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Committees 

The IFA carries out much of its business through committees. Committees aim to direct the charity’s work and support the board of trustees in fulfilling its role. The board of trustees decides the terms of the constitution, membership criteria and terms of reference of all committees, and reviews these annually. Each committee is usually chaired by (*) a trustee and supported by a clerk, who is typically a staff member. The IFA currently has the following committees: Education & Quality Assurance, Finance & Resources, Professional Standards & Registration Committee, Public Relations & Media, Research and Sanctions & Complaints. The committee members are drawn from a wide range of field professionals and members with relevant experience. 

Education and Quality Assurance Committee

The aim of the committee is to review and develop the IFA’s curriculum and oversee that the quality assurance of the IFA’s academic provision are robust and effective.

Salvatore Battaglia

Curriculum Development 
Meet Salvatore

Salvatore has been passionate about natural therapies for most of his life. He has qualifications in herbal medicine, natural therapies, acupuncture and aromatherapy. His dedication to aromatherapy has seen him hold many positions in professional associations and government committees to ensure that the educational standards of professional aromatherapy in Australia are maintained and improved. Salvatore has been an advisor to hospital boards and nursing homes to establish aromatherapy clinical trials for pain management, intensive care and depression and for the management of dementia and aged care. 

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Dr Marilyn Glenville

Curriculum Development 
Meet Marilyn

Marilyn has a PhD in nutrition and is a leading UK nutritionist specialising in women’s health. She is the Former President of the Food and Health Forum at the Royal Society of Medicine. With 35 years’ experience she specialises in the nutritional approach to female hormone problems, working with women who suffer from PMS, fibroids, PCOS, endometriosis and also fertility problems. She also helps women looking for nutritional help around the menopause and for prevention of osteoporosis. She is the author of 14 internationally best-selling books including ‘The Nutritional Health Handbook for Women’ and runs clinics in Harley Street, Kent and Ireland.

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Jane Johnson

Quality Assurance
Meet Jane

Jane is a chartered physiotherapist and former massage therapist, with a passion for helping health and fitness professionals understand common assessment and treatment methods. She is the author of Soft Tissue Release (2009), Deep Tissue Massage (2010), Postural Assessment (2012), Therapeutic Stretching (2012), Postural Correction (2015) and The Big Back Book: Tips & Tricks for Therapists (2016). She is an Expert Witness for cases involving soft tissue therapies and physiotherapy. She has also worked and lectured as a specialist musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the field of occupational health, advising employees and employers about how to avoid and manage musculoskeletal conditions.

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Susan Mousley

Quality Assurance
Meet Susan

Sue has worked within the NHS as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) and midwife for over 30 years. She qualified in aromatherapy 1996 and established an aromatherapy service in the Maternity Unit of the George Elliot Hospital, which won the Prince of Wales Foundation for Integrated Health ‘Good Practice Award’ presented by Prince Charles. She jointly owns a training company instructing in First Aid and delivers workshops internationally. She has an Award in Education and Training (AET) and Award in Externally Assessing the Quality of Assessment Processes and Practice (EQA) Level 4. In 2005 she won the Madame Maury Aromatherapist of the Year Award.

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Jeannie Sim

Quality Assurance
Meet Jeannie

Jeannie qualified in aromatherapy in 1996 and became General Manager and principal tutor of Top to Toe College Pte Ltd where she was involved in recruiting and training staff. She assisted in setting up and managing the Swiss Renaissance, Sheraton Towers Hotel and Singapore Marriott Hotel spas. She has been an examiner for ITEC and CIDESCO since 2008. In 2009 she became a WSQ Curriculum Validation Team Member and SSI Examination Assessor and is an Academic Advisory Committee Member for the Institute of Technical Education, Singapore and in 2012 became Deputy Chief Expert of the Beauty Therapy World Skills Committee.

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Lindsay Woodman

Quality Assurance
Meet Lindsay

Lindsay qualified in aromatherapy at the London School of Aromatherapy with honours in 1996. Lindsay is a practicing aromatherapist and educator with experience in examining. She specialises in aromatherapy for pregnancy and childbirth and has experienced in palliative care through working within Hospice care. She has also set up a natural body products business and have been teaching aromatherapy since 1998, with Coleg Harlech (Welsh) adult education college (CHWEA), teaching Open College Network accredited courses to OCN  level 3 (A level standard). She has a teacher qualification, perfumery qualification and is a Reiki Master and teacher and runs several workshops.

