The current trustees of the TBLTF are Joanne Patterson (Chair), Nicholas Tobin, Richard Baverstock, Robert Smith and Lindsay Holder.
Joanne's career began in Zambia where she started and supported several charitable foundations. She has practiced as a trained family counsellor throughout her career and more recently in the last 8 years, in systemic hypnotherapy.
She trained with Ron Phelan, Dr Nixon-Livy and David Howells in Bowen in 2008. David Howells invited her to join the Trust in 2014. Joanne trained with Professor Stossier in Austria, in the Mayr Cure, applying Kinesiology in over-arching health interventions. Practicing as a systemic health practitioner, she runs The Refocus Clinic.
Originally a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, an illness caused a total change of direction in to Bowen Therapy, which literally put Nicholas back on his feet. He has been practising Bowen since 2013 at his clinic on the Wirral where he has treated all age ranges, from 2 weeks to 92 years. Even younger if you include pregnant mums.
As well as being involved with the Tom Bowen Legacy Trust Fund for over seven years, Nicholas is also the chairman of the Bowen Therapy Professional Association (BTPA).
Richard's first career in Computer Systems Engineering provided some useful skills when setting up the website for the TBLTF, and he continues to provide IT support to the team.
Richard trained in Bowen Technique in 1999 with the European College of Bowen Studies, and later qualified as an Osteopath in 2008. As well as running a busy multi-therapy clinic in Leicester, he also provides support to the Bowen Therapy Professional Association in various roles.
Susi became drawn towards the Bowen Technique whilst working as a Remedial Massage Therapist up to Manipulative Therapy and Sports Massage Level and engaging in on-going Continuing Professional Training on a regular basis during the 1990s and becoming a Chartered Physiotherapist. She was fascinated with what Tom Bowen's work was able to do very simply and quickly for her clients, rather than the longer way Remedial Therapy worked on their muscular and skeletal issues in comparison.
Susi loved the idea that children were offered free treatments by some of her fellow practitioners and she followed suit in her practice.
Susi is a qualified Occupational Therapist and has had experience in the Wheelchair Service as well as Aids to Daily Living, all valuable knowledge when allocating funds for our recipients.
Robert trained in Bowen Technique in 2007. Since then he has had various Bowen clinics around Glasgow, Scotland, mostly integrated into broader complementary collective practices. In 2012 Robert trained in hypnotherapy, and became interested in the mind-body continuum within the field of chronic pain, anxiety and trauma. Today, he runs his own clinic, focused on hands-on practice, easing and resolving pain, improving mobility, as well as working with clients to help them break the cycle of anxiety and pain symptoms caused by traumatic events. Bowen is still at the centre of his practise, and he teaches an assessment led seminar in UK and EU on behalf of Graham Pennington called 'The Importance of Symmetry'.
Robert is very happy to be working with TBLTF to help more adults and children with special needs attain tailored support to enhance their lives.
Lindsay trained in Bowen Therapy back in 2006 after searching for a suitable treatment for her horse. She always wanted to work with animals and people alike and Bowen seemed the perfect fit. After many years of training and searching for 'more' Lindsay ended up in Australia under the wings of Smart Bowen. It is there she felt her career really transformed to what it is today.
Lindsay's main modality is Bowen, and she now teaches for Smart Bowen®. She has since trained in Systematic Kinesiology and become a Functional breathing Instructor.
From Scotland, Neil initially worked in paediatric dentistry, oral surgery, then Edinburgh medical school (1985) and as a rural GP for 21 years. Neil re-trained in naturopathic nutrition, Gerson therapy, Biodynamic/Upledger cranio-sacral, Emmett, Bowen, and has had initial training in Energy medicine (Donna Eden).
His main interests are nutrition and hands-on approaches to chronic illness, using the Chinese 5 element system, Applied kinesiology, and natural approaches to neurological conditions. Neil' other interests are classical singing, piano, and languages.
After 8 years of service to the TBLTF, trustee Erica Moss retired from the board. The photo shows a presentation by the Chair to Erica of a 'thank you' gift. Erica's service, dedication, and empathy will be missed by all, and we appreciated her help with various grant applications over the years.