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Victoria Plum

PRINCIPAL TUTOR

Victoria qualified as an Aromatherapist in 1996 and then went on to specialise in working with clients who have issues with addiction and other mental and emotional health problems. Working with these clients brought particular focus on the delicacy, and subtlety of being a practitioner, and the importance of connecting with clients. Consequently Victoria completed further training focusing on ‘energy work’ and bringing stillness and reflection into her practice. Victoria still practices within a general complimentary health clinic, with clients who are referred to her by psychotherapists and also works as a Reiki practitioner and Craniosacral therapist.

Victoria was invited to teach Aromatherapy for Neal’s Yard Remedies in 2007 developing our professional Diploma and Introduction to Aromatherapy Courses. Victoria is now the principal tutor for our world renowned Aromatherapy courses.

Prior to life as a practitioner Victoria was an actor, and endeavours to bring some of her theatrical enthusiasm into the classroom!  Victoria believes that learning should be fun, not just hard work.

Courses: Aromatherapy Diplomas | Introduction to Aromatherapy | Natural Perfumery

 

Elaine Tomkins

HEAD OF MASSAGE

After 11 years as a maxillo facial nurse, Elaine developed an interest in complementary health as she was able to make a positive difference to patients both pre and post-operatively using therapeutic touch. This inspired her to train as an aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute, London where she was later appointed as Senior Massage Tutor.  She also went on to open London’s first aromatherapy clinic within a dental hospital.

Elaine also works as a remedial massage therapist within various health clinics in London, and also holds qualifications in pre and post natal massage, intra and extra oral massage, lymphatic drainage massage and has trained in the management of post mastectomy pain and rehabilitation after Breast Cancer surgery. Elaine finds it extremely rewarding to see the frequency with which massage therapy is being integrated into mainstream healthcare and utilised in chemotherapy units, cardiac departments, maternity units, GP surgeries and many other areas of medicine. Elaine feels very fortunate to be part of these exciting developments but more importantly, is passionate about empowering others with the art, science and power of touch through her work and teaching.

Courses: Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science Diploma |  Introduction to Massage

 

June McEnroe

June trained at the Tisserand Institute, completing its Diploma in Holistic Aromatherapy in 2001. Her particular interest in providing access to the benefits of therapeutic touch for disadvantaged and low income groups has led her to developing and delivering massage and wellbeing training for groups of jobseekers, lone parents, the elderly, the disabled and carers, and maintaining a volunteering network which co-ordinates resources and therapists to provide massage and aromatherapy treatments at community events.

June has taught the ITEC Diploma massage course at The London School of Complementary Health. She now teaches the Neal’s Yard Remedies Introduction to Massage course and the Indian Head Massage CPD course. She has worked as an assistant tutor both for the Tisserand Institute and on the Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science Diploma at Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Courses: Introduction to Massage

 

Julie Wood

Julie gained her Herbal Medicine degree with the College of Phytotherapy and is a member of The National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). She started working for Neal’s Yard Remedies in 2003 when she made the tinctures at their herb garden at Springhead, Dorset. Since then she has worked with the Customer Care team as a Herbal Advisor on their advice line. She has also answered queries from the public on behalf of NIMH.

Julie is interested in the roots of plant medicine and the ancient traditions. She has volunteered at the historic site of Shaftesbury Abbey, developing their Anglo-Saxon herb garden and leading herbal walks and talks for over 15 years. Last summer she ran a series of popular herbal medicine and plant spirit workshops at her Garden Room, set in her own semi-wild medicinal herb garden. She has also been helping with the development of a herbal labyrinth project. Julie says, “I work with plants in many ways, using them in my healing practice but also creating a deeper communication between plants, people and the spirit of our land.”.

Courses: Introduction to Herbal Remedies Stage 1 and Stage 2

 

Fran Johnson

A passionate Cosmetic Scientist and Aromatherapist, Fran spent 10 years formulating beauty products in the NYR Research & Development laboratory in Dorset. She has developed new products from shampoos to foot creams, combining the best that nature has to offer with the latest technologies, to create effective products with the least environmental impact possible. Her latest challenge is within the NYR Natural Health team as a Development Manager working on developing exciting new Natural Health products.

Her particular interests lie in working with essential oils, creating natural fragrances and enjoying the challenge and limitations that using only essential oils can bring. She is also a co-author of the NYR Beauty Book and Essential Oils book. 

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy | Recipes for Natural Beauty

 

Muriel Pichard

Muriel started her healing work twenty-two years ago when she moved from Paris to London and embarked upon an unexpected and yet transformational journey with homeopathy which led her to working with flower essences and all kinds of vibrational essences. She has worked closely with international flower essences producers, ran a busy practice in London, led workshops, written articles, and developed her own range of essences.

