Governing Board

The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of five 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), Ming Cheng, Ron Bishop, Cathy Chapman, and Danny Maxwell.  Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board are David Abrahams, Anthony Locke, and Peter Ward.  In addition, non-voting attendees of the BAcC Governing Board include a lay Treasurer, Rob Strange OBE, and a Registrar, Michael Watson.  

The GB is helped by a number of subcommittees and advisory groups working on specific areas, including finance, education, professional conduct, and research. 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. A patient and public involvement group reviews the BAcC's Strategy, Business Plans, and public facing activity, such as complaints procedures. Please contact us for an up-to-date list of BAcC subcommittees and advisory groups.

The date of the next Governing Board (GB) meeting is 20th June 2017. If you wish to attend the Governing Board meeting as an Observer, please review the policy below for more information and contact details.

The day-to-day work of the BAcC is carried out in our West London office by a small experienced team, led by Chief Executive Officer Paul Hitchcock. 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 wide spread of expertise helps us provide a rapid 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. 

David Abrahams

David Abrahams was appointed a lay member of the Governing Board when it was first established in 2011.

David’s professional background is in policy, regulation and government relations in the technology, telecoms and utility sectors.  Most recently David worked at Nominet as Head of Policy.  Prior to that he worked at communications regulator, Ofcom, where he directed competition investigations, regulatory disputes and consumer protection programmes.

David will step down from the Board in 2017 when he reaches the recommended six year limit for non-executive directors.

David lives in north London with his wife, Naava Carman, who is an acupuncturist and herbalist, and their young son.  David’s Twitter handle is @DAbrahamsUK

Ron Bishop

Ron Bishop is a practitioner member of the GB.

Founder member of the BAcC.Registered Osteopath ‎and Naturopath. Past Chair Executive Committee and Past Chair GB of BAcC.

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.

Dr Mingzhao Cheng

Dr Mingzhao Cheng is currently an Associate Professor of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Middlesex University. He has led the development of Chinese medicine courses there for the last 16 years.

He graduated from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in 1983 and worked in its orthopaedic department before he was admitted to Oxford University for his Master’s studies in 1987 on a British Government scholarship. He was awarded MSc in Medicine there in 1991. In 1995, he was awarded his PhD degree by University of London after a further 5 years of research work. He continued his post-doctoral medical research until he joined Middlesex University in 2000. He has since been working in the TCM field. He represented TCM on the DH’s working group for regulation.

He has been a member of the BAcC since its inception, an Executive Council member of the ATCM and a council member of the WFCMS. He has been a Governing Board member of the BAcC for the last 5 years.

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.

Danny Maxwell

After completing an MA in English and Italian literature at Trinity College, Cambridge University, Danny went on to train in acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and tuina massage in both the UK and China. He currently practises from clinics in London and Somerset. Danny is also the editor of The Journal of Chinese Medicine, the foremost international English language journal dealing with all aspects of Chinese Medicine. In 2004 he founded and the charity World Medicine, which facilitates acupuncturists and other CAM practitioners travelling around the world to where their skills are desperately needed. He has lectured on acupuncture and Chinese medicine at various colleges, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of the Chinese martial arts, qigong and meditation.

Rob Strange

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 30.4.13, a Trustee 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), Education for Health and the Child Migrants Trust (until 2014), in addition to his role as Lay Treasurer of the British Acupuncture Council.

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.  He was awarded the OBE in 2008 for his services to occupational safety and health.

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