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Board of Trustees

The trustees role as a collective is to set the charity’s strategic direction, monitor the delivery of the charity’s objects, uphold its values and guide, advise and support the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), who leads the team towards achieving the charity’s vision and objects. Each trustee heads or is part of a subcommittee with clearly defined aims and reports back the activities of the committee to the full board of trustees to inform their decision making processes. 

Tracee Cossey

Meet Tracee

Tracee qualified as an aromatherapist in 2013 and holds a degree in Complementary Therapies from the University of Bedfordshire. Alongside her studies, she also completed the International Federation of Reflexology (IFR) certificate course. She is a former teacher of English and has worked in PR for many years. She is manager of Simply Solutions (PR Company) and Partnership Manager for Peace Partners’ charity, a charity founded on education for disadvantaged communities. She manages businesses’ social media and runs campaigns across platforms. She also writes blogs and articles regularly, especially for the travel industry. She has worked for the Hong Kong government as a Press and PR Officer and organised the Chief Executive of HK’s UK visit in 2011. She has a wealth of experience developing strategy documents, and writing and incorporating them into businesses. She has worked in a range of organisations from public sector local authorities as a press officer, for charities and a college, amongst other roles. Tracee recently became a domiciliary care worker and holistic therapist for a cancer charity. She is on a cancer support group committee and Palliative and Supportive Cancer Care/ Mount Vernon Cancer Network.  She has attended and massaged at the cancer charity's Moonwalk in Hyde Park and the Beauty Show at the Olympia Events Stadium in London.


Kim Lahiri

Meet Kim

Kim qualified as an aromatherapist in 1992 from the Raworth Centre. She is an experienced Senior Business Development Manager & Global Trainer with a proven track record of driving global sales and marketing, new product development and international training programmes within the Health & Wellbeing, Perfumery and Food & Drinks market segments. She has worked with high profile clients such as Diageo, Bacardi, ESPA and Pernod Ricard on development of brands, and takes the lead in new product development including the formulation of new fragrances for use in Men’s skincare ranges and corporate environments, using skills as an Aromachologist. Consummate leader, who directs international sales teams/agents, takes ownership for marketing communications, event management and brand awareness, able to deal effectively with media and produces content for trade press, and develops globally accredited training programmes tailored to specific industries and audiences.  She has acted as a Perfumer on multiple projects including the development of products for use in skincare ranges, mood fragrances, spa treatment protocols, and the successful rebranding of existing lines. Industry Spokesperson for trade and consumer press, frequently developed features within industry magazines, and speaker at professional symposia such as Society of Cosmetic Scientists.


Martyn Yates

Meet Martyn

Martyn qualified as an aromatherapist in 1986 and joined the IFA in 1987. Martyn has a wealth of experience having worked in education for over 50 years and the therapy business for over 35 years. He has worked at various institutions lecturing and training and has qualifications in advanced reflexology and been an examiner for the Association of Reflexologists and lecturer for Maidstone College of Osteopathy. Martyn has worked in various hospices and is the founding chairman of the National Association of Complementary Therapists in hospice and palliative care. Since 1988 to the present day he has worked for Pilgrims Hospice in Canterbury as Lead Complementary Therapist and Lecturer. Since 2013 he was responsible for the spiritual care of the hospice as a non-religious spiritual care Lead. As well as running his own complementary therapy business, in 1989 he launched the Canterbury School of Natural Therapies to offer practitioners HE level training. Martyn has also served on the IFA Council for a number of years during the 1990s.


Jacqueline Cotterill

Meet Jacqueline

Jacqui qualified as an aromatherapist in 2000 and Aromacare in 2014. She also has qualifications in Reflexolgy, La Stone Therapy and Ayurveda Pura. For most of her working life she has been a nurse. She specialises in adult and paediatric critical care and extra corporeal therapies. For about 9 years she ran a complementary therapy service in the NHS. This included doing research and presenting papers with a keen interest in how these two areas of health can work together to provide wellbeing across a wide range of health problems. In 2012 she left the NHS to work as a medic at the 2012 Olympic Games. It took about 8 months to complete the training and 3 very busy weeks at the Olympic Stadium for the games but it was the experience of a lifetime. After that she expanded her therapy business whilst working for the NHS. Having worked with group of adults with learning difficulties for about 15 years to see if therapies might help them with anxiety and behavioural difficulties she gained a wealth of experience about the power of touch as a communication tool. In 1983 she trained as a teacher in 1983 and have always taught nursing and various therapies.