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Tony Burfield

Curriculum Development 
Meet Tony

Tony has 30 years’ experience working with essential oils (their production, analysis and applications). After initially qualifying as a food scientist, he did a further degree in biochemistry, eventually becoming a Chartered Biologist, followed by a period of post-doctoral research in the microbiological biotransformation of essential oil components at Cranfield University. He is an aroma industry consultant, involved in natural perfumery and natural products generally, looking after the interests of various essential oil, cosmetic and fragrance clients. He writes, lectures and produces educational materials on aromatic topics and author of Natural Aromatic Materials – Odours and Origins first published in 2000.

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Heather Godfrey

Quality Assurance
Meet Heather

Heather has over 40 years’ experience and worked for Robert Tisserand in the 70’s. In addition to her aromatherapy qualifications, she has a BSc (Joint Hon) Degree in Counselling and Complementary Medicine, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and Post Graduate Masters Certificates in Professional Counselling Supervision & Therapeutic Relationships. She runs her own business, providing treatments, training and Professional Practitioners Support Forum (PPSF). She was Programme Lead for the BSc Integrated Therapy in Practice Top up Degree, and Module Lead for the Aromatherapy and Supervision & CPD modules at the University of Salford, Manchester (School of Social Work, Psychology and Public Health).

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Margaret Karlinska

Curriculum Development
Meet Margaret

Margaret has experience working within the education sector since 1990. Firstly as a private high school teacher and then as a further education lecturer and examiner, specialising in Science, aromatherapy and other complementary therapies as well as organic skincare development.She has a Master’s Degree in Science and Education from the Chemistry Department of the University of Warsaw, where she prepared students for university entry exams and revamped the 4-year teaching programme and quality assurance processes which was approved by the Polish Ministry of Education. Whilst serving on the IFA she co-developed the IFA’s curriculum programme and has lectured for a number of Complementary Medicine Schools.

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Anne Murray

Quality Assurance
Meet Anne

Ann qualified in aromatherapy in 1985 and became principal tutor and operations manager of Champneys College of Health and Beauty up until 1992. Since then she has acted as examiner for in-house training courses and national examiner for CIDESCO and the IFA. She is a self-employed aromatherapist and consultant for brands such as Aromatherapy Associates and created bespoke perfumes for corporate and individual clients. She has trained therapists in the UK and internationally in aromatherapy and Mindfulness Meditation. Ann’s additional complementary health qualifications include Reflexology, Bowen Technique, Reiki, EFT Meridian Therapy as well as Resilience Coach training and teaching qualifications.

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Doreen Uzice

Quality Assurance
Meet Doreen

Doreen qualified in aromatherapy in 1993. Before then she had a career in management training and development. Since then she has trained in Indian head massage, Sports Injuries, Reiki, Acupressure, Thai yoga massage, NLP and teacher training. Having co-founded Quantum Metta School of Massage in 2003 she now spends her time teaching and facilitates workshops in personal development, business skills and stress management. In 2006 she became an examiner and served on the IFA Council for four years, the last two of which she was Chair of Education having previously served on the Education Committee for the MTI (Massage Training Institute).  

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Josie Donaldson

Quality Assurance
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. 

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Jane Hickson

Quality Assurance
Meet Jane

Jane qualified as an Aromatherapist with the London School of Aromatherapy in 1990. Since then she has been working as a therapist and teaches beginner and advanced courses to diploma level. Having home educated her own son up to the age of 16 to IGCSE level (International GCSE) in Biology and other subjects she is very familiar with the process of mapping study content with learning outcomes and quality assurance processes. She has a teachers qualification and been an examiner since 2005. She has coordinated workshops for home educating families for 8 years, managing facilitators and coordinating teams of helpers. 

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Kim Lahiri *

Quality Assurance
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.

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Nicole Perez

Curriculum Development
Meet Nicole

Nicole is an aromatherapist and educator since 1986. She has extensive experience teaching complementary therapies and has studied spiritual healing both privately and with the CPS and NFSH and been on various alternative medicine/therapy training workshops and courses including astrology, radiestesia, plant essences, shiatsu and bodywork, reflexology, aromatherapy and other related therapies. She has served on the IFA’s Council numerous times as Head of Education and both steered, modernised and developed its curriculum and expanding learning programmes. She has written a number of articles and a book on related topics and lectured, taught and examined in the UK and overseas. 

