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

Cathy Lee, 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.

Jo and Chris Sale, Workshop Desk

Jo and Chris have been part of the team from the beginning, helping delegates with any changes to their workshop choices.  Good-humoured and practical, they excel at dealing with people desperate to get a last-minute workshop place with one of their fascia heroes!

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.

Charlotte Parker

Charlotte graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 2016, she attends CPD courses regularly to further her knowledge and keep up to date with the latest research. Lately, these courses have included dry needling, cranial-sacral therapy and taping.

Charlotte became fascinated with the human body aged 13, she was a keen, competitive swimmer until this took a toll on her knees. She visited her local osteopath where she became captivated with how the body could heal and regulate itself post injury. This guided her on to her path to become an osteopath.

After hearing brilliant reviews from previous BFS weekends, Charlotte is really excited (and honoured!) to be part of the host team this year.

 

Sarah Symonds

I am a Clinical Massage Therapist who works with both people and dogs. For the past 15 years I have run a very successful practice, Nature’s Assistance Ltd, helping people move out of pain and restore health and functionality to their muscle and soft tissue systems. Also, for the last 5 years, I have also worked as a Clinical Canine Massage Therapist, through my business ‘Your Dog’s Life’, helping to improve mobility and support muscular function of dogs whatever breed size or age. I love all things Fascia related, so I jump at all opportunities to enhance my skills and knowledge of the fascial system. I originally attended BFS 2016 and was blown away by the various speakers and their passion to share their knowledge and increase our understanding of Fascia, and that led me to apply to be part of the Hosting team at BFS 2018. I am now over the moon to be part of BFS 2020. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

Andree Murnaghan

I am a Biodynamic cranial sacral therapist working in Brighton and Hove. I am really looking forward to being part of the team again. 2020 looks to be another awesome Symposium. I am looking forward to seeing you all there.

 

 

Barney Clarkson

I am happy to say that I have attended all previous BFSs and seen first hand what an amazing event it is for body workers from all backgrounds. This is my first year as part of the hosting team and I look forward to being at your service and helping to make the weekend run smoothly. As a qualified Physiotherapist I have been using Myofascial Release techniques for 12 years and blend these skills and concepts with a wide range of other techniques including amongst others, Acupuncture, Craniosacral techniques, Cupping, Movement therapy and Energy work. I am most proud of my 2 young children and love watching them grow. I enjoy pottering in the garden and observing all that nature has to offer.

 

 

Beverley de Valois

I am an acupuncturist and researcher with 20 years experience in the NHS investigating aspects of cancer survivorship, and have been a practitioner of Sharon Wheeler’s ScarWork since 2017. I am working closely with ScarWork in the UK to help develop research strategies to build the evidence base for ScarWork. I am also the Chair of the British Lymphology Society Scientific Committee - all of my professional activities have a connection to fascia! This carries over to my personal interests – I am an ardent gardener and very interested in the mycorrhizal network – the soil equivalent of fascia.

So it’s a privilege to be part of the Hosting Team at this year’s BSF and have the opportunity to meet the fascia community.  Its going to be so exciting!

 

Sarah Nelson

Hi!  I’m Sarah. 

I’m a Scottish massage therapist with 19 years of experience and training who runs a busy practice in the Greater Manchester area.  

My therapeutic qualifications span Eastern and Western modalities, from light touch and still work to deep tissue, but what I enjoy most about my job is relieving pain and improving people’s mobility. 

So I’m obviously an avid follower of fascia, and delighted to be helping out at the British Fascia Symposium again this year. 

I can’t wait to meet fellow fascia addicts and hear all about the latest thinking on the subject from experts in their field. 

 

Jakki Hesse

Jakki has been a host at BFS since it started and has seen her practice develop over this time. Specialising in Sharon Wheeler's ScarWork, TMJ and Sound Therapy, Jakki is passionate about all things fascia and is constantly learning and enhancing her practice. Jakki volunteered in Whipps Cross hospital pioneering a ScarWork trial that was very successful and is in the process of continuing this at East Surrey hospital.

In her spare time Jakki finds her inner wild women out in Nature, walking with her 3 dogs or travelling with Ian in their motorhome.

 

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