Meet the Tutors

Victoria Plum


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


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 | Facial Rejuvenation CPD


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 | Lotions & Potions


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


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 Windsor | Facial Rejuvenation CPD


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


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


Rowena Paxton

Rowena trained at the Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London, completing their 3-year Nutrition Consultant’s Course in September 1999. She went on to build a general nutrition practice at Neal’s Yard Remedies in Salisbury and has recently opened another clinic in Tisbury. She finds digestive and stress related problems are the most frequent concerns that are brought to her. Rowena is a Foresight practitioner, helping couples with fertility problems and also has a special interest in sports nutrition, having worked with amateur enthusiasts, club athletes and elite international athletes. She has been a tutor for the nutritional therapy courses offered by BCNH and Premier International and this year has started lecturing for the nutrition course at The College of Naturopathic Medicine in Bristol. Locally she has worked with the Wiltshire NHS chronic fatigue support group, runs healing food lunches and gives regular talks. She collaborated on research and recipe development for five of 'The Food Doctor' books and also contributes to radio interviews and writes regular magazine articles.

Rowena came to nutrition from a lifelong interest in good food and ran a successful catering business before qualifying as a nutritional therapist.

Courses: Nutrition for Wellbeing


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


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 Dorset and Bristol


Jo Kellett

Jo trained as an Aromatherapist at the Tisserand Institute in 1996, and went on to run a practice at the Portland Hospital in London offering Aromatherapy and Yoga for women in pregnancy. She returned to The Tisserand Institute in 1999 to teach Essential Oil Therapeutics and remained there until it closed in 2004. Whilst at the Institute she trained to teach baby massage with the International Association of Infant Massage. She began teaching for Neal’s Yard in 2006 and is also a massage tutor at The Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine & Aromatherapy and Aromatherapy Lecturer at Morley College, London.
Jo has contributed to many Aromatherapy journals including publications in the USA, Taiwan and IFPA's In Essence' and often speaks at press launches about the efficacy of Essential Oils in products. She was a recent contributing author to ‘Aromatherapy for Health Professionals 4th Edition’ and was a key speaker at the IFPA conference 2010. Also in 2010 she obtained accreditation from IFPA to teach CPD, and offers courses throughout the year.

Courses: Aromatherapy and Essential Oil Science Diploma


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


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 and Recipes for Natural Beauty