She moved to Dorset in 2008, and started her magical journey with aromatherapy through the NYR diploma course, which added deeply to her overall life and healing work in particular. Being fascinated by “connection” and how essential oils and massage help us reconnect with ourselves and the part of us that require healing, she has fully incorporated aromatherapy in her existing practice. Being passionate about sharing, she is a mentor and tutor on the “Intro to Aromatherapy” and “Intro to Flower Essences” NYR courses.

Courses: Introduction to Flower Essences | Introduction to Aromatherapy 

 

Kim Lahiri

Kim Lahiri has over 41 years’ experience in the Cosmetic, Perfumery and Complementary Therapy field. She spent over 20 years as an educator within health and beauty specialising in training and examining within complimentary therapy. She travelled globally spreading the word about natural beauty and natural remedies from as far afield as Japan down to Australia, South Africa and all over the USA. Kim’s passion for natural health stems from a childhood spent in Africa with a doctor as a father who grew his own herbal plants to make natural medicines. “Look to nature for within the scope of the plant kingdom modern medicine was born.” Aromatherapy captures the healing properties of plants and trees making it accessible to one and all.

Courses: Introduction to Natural Perfumery | Recipes for Natural Beauty

 

Ines Willis

Ines was awarded her diploma in Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science from one of the leading schools in Natural Medicine in the UK - Neal’s Yard Remedies in Covent Garden. She is also a full member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) which ensures the highest standards of professional practice.

Ines is particularly interested in natural healing for women, reproductive and gynaecological health and pregnancy care. She also specialises in Holistic Facials and has a keen interest in natural skin care and loves to share her knowledge through writing a variety of magazine articles and teaching. Ines’s passion and love for Natural Health and teaching has led to her now managing the Education Department at Neal’s Yard Remedies.

Ines also teaches the Neal’s Yard Remedies Holistic Facial CPD course, Introduction to Aromatherapy and Recipes for Natural Beauty course.  She also works as an assistant tutor on the Aromatherapy & Essential Oil Science Diploma at Neal’s Yard Remedies and mentors NYR Diploma students as part of the mentoring scheme.

Courses: Holistic Facial CPD | Introduction to Aromatherapy | Recipes for Natural Beauty

 

Vicki Kaufmann

After a 25 year career in advertising she felt it was time to concentrate her interests on something that she really believes in. Her ambition is to “assist and improve the health and wellbeing of others through the knowledge and use of essential oils and massage” Vicki did her initial training at the highly acclaimed Neal’s Yard Remedies School of Natural Health in Covent Garden, obtaining a Diploma in Aromatherapy, Massage and Essential oil science and qualified in 2012.

Her passion for the oils have taken her on trips to Morocco, India and on a more regular basis - France. Drawing on this enthusiasm and general life skills, she now teaches the  Neal’s Yard Remedies 1 day Intro to Aromatherapy Course’ in Windsor. She also mentors newly qualified aromatherapists, as part of the Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Diploma mentoring scheme.

Vicki’s desire to continue learning, lead her to train in Indian head massage, natural lift facial massage, and is presently studying for a diploma to practice reflexology.Vicki is a fully qualified and insured practitioner, and a member of IFPA. She practices in Taplow and alternate Saturdays in the Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy rooms in Windsor.

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy | Facial Rejuvenation CPD

 

Debbie Mulkern

Debbie has been a qualified aromatherapist for over 20 years and has lived and worked in Australia and Hong Kong. She is also a trained natural perfumer and designs bespoke perfumes for customers, teaches workshops on natural perfumery and is a consultant to spas and natural fragrance companies. Her passion is working with natural scents to create beautiful, sustainable, fragrant products that have positive effects on both your wellbeing and surroundings.

Courses: Introduction to Natural Perfumery

 

Lisa Gwilliam

Lisa completed her Cidesco diploma and qualified as a massage therapist and aromatherapist in 2006. She went on to work as a therapist for many years and currently works as a trainer for Neal’s Yard Remedies. Lisa has a passion for natural remedies and wellbeing and was brought up with them as her grandfather was a Naturopath and Homoeopath. One of her biggest loves however are essential oils and creating her own products. She practices as a therapist on Saturdays in the Neal’s Yard Remedies Therapy rooms in Bromley and is also a keen yogi, hoping to complete her yoga teacher training in the near future.

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy | Recipes for Natural Beauty

 

Theresa Millman

Theresa has a strong training background in nutrition and has provided training courses on nutrition to Nuffield Health Doctors, Physiotherapists and Physiologists. She currently works as a clinical tutor at UK College of Nutritional Health (BCNH), London; has previously worked as an academic tutor at the Institute of Optimum Nutrition (ION) in Richmond, London and developed City & Guilds Healthy Eating courses at Adult Education Colleges at Westminster. She also provided product training and seminars for nutritional supplement company, Viridian Nutrition, coaching independent health store staff on nutritional supplements.

