Gabriel Mojay is Principal of the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA). Gabriel first studied natural medicine in 1978, initially training in shiatsu therapy, followed in the 1980s by acupuncture and herbal medicine. In 1987 he undertook a course in Scientific Aromatherapy with Piérre Franchomme and Dr. Daniel Pénöel, and then with Dr Dietrich Wabner of the Natural Oils Research Association. In 1990 he founded the Register of Qualified Aromatherapists (RQA), which in 2002 amalgamated with the International Society of Professional Aromatherapists (ISPA) to form IFPA, and together with Ian Cambray-Smith was one of its founding Co-Chairs.
Gabriel has given lecture presentations at international conferences hosted by IFPA, the Tisserand Institute (UK), the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (USA), the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (USA), the Pacific Institute of Aromatherapy (USA), the Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists, the British Columbia Association of Practicing Aromatherapists, the Czech Association of Aromatherapists, and the Essential Oil Resource Consultants (France). He has given seminars in Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Ireland and Mexico. He is author of Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit, Associate Editor of the International Journal of Clincal Aromatherapy (IJCA), and global ambassador for the IJCA-hosted international biennial conference series Botanica.
Gabriel is honoured to return to the Board as IFPA Chairman, and to have the opportunity to build upon the organisation’s past successes to take it forward in a way that recognises the increasingly global nature of its membership.
Ian Cambray-Smith is a one-time research chemist and materials scientist, training as an aromatherapist in 1994. Ian has since established himself as one of the foremost teachers of the science and chemisty of essential oils, and has taught at a number of UK schools and universities. He has provided a consultancy service to companies and organisations supplying and using essential oils, and was one of twenty experts invited by the Under Secretary of State for Health to serve as members of the Independent Review Panel for the Classification of Borderline Products.
In 1998 Ian became Chair of the International Society of Professional Aromatherapists (IPSA), and helped to guide the formation of IFPA in 2002, serving as its first elected Chairman. In 2006 he joined the Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health as its Programmes Manager, working with the twelve principal complementary healthcare professions to put in place robust systems of regulation. In this role he oversaw the creation of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). His focus is currently on aroma and the creation of fragrances, primarily for cosmetics and toiletries, with a special emphasis on skincare. However, his first love remains the informed therapeutic use of essential oils.
As a member of the Board Ian will seek to represent the interests of all IFPA members while ensuring that the organisation is a strong, powerful and effective advocate for professional aromatherapy.
Julie Foster believes that IFPA plays a leadership role in terms of improving the quality and credibility of the aromatherapy sector. Julie had been a proactive member since 2011, and is delighted to volunteer as IFPA Treasurer. As a senior sales and marketing manager for Mercedes Benz commercial vehicles for 15 years, she benefited from business training including financial management, and sales and marketing. Following a serious health scare, she changed direction and entered the addictive world of aromatherapy when she undertook training with Elizabeth Jones OBE in 1996.
Julie has an in-depth knowledge of charity governance and extensive experience delivering aromatherapy education and teacher training. In 2012 she helped to establish an IFPA-accredited aromatherapy school in the heart of Beijing, and has nearly 100,000 followers on Weibo, where she helps to spread awareness of aromatherapy and IFPA. In addition to her teaching activities, for the last ten years she has provided brand development and management services to a portfolio of European clients focused on natural skin and hair care products. In her leisure time she enjoys presenting foraging and cooking demonstrations in the local community.
Appointed Company Secretary
Russell Morrice MSc,FCIS,IRM Cert is an experienced senior executive with over 20 years’ involvement in professional body management. Russell qualified as a corporate governance professional specialising in the development and implementation of corporate governance strategies for membership bodies, with particularly reference to chartered corporations. A qualified risk manager, he has over 10 years’ experience of developing and implementing risk management structures within complex organisations.
Russell has worked as a company secretary for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and its commercial subsidiaries, and at director level in strategic development and operations including business continuity, office relocation, facilities management and human resources as well as education management, professional standards, and complaints and disciplinary processes.
Sue Jenkins originally specialised in modern languages, training as a massage therapist and aromatherapist in the late 1980s. A trained teacher, Sue has taught in secondary schools, in further and higher education, and now teaches yoga. She has been principal of the Edinburgh and Aberdeen Schools of Holistic Aromatherapy since 1995, and taught on the BSc Complementary Therapies Programme at Edinburgh Napier University for seven years, after completing the degree herself. Although now semi-retired, she is committed to ensuring sound education in complementary therapies and to developing the evidence base for massage and aromatherapy.
Sue was involved with ISPA and then with IFPA since its inception, serving on its executive Council and holding number of positions including Education Chair, Research Chair, and IFPA Chairman. She writes regularly for In Essence and is currently researching a book on aromatherapy as well as extending her yoga teaching. She lives and practices in Scotland, and has the time and energy to help IFPA move forward.
Louise Carta has been involved in the aromatherapy industry since 1994, having trained at an IFPA-accredited school and worked as an aromatherapist, before moving on to become a tutor and then an IFPA Principal Tutor and examiner. In 2010 Louise founded the Aromatherapy Company, an IFPA-accredited school strongly committed to the ethos of Excellence in Education. She believes that good educational standards should be maintained by close monitoring and sharing of information with schools and members. Louise has served on the IFPA Board previously and has had the pleasure of working with equally passionate Trustees. She holds the firm belief that the growth of IFPA membership, as well as the support of its members, needs to be of the same focus and standard both nationally and internationally – and that through mutual support we can grow and learn from each other for the benefit of clinical aromatherapy worldwide.
