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Mike Andrews RSHom

Mike was appointed to the Board in November 2010 and sits on the Professional Standards Committee.  Mike has been a member of the Society of Homeopaths since 1987 and has been involved in homeopathic education since 1995. Mike graduated from the School of Homeopathy in 1990 and has been in private practice ever since. He has always been keen to develop and maintain the highest standards for the practice of homeopathy. He was a Clinical Supervisor at the University of Westminster on the BSc (Hons) Health Sciences: Homeopathy degree course from 2001-2009. He has also taught / run clinics at the London College of Classical Homeopathy and at Purton House Homeopathic Centre.He is passionate about the value of homeopathic supervision for both students and practitioners, which gives him a good understanding of the issues that arise for practitioners at different stages in their careers. Having worked with students and practitioners from different colleges and schools of thought in his supervisory practice gives him a broad minded approach to homeopathy. Mike has had a number of articles published in the Homeopath and other international journals.
Declaration of Interests – none

Philip Edmonds RSHom
Vice Chair

Phil was elected to the board in April 2009. A native of Blakely, Manchester, Phil attended the local Grammar School before obtaining an HND (Distinction) in Business Studies at Bolton Institute of Technology. The interest in Business Studies followed a fascination with Economics at A level, and a subsequent strong interest in marketing. On the advice of his marketing lecturer, Phil pursued a career in sales and marketing with Van den Bergh & Jurgens, a subsidiary of Unilever, where he gained valuable business experience. It was later during a 3-year stay in British Columbia Canada, that Phil discovered his interest in natural health and on his return to the UK worked first for Sunwheel, and later Whole Earth Foods. Between these 2 jobs came a 6-year period where Phil discovered a way of combining his interest in natural health with his work and became a founder member of what later became Futon Company. In 1985, Phil decided to study homeopathic medicine with Misha Norland, at The School of Homeopathy in Devon. In order to devote himself to his studies he said goodbye to the Futon Company, but has remained profoundly influenced by his experience there in taking a business from a turnover of £10,000 a year when he joined to over half a million a year when he left. Phil has practised homeopathy since 1988. He considers his most consistent mentor to be Professor George Vithoulkas, with whom he still studies every year in Alonissos Greece. Phil’s current goal, as well as supporting the movement towards the single register and independent accreditation for Colleges of Homeopathy, is to lend his experience towards helping the Society’s fundamental mission of ‘Homeopathy for all.’ Phil has a clear vision of a future where homeopathy takes its rightful place as a highly respected profession, and where a high percentage of the general public know about the benefits of homeopathy for their health.
Declared Interests: Distributor for Radar Homeopathic Software in the UK. Co-organiser for the annual Vithoulkas Open Course, in Alonissos, Greece.

Kiran Grover

Kiran Grover RSHom

Vice Chair

Kiran was appointed to the board for a second term in April 2014. Kiran comes from a family of homeopaths and has always felt part of the homeopathic world. Her Grandfather and Great Uncle were homeopaths and her mother was trained in homeopathy.  Now Kiran uses it on her own family as well as in her clinic in North West London. Since graduating from the Centre of Homeopathic Education Kiran has worked in two busy practices with GPs and Consultants engaging with their work and her own. Kiran considers herself a community homeopath engaging with the public through community group talks, local radio interviews, regular magazine articles and social media. Kiran has a background in Whitehall and worked there for several years developing policy in sustainable food and farming issues, making her understanding of health broader.  Prior to this she worked in Recruitment and Advertising. Before establishing her career Kiran gained a 2:1 BA Honours and an MA with Merit in History of Art and Archaeology from SOAS which is part of London University. Kiran believes that this is a challenging and exciting time for homeopathy and as a Director of the Society of Homeopaths she brings energy, passion and positivity about our future.
Declaration of Interests – Part time Lecturer and consultant for the Centre of  Homeopathic Education and owner of the Healthy Homeopathy Clinic.

Francis Treuherz RSHom  Honorary Secretary

Francis was voted on to the Board of Directors at the 2010 Annual General Meeting. Francis has been in private practice since 1984 (and part time in the NHS from 1990-2003). He also spends many hours each week answering calls from patients on a telephone emergency service. Francis has served previous terms as a Board member for 16 years, and as editor of the Society journal, The Homeopath for 10 years. He was awarded a Fellowship of the Society in 1993. Francis is also a former trustee of the Homeopathy Action Trust. Francis has taught homeopathy in Amsterdam, Chichester, Galway, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Prague, San José, San Francisco, Seattle, Stockholm and Westminster.Francis has a unique library of over 8,500 volumes on homeopathy and a museum of artefacts from the history of homeopathy. He is a dedicated user of specialist computer software for homeopathy. He has written many historical and clinical articles, even more book reviews, a research report on his work in the NHS, and written 2 books.
Declaration of interests. Fundraiser for Homeopathy Action Trust, Trustee of the British Homeopathic Association, Member of the Editorial advisory Board of the journal Homeopathy and assists with the Homeopathic Helpline