Her key areas of interest are autoimmune conditions, including fatigue, energy and the endocrine system (hormone health). As someone who had been diagnosed with two autoimmune conditions, Theresa has a wealth of knowledge in how to manage these conditions with food and lifestyle. She has great empathy for those who are trying to come to terms with dealing with autoimmune also and shows them how to make positive changes to help restore health. She provided nutritional consultations to Nuffield Health and Wellbeing at the following premier sites: Canary Wharf Medical Centre, London; JP Morgan Medical Centre, Canary Wharf, London; and West Byfleet Medical Centre, Wellbeing Centre, Surrey. Theresa also worked closely with many individuals via personal fitness instructions and physiotherapists in and around the London area. Part of working in nutrition Theresa has present to many schools and colleges on sports nutrition including: Sport Performance Teams at Royal Holloway University, Surrey and Boys Rowing Clubs at Hampton School, London .

Courses: Nutrition for Wellbeing | Superfood workshops

 

Karen Harrison

 Karen has worked in the nutrition industry since 2010, currently teaching Nutrition, Nutrigenomics and supervised more than 3,000 hours of clinical training at the College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is also currently working at Lifecode Gx where she trains Nutritional Therapists and students in genetics. 

 Karen provides product training and seminars for nutritional supplement company, coaching independent health store staff about nutritional supplements.

 Her key interest is gut health and autoimmune diseases and has used food and lifestyle techniques to help herself and many others.

 Training is one of Karen’s passions particularly when talking about key foods.

Courses: Superfood workshops

 

Lucinda Bunn

Luci qualified as an aromatherapist in 2017 after completing the Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Diploma. She is a dedicated member of the Neal’s Yard Remedies team, currently based in the Covent Garden Therapy Rooms.

Luci has been a course assistant since she qualified, working alongside the courses team to provide support in all things aromatherapy and natural beauty. 

Luci is passionate about the curative power of self-care rituals. In her practice, she guides clients in choosing oils and creating blends to nourish and nurture mind, body and spirit. 

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy | Recipes for Natural Beauty

 

Paula Dear

Paula completed her training as a Holistic Aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute 15 years ago. Since then she has had a flourishing practise from her home treatment room in Cardiff. Prior to this she was a Speech and Language Therapist within the NHS for over 20 years and remains a Regional Tutor for the Makaton Charity. 

She also continues to teach Stress Management and Relaxation as a Tutor with ‘Relaxation for Living & more’ and delivers Essential Oil and plant related talks to local groups. Paula is also a mentor to NYR Diploma students as part of their mentoring scheme. 

Her love of all things botanical has recently led her to undertake an Introduction to Herbal Medicine course at Cardiff University and to grow herbs in her city garden to infuse massage oil for her clients. She also volunteers in the beautiful setting of Bute Park encouraging children into the great outdoors and can often be found river dipping or bug hunting in her wellies! 

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy (Bristol)

 

Nicola Leighton

Nicola first discovered the power of aromatherapy and massage while working in a particularly stressful city job. It wasn’t long until she was totally hooked on the benefits these techniques can bring, both physically and emotionally.  After the birth of her first child, Nicola enrolled on the Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science Diploma with the Neal’s Yard Remedies. Since obtaining her diploma in 2013 Nicola has continued to expand her knowledge with various accredited CPD courses. 

Nicola is a full member of the International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists (IFPA) which ensures the highest standard of professional practice. Nicola works with clients at all stages of life in her busy practice in Cambridge and enjoys helping her clients to relieve both physical and emotional pain in a safe and nurturing environment.   

Nicola recently enjoyed the opportunity to contribute to the Neal’s Yard Remedies Complete Massage book. Nicola also mentors newly qualified aromatherapists, as part of the Neal’s Yard Remedies Aromatherapy Diploma mentoring scheme and teaches the Neal’s Yard Remedies Introduction to Aromatherapy course in Bury St Edmonds. 

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy (Bury St Edmunds)

 

Christine Johnston

Christine is a qualified Nutritional Therapist holding private client and corporate consultations in London. She trained at the esteemed College of Naturopathic Medicine and currently supervises student clinics at CNM.

Christine is also a licensed practitioner with Cytoplan's Brain Health Programme, a nutrition and lifestyle programme designed to optimise brain health and cognitive function.

She is passionate about educating people to make their own choices so that they are empowered to make dietary and lifestyle changes that accommodate their busy lives.

Courses: Superfood workshops

 

Christine Duffill

Christine has practiced as a clinical aromatherapist for 15 years and is a full member of IFPA (International Federation of Professional Aromatherapists), ensuring the highest standards of professional practice.  

Following a successful career as a midwife Christine now works independently offering pregnancy and birth services throughout East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire.   

Christine recognizes that for those expecting a baby this is a time of great change and her aim is to support them during their exciting journey to parenthood and after the birth of their baby.  

Christine specializes in pre and postnatal massage and believes passionately that all women should experience a positive birth and that couples should be informed, in control and respected. She is currently facilitating the Positive Birth Movement Hull.   

Courses: Introduction to Aromatherapy (Beverley)