Professor Sir Cary Cooper, CBE, President

Cary Cooper

Sir Cary L. Cooper is Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School. He is the author/editor of over 120 books (on occupational stress, women at work and industrial and organizational psychology), has written over 400 scholarly articles for academic journals, and is a frequent contributor to national newspapers, TV and radio. 

Sir Cary is also the President of the Institute of Welfare, President of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a national Ambassador of The Samaritans, and a Patron of Anxiety UK.

"I am really proud to represent an organisation that has helped so many couples and individuals over decades. The times we are going through are particularly difficult for individuals and their relationships, as many struggle with the demands of dual career relationships, debt, job insecurity/job loss and the lack of support from the extended family and community, as many have had to be increasingly more mobile to get jobs. I will work tirelessly to support Relate in their challenges ahead and in the wonderful and self-less work they engage in."


Chris Sherwood, CEO

Chris Sherwood Relate CEO

Chris joined Relate in 2012 as Director of Policy, Communications and Digital Services. Since joining the organisation he has been instrumental in devising the 2015-18 Corporate Strategy, developing our digital services, and growing our influencing and campaigning voice. Chris was appointed as CEO in July 2015.

Chris joined Relate from Scope where he was the Director of Innovation and Development. He was previously a Senior Development Manager at Nesta where he led their work on Co-production, People Powered Health and Ageing.

Chris has over ten years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector and prior to this he worked in Westminster and local government. His career interest to date has been on policy, innovation and service improvement in welfare to work, family support and adult social care. 

Chris holds a degree in History and Society from Exeter University. 

"Relationships are at the heart of everything we do, as individuals and as a society. They are the fabric of our lives and are too important to be ignored. Relate has a pivotal role to play in raising awareness of the importance of relationships and in delivering important services to support the nation’s couple, family and social relationships. "