Jane Langridge

Meet Jane

Jane qualified over 30 years ago and went onto become a lifelong learner studying Aromatherapy under Madam Arcier, Robert Tisserand, Elizabeth Jones, etc. She studied for her further education teachers’ qualification in Canterbury then later as a college lecturer studied for her certificate in Education in service at Greenwich University giving her QT status. Jane is also qualified in Reflexology, Nutrition, Five element Acupuncture, Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and counselling. She started her teaching career 25 years ago having worked up to senior lecturer grade and setting up the first complementary medicine courses in the country in state sponsored education providing open access to all regardless of their ability to pay. She also worked as an Aromatherapist in one of the first local hospital trust supportive Therapy units helping cancer patients deal with the side effects of chemotherapy and Radiation. She has previously been an IFA principal tutor when she ran her own IFA registered school in the 1990’s. Since 2013 she has focused on counselling cancer patients into living longer despite cancer after training with Dr Nasha Winters a Naturopathic doctor in the USA.


Damon Broad

Company Secretary

Josie Donaldson

Meet Josie

Josie qualified in 1992 at the London School of Aromatherapy, and successfully set up and run her own clinic ever since. She is also a fully qualified Kinesiologist, Counsellor and Nutritionist. She has worked within the NHS - with Cerebral Palsy, MS and Head injured patients within several hospitals. Having researched biochemicals and oils when working at the Head injury Unit at the local cottage hospital this research was utilise with great success. She has run her own college in Morpeth and has experience in teaching, lecturing, staff management, quality assurance in her capacity as an internal verifier and also external examiner. 


Nana Mensah

Public Relations
Meet Nana

Nana qualified as an Essential Oils Therapist in 2017 from the School of Holistic Aromatherapy having completed an EFCM Masters degree in Perfumery and Cosmetics in France 2004. She also holds an Award in Education and Training qualification. She has worked in the fragrance, cosmetics and beauty industry for 16 years observing a huge rise in the interest for natural and plant - based ingredients. She is currently an independent beauty specialist which involves working with brands on their marketing, creating content and connections between brands and consumers sales and promotion. She liaises with clients and organisations at exhibitions, in stores and online, and researches industry trends, reviews literature and provides information. Throughout her career she has run courses on fragrances and beauty to colleagues and clients, specifically when she worked in the Fragrance Industry. Continuously studying has allowed her to understand different ways and methods to teach and share knowledge. For four years she has provided Essential Oil Profiles and articles to Massage World Magazine and in addition writes for various clients on beauty and health, touching on ingredients and fragrance on occasion.


Sara Hawkins

Public Relations
Meet Sara

Sara qualified as an aromatherapist 1997 from the Lavendar House Aromatherapy School, Straford Upon Avon. She also has a Diploma in Reflexology, through the British Reflexology School, Worcester. Her background prior to and during her career as a Complementary Therapist was in business, usually around new business start- up and as a ‘jack of all trade’ as they established and grew. More recently she has leaned more towards the finance side of business as an independent bookkeeper to several small and medium sized businesses. She is a qualified, and registered Fellow through and of the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers. Sara has previously served on the IFA council in 1998/1999.


Alison Savage

Meet Alison

Alison qualified as an aromatherapist in 2018 from Rosewood Aromatherapy College. She also has various other complementary health qualifications including a Centralia Reflexology Mastership (Level 5), Reiki Levels 1-3, Rose Quartz Facial Massage Practitioner Diploma, Zen Hot & Cold Massage Therapy Practitioner Diploma and Instructor for Babies and Children and is a GT Reflexology Practitioner. She has attended various other continual professional development courses such as Hot Stone Reflexology, and Indian Head Massage. She is currently undertaking the Level 3 Award in Education and Training (previously called PTLLS) via City & Guilds. She has as wealth of experience in administration and health and safety and experienced in compiling risk assessments and other important documentation. Currently, she runs her own business and is an instructor and workshop provider running short courses for parents/carers. Having run workshops for the Ashfield Voluntary Association for people with mental health issues, worked for Womens Aid, Ashfield District Council, Ashfield NHS Homes etc. 


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