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Marie Wayte

Curriculum Development
Meet Marie

Marie qualified as an aromatherapist back in 1993. Two years later she started working full time in her own Clinic and has been doing so ever since. In 2003 she attained a teaching qualification with City and Guilds and then taught aromatherapy massage part-time for South East Derbyshire College of Further Education. In an endeavour to increase her own knowledge of Aromatherapy, she qualified in 2010 as an Aromatologist and attended further courses in Aromatic Botany at Kew Gardens, Aromatic Chemistry, the Benefits of Hydrolats, Aromatherapy for Arthritis and Pain Management. In addition, Marie also worked on improving her massage skills by undertaking two advanced massage courses. Her particular interest is the potential of essential oils to manage / eradicate infections, especially now that antibiotics are declining in their efficacy. Additionally, as an aromatherapist of over twenty years, she still retains a huge interest in pain management, since it is the mainstay of her work in the Clinic and another area of great research potential.

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Gill Farrer-Halls

Curriculum Development
Meet Gill

Gill has over 30 years’ experience in the field of aromatherapy, teaching and examining. She was a principal teacher at The London School of Aromatherapy 1989 – 1998 where she oversaw the day-to-day operation of qualification delivery and assessment. In 2005 Gill served on the IFA CPD committee. She is a professional writer, literary consultant and author and published 20 books internationally. She holds aromatherapy workshops as well consultancy for blending products. Previously she has worked as a laboratory assistant, been a guest lecturer in Japan as well as partaken in charity work for CARA (Care & Resources for People with Aids). 

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Alan Howell

Curriculum Development 
Meet Alan

Alan studied Herbal Medicine in 1985. Interested in the energetics of plant material he redirected his study towards subtle energy medicine and qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner. His bodywork practices augment nutritional, herbal and environmental advice to harmonise the body’s energetic system. He specialises in a branch of Shiatsu known as Shin-Tai, which means source-body - supporting optimum physical, emotional and spiritual harmony. Whilst studying Herbal Medicine, Alan was unhappy with the quality of oils available on the market so started sourcing them himself and has since started his own business as an essential oil supplier as well as lecturer.

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Norlissa Lee-Abdullah

Quality Assurance
Meet Norlissa

Norlissa qualified in Aromatherapy in 1998 at the Joanna Hoare Institute of Aromatherapy. She has additional qualifications in beauty, naturopathy and reflexology with CIBTAC, CIDESCO and ITEC and qualification in lymphatic drainage. She has a Bachelor in Management from the Open University in Malaysia and Bachelor of Science in Sports Science with Honors. She has a Diploma in Teaching and has taught ITEC courses in Malaysia for the International Therapy Examination Council Ltd. She has a Vocational Trainer Certificate Level 4 and Level 5 in Management. She has broad experience in training, management and internal and external quality assurance processes. 

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Alison Savage

Curriculum Development
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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Bradley Whale

Curriculum Development
Meet Bradley

Bradley is a registered member of the GOSC (General Osteopathic Council) and BOA (British Osteopathic Association). He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Equine Osteopathy, Bachelor of Osteopathy and is a Qualified Sports Massage Therapist. After qualifying from the British School of Osteopathy in 2005 he embarked upon an intensive period of personal study. Studying cranial sacral, chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and Bowen therapy. He has worked with leading gynaecologists in the UK as well as orthopedic surgeons helping to improve recovery from back surgery. His areas of specialization include: pregnancy, sports injuries and animals. He is also a lecturer and published author.

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Finance & Resources Committee

The aim of the committee is to establish and review policies and strategies that provide the IFA with the capability to achieve its short-and long-term business objectives.

Ian Iceton*

Treasurer
Meet Ian

Ian has over 35 years of commercial experience, including roles in Financial Management and as a HR Director for 20 years in four large businesses e.g Volkswagen. He has a broad range of skills and experience in Human Resources and is a qualified accountant. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (FCMA), Chartered HR professional (FCIPD) and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Ian is currently studying a part-time Doctorate (DBA) at Cranfield University. Ian has experience at Board level with both Network Rail and River & Mercantile. He has also been a Pension Trustee for fifteen years and Chaired two significant pension scheme Boards. He also has previous Non-executive Director experience at twelve start-up businesses. He has been an integral part in the re-design of staff performance management and appraisal systems and introduced a wide range of highly successful talent management and succession planning schemes, including roll-out of a significant Top Talent Assessment and Development Centre Programme.

