Governing Board

The British Acupuncture Council's Governing Board (GB) is made up of five practitioner members (including the Chair) and four 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, Anthony Sigrist, Helen Smallwood and Danny Maxwell.  Current lay representatives on the BAcC Governing Board are Joanna Brown, Anthony Lock and Prof Mary Lovegrove OBE.  In addition, non-voting attendees of the BAcC Governing Board include lay Treasurer and Company Secretary, 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. 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 28th September 2018. 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 interim Chief Executive Officer Rob Strange OBE. 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. 

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.

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.

Professor Mary Lovegrove OBE

Emeritus Professor Mary Lovegrove OBE, Professor of Education and Development for Allied Health Professions is a diagnostic radiographer by profession and a very experienced education manager for allied health. Mary has considerable research experience and has led a number of European, national and local projects associated with workforce improvements and education developments for the allied health workforce.

Mary has a particular interest and expertise in clinical leadership and also in the impact of education and training on the service and the associated benefits for the service user.
Mary is a Non-Executive Director for a large Integrated Trust and a Board member of a number of Allied Health organisations. Mary has extensive international experience and currently works with allied health groups in Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and China.

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.

Anthony Sigrist

Tony came to the vocation of acupuncture after a long career with the Metropolitan Police Service where his roles included developing strategy. He started his studies at LCTA and was in the very early stages of his degree when the college went into liquidation. Thanks to the generosity of the Northern College of Acupuncture he was able to resume his studies almost immediately and graduated in 2013 with first class honours.

After graduating he established a clinic in a multi-disciplinary practice in Ely, Cambridgeshire where he currently practises. As well as his love of acupuncture, Tony is also a passionate ambassador for mental health and is CEO of a charity, Talking FeELY, which he founded earlier this year to encourage and facilitate open and honest conversations in support of those suffering the stigma of mental illness.

Inspired by his experiences with LCTA, Tony began working with the BAcC at a very early stage of his studies, sitting initially on the Student Services Advisory Group. After graduating he served on the BAAB, helping to safeguard the high education standards of acupuncture. Now a member of the governing board, Tony looks forward to strengthening the voice of the membership in shaping the future of our profession.

Helen Smallwood

Helen’s first degree was BSc Psychology and French (Aston University).  She subsequently worked as a civil servant, and later retrained and qualified as an acupuncturist in 2008.  She now runs a busy multi-disciplinary clinic in Bedford, where she also practises.

She has recently completed an MBA (Master of Business Administration) at Aston Business School; to give her additional insight and skills in the “business side” of our work as independent practitioners.    She has past experience as a school governor, resulting in an ongoing interest in the vital processes of governance and accountability.Helen has a long-standing interest in national healthcare trends and is motivated to contribute to the work of the board of the BAcC and its members secure a sustainable place for traditional acupuncture within the current, evolving healthcare landscape.

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 30.4.13, a 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), Education for Health. In addition to his role as Lay Treasurer and Company Secretary 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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