Governance (under Construction)

Acupuncture Society – Governance

Chairman and Director – Paul Robin


Head of the College of Chinese Medicine TCM faculty Chairman of the Acupuncture Society

Paul Robin has been teaching and practicing 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 in 1996 founded the Acupuncture Society in order to establish Chinese style Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the UK and to create an ethical, professional, disciplinary and safety code to protect the public and clients of TCM practitioners.  Later on in 2013 Paul formed the British Acupuncture Federation and stepped down as Director in in 2015

Paul specializes in Spinal, Traditional and Chinese Medical Style Deep Needling Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Diagnosis, Microsystems Acupuncture and complex Chinese Herbal formulations.

He represented the Acupuncture Society in the Acupuncture Stakeholders Group which was working with leading members of the profession toward the future regulation of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and preparing for the professions inclusion into the NHS.

Paul continues to lecture at the College of Chinese Medicine and is focused on teaching and running the Acupuncture Society

Contact: Email

Vice Chair – Amanda

Amanda Shayle MAcS MPCHM CertNatSci (Open)

Since 2005 Amanda has been involved in the following, representing the Society and working on behalf of the profession:

Working with GetWell UK (The late Boo Armstrong Northern Ireland project) to promote patient choice for acupuncture within NHS treatment pathway.

Amanda also delivered lectures on Patient Choice to NHS research communities while receiving training in aspects of research development within noclor (North Central London Research Consortium).

In 2007 she conceived and arranged the Complimentary & Alternative (CAM) in Primary Care conference. Chaired by the late Boo Armstrong and the late Professor Jane Plant CBE.

The objective was to promote integration of complimentary medicine research within an NHS framework.

She also attended events by the Kings Fund research events.

Member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Group – working towards statutory regulation of acupuncture and other political/education issues affecting the profession

Member of the Microsystems Acupuncture working group which created the Microsystems Acupuncture Register for the CNHC Complimentary & Natural Healthcare Council.  This register is now PSA approved under the CNHC umbrella and has enabled a growing cohort of practitioners of different niches to work under a regulatory framework to protect the public and gain professional recognition.

Amanda has continued as Profession-Specific Board member of the CNHC since 2011.  She attends meetings on behalf of the Acupuncture Society and also acts as verifier for applicants wishing to join the Microsystems Acupuncture register.

Amanda represents and speaks on behalf of the Acupuncture Society in the UK and internationally.

Particular emphasis of her work has been in Europe. For the past 10 years she has attended the “International Meetings”, “Science Day” and “Education Forums” at the TCM Kongress Ob Der Tauber, Germany, where issues such as regulation, research, education and political matters are discussed. Representatives from professional bodies and education institutions from all over the world attend these sessions. This event is now currently online.

She is also involved in representing the Society to become members of the ETCMA, European Traditional Chinese Medicine Association. This has a large international membership of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine professionals.

As Founder of her company, Acuregen Limited, Amanda has taught her system of acupuncture across Europe, Middle East, Scandinavia, Japan, Canada and USA where she is currently also working closely on an academic project with NCCAOM, National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. This major and also international organisation also accredits her continued education courses in the USA.

In summary her continued relationship with professional acupuncture bodies has enabled the Acupuncture Society to maintain current knowledge of issues affecting the growth, development and safety of acupuncture at a UK and global level.

Amanda runs a Cosmetic Acupuncture register and forum for students and alumni from Acuregen Academy.  She also holds live weekly Q&A sessions with guest speakers for her growing online UK and worldwide community.

Contact: Email:

Regulatory Committee

The members of the regulatory committee are the Acupuncture Society’s regulatory and promotional officers. The Committee is responsible for advising in respect of professional standards, regulatory compliance, health and safety practice, ethical practise, disciplinary and appeals procedures, CPD, advertising standards and data protection and public representation, members acting as ambassadors of the Acupuncture Society at forums, conferences, in stakeholder engagement and with the media.

(note of use of the word ‘officers’ within a company it means either a director or somebody entitled to use the word – normally a senior employee)

The members of the Regulatory Committee are:

Paul Robin Chair Email
Amanda Shayle Email
Kirsten Dhar Email
Dragomir Lubomirov Email

The Advisory Board

Duties of the Advisory Board: To provide member feedback from each of the 4 Nations on the practice environment, on the services provided by the Society for members and CPD or any other matters. To advise and provide views on the strategy of the Society presented by the Chair, and make any recommendations in respect of activities, services or developments, to advise on any proposed publications, research or other outputs. To receive and comment on the annual report from the Chairman. To attend the Advisory Board which will normally meet once a year. The roles are voluntary and not remunerated.

