Mark Lawrence - Principal of the College of Osteopaths 2002 - 2009
A 1986 graduate of the College, Mark then completed a postgraduate course at the Incorporated Society of Registered Naturopaths (ISRN).
Responding to the need to develop the educational infrastructure of the College, Mark went on to gain a Cert Ed and then a BA (Hons) in Education. These have enabled him to make a significant contribution to the development of our osteopathic programmes.
After a stint as vice-principal and then as acting-principal, Mark was appointed Principal in February 2003. Faced with the challenges confronting both the College and the Profession at the time, he continued to successfully negotiate the London-based BSc (Hons) Osteopathy programme through the Recognised Qualification (RQ) process. In addition, during 2002/3 the College provided another RQ programme of training for those who had been unable to enter the initial GOsC register of practitioners - its graduates were awarded a Certificate in Osteopathic Competence and were subsequently able to register.
Kelston Chorley graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 1993 with a Diploma in Osteopathy and Naturopathy, since then he has been an active member of the College lecturing in visceral osteopathy. He was a founder member of the Visceral and Obstetric Society (currently inactive) and a founder member of the Oxfordshire Osteopathic group which he has helped to run for several years. He completed his MSc at the European School of Osteopathy in 2005, submitting a thesis on the management of childhood asthma.
Kelston's newest venture is as the Head of Professional Development (HOPD) for the British Osteopathic Association (BOA). His role is to develop guidelines for best practice, help develop CPD and audit tools, and work with partners towards the revalidation process.
Kelston is keen to see the profession represented and involved at all levels, within the competitive world of musculoskeletal healthcare. Times have changed considerably over the last ten years and are likely to continue to do so; as such he is committed to the challenge of raising professional standards, improving uniformity within the profession whilst retaining the individuality of osteopathy.
We at the College support him and wish him luck in his new and challenging role!
Janine Leach is an osteopath with a private practice Carshalton, Surrey and part of the Research staff team at the College of Osteopaths. She graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 1989, and has combined practice with a career in research. In practice, she specialises in naturopathic osteopathy, particularly for patients with complicated or chronic symptoms. She is a member of the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR) representing the College of Osteopaths. She is Associate Editor of the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. She is the current president of the British Naturopathic Association, the professional body linked to the long established regulatory body, the GCRN.
Her research career started with a PhD in medical physics, followed by several decades in epidemiology and health services research in cancer. She has published over 50 scientific papers, and is an honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health. She is now a Senior Research Fellow in Osteopathy at the University of Brighton with Professor Ann Moore, and has been appointed as a member of the NCRI (National Cancer Research Institute) Complementary Therapies Clinical Studies Development Group.
Peter Hahlo and other members of the College at the GOsC 10th Anniversary celebrations 2008.