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 20 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 some years later founded the Acupuncture Society in order to establish Chinese style Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the UK.

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

He represents the Acupuncture Society in the Acupuncture Stakeholders Group which is 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 lectures at the College of Chinese Medicine and is also a specialist TCM consultant at the Clinic of the College of Chinese Medicine in Harley Street.

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 the Acupuncture Society 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. This process has been affected by the COVID pandemic.

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 global level.

Amanda has her own Cosmetic Acupuncture register and forum for students and alumni from her academy.  Currently an active Facebook group since 2014 with 343 members and growing.  She also holds live weekly Q&A sessions with guest speakers for her growing online community. Transferring to Facebook has enabled accessibility in respect of language for the international nature of this community.

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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 practise 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

Tuina and Bodywork Advisor
Errol Lynch
Colin Haig Email
Will Beverage Email

Orthopedic, Paravertebral, , Auricular, Acupuncture 2010-2012
Herbal Balm , Face, Tongue and Pulse diagnosis
Clinical study
● Student To Master Tuina Training Program 2010 -2011
● Manager of Touch Tuina Clinic York 2011 – 2012
● Clinical Internship ( Tuina), 70 Hours,
Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM China 2012
● Master Tung Acupuncture Advanced Level with Susan Johnson Lic Ac 2013-2014
● Advanced Scalp Acupuncture for Neurological Conditions,
Yuan Qi classical Acupuncture, Dragon Moxa , Classical pulse diagnosis 2016-2017
with Dr Susan Robidoux
● Osteopathic Spinal Manipulation™ 2017
Osteon Manual Therapy
● Clinical Internship ( Tuina), 100 Hours,
Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of TCM China 2018
● APBC Manipulative Therapy 1-4 2019
Dr Roby Goodrum
● Qi Gong Level 1 Instructor ( Honours) with Lotus Nei Gong International 2016-2019
William ( Will) Bevridge Lives and practices in Edinburgh Scotland.
On his return from Clinic management within York England Will`s practice and School has been
based in the west side of Edinburgh since 2013

Scottish Educational Advisor
Annie Jenkins

Annie teaches Acupuncture in London and Kinesiology Foundation Course in London, Sussex and Kent.  It was while practicing massage and reflexology that Annie became interested in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the benefits they gave. She then trained for 7 years at the International College of Oriental Medicine, College of Chinese Medicine, London, and is a member of the Acupuncture Society. Annie keeps up to date by attending many seminars throughout the year.  Annie’s experience in different branches of complementary therapies gives her an insight into helping patients to improve their quality of life.  Qualifications  Acupuncture MAcS – Chinese Herbal Medicine MPCHM – 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 – Reiki.  SFree consultations given.

She’s a qualified teacher active iq level 3 award in education and training , vocational assessor

Paul Battarsby  Email
Simon Card
Dr Shane McMurnahan   Email
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

Medical Advisory Board
Dr. John Ttikarou Email
Dragomir Lubomirov Email

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

Honorary Members:
Elaine Solicitor
Dean James CBE FRSA

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