The Advisory Board will normally consist of not more than 10 members and will meet at least once a year. Membership of the Advisory Board will be reviewed after three years.

The members of the Advisory Board comprise one or more practitioner representatives for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and other members providing specialist professional experience in the sector or from other sectors.

Member Representatives:


Educational Advisor 

Professor Dr. Tuan Diep

Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep was born in Vietnam and at the age of 8 moved to the UK. From a young age his father taught him the family’s traditional skills that include Martial Arts, Philosophy and Chinese Medicine.All throughout his early life he trained with and worked in his Fathers’ Chinese Medicine clinic. Years later, Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep furthered his skill in Acupuncture by learning from the famous Professor Anton Jayasuriya in Sri Lanka. After receiving his doctorate, he returned to Northampton to open his own Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture clinic.Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep had many requests to study with him. Upon training his primary staff and after receiving many more requests for the opportunity to study, Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep decided it was time to move to a bigger facility to continue growing his team and to start an Acupuncture College known as The Open International College for Complementary Therapies (OICCT Ltd) in Northampton, and now relocated to Milton Keynes, U.K.Alongside working in a busy clinic, Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep also works as the head lecturer for the college where he teaches his over 100 years old family’s system of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. After qualified students will be offer to be franchised with CT Centres in UK (Complementary Therapies Centre).As a Master of Kung Fu, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Feng Shui, Prof Dr Tuan Anh Diep holds what is known as the “Core Elements of Chinese Philosophy”.Currently, Professor Diep is Honorary Adjunct Professor of Clinical Chinese Medicine by The University of America in California, USA.ExperienceProfessor Dr Tuan Anh Diep, The Open International College for Complementary Therapies, Suite E – 214 Regency Court, Upper Fifth Street, Milton Keynes, MK92HR — 2010-PresentTCM Doctor at CT Centre MK Ltd — 2019-PresentTCM Doctor at CT Centre Northampton — 2004-2019TCM training with Dr Bao Sanh Diep – 1984 – 1995EducationThe Open International University — Doctor of Traditional MedicineThe University of America, USA – Honorary Adjunct Professor of Clinical Chinese Medicine.+44 07523 557 999diep@ctcentre.coSuite E – 214 Regency Court, Upper Fifth Street, Milton Keynes. MK92HRPROF DR TUAN ANH DIEP

Tuina Representative
Errol Lynch

Errol Dexter Lynch
My experience of Tui Na began when I participated in an Acupuncture clinical training study tour in Beijing in 1998. Since then I have been fortunate enough to return to China each year to continue my training with doctors and professors of Tui Na.
I have a passion for Chinese medical therapies mainly Tui Na massage, Tui Na based reflexology, Cupping, Moxibustion and herbs.
I have studied other therapies such as acupuncture, shiatsu, sports injury massage, massage in pregnancy, baby massage and holistic massage. Since finding Tui Na in Beijing in 1998 on a acupuncture clinical training and seeing first hand its effect. I have made it part of my repertoire of therapies.

Thai and Oriental Bodyworkers therapies representative


Kei is an experienced therapist and has worked with some of the top traditional oriental medicine clinics in the UK. Kei has taught Traditional Thai Therapy to many successful therapists from around the world

He studied at centre for Tibetan studies, Thai foot therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, cupping therap, BSY Professional Thai massage, ITM Tok sen therapy Chiang Mai Thailand
Thai herbal compress therapy Old Medicine Hospital Chiang Mai, Noam Tyroler School of Thai acupressure, Traditional Thai Acupressure For Orthopedic pains, Sinchai therapy school Chiang Mai thai massage diploma, Lek Chaya Nerve Touch therapy School Chiang Mai
Advance Nerve touch therapy diploma, Union OF Traditional Thai Medicine Society Department Of Medical services Ministry of Public Health Thailand in Advance Thai Medical Massage therapy Thai healing arts school Chiang Mai ancient Tok sen therapy diploma

Acumedic foundation, Beijing University of Chinese Medicine
foundation acupuncture and Chinese medicine,Tong Shin Hospital Kuala Lumpur clinical observation in orthopedic massage and traditional Chinese medicine, College of Chinese medicine orthopedic acupuncture,Oriental Medicine Academy Diploma in Oriental Orthopedic Medicine

Kei Ngu  Email

Colin Haig Email

Colin began studying Tui na therapy in 2008 under Richard White in Scotland, after full body qualification he completed two Clinical internships in 2011 in the Huaihua City hospital (Hunan province) & the Red cross hospital Zheijiang completing 350 clinical hours. He furthered Tai chi chuan/ Chi kung training in the Wudang mountains to compliment Traditional Tcm methodology. On returning from China inspired by Tcm doctors he began studying acupuncture with the Ccm beginning with orthopaedic acupuncture to compliment tui na & fire cupping then continued to study and complete all Tcm qualifications available as understudy to Paul Robin. He has taken extra interest in Scalp & Turtle acupuncture having trained with other specialists in these fields. Level 3 award in Education & training and currently teaching assistant to Paul in the Edinburgh branch of the Ccm and is a member of the Acupuncture Society Uk. Colin has a private clinic near Edinburgh offering all aspects of Traditional Chinese healthcare.

