Relate Cross Pennine would like to welcome the appointment of the new Relate President, Anjula Mutanda.
Anjula has supported Relate for nearly a decade, first as an Ambassador and more recently as Vice-President. She will step up to take on her new role with immediate effect. Anjula is a Relationship psychologist and psychotherapist, as well as a successful presenter, author and clinical therapist. She will bring extensive clinical, industry and media expertise to her role as Relate President as well as passion for diversity and positive change in counselling and therapy.
Relate's first-ever black President Being of mixed heritage (Ugandan and Indian), Anjula’s appointment is particularly significant as she’s the first-ever black president of Relate. Anjula said: “I’m very excited to be appointed as Relate’s first black President especially because it comes at a vital time in our history - a time not only for soul searching but a time for action.”
“People of different backgrounds are underrepresented in the counselling profession and this is something we definitely need to address. I’m looking forward to working with Relate to reach more young people, more people from black, Asian and ethnically diverse communities, more LGBTQ+ people, and to attract more counsellors from these backgrounds to train with the charity.”
As well as holding a clinical caseload, Anjula is a well-known broadcaster, presenting Radio 4’s popular Bringing Up Britain series and Sextape on Channel 4, where she guided couples to improve their relationships and intimacy. She makes regular guest appearances on programmes such as Good Morning Britain, Lorraine and BBC Breakfast and was the resident psychologist on ITV’s This Morning for more than five years. She has also written self-help books including Relate’s How to do relationships (2013).