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Zbigniew Lis

Consultant
Meet Zbigniew

Zbigniew has over 15 years’ experience providing financial accounting services to a portfolio of private clients and organisations in various sectors e.g. Charities, Housing Associations, retail, IT, construction and maintenance, airline takeover and mailing disaster recovery. He also has professional qualifications from the Chartered Inst of Co Secretaries and Administrators and Chartered Inst of Management. Previously head of engineering at BAC Airlines, managing finance director for World Aviation Support Ltd / BWA. A financial controller at Informer Publications Ltd / United News & Media Groupand held other auditing roles in transport, pharmaceuticals, advertising and design and is currently the IFA treasurer. 

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Graham Hedley

Statutory & Legal Compliance
Meet Graham

Graham has over 20 years’ experience as a company secretary and compliance administrator ensuring that companies and charities comply and operates in accordance with its statutory and legal provisions. He has a deep knowledge of corporate regulatory and company rules. In 1989 he was elected to membership of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators which he has held ever since and in 2014 set up his own company secretarial best practice business. Previously he has volunteered at the British Heart Foundation worked for Western Ventures Consulting Pty Ltd, Accountants and Business Advisers and Masons Accountants as Company Secretarial Manager. Before then he worked for the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea, London as Planning Team Assistant in Housing & Social Services.

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Teresa Palmer

Book Keeper
Meet Teresa

Teresa is a certified book keeper with over 29 years experience in the Accounting sector. She graduated from Derbyshire University and has a qualification from CIMA Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and ICB – Institute of Certified Bookkeeping. She is currently a Business Owner within Teresa Marie Ltd runs her own business and prior to that was an accountant, office manager and an accounts supervisor at Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd.

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Jitendar Kumar

Accountant
Meet Jitendar

Jitender has 8 years’ experience in financial and management accounting. He has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), specialising in financial management. He has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) with a Diploma in Information Technology for applied accounting. He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (London School of Business and Finance England). Previously he was a Senior Accountant at Lordship Commercial  Services, Chartered certified Accountants & Auditors where he led the team and prepared accounts, managed budgets and forecasts, risk management and was integral in business development.

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Sarah Pykett

Business Development
Meet Sarah

Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting. She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She has a Diploma in Higher Education in Accounting (equivalent to ACCA Certificate Plus), NVQ Level 3 in Business Administration, RSA Level 2 and a City & Guilds level 3 - Education and Training qualification. Before becoming self-employed and starting her own company she worked for various companies such as Capita IT (BSF) Limited, Unidrug Distribution Group Ltd, Quadrant Security Group where she headed various teams, implemented various programmes to increase productivity and efficiency and managed the day-to-day accounting.

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Lauren Lees

Human Resources
Meet Lauren

Lauren is a fully qualified, experienced Human Resources professional with a Master’s degree in Human Resources Management and Chartered CIPD Membership. Broad HR generalist experience with over 15 years’ experience with additional focus on specific areas such as business partnering, employee relations, training and development. She has worked at Canterbury Christ Church University, Saga Group Ltd, Demelza Hospice Care for Children, Pilgrims Hospices as a Seniour HR Specialist, lecturer and advisor and currently works at Cummins as a Master Investigator. She is proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and HR programs such as OneSource, I-Grasp, Sage Payroll & HRWorks, as well as other bespoke software.

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Professional Standards & Registration Committee

The aim of the committee is to review member policies and entry requirements, resources and support available to registrants and keep abreast of issues affecting their work.

Susan Allock

Supplementary Guidance
Meet Susan

Susan has been a practitioner with over 24 years nursing experience - the last 8 within general practice. She is committed to delivering high standards of individualised care and has specialist knowledge and qualifications in managing chronic disease, health promotion and screening services. She has experience of managing services for a diverse socio-economic population. She has worked in Nottingham City Hospital as a Senior Staff Nurse in the critical care and High Dependency Unit, Junior Sister Renal Unit and has been a Staff Nurse in Acute Medicine and Adult Intensive Care.