Will Beverage Scottish TCM Therapist Representative

Will qualified in Traditional, Orthopedic, Paravertebral, and Auricular Acupuncture with TCM Diagnosis at CCM in 2012 after extensive prior training and clinical experience in Tuina with Errol Lynch at Tuina UK, he also did a number of clinical internships at Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM China, and later studied Master Tung Acupuncture, Advanced Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological Conditions, Yuan Qi classical Acupuncture, Dragon Moxa , Classical pulse diagnosis, Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation, Osteon Manual Therapy, APBC Manipulative Therapy and is a Qi Gong Level 1 Instructor. He also founded the Trigram Acupuncture School in Edinburgh where he teaches a combined Trigram TCM therapy




Annie Jenkins

Annie has an active IQ level 3 award in education and training , and is a vocational assessor

She teaches Acupuncture at CCM in London and runs a Kinesiology Foundation and Practitioner Diploma Course in East Sussex.  She trained for 7 years at the International College of Oriental Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, London, and is also a member of the Acupuncture Society. Annie keeps up to date by attending many seminars throughout the year.  Annie’s has extensive experience and qualifications in many branches of complementary medicine:  Acupuncture Dip Ac, Chinese Herbal Medicine Dip TCM, Kinesiology A.S.K. DIP,  Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture LCTA, Bowen Technique, Foot Health Care S.A.C. FHPT. FHTT, Indian Head Massage IHHT, Holistic Massage IHHT, Reflexology SSR, Aromatherapy IHHT, and Reiki.

Paul Battarsby  Email
Simon Card
Dr Shane McMurnahan   Email

Anthony Monteith. B.Sc. (Hons), Lic. Acu., Dip Tuina, Dip. ECK.

Is an experiance teach in many TCM modalities he specialties: Neuro Acupuncture for MS, Parkinson’s, Stroke Recovery. Advanced Tuina for Orthopaedic pain and internal diseases
Acupuncture,Chinese Patent Herbs Chinese Herbal Balms
Sports Massage Rehabilitation Qi Gong/Chi Kung Instructor. Founder of Qi Life Academy Experience Qi Life Method and Principle of Institute of Natural Medicine Ireland

qualified in Medical and traditional Acupuncture, Chinese herbology, Qi Qong, Tuina,
Remedial massage, manipulatative and sports therapy, muscle testing and analysis, health science and tcm theory and practice


Anthony Montieth Email


International Board Members
North and South Asia: Sir Ahmed Bilal Email
Petros Stavridies Email

Educational Advisory Board
Annie Jenkins
Paul Battarsby  Email

Dr Tuan Anh Diep

Paul Brecher FAcS MPCHM

Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine

Paul Brecher FAcS MPCHM

In 2001 Paul was appointed Vice Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine and in 2003 he was promoted to the position of Principal of The College of Chinese Medicine.

Paul’s books on the Chinese martial arts and healing arts have been translated into many different languages for the international market. He has sold over 100,000 books worldwide, including in mainland China.


Medical Advisory Board
Dr. John Ttikarou Email

I Graduated from McTimoney College Chiropractic with a Bachelor of Science Degree
(Honours in Chiropractic) in 2007. Since then I have completed numerous courses and
diplomas in Paediatrics, Pregnancy, Spinal Acupuncture and Sports/Rehabilitation.
I have special interests in all these areas of care.
I was a qualified Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and Registered General Nurse. I had worked as a Nurse Practitioner in Intensive Care Nursing with over 28 years’ experience in both the NHS and the Private sector.
My last NHS posting was for 5 years at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, Middlesex, in the Intensive Care Unit and the Children’s/Adolescent Ward.
I am able to provide Acupuncture in conjunction with Mctimoney Chiropractic care to
enhance the recovery of my patients with lower back pain, sciatica, arthritic pain, stiffness and to treat some orthopaedic conditions as well.
I am also trained and have a special interest in Visceral Adjusting which has shown to be beneficial in my patients who have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and with other digestive type problems such as constipation and adhesions following abdominal surgery.
I am a lecturer in Anatomy & Physiology and Medicine with the College of Chinese Medicine and facilitate the 1stand 2nd year students.
I am an active member of the McTimoney Chiropractic Association and The  Acupuncture Society.
I was a member of the Royal College of Chiropractors until 2019 and a committee member of the Post Graduate Chiropractor Course and Lay Partnership Group.


