Executive Committee Members

THE GCMT COMMITTEE

Below is a list of members of the Executive Committee

Earle Abrahamson Chairman

Earle is an internationally published author, scholar, registered therapist, psychologist, educator and teaching fellow. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Earle gained qualifications and expertise in sport science and sports therapy, clinical psychology and educational practices. He is a registrant board member on the CNHC, course leader for sports therapy at the University of East London and former chair of the massage training institute (MTI). Together with Jane Langston he has authored two texts on anatomy and muscle testing.

Yvonne Blake, SMAVice Chair

Yvonne originally trained as a holistic therapist and went on to qualify as a Sports Massage Therapist in 1999. She subsequently completed a Degree and Masters in Sports Therapy at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011 & 2013. Being a fitness fanatic, she has also trained as a personal trainer and Pilates instructor and is the mobility specialist in her local CrossFit gym. She was also a Senior External Verifier for VTCT and more recently wrote the National Occupational Standards for Sports Massage in conjunction with Skills for Health. Yvonne currently has her own busy practise specialising in working with CrossFit and Strongman athletes. Yvonne is currently the Vice Chair of the SMA where she is responsible for educational matters and managing the Regional Directors.

Sue Frazer Treasurer

Sue Frazer is a United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) Registered Body Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She has a private practice in Norfolk and teaches Biodynamic Massage as Complementary Therapy and as a part of Body Psychotherapy at the Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre. Sue is registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) and is a member and former chair of the Association of Biodynamic Massage Therapists (ABMT).

Gina Lilley, Amatsu Executive Secretary

Gina is Chair of Amatsu Therapy International UK, lead teacher at The Amatsu Training School in Hertfordshire and has a busy clinic in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire. Gina’s long career in soft tissue therapies includes massage, sports massage and now Amatsu Soft Tissue Therapy.

 

Jane Langston, Amatsu Council Member

Jane is the Amatsu Ambassador for Amatsu Therapy International UK and Managing Director of The Amatsu Training School. She is an internationally published author. Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and has a love of Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology.

Susan Findlay    Ex-Officio Member

Gaining certification in 1996 and teaching in colleges and lecturing across the UK two years later, Susan Findlay is currently the director (and senior lecturer) of the North London School of Sports Massage (NLSSM), and runs her own clinic in North London.

Andrew Spaak STO

Andrew is a Sports Therapist, Chairperson of the Sports Therapy Organisation (STO), runs a small buy busy clinic in West Berkshire and is involved in rugby in Berkshire at both club and representative levels. As well as this he provides first aid services for small cycling events and provides CPD courses in West Berkshire.

Jennie Parke Matheson MTI

Having worked at the Royal Free Hospital in Hampstead, giving massage on the wards, Jennie now trains volunteers for NHS Trusts specialising in working with clients with autism & dementia and runs workshops for the Kith & Kids Charity. She is also a BAPAM registered practitioner, working with performing artists - in particular musicians. Jennie founded Hands-On Training in 2012 – and as an accredited MTI Tutor teaches the practical & business elements of the Diploma Course in Holistic Massage, plus a diverse range of CPD workshops.

 

Carole Preen CHP

Carole Preen is one of the Directors of Complementary Health Professionals and a Fellow of the Association of Natural Medicine and has been a practitioner since 1994 and an educator in since 1997, specialising in massage therapy and aromatherapy. She is also an honorary lifetime member of the International Federation of Aromatherapists awarded for her contribution to the profession. Carole has worked with the Aromatherapy Council as its Co-ordinator and Registrar and was responsible for many policy and education documents, including contributing to the Core Curriculum and National Occupational Standards. She has also worked with the Aromatherapy Trade Council and the MHRA. As well as specialising in aromatherapy, massage and anatomy, Carole also introduced Neuroskeletal Re-alignment Therapy to the UK and teaches this modality. She also runs her own school offering diploma courses and quality online CPD courses via www.naturaltherapeutics.co.uk

Lindsey Nicholas ABMT

Lindsey trained at the Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre in Biodynamic Massage and Body Psychotherapy. She is now a practising body psychotherapist, and she includes massages in her work. Lindsey is working towards full accreditation with the UK Council of Psychotherapists (UKCP) and she is also registered with the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). She has been Chair of the ABMT for two years. Lindsey currently lives and works in Ipswich on the Orwell Estuary.

Lorna Forrester SMTO

Lorna spent 15 years in the Investment Industry before becoming a Remedial & Sports Massage Therapist, Aromatherapist and Reflexologist. Most of her massage work has been in the corporate sector and she runs a large squad of therapists across the UK who offer massage in the workplace. In 2009 she took over the running of Scottish Massage Schools, one of the largest providers of complementary therapy training in Scotland, with schools in Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. In 2016 she was asked to take over the running of the Scottish Massage Therapists Organisation, the only massage professional body based in Scotland, for Scottish massage and soft tissue therapists.

Melvyn Eyres, FLCSP (Phys) LCSP

After studying at The Northern Institute in 1977, Melvyn went on to gain diplomas in Massage and Physical Culture Remedial Massage Therapy, Manipulative Therapy and ultimately qualified as an osteopath in 1982. Melvyn was accepted on to the GOsC register in 2000 but then resigned shortly afterwards, feeling that his work was more physiotherapy and remedial massage based rather than osteopathic. He applied and was accepted to the chartered society of physiotherapy in 2005. He has been working in his own busy clinic for the past 35 years in Barnet, Hertfordshire. Melvyn was given a fellowship of the LCSP register in 1995 and was elected to the Governing Council the same year. He is now the Chair of the LCSP Register Disciplinary Board and is a founder member of the GCMT. When not working or attending meetings, Melvyn enjoys Clay pigeon shooting, keeping fit, Caribbean holidays and spending time on his friend's farm in Devon.

 

Richard Moss BASRaT

Richard Moss is an Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham in the Division of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, and currently Accreditation Officer for the British Association of Sport Rehabilitation and Training (BASRaT). Since graduating in 2006 with a BSc (Hons) in Sport Rehabilitation, in 2009 with a PGCE and in 2011 with an MSc in Sports Injuries, he has worked as a registered Graduate Sport Rehabilitator and a Strength and Conditioning Coach in a wide variety of settings. He is also a Level 5 Soft Tissue Therapist.

Sharon Chillingworth NAMMT

Sharon has been a member of the National Association of Massage and Manipulative Therapists (NAMMT) for 2 years, Part time self employed soft tissue therapist with a varied type of clientele. Qualified at the Northern Institute of Massage in 2008 as a Remedial Massage Therapist.

Steve Foster LCSP

Steve Foster completed his training with the Northern Institute in 1984 and started the Foster Clinic in April of that year. His clinics are therapy providers for Norfolk & Suffolk Constabularies, Norfolk & Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and The East Anglian Ambulance Trust together with other companies and organisations. Steve was offered a position on the The London & Counties Society of Physiologists (LCSP) council position in 1987 and has served since, assuming the position of secretary. Steve was suitably qualified and experienced to take advantage of the Health Professions Council registration for physiotherapy and also joined the CSP. Steve also runs the LCSP Register with the help of the Admin team.