Val McKie is a former Magistrate and has been a Lay member of BAF since its inception, she is also a Lay member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Val has a degree in Applied Social Science and a Master’s Degree in Irish Studies and works professionally in the field of conflict resolution, peace and justice.
Val became involved in researching a range of holistic therapies back in 2005 in response to a health crisis in her family. She has a passion for the holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and a keen interest in Acupuncture and firmly believes that acupuncture can provide a drug free alternative to pain relief and healing.
Val McKie was a selected lay member on the DH funded committee that produced the first Government report on Acupuncture & Herbal Medicines for the Minister of State for Health in 2008.
Ken is a member of the BAF Board, he is a registered member of the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA), a member organisation within the British Acupuncture Federation. He has been Patron of the Integrated Therapies Unit at Christie Hospital NHS Trust Foundation Manchester since 2005, and supports the provision of Complementary therapies as part of cancer care, he is also Patron to several medical research charities, one of which is linked to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool . He is trained in both Western & Traditional Chinese Acupuncture as well as a range of other Complementary Therapies, and has been in clinical practice for more than 30 years. He was a selected DH funded committee member that produced the first Government report on Acupuncture & Herbal Medicines for the Minister of State for Health in 2008.
As well as facilitating the British Acupuncture Federation, Ken Ward-Atherton is an experienced Healthcare Professional having worked extensively in mainstream health care in the NHS, prior to his career in various CAM modalities within Integrated Medicine.
In May 2015 he was appointed as an Ambassador to the City of Liverpool, under the Ambassador programme led by the Liverpool Convention Bureau and working in partnership with ACC Liverpool.
Chris Davies - Chief Executive
Chris lectures and teaches on a wide range of subjects worldwide. Chris brings a wide experience of associations and federations to the British Acupuncture Federation and is on the board of a number of these including being the UK envoy for Kokusai Budoin, Japan run by Yasuhisa Tokugawa, the great grandson of the last emperor of Japan .
Chris has been involved with various physical and psychological therapies beginning with Swedish Massage in 1991. However his life changed when he was introduced to the martial art of Chi-Na and specifically to the sister art of Tui-Na which is a strong medical style massage manipulating bones and muscles. Chris studied this under family arts as well as in the UK . This then led him onto Japanese acupuncture, cupping and direct moxa under Professor Nagato and Dr Hojo as well as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture. He holds qualifications in various energy arts as well as a range of emotional counselling and psychotherapies. This combination of therapies helped him recognise a linking between the body, mind and disease.
Chris has trained with ten of the world's best cosmetic acupuncture teachers and adding and to many of these techniques drawing from his previous training and ideas used with muscles and tendons. Chris is also a certified NHS phlebotomist.
Specialist Professional Advisor For BAF - Sir Bill Connor
Sir Bill was general secretary of Usdaw, from 1997 – 2004 and was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2003 New Year’s Honours list for his service to Industrial Relations.. During his time with Usdaw Sir Bill Connor is noted for the launch of the Lifelong Learning programme to teach shop workers everything from computer skills to foreign languages, and the Freedom From Fear campaign against violence at work experienced by shop workers Under Sir Bill’s tenure Usdaw also developed important partnerships with retail giants such as Tesco. In his period of office as GS additionally he is noted for expanding Usdaw’s membership from 40,000 to 323,000, commenting that he believed that there is scope for even more growth.
In his 33 years as an Usdaw official he represented members at all levels including international forums in the European Community and at one time held the position of Vice-President of the Commerce sector of the Union Network International.
He was appointed independent chair of the BAF in 2013.
Don Mei – CMIR Representative
Don Mei is the Chairman of the Chinese Medicine Institute and Register (CMIR) in London, and Director of the world renowned AcuMedic Clinic in London. The CMIR is founder member organisation of the BAF, and is dedicated to the modernisation of Chinese Medicine, and its proper integration into conventional mainstream medical practice.
Having worked alongside his father the late Professor Man Fong Mei for the past 15 years, Don Mei has been very involved in the legislative aspects of Chinese Medicine in the EU. In 2014, he was voted in as Vice Chairman of the Committee for the International Communication of Chinese Medicine at the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS Beijing). The CMIR continues important TCM international educational links between the UK and China with universities in Beijing.
Don was an invited member of the UK Department of Health ‘Herbal Medicines and Practitioners Working Group’ set up by the British Government to recommend solutions for Herbal Medicine legislation.
He is Chairman of the Chinese Medical Council representing Chinese Medicine associations in the UK, and also the Director of chinalife tea in London.
