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Governing Board

The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of four practitioner members (including the Chair) and three lay representatives. The Board ensures that the BAcC meets its responsibilities to promote the benefits of traditional acupuncture as a valid system of healthcare; safeguard the public; promote members' interests and uphold benchmark standards of education and practice. Members of all the GB and BAcC committees and advisory groups agree to abide by the seven key principles of public office - the Nolan Principles. At every meeting of the GB its members are required to declare any conflicts of interest. The GB regularly reviews its good governance practice.

Current practitioner members on the BAcC Governing Board are Philip Rose Neil (chair), Cathy Chapman, Pia Huber and Rosey Grandage.  Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board are Joanna Brown, Anthony Lock and Naresh Rao.  In addition, non-voting attendees of the BAcC Governing Board include Company Secretary, Rob Strange OBE, lay Treasurer Richard Costella, and Registrar, Michael Watson.

The GB is helped by a number of committees working on specific areas, including Finance, Risk and Audit Committee; Professional Standards and Regulatory Committee; and Membership Services Committee.  Appropriate lay representation ensures that the BAcC's processes for developing policies and guidelines are fair, transparent, free from bias, and serve the public interest at all times. Please contact us for an up-to-date list of BAcC committees. 

The date of the next Governing Board meeting is 10 October 2019. If you wish to attend the Governing Board meeting as an Observer, please contact Anna de Oliveira, Leadership Support Manager, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do kindly note in advance that some items on the agenda are ‘closed’ to Directors only. Observers would be welcome to attend the ‘open’ portion of the Governing Board meeting. All meetings take place at the British Acupuncture Council office, at 63 Jeddo Road, London, W12 9HQ. Meetings typically run from 10:30 am to 16:30 pm, with one hour for lunch. However, as noted above, not all agenda items are open to observers.

The day-to-day work of the BAcC is carried out in our West London office by a small experienced team, led by the acting Chief Executive Officer, Teresa Williamson.  Many of the staff are qualified acupuncturists who also offer skills in other specialist areas; the rest of the team bring vital knowledge and experience from other fields of business. This spread of expertise helps us provide a prompt and authoritative response to both members of the public and our members.

Philip Rose Neil

Philip Rose Neil is the Chair of the Governing Board.

Phil is one of the relatively rare traditional acupuncturists who had an ambition and a desire to make traditional acupuncture their profession and career from the beginning. He follows in the footsteps of his father Sidney Rose-Neil who was a founder of the profession.

He graduated in Traditional Acupuncture with first class honours from Oxford Brookes University in 2011. Phil’s practices are based in the Midlands, East Anglia and London.

Phil has always been an active member of the BAcC and has been the Regional Group Coordinator in Northamptonshire and sat on various committees before joining the Governing Board in 2013. He is extremely passionate and devoted to the promotion and values of traditional acupuncture.

He has very recently become a proud first time parent. 

Joanna Brown

Joanna Brown has worked for various professional bodies and trade unions, latterly the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists where she was Chief Executive from 2003 to 2016. Joanna’s particular areas of expertise are health policy, governance, regulation and employment relations.

Joanna is a Chartered Manager, and currently holds a number of different roles. She a member of the Complaints and Investigations Committee of the Chartered Management Institute, and an Associate Lay Member on the Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon federation of NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups, focussing on quality and patient experience. She has served as a magistrate in North West London for over twenty years, chairing in both adult and youth courts. She is also a professional Clerk for various school governing bodies. She acts as an “Independent Person” on the London Borough of Barnet Standards Committee, and retains her links with podiatry as a member of the International Podiatry Federation Articles and By-laws Committee.

Joanna graduated from the University of Warwick with an honours degree in History.

Cathy Chapman

Cathy qualified as an acupuncturist in 2003 from Westminster University but has been a complementary therapist since 1999, when she completed her training as a massage therapist and aromatherapist.

Cathy currently runs a busy practice from her home in Lancaster working as both an acupuncturist and mentor as well as raising a young family. Past employment includes working for the NHS as an acupuncturist and massage therapist and working as an assistant supervisor in the teaching clinic at Westminster University.

Rosey Grandage

Rosey has been an acupuncturist since 1992, having studied for two years in China at both government colleges and as an apprentice. She taught acupuncture and tuina at the University of Westminster for 17 years and is a physiotherapist. She has worked for the NHS and in private practice and has been a member of the BAcC Professional Conduct Committee.

