List of Trustees

Founder: Dr Richard Tonkin MD FRCP
Co-founder: Mr Harold Wicks

Current Trustees

Chair; Prof Nicola Robinson

Professor Nicola Robinson is Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Integrated Health at London South Bank University (LSBU). She works closely with the Confucius Institute for Traditional Chinese Medicine at LSBU, a joint initiative with Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine, Harbin Normal University and the Office of Chinese Language Council International, China (Hanban).

Previously, Nicola was Professor/ Head of the Centre of Complementary Healthcare and Integrated Medicine at the University of West London (UWL), previously known as Thames Valley University. Prior to joining UWL she was  consultant epidemiologist for Brent and Harrow Health Authority and Honorary Senior lecturer in Primary Healthcare, University College London. She graduated from Leicester University with a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences. Her doctoral work on bladder cancer at the Christie Hospital and Holt Radium Institute (Manchester University) was in immunology. She is a registered acupuncturist with the British Acupuncture Council. In 1985 Nicola was awarded an RD Lawrence Fellowship by the British Diabetic Association and in 1993 she was given an Honorary Membership of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine for her contribution to epidemiology and health services research. In 2004, Nicola was awarded a Winston Churchill Traveling Fellowship to visit China, to explore educational and research initiatives in Traditional Chinese Medicine at various universities and healthcare centers.

Nicola has a keen interest in TCM and complementary medicine and its assimilation and integration into mainstream health care. She has been involved in various initiatives within the acupuncture profession and a member of various professional committees;  such as the Institutional review panel for Advertising and Borderline Products (MHRA).  the International Advisory Board for Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, and  of the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Development Group. She is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of Integrated Health, Nicola has written over 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed journals, prepared scientific reports covering a wide range of subject arenas. She has various research links in China and has had successfully supervised both Chinese and UK PhD students.

Simon Brasch, MA

Simon is an information specialist whose main area of expertise is around content strategy for websites and other digital platforms. He graduated with an MA in Information Management at Thames Valley University in 2002.  Simon has managed several website and database projects for different national charities including Help the Hospices and Turn2us. He is a manager at Chelmsford public library in Essex. Simon has also collaborated on a number of publications including:

  • Barriers to the Development of Palliative Care in the Countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2009.
  • Facts and indicators on palliative care development in 52 countries of the WHO European region: results of an EAPC task force, Palliative Medicine 2007.
  • EAPC Atlas of Palliative Care in Europe, Lancaster University 2007.

Carol Granger, MSc MSB CBiol NTCC MBANT

Carol Granger is a practicing nutritional therapist with an honours degree in biochemistry and a Master’s in microbiology. She has been a Chartered Biologist since 1986 and has two decades of experience in bioscience research, diagnostics and medical technology before a career change to nutritional therapy.

Carol is currently undertaking research for a Professional Doctorate in Health, and is committed to evidence-based practice, professional regulation and advancing standards in nutritional therapy. She is a member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC) Profession Specific Board (PSB) for Nutritional Therapy. She is Chair of the Nutritional Therapy Council (NTC) and has led the NTC Accreditation assessment panel for a number of nutritional therapy courses applying for accreditation to the National Occupational Standard (NOS).

She has co-authored papers on intravenous therapy, parenteral nutrition, human tissue banking, non-surgical management of ascites, and a patent on intensive care technology. She is currently a member of the Nutrition Society, and for many years was a member of the British Association for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (BAPEN) and an active member of the British Pharmaceutical Nutrition Group (BPNG), including a working party on contamination in parenteral feeding. She is also a Member of the Society of Biology and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Patti Williams

After spending over 35 years in the Financial Services Industry, managing company secretarial, administration, accounting and compliance matters, Patti now provides business and financial consultancy services to organisations mainly in the charity sector.




Sarah North

Sarah has an extensive professional background in health regulation, including governance, policy, and strategy research and implementation, with a strong commitment to quality assurance. She has worked for over twenty years in health regulation initially for the General Medical Council and then was instrumental in setting up a new regulator, the UK Public Health Register, set up in 2003. She currently works for Public Health England. Sarah has an interest in complementary medicine for use with conventional veterinary   treatments, in particular Shiatsu for horses.


Maurice Cheng

Maurice Cheng

Maurice Cheng, Chief Executive, The Institute of Osteopathy

Maurice is CEO of the Institute of Osteopathy, with a background in strategic research and marketing consultancy.  Since 2000 he has specialised in association management for professional bodies, as Director of Member Services for the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, and as Chief Executive of the Institute of Healthcare Management, and the Institute of Payroll Professionals.  In addition to his role at the iO, Maurice also holds an interim CEO role at the Association of Costs Lawyers, and as a trustee of North London YMCA, and the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR).

Maurice believes strongly in the value that osteopathy and other complementary branches of medicine can bring to public health, and a strong advocate in the need to provide more and better information and evidence about their efficacy.

Mita Mistry

Mita Mistry

Mita Mistry is a fully qualified Acupuncturist (LicAc MBAcC) with a First Class honours degree in Traditional Acupuncture. For her final year dissertation she conducted primary research into the "Perceptions of Acupuncture in Secondary Care & how the profile of it can be raised" which was awarded as excellent.  

Mita is passionate about helping people reach their full health potential and does this through her private clinical practice.

She also coaches clients in Mindfulness and writes as an expert on complementary health and healing in newspaper columns, magazine features and well known blogs. She is dedicated to helping raise the awareness and growing the evidence base in Complementary and Alternative medicine to help medical professionals and the public make informed choices for their optimum health and well-being. .  To find out more about her work please visit







Last updated on12 March, 2018 - 10:15
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