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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. 

Anne Andenaes

Meet Anne

Anne qualified as an aromatherapist in 1988 with Margaret Bonner-Walter. Previously she certified as a teacher at Chelsea College in Physical Education. She went onto train in reflexology, beauty therapy and body control pilates teacher. Anne has a long history in the fitness and health industry. As a teacher i enjoyed introducing aromatherapy into Norway in the late 80's, early 90's - it has since flourished there, having been an IFA Member since it began. Anne has had many article published in the field in Norway and author.


Catherine Jacobs

Public Relations
Meet Catherine

Catherine qualified as an aromatherapist in 2004 previously obtaining a SVQ3 in Health & Social Care and a BA in Communication Studies. Prior to becoming an Aromatherapist she worked in the music business for 10 years in PR, promotions and management, developing two businesses.  She has practiced as an Aromatherapist for 18 years and with a busy clinical practice working with people of all ages, backgrounds, young and old alike. During lockdown she delivered an online zoom session to the staff at the NHS as part of their Well-Being Day. She is also a workshop facilitator for VOCAL, the carers charity and part of a new project for the charity ‘What? Why? Children In Hospital’ to deliver aromatherapy sessions to parents of children with disabilities who are in hospital. I have worked as part of the complementary therapy team for the charity Saheliya, a Scottish mental health charity specifically for vulnerable ethic women.


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.


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. 


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. 


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.


Trevor Dwyer

Information Technology
Meet Trevor

Trevor is a SQL Server Database Architect dedicated to providing strategic and technical leadership to technical teams. Skilled in troubleshooting and resolving complex information technology problems by performing technical root cause analysis and providing viable solutions. For 6 years Trevor received a Microsoft MVP award in SQL Server, which is given by Microsoft to outstanding members of a Microsoft online community. Trevor has provided chapter contributions and has been a technical editor for several SQL Server books, in addition to presenting on various topics at SQL Server conferences worldwide. Having chaired. Trevor was also the Chairman of a London Tennis and Sports Club.


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