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Roger Kelly

Integrative Care
Meet Roger

Roger is an aromatherapist, remedial masseur and Reiki practitioner. He has been the co-ordinator of complementary therapies at Keech Hospice Care in Luton since 2008, which supports both adults and children with life-limiting conditions. He is passionate about aromatherapy being integrated as a holistic approach to healthcare alongside clinical interventions. He is always exploring new ways to support patients and their carers and has introduced a number of initiatives using essential oils. Roger is also the current clinical lead for the Mount Vernon Cancer Network and provides advice on the use of complementary therapies to clinical colleagues in the network. 

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Paul Carbis

Business Development
Meet Paul

Paul is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the operation of successful salons. He has presented at expos in Sydney, Orlando, London, Las Vegas and Auckland. His practical advice extends to writing for over a dozen international publications. As a clinic owner himself he understands the trials, tribulations and joys of owning and managing a successful business and the systems he teaches allow him to do this whilst touring the world. He provides seminars and consultations, with easy to implement, cost effective strategies that will make a dramatic and immediate difference to business’s profits and staff performance. 

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Denise Tiran

Pregnancy Guidelines
Meet Denise

Denise Tiran MSc RM RGN ADM PGCEA, a practising midwife, university lecturer, complementary practitioner and author, is an internationally-renowned authority on maternity complementary medicine. She is founder and Educational Director for Expectancy, an advice, information and educational consultancy on the safe use of complementary therapies in pregnancy and childbirth. Previously, as Principal Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, London, Denise developed one of the UK's first practice-based degree programmes on complementary medicine. Her research activities have included an exploration of complementary therapies for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy; a study investigating the potential of reflexology to predict stages of the menstrual cycle; and a Department of Health-funded project investigating continuing professional development amongst complementary medicine practitioners.


In her clinical practice, Denise combines several complementary therapies with normal maternity care, including reflex zone therapy, aromatherapy, herbal, homeopathic and Bach flower remedies, moxibustion (for breech presentation), acupressure, nutrition and sexual counselling. Her unique complementary therapies NHS antenatal clinic was "highly commended" in the 2001 Prince of Wales' Awards as an example of complementary medicine integrated within conventional maternity care. Denise has written ten professional textbooks, including "Reflexology for Pregnancy and Childbirth" (2010) and Clinical Reflexology: Advancing Practice (2010, 2nd edition), over 75 journal papers and three books for expectant mothers. She has edited the last four editions of the world-famous Bailliere's Midwives' Dictionary, the most recent published in 2012, and has contributed chapters on complementary medicine in several seminal midwifery, gynaecology and obstetric textbooks. She has previously written a health column in the Daily Express newspaper, has been an advisor to Pregnancy and Birth magazine and has featured on several television and radio programmes. Denise is consulted by the Royal Colleges of Midwives (RCM) and of Nursing on issues relating to complementary medicine in pregnancy, and has revised the RCM's position paper and guidelines for midwives on complementary therapies. She has advised the Local Supervising Authority midwifery officers in England on the development of supervisory guidelines for midwives, and is an advisor on maternity complementary therapy issues to the Federation of Antenatal Educators (FEDANT).

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Jacqueline Cotterill*

Continual Professional Development
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.

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Martyn Yates 

Policies & Procedures
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.

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Ray Gransby

Legislation Guidance
Meet Ray

Ray trained as a biologist and microbiologist. He has more than 40 years’ experience in the personal care, flavour and fragrance and essential oil industries holding a variety of quality, technical service, production and development roles at senior management and board level specialising in legislation and regulatory affairs on a worldwide basis. He has considerable experience of the science of essential oils and aromatherapy practice and was for several years a part-time lecturer in the chemistry of essential oils and the science of aromatherapy at Anglia Ruskin University. Ray is currently a consultant specialising in legislation and regulatory affairs.

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Public Relations & Media Committee

The aim of the committee is to raise awareness of aromatherapy for the benefit and protection of the general public and raise awareness of the charity's work and profile.

Nicky Grant

Graphic Design
Meet Nicky

Nicky is a graphic designer with over 16 years’ experience. A creative, versatile and enthusiastic professional with a wealth of knowledge with regards to colour management. Nicky has compiled the IFA’s Aromatherapy Times Magazine editions for more than 10 years. She has freelanced for numerous companies producing presentations, catalogues, exhibition panels, banners, brochures, flyers and posters for company stationery and Corporate Identity. She has also worked with signage and interior divisions creating visuals and has assisted in marketing campaigns. Clients included Churchill Insurance, Odeon Cinemas, Bank of America, Bullfrogs Clothing, Cosmos Holidays, Avro flights and Bexley Heritage Trust.