She has clinics in West London and mid-Wales, specialising in classical acupuncture, tuina, physiotherapy and qigong. She runs short courses and is director of Apothecary Gallery CIC.

She has been chair of a wildlife trust, has taken this through merger and is a trustee of the combined trust. She has been a trustee for Wildlife Trusts Wales.

Rosey cares passionately about promoting and nurturing acupuncture and our members; she believes an effective BAcC is an excellent vehicle for achieving this.

Pia Huber

Pia qualified as acupuncturist and naturopath in 2007 from the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM) in London and became a BAcC member in 2008, through the interview process. In her clinic she practises TCM acupuncture. Pia has recently completed the mentoring/supervision course with Isobel Cosgrove and Sally Blades. She is a member of the steering committee of the Acupuncture Childbirth Team London. Pia reviews articles submitted to academic journals including the European Journal of Integrated Medicine, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and she is an editor of complementary therapy books for Kiener Press.

Pia was leader and lecturer of the research skills module at CNM London, for students of nutrition, homeopathy, herbal medicine and acupuncture, from 2008 to 2010. Before her acupuncture training Pia was a biomedical researcher in cardiovascular and genetic diseases at Imperial College, King's College and University College (1990-2007). From 2007 to 2015 Pia worked part time as guidelines officer for the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology (BSACI), responsible for coordinating the guideline writing on allergy by UK allergists.

Anthony Lock

Anthony Lock has held various positions to director level in major quoted and unquoted companies, working in both the UK and The Netherlands. He holds an honours degree in business with marketing as a specialism.

He is also a director of three freehold property management companies, a non-executive board director of Tenancy Deposit Solutions Limited over eight years and a member of the Institute of Directors (UK) for ten years and has been a non-executive lay member of the British Acupuncture Council since October 2015. He has been a non executive director of the National Landlords Association for 14 years, including being a member of the finance sub-committee and the chairman of the remuneration committee.

In addition Anthony has over sixteen years’ experience in corporate marketing, as well as having run businesses in residential property development and lettings management.

Naresh Rao

Naresh Rao was recently appointed as a non-practitioner member of the BAcC Governing Board. Naresh has many years’ experience in a wide rage of senior management roles, primarily in central government and most recently with the Environment Agency as head of strategic financial planning and risk. He has held a number of Board positions bringing particular expertise in strategic planning, corporate governance, risk and financial management, as well as environmental and health regulation. Naresh is married to a very experienced practitioner of traditional acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine and has a long-standing interest in and supports holistic and complementary approaches to managing health and the environment. Naresh has an MBA and currently runs a small business providing strategic and financial planning advice to sole operators and small businesses.

Rob Strange OBE

Rob Strange OBE is an experienced Trustee, NED and Chief Executive, a Chartered Director and Chartered Banker, with considerable experience within the financial and not-for-profit sectors. He was, until 30 April 2013, the CEO of IOSH and has held other Trustee and Non-Executive Director roles as well as serving on five Finance & Audit Committees. He is currently a Trustee of the charities Greensleeves Homes Trust (Vice Chairman from 1 October 2014) and Education for Health (Vice Chairman since 1 March 2017). He is currently the Company Secretary of the British Acupuncture Council but has previously been the organisation’s Lay Treasurer and the interim Chief Executive (twice).

He is now an independent consultant to Boards of Directors, including at present Southalls (Safety Cloud), and an interim CEO, having fulfilled this role recently for both the Association for Project Safety and also the British Acupuncture Council (twice). He was awarded the OBE in 2008 for his services to occupational safety and health advocacy.

Teresa Williamson

Teresa is a solicitor and an acupuncturist (currently not practising acupuncture). She graduated from the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine with a first class honours degree in 2015. She immediately joined the British Acupuncture Council as a member and then joined the staff team in 2016. She has performed many different roles for the organisation including student membership manager, admissions manager, professional conduct officer, head of professional standards and chief operating officer. She stopped practising acupuncture when she became professional conduct officer.

Before studying acupuncture, Teresa practised and taught employment law and criminal law. She also taught solicitors’ accounts, professional conduct and various legal skills. Teresa was a director of a service company in the oil and gas industry for seven years. She currently sits on the Professional Standards Committee of the Society of Homeopaths, a PSA accredited register for homeopaths.

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