said: ‘Working with Relate has been a breath of fresh air. The commitment and enthusiasm that the team have for their clients and for developing their own skills is energising and infectious. The most exciting thing is realising how Relate work with everyone; we all have relationships, at work and in life, that are difficult at times and the Relate team are there to support people through all of those relationships.’