Dr. Mary Gao

Graduated from the Capital University of Medical Science in Beijing China, Bachler
degree, and as a doctor (Physician and Surgeon), I had more than 5 years working
experiences in the hospitals in Beijing China

Acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner, Yoga instructor, Maternity Nurse Medical Bachelor’s degree from the Capital University of Medicine Sciences in 1992 in Beijing Chinain Clinical Medicine human anatomy, biochemical, cell biology, base pathology, pathophysiology, pharmacology internal medicine, diagnostics, surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, pediatrics, traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture
was an intern in Tongren Hospital in Beijing for 2.5 years in internal medicine
surgical, the department of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatric, traditional Chinese
medicine department and acupuncture department

Director and the owner of private company of Dr. Mary MGM Ltd
n Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Clinic Chinese Medicine Wholesale, main product is Concentrated Granules, which was imported to UK with the original packaging from Tian Jiang Pharmaceutical Company in China, we are the first company and the first time in UK to import
the original packaging and recover some important product information which is
related the dosages of the prescriptions for the patients in the UK and Europe and extensive experiance in Chinese pharmacuticals marketing and runs a Chinese herbal produd importing company

Dr. Mary MGM Ltd( Clinic and Wholesale)

Dragomir Lubomirov Email

Dragomir Lubomirov FAcS MPCHM
Vice Principal of the College of Chinese Medicine

Chair of the CCM Academic board About Me #01

Tel. +44 7976 253682

Dragomir is a fully trained and insured practitioner of Traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture and acupressure massage, which he has practiced successfully since 1997. He has a Masters Degree in Clinical Neuroscience. He is a Fellow of the Acupuncture Society, one of the main professional organisations representing TCM and acupuncture practitioners in the UK. The Acupuncture Society is an active member of the Acupuncture Stakeholder Working Group set by the DoH to map the future of the acupuncture profession in the UK.

Dragomir is the Vice-Principal of CCM London since 2003 and a senior lecturer at the College. Based on his sports, martial arts, massage and acupuncture experience, he developed and has been teaching the Advanced Acupressure Massage Course at the College since 2000 both in the UK and abroad. At the College he teaches the Auricular Acupuncture for drug and alcohol rehabilitation and stress management, Acupuncture Meridian stretch, TCM Orthopaedic diagnosis and Orthopaedic and TCM Musculoskeletal medicine Acupuncture courses.

His professional interests are:
– neural and anatomical correlates of the acupuncture meridian system
– multi-layered inter connectivity of the neuro-axis and especially the spinal inter-sentimental connectivity
– stimulation-based approaches to body regulation and healing
– traditional and modern technological methods of stimulation of acupuncture points
– exercise as treatment for musculoskeletal, mental/emotional and general health problems as well as health enhancement, learning and personal development

For more information about this course please contact Dragomir Lubomirov: Tel. 07976253682 or email:

Vivian Gribben RCN MNC MAcS

I am a nurse of 33 years and have specialised in palliative care for 26 years. I
am currently employed as a community palliative care clinical nurse specialist
and am qualified as a nurse independent prescriber.

For the past 4 years I have been exploring my interest in acupuncture and
Chinese medicine. I am currently approaching the end of a degree level diploma
in acupuncture and have been qualified as an auricular acupuncturist for the
past 2 years

I have worked and specialised in my field in many UK Hospitals

My skills include

Ability to manage complex patients and their families including adapting care to
rapidly changing conditions.
Advanced symptom control management.
Excellent communication skills.
Ability to work autonomously.
Adaptable to work within several teams.
Experienced facilitator and educator.
Experienced presenter to differing levels of seniority

(Note: want membership to be properly representative in terms of gender, age, and diversity.)

Honorary Members:

Dean James CBE FRSA Barrister
Dean James has held senior executive roles in the public, private and charitable sectors. His career includes roles as CEO of a think tank, advocating a new national vision for health and social care, and, overseeing national programmes, including health related services for those with long-term conditions seeking to re-enter employment.
Dean is a trustee and Chair of two charities, one in mental health provision, the other in services for older people and wellbeing. He is a long-standing advocate of the role of complementary medicine. His principal interests lie in advancing sustainable solutions for integrated health and care, improving services to older people, promoting the mental health agenda, and making the case for policy change to embrace innovation across these sectors.


The current members of the Ethics and Standards and Disciplinary Committee are:

Galina Zangana

Paul Brecher

Amanda Shayle

Kirsten Dhar

Dragomir Lubomirov

Paul Robin