IFA Logo

News   |   Events   |  UK Conference 2020  |   Blog  

Service User Policy  |   FAQ's  |   Contact Us  |  Visit Us 

Specialist Advisors

Specialist advisors act as consultants to the federation in their particular fields of expertise.

Salvatore Battaglia

Safety and Toxicology
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. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy first published in 1994. 


Tony Burfield

Botany of Essential Oils
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.


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. 


Pierre Franchome

Chemistry of Essential Oils
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’.


Dr Marilyn Glenville

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.


Ray Gransby

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.


Alan Howell

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.


Jane Johson

Anatomy and Physiology
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.


Roger Kelly

Hospice Care
Meet Rodger

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. 


Bradley Whale

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.


Specialist Advisors are appointed by invitation only.