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Kim Wooldridge

Charity Projects
Meet Kim

Kim studied with Patricia Davis’s London School of Aromatherapy and qualified in 1999. She went on to set up her business Aromahealthcare offering massage treatments and bespoke aromatherapy products. In 2001 she joined Sylla-Shepperd Hangar and Doug E Rasmusson in New York after the 9/11 disaster working with the Massage Relief Effort. From that experience she went on to co-found the UK Charity Rest UK, which aim was to bring relief to rescue workers in the form of seated massage and aromatherapy at scenes of major incidents. During this time Kim trained many volunteers on how to provide respite care during the 10 years in operation. She is also a baby massage and baby yoga instructor working at the local Sure Start centre. Having worked with essential oils for 19 years she feels as passionate about them today as she did when she trained in the 1990’s delivering talks and promoting aromatherapy to groups from as wide a range as local WI to the probation services.   

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Sara Hawkins*

Press Officer
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.

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Nana Mensah

Media
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.

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Denise Spencer

Information Communications
Meet Denise

Denise has worked on social awareness raising projects for Healthwatch; attending events to promote the work of the organisation, engaging with the community to listen to the views of users and compiling reports to bring about changes to services. She has also supported young adults on a local government scheme targeted at pupils with health and behavioural issues. She has volunteered in her local hospital for many years helping to organise pet, cookery and art therapy workshops for patients during rehabilitation. She also have experience of working with children in schools supporting their learning and assisting in Communications strategies for Relate, The Imperial War Museum, The Arts Society and the NCT.

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Research Committee

The aim of the committee is to encourage, source and review the validity of research in the field to be promoted by the IFA and annually review internal research guidelines.

Tony Burfield

Reviewer
Meet Tony

Tony has 30 years’ experience working with essential oils (their production, analysis and applications). After initially qualifying as a food scientist, he did a further degree in biochemistry, eventually becoming a Chartered Biologist, followed by a period of post-doctoral research in the microbiological biotransformation of essential oil components at Cranfield University. He is an aroma industry consultant, involved in natural perfumery and natural products generally, looking after the interests of various essential oil, cosmetic and fragrance clients. He writes, lectures and produces educational materials on aromatic topics and author of Natural Aromatic Materials – Odours and Origins first published in 2000.

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Andrea Hood

Resourcer
Meet Andrea

Andrea qualified as a masseur at Lowestoft College, and has been a full member of the IFA since 1999. Andrea continued studying advanced Aromatherapy, including the use of essential oils for the benefit of both the very young and the very old and frail and also studied and qualified in other therapeutic disciplines including Reflexology, Hot Stone Massage, Indian Head Massage, Daoyin Tao. In 2007 Andrea obtained a First Class Honours Degree in Complementary Medicine (Aromatherapy) from Anglia Ruskin University. Part of her degree course was directly working with and treating cancer patients using essential oils. The work was extremely demanding but rewarding, and allowed her the opportunity to witness at first hand the multi-faceted beneficial effects that can be achieved from the use of essential oils in the hands of a skilled practitioner. A considerable amount of research also formed part of her Degree Course, whereby she had to not only formulate a viable research proposal, but also action that proposal to a conclusion.

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Tracee Cossey *

Resourcer
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.

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Professor Tim Jacob

Researcher
Meet Tim

Tim’s particular interest is accumulating scientific evidence for the physiological and psychological effects of phytochemicals and essential oils. He is currently head of the smell research laboratory at Cardiff University. He has collaborated with the Jinan University, Guangzhou, China to develop his research into the psychophysiology of smell. He has pioneered Kodobio Sensory Therapy which is evidence based and scientifically tested. His research and pioneering work has been published in various national research journals and newspapers including the Telegraph, BBC, the Guardian and Daily Mail to name a few. His areas of expertise include: Odour discrimination, Aromachology, Olfactory therapy, Cell Volume regulation and Cataract.

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Pierre Franchome

Guidelines
Meet Pierre

Pierre is an Aromatologist, Pharmacologist and Director of Research into plant and aromatic extracts with more than 40 years’ experience. He is an expert adviser to an American laboratory. Founder of the 'International School of Aromatherapy' and author of the books: 'Aromatherapy Exactly' Ed R Jolois (1990), 'At the forefront of Aromatherapy' (Edition Guy Tredaniel) and editor of 'The Science of Aromatherapy'. Director of teaching and Chair of Herbal Medicine at the FLMNE (Free Faculty of Natural Medicine and Ethnoveterinary Studies). Former Head of Faculty of Herbal Medicine and Pharmaceutical studies in Besancon. Director of the Scientific Committee and Vice President of the International Solidarity Association of 'Barefoot Doctors'. President of the humanitarian association 'Aromatherapy without frontiers’.

