About

Meet the team of dedicated people who make the British Fascia Symposium happen!   The committee is responsible for selecting the presenters and for organising how the event runs.  Our legendary hosting team are guides, helpers, logistics facilitators at the Saturday party and table hosts for solo travellers.

Founder and Director

The British Fascia Symposium was inspired by the Fascia Research Congress, but I wanted to create an event that was practice-led for those working directly with the body. From the beginning, I have been helped and supported by a wonderful committee that has been invaluable and without which the Symposium would not have become what it is today.

When the British Fascia Symposium 2014 took place, we had no idea it would become the prestigious, international gathering it is today. My gratitude for the support from all of you who have been part of the Symposium journey.

The Committee

Julian Baker, Director of Functional Fascia

Julian is a sought after speaker and has been a hands on therapist for over 25 years, he has taught thousands of students over the years the skill of The Bowen Technique, a non-invasive system of fascial release.

He is the author of two books on Bowen and Fascia and has contributed hundreds of articles about body work, fascia, dissection and the human form.  To find out more about Julian visit: https://functionalfascia.com/

Susan Findlay, Director of the North London School of Sports Massage

Susan’s first love is dance, sport, anything to do with the joy of movement. She trained as a nurse in Canada but soon left the profession when she came to the UK as she wanted a deeper connection with her clients.  For many years she worked in both health and fitness, teaching 20+ classes a week and running GP referral schemes. She wanted to make better use of all her knowledge which led her to retrain as a Sports Massage and Remedial Soft Tissue Therapist.  Currently she is the director of NLSSM and specialises in teaching Oncology Massage. She is the author of Sports Massage: Hands on Guide for Therapists and is the Sports Massage feature writer for Massage World.  She volunteers her time as a board member of GCMT and a PSB member of CNHC.  More importantly she still has a clinic in North London and keeps current with new skills.  Join her on Massage Mondays for free weekly massage videos www.susanfindlay.co.uk

Brittany Spence, Chair of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists

Brittany Spence is Chair of the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists. In this role, she is very active in the promotion of CAM therapies and works diligently behind the scenes in both NHS and Parliamentary discussions. Because of these roles, she is a very keen advocate in research of all Complementary Therapies, but as a Practising Bodywork Therapist of over 14 years, she is particularly passionate about soft tissue research and is delighted and humbled to be a part of the BFS organising committee for its 4th event. In 2014 she wrote the #1 International Best Selling Book “The Successful Therapist System” with an aim to help other therapists reach their career goals.. You can learn more about what Brittany gets up to at www.BrittSpence.com.

Consultants

Ruth Duncan, Consultant:

Director of Myofascial Release UK, international training school.

Ruth was the winner of the Camexpo Outstanding Achievement Award for the Industry in 2014 and is the author of ‘A Hands On Guide to Myofascial Release’ published by Human Kinetics the same year. Ruth specialises in myofascial release and has been in clinical practice for 16 years as well as teaching myofascial release for 12 years.

Ruth presented a clinical poster at 4th International Fascial Research Congress in Washington DC in 2015 which was also printed in the congress handbook and the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. She regularly writes articles for trade magazines as well as offering lectures and workshops at healthcare conferences and trade shows.

Cathy Lee, Accounts and PA to Director

I am a qualified bookkeeper and work for several clients with very diverse businesses. I am also a part time School Bursar at a local Primary School. I have known Jan since our nurse training days and it is a pleasure to be able to support and work alongside her at the BFS conferences.

Sophie Comas, Marketing Director

Sophie is a Chartered Marketer with over 20 yrs experience of working in both corporate marketing teams and for the last five years small businesses.  Delighted to be joining the team for her first British Fascia Symposium, please get in touch with any press enquiries.

The Hosting Team

We would like to give a huge thank you to our team of volunteer Hosts, who will be looking after you over the weekend.  The Hosts are vital to the special atmosphere we aim to create at the British Fascia Symposium, one of friendliness, welcome, warmth and being looked after.

Ian Dale (Team Co-ordinator):

I feel privileged to be a host at this year’s British Fascia Symposium. Having spent thirty years producing music for film, radio and television for a successful global music publishing company, I now specialise in creating multi-dimensional music to blend 'harmony' with healing, using gongs, Tibetan bowls and bells creating a colour in sound to resonate with the subtle frequencies of the mind, body and spirit. I have two boys in their twenties and enjoy spending time dancing and connecting with nature with my three dogs and travelling in my motorhome.

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