Christine Courtney is the founder and principal of Obus School of Healing Therapies, founded in County Kildare, Ireland in 2006. The school offers professional training in a number of areas including Aromatherapy, Massage and Reflexology. All of the diploma courses and postgraduate courses taught by OBUS school have been written and researched by Christine. She teaches a number of courses nationally throughout Ireland and internationally in Malta, USA, Taiwan and China.
Katherine Dandridge first studied aromatherapy at the Asia-Pacific School in Hong Kong, and then undertook training in TCM specialising in women’s health. Katherine has had commercial fragrance house experience as well as aromatherapy and TCM experience in health centres, NHS hospitals, spas, hotels, clinics and module therapy. Interests in her role on the IFPA Board are to support the integration of holistic and complementary care within the NHS and orthodox healthcare, and to support the IFPA members and their ongoing professional development. Katherine is based at Gleneagles in Scotland.
Deborah Franks qualified in clinical aromatherapy at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA) in 2014, and joined IFPA as a full member that same year. Deborah subsequently completed advanced studies with Rhiannon Lewis of the Essential Oil Resource Consultants in 2015, and is thrilled to discover that her original layman’s interest has turned into a passion through her aromatherapy training and education. Deborah has over 30 years experience of strategic and day-to-day management in both commercial and not-for-profit environments, and holds a BSc in Management Science and Marketing. Deborah is a Chartered Management Accountant and Chartered Company Secretary.
Kazue Gill trained in aromatherapy and massage in 1993-1994 at Morley College in London, and in sports massage at the London School of Sport Massage, joining the Register of Qualified Aromatherapists (RQA) in 1995. In the same year Kazue joined Sanritsu Co Ltd, which operates the IFPA-accredited school, Japan Ecole de Aromatherapie (JEA). As the principal tutor of JEA, Kazue had organised a number of aromatherapy study tours to the Clare Maxwell-Hudson School and the Royal Free Hospital in London. As a professional aromatherapist, she has been working in palliative care since 2003, and treats clients at her home salon, Tree of Repose, with aromatherapy, Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD) and sports massage.
Kate Harahan has been involved in complementary healthcare since her teens, working in both private practice and residential and nursing care home settings. Kate’s main areas of interest are working with maternity clients to provide pre- & post natal reflexology support, and working with elderly clients. She studied clinical skills for complementary therapists at the Jex Blake School based at the Royal Free Hospital in London; Maternity Reflexology with Susanne Enzer and Jenni Tribe; Reflexology, Aromatherapy and Massage at the Jon Beckwith School; and Health Coaching at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Kate is franchisee of the Edinburgh Neal’s Yard Remedies shop and therapy rooms. She has a deep respect for the healing properties of essential oils and plant extracts, which form the base the products sold in the shop and treatments given in the therapy rooms. Being part of an ethical company is very important to her.
Dave Jackson completed General Nursing (RGN) training in 1985 and Mental Health Nursing (RMN) training in 1988. In 1991 Dave completed basic training in Gestalt psychotherapy with Gestalt Centre, London, and qualified in aromatherapy and therapeutic massage through the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA) in January 2000. He was a senior staff nurse at the Northgate Clinic, a therapeutic community for adolescents, from 1991-2000, and then a community psychiatric nurse specialising in working with children and adolescents who had suffered child sexual abuse. From a 2001-2012 he was deputy charge nurse at the Darwin Centre for young people, an in-patient psychiatric mental health unit. In recent years he has worked as a self-employed aromatherapist and bee keeper, combining these roles by making a skin balm using beeswax, organic olive oil and essential oils. Dave’s other interests include gardening as well as making infused oils using herbs he grows himself.
Craig Vassie is an engineer and scientist by training, with UK and US research patents. Craig trained with Sandra Day in Rochdale, and then at the Claire Maxwell-Hudson School in London; his professional practice Chiltern Aromatherapy specialises in women’s healthcare. He brings substantial business and charity experience to the IFPA. Since 2008 he and his wife Jan have run STUBS, a charity that supports the social reintegration of wounded service personnel who are in-patients at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, better known as Headley Court. Craig also serves as a Director and Trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine (RCCM), and as a Director and Trustee of Wycombe Chilterns Complementary Therapy (WCCT), which provides subsidised patient care in the Buckinghamshire Chilterns.
Yuxian Yao’s interest in aromatherapy started while studying biomedical engineering at Edinburgh University, and became a passion when he saw that it gave his mother, who was suffering with cancer, some relief from pain and anxiety. As a result, his interest in and respect for holistic medicine and in particular aromatherapy developed. Over five years between work commitments in China and the UK, Yao studied aromatherapy and teacher training, gaining qualifications with IFPA, NAHA and ITEC. He established Aromatime, a successful clinic which gradually developed into an IFPA-accredited training centre. More than 100 students per year train at Aromatime, attending courses in professional aromatherapy, teacher training and related complementary medicine subjects. The teaching team include lecturers from the UK, the USA, Canada and Chile as well as medical doctors and university lecturers trained in aromatherapy within China. Yao is active in promoting the IFPA name and quality standards in Beijing and more recently in Shanghai. His school is based in the centre of Beijing near the museum of modern art, with views across to the nearby skyscrapers of the city’s financial district.
Yao is particularly interested in the cultural and educational exchange of aromatherapy knowledge. He is an experienced events organizer and looks forward to making it possible for IFPA members from around the world to come and share Anglo-Chinese aromatherapy and the cultural experience of China.