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Professor Dr. Jürgen Reichling

Researcher
Meet Jürgen

Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Jürgen Reichling, lectures at the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology, Dep. of Biology at the University of Heidelberg. From 1966 to 1971 he studied biology, chemistry and physics at the University of Heidelberg and in 1972 he received a doctorate in biology (Dr. rer. nat.). In 1973/74 he was a secondary school teacher and a civil service probationer, passing the second Civil Service examination in 1974. Since 1975 he has been a scientist at the University of Heidelberg (Pharmacy), in 1983 inauguration for the subject Pharmaceutical Biology, in 1991 appointment and appointed as professor. He is a member of several scientific societies (e.g. GA ), prize-winner of scientific awards (e.g. Ernst Scheurich Preis, 1982; Sebastina Kneipp Preis, 2008), author and co-editor of several scientific books on phytotherapy and phytopharmacy (e.g. Hagers Enzyklopädie der Arzneistoffe und Drogen, Hunnius). In 1991 and 1995 he has been a chair at the University of Berlin and Marburg, respectively. Fields of scientific activity: phytopharmaceuticals; phytotherapy; molecular pharmacognosy and phytopharmacy; secondary metabolites (e.g. essential oils) and plant extracts with antibacterial, antimycotic, antiviral, antiproliferative and apoptosis-inducing activity; penetration and permeation of essential oils across human skin.

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Ulla-Maija Grace

Reviewer
Meet Ulla-Maija

Ulla-Maija qualified in Aromatherapy with the London School of Aromatherapy in 1987. Since then she has been a full time teacher having taught in various institutions in the UK and Finland, written books and articles and developed product ranges. 2010 - 2014 she developed and set up a research programme on wellness treatments for geriatric patients in the Kaskenlinna Hospital, Turku, Finland and was an Aromatherapist and personal counsellor in the Department of Psychiatry, Princess Alexandra Hospital, West Essex Health Authority. She has lectured on aromatherapy around the world namely Canada, England, Estonia, Finland, Japan, Russia, Sweden and South Korea.

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Sanctions & Complaints Committee

The aim of the committee is to investigate complaints about alleged breaches of IFA regulations and impose sanctions where necessary for the protection of the public.

Claire Bennett

Compliance
Meet Claire

Claire has been is a solicitor for more than 20 years. She is a Senior Associate in the Plots and Management team acting for a variety of national, regional and local residential and commercial property developers, acting for social housing providers and dealing with residential and commercial leasehold management and commercial investment work. Her particular area of expertise is in property law but also specialises in tailoring client reporting systems and drafting complex legal documentation.  
 

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Amanda Mee-Shipman

Quality Assurance
Meet Amanda

Amanda is a headteacher with outstanding gradings from OFSTED. She has been a teacher in the education framework for more than 20 years. She has a Bachelor of Education Honours degree from the University of Derbyshire BEd Hons and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH). She has undertaken a certificate in performance coaching (education). She has also run courses for Derbyshire LEA on ICT, outdoor learning, mixed age classes and phonics.  She has travelled to Uganda, Sweden, Croatia and Turkey funded by the British Council to spend time studying the Education system in these countries and developed this in her practice.

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Gareth Hughes 

Human Resources
Meet Gareth

Gareth has a broad range of experience of management, governance and people issues from a long career in Human Resource Management including a number of senior leadership positions in international financial services firms.  Most recently he was Managing Director, Human Resources at Royal Bank of Canada. He has particular expertise in governance, compensation, employee relations and the challenges of working across different countries and cultures. He has managed projects and teams on a global basis including in Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. He has experience of the issues and challenges faced by the charitable sector having served as Chair and Trustee of Brokerage Citylink, a City of London based charity. Gareth has a degree in Modern Languages from Oxford University and a degree in Film & TV Studies from the University of Westminster. He is a Chartered Member of Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Gareth has a keen interest in aromatherapy as a regular user of aromatherapy products.

