ChairmanGabriel 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.
TreasurerIan 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.
TrusteeDeborah 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.
TrusteeEmma Charlton studied aromatherapy at the Institute of Traditional Herbal Medicine and Aromatherapy (ITHMA), qualifying in 2000. Over the years she has worked in a busy multi-disciplinary clinic, as an on-site massage therapist for large companies in the corporate sector and as a volunteer practitioner at a charity for adults living with HIV. For many years she has run a private aromatherapy & massage practise from her home in Twickenham, South West London. She has been a member of the teaching team at ITHMA since 2004 where she teaches massage and aromatherapy. She also teaches anatomy at a London yoga school and regularly writes newsletter articles for aromatherapy retailer Materia Aromatica. Emma is a founder member of the West London Aromatherapy Network and enjoys taking her aromatherapy and massage work to festivals each summer. She’s always maintained an interest in her original career in mental health and manages a mental health education project part-time. Emma strongly believes that IFPA needs and deserves to be a leader in the aromatherapy world and to provide a first-rate service to its members and affiliated schools. She is honoured to support the board to deliver these important roles.
Appointed Company SecretaryRussell 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.
TrusteeLouise 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.
TrusteeChristine 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.
TrusteeKazue 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.
TrusteeKate 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.
TrusteeCraig 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.