Paul Robin - Acupuncture Society Representative
Chairman of the Acupuncture Society
Paul Robin has been teaching and practising Traditional Chinese medicine for over 25 years. He was trained in the Fook Sang style by Dr Ac Bernard Kai Lam Lee (who was a TCM specialist brought over from China by the British Acupuncture Association) and qualified in 1987. Paul was Dr Lees full time apprentice and assistant for 9 years during which time he conducted research and lectured at the Fook Sang courses held at Imperial College and was President of the Fook Sang Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Practitioners Association.
In 1994 Paul founded the College of Chinese Medicine and some years later founded the Acupuncture Society in order to help to establish Chinese style Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the UK.
He specialises in Spinal, Traditional and Chinese Medical Style Deep Needling, Auricular Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Diagnosis and Chinese Herbal Medicine.
Paul is Board and Founder Member of the British Acupuncture Federation
He Teaches Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the College of Chinese Medicine courses in London Cardiff and Edinburgh is also a specialist TCM consultant at the teaching Clinic of the College of Chinese Medicine in London.
Tony Dickenson – BAWMA Representative
Tony Dickenson is a member of the BAF Board and a registered member of the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture (BAWMA), a member organization within the British Acupuncture Federation. He is trained in both Western and Traditional Acupuncture and is a member of The Acupuncture Association of The Republic of China (Taiwan) and has run a very busy practice for over 40 years. He is a former acupuncture college lecturer and examiner and is a founder member of the British Academy of Western Medical Acupuncture.
Tony has lectured extensively throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and has regularly represented the profession on national TV and in the media.
Dr Graham Chandler - ICNM Representative
Dr. Graham Chandler, PhD runs a successful clinic in Romford, Essex. As a member of the BAF Board, Dr. Graham Chandler represents the Institute of Natural and Complimentary Medicine, of which he is a Fellow.
He is a founder member of the Academy of Oriental Medicine and has been teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine for 20 years. He is a Fellow of the ICNM, Advisor to the British Register of Complimentary Practitioners and the UK representative of the American Liberty University. He is a Gung Fu Master of 43 years and continues to teach in his Romford based gym.
His education in Traditional Chinese Medicine has taken him from England to China, Thailand and America where he attained his PhD and was awarded Best Dissertation.
Jonathan Tarr - Society of Auricular Acupuncturists Representative
Jonathan is Chair of the, Society of Auricular Acupuncturists and Co-Principal of The College of Auricular Acupuncture, Jonathan was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship, 2004 he has a special interest in Auricular Acupuncture within the healthcare sector.
He was one of the founding members of the Microsystems Acupuncture Regulatory Working Group (MACRWG) gaining voluntary regulation in the UK with the CNHC, which is now an accredited register under the Professional Standards Authority. He would like to see Micro-system acupuncture (Auricular acupuncture) to become used more widely within primary healthcare in the UK.
Michelle Bebbington - Total Therapy Representative
After receiving an acupuncture treatment which fixed a long term problem that various other therapies hadn’t made any better Michelle decided to change careers from IT and Telecoms and studied various healing arts of Tui-Na, Acupuncture, and family shiatsu and Reiki with Yanagi Healing Arts, Japan. Michelle is one of the co-founders of Total Therapy of which she now manages.
She also has a wide experience in large organisations and customer led service industries and helps out with the administration of the BAF as well as with the digital marketing.
Amanda Shayle – Acupuncture Society Representative
Following a 15-year career in media sales management and business development, Amanda’s increasing interest in holistic medicine lead to her to study Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in London in 2005. She is a registered member of the Acupuncture Society where she also holds the position of Vice Chair, and presently represents the Acupuncture Society as a founder member on the BAF Board.
Amanda has lectured extensively overseas including conferences in the USA, Israel and Europe, and has developed an internationally respected network for cooperation within the field of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. She has a special interest in women’s health; particularly cosmetic acupuncture, infertility and cancer prevention, facilitates a private on-line forum, to encourage safe informed practice, as well as research projects. She is committed to promoting the integration of acupuncture into the NHS and developing robust scientific CAM research methods.
Amanda Shayle represented the Acupuncture Society as a member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group, which was formed to work towards statutory regulation. This lead to her active involvement in setting up the CNHC Microsystems Group for which she is a profession specific board member.
Elaine Slee – Acupuncture Society Representative
Elaine Slee initially pursued a successful career in the legal profession, becoming a partner in a London law firm. She chose her change of career after receiving acupuncture treatment and being impressed with its beneficial effects. Elaine studied Traditional Chinese Medicine at the London College of Traditional Acupuncture, and then at the College of Chinese Medicine.
As a founder member of the British Acupuncture Federation in addition to her TCM training, her extensive legal background brings unique skills to the BAF board. She is a registered with The Acupuncture Society, a member organisation of the British Acupuncture Federation.
Elaine practises acupuncture in South West London and also teaches Pilates.