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Miranda Parsons RSHom

Chair

Miranda was elected to the Board in April 2013. She has been involved with the work of the Society for many years previously having joined as a student in 1989. She worked on the development of the Society’s corporate identity and also on the development of Friends of Homeopathy (now absorbed into Homeopathy Action Trust).  She has been part of the team working on the development of the Society’s Articles of Association and will continue to take a lead role in this project. She also remains active in the community, organising the local meetings for the Society in Cardiff and working as a supervisor. Miranda has also delivered two CPD days in Cardiff. Miranda gained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Queen’s College Oxford and began her career in health service management, then moving into project management in advertising, design and corporate identity companies. In her twenties, a long bout of ill health was successfully treated with homeopathy, and she has used homeopathy from then on, for herself and subsequently her family. She qualified from The College of Homeopathy  in 1993 and has been in private practice since then in London, Epsom and since 1998, in Cardiff. The basis of her commitment to homeopathy, is her experience that it has the potential to transform people’s health and is a wonderful addition to healthcare, working alongside conventional medicine. She maintains a commitment to developing her skills as a homeopath, but in her new role as a Director is looking forward to using not only her homeopathic knowledge, but also re-employing political, corporate and business skills, thus playing her part in helping the profession and the homeopathic community to develop and thrive in what remains a challenging economic and political environment.
Declared interests -  none

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Marcus Fernandez RSHom

Marcus has practised and taught homeopathy for nearly 20 years both within charitable organisations and in private practice. In 1997 Marcus set up the Healthy Living Centre in Islington. In 1998 he co-founded the Centre for Homeopathic Education, which, in partnership with Middlesex University, offers a licentiate and BSc (Hons) Homeopathy.
Declared interests – Owner of the Centre for Homeopathic Education, trustee of Foresight and the Bush Homeopathic Project.
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Judith Kiely

Lay Board Member


Judith is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and has a Diploma in Business Administration from the University of Wales. With more than 30 years’ experience at senior level in strategic and operational Human Resources Management, Judith now operates her own HR consultancy, assisting clients with managing grievance and disciplinary issues in the various guises of Investigator, Advisor, Chair of Hearings and Mediator as well as advising on day-to-day HR issues.  She also has specific expertise in Equality and Diversity. Appointed as an Employment Tribunal Member in 1998, Judith has held the role of Independent Member for Police Misconduct Panels in South Wales since 2004.   She is also an Equality Assessor in the County Courts in Wales.  Judith was Chair of the South East Wales CIPD Branch from 2001 to 2003. Judith’s early career was spent working in London, Singapore and Malta and latterly in Germany.  She held senior HR posts in Financial Services, the NHS, Manufacturing and the Welsh Development Agency before deciding to set up her own consultancy.  Although Judith often works with small businesses, she has also assisted a number of local authorities on behalf of the Wales Audit Office and was previously an Assessor for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Health At Work programme (Corporate Health Standard).
Declaration of interests:  nothing to declare.
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John Chilver

Lay Board Member
Finance


John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and a Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.  A qualified accountant and company secretary, most of his career has been spent in the charity and not for profit sector, particularly in international humanitarian and development work. He spent 8 years in development work in Tanzania and Belize, and recently has worked for World Vision, Oxfam, Save the Children and Tearfund.  His current role is with the Global Network for Disaster Reduction, a worldwide association of small-scale local NGOs involved in disaster risk reduction work.
An elected County and District Councillor, John is currently the Deputy County Cabinet member for Finance and Resources, with particular responsibility for the capital budget and treasury management.  He also serves as Chairman of the District Council Finance and Services committee, and is a member of the local  Fire Authority and its audit committee.  He is closely engaged in the discussions over High Speed Two which runs through his Council ward. John also sits on the Board and finance committee of another charity involved in international development.
Declaration of interests:  nothing to declare.
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Robert Pitts

Lay Board Member

Passionate about the voluntary and not for profit sector Robert has over twenty years of senior management
and consultant experience with a wide range of charities and third sector organisations. These range from the National Trust to NSPCC, Relate and War Memorials Trust and Penny Brohn Cancer Care (BCHC) to regional theatres and complementary health-care and welfare organisations. Much of this work has been in the field of public affairs, embracing marketing, publicity, membership development, communications, governance and fundraising.Robert is also the Vice Chair of the charity Positive Action On Cancer and the Treasurer of the Somerset charity Dinder Trust.   He is also currently Corporate Partnerships adviser for the national sailing association BIFFA and after nine years serving as trustee and development board chair recently stood down from the charity Together For Short Lives (following the merger between Association of Children’s Hospices and Association of Children’s Palliative Care). Robert runs a small consultancy offering marketing and communications support to a range of small charities and some commercials but also holds the full time post of Chief Executive with the national charity Single Parent Action Network – SPAN.   A charity that campaigns for …, upholds the rights of … and seeks to give voice to … single parents and their children. Robert is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising and the Association of Professional Fundraisers.
Declaration of interests:  nothing to declare.