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Carole Preen

Quality Assurance
Meet Carole

Carole originally trained in Therapeutic Massage and Clinical Aromatherapy with the Association of Natural Medicine in 1993. She has worked with local GP surgeries and in the local hospital offering complementary services to pregnant women and baby massage classes. In 1997 she trained in Neuroskeletal Re-Alignment Therapy and gained a teacher training qualification in 1996 and have been teaching since, including 10 years at an Adult College in London. As well as specializing in Aromatherapy and Anatomy she is an internal and external moderator working in both the private and FE sector and has level 4 qualification in quality assurance.

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Stephanie Lord

Safeguarding
Meet Stephanie

Stephanie trained as a primary school teacher in the 1960's, moved into special education and then went on to become head teacher of several specialist schools for children with autism. In 1994 she qualified as an Aromatherapist and in 2008 honed her skills and experience to create the Aromatouch course for the IFA, which was registered with LANTRA the same year. She developed this aspect of her work into the CARIS programme which is being delivered in care homes in the UK. She has written extensively about autism and Aromatouch and had 2 books published about her work in education.

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Diane Savage

Quality Assurance
Meet Diane

Diane has been a qualified aromatherapist since 2000. She practises aromatherapy, both at home and running on-site massage in companies and schools. She has run infant massage training sessions in her local community and taught aromatherapy at a local FE college, as well as having volunteered at a hospice. Previously she was a regional trainer for languages in Lincolnshire. Head Teacher at a Special School in Peterborough she is a qualified primary and Further Education teacher, infant massage instructor and the appointed aromatherapist at the school. To ensure consistency and quality of massage across the school she has set up a training programme in basic massage techniques for the teaching assistants. She is also Senior Lecturer in Special Needs at the University of Northampton, where she spent 10 months carrying out research (case study approach) on the effects of aromatherapy on children at the school with extremely encouraging results. Diane has been a Family Learning Coordinator (for Peterborough), responsible for the planning, promotion, recruitment, delivery and evaluation of training programmes across the city and worked for a professional body and awarding body monitoring training centres across the world and liaising with a team of external verifiers to ensure consistency in assessment. 

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Dame & Dr Irene Loudon

Medical Advisor
Meet Irene

For over twenty years, Irene has helped patients and clients from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. Their needs have been diverse and often complex. In order to serve them well, she has continually updated her knowledge and widened her qualifications to embrace a broad spectrum of treatment methods. She graduated as a consultant trichologist from the Institute of Trichologists in London and qualified in the disciplines of Cymatics and Bio-sonic Therapeutics, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hypnotherapy, Psychotherapy and Counselling. She also obtained a Doctorate in Cymatic and Bio-energetic Medicine and an MD(MA) from the Open International University for Complementary Medicines. Following the great loss of her very special friend and partner, Dr Robert Ross Gibson in 1994, she added to her armamentarium the disciplines of Allergy and Environmental Therapy, Kinesiology, Phytotherapy and Meridian Energy Techniques. For her contribution to scientific advancement and its benefits for humanity, she has been conferred both an honorary Doctorate of Science by the Open International University for Complementary Medicines and Life Membership of Medicina Alternativa Institute. For service to humanity she has been awarded Order of Excellence by the World Organisation of Natural Medicine and bestowed the title of Dame by the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitallers. She is also a member of the Royal Institute of Public Health.

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Kelly Sheppard

Forensic Nurse Examiner 
Meet Kelly

Kelly is a Professionally Registered Adult Nurse with 11 years’ experience. Currently working at A Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) which is a dedicated service co-commissioned by the police and NHS Health & Justice Commissioners to improve the care offered to victims of sexual assault. She specialises as a Forensic Nurse Examiner (registered member of UKAFN) and is responsible for providing on-call examination services for adults and young people. This includes: providing telephone information and support for police, support workers and service users; undertaking a forensic examination where appropriate for police and self-referrals, documenting injuries, forensic exhibits and providing medical care, mental health and suicide risk assessment, safeguarding, accurately documenting findings and ensuring appropriate information sharing is enabled. Providing a service which supports clients through the complexities of the criminal justice process and facilitates access to other healthcare services and provide appropriate information on follow up services that the service user may find useful in a sensitive and non-judgemental way, enabling the service user to regain control and self-esteem. Kelly has a Bachelor of Science with Honours: Health Care Studies, Bachelor of Science: Diploma in Adult Nursing and GNVQ in Health and Social Care. Previously she has managed an acute stroke ward. 

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