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Professional Committee Members

CNHC's Professional Committee is a pool of mainly lay individuals from which Investigating, Professional Conduct & Competence and Health Panels are drawn. The Professional Committee also advises the CNHC Board on any generic (as distinct from profession specific) issues relating to education and training.



Adam Carey
Professor Adam Carey is a doctor and nutritionist working on all areas of sports nutrition and human performance.  After Oxford, he became an accredited specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with sub-specialist interests in endocrinology and nutrition.  He left the NHS in 1998 to actively develop the use of nutritional and lifestyle strategies to improve human performance and reduce the risk of disease through proactive preventative medical management. He is now Visiting Professor in Nutrition at Leeds Metropolitan University. His work in world sports includes posts with the England Rugby Football Union and the England Cricket squad.  He has acted as a consultant to the British Olympic Association in the preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games.


Angela Deacon
Angela is a solicitor who has been running her own private practice for 30 years. She served on the Law Society Council (the governing body for Solicitors) for 11 years, dealing with the governance of the profession. She also sat on the Compliance Board of the Law Society for a number of years addressing  issues of regulation and professional discipline.  At present she chairs the Architects Registration Board Regulatory hearings, which deal with the regulation of Architects. She took an interest in complementary healthcare following her involvement with the Shakespeare Hospice and is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hospice.


Emir Feisal 
Emir is a Chartered Accountant with over twenty years’ experience in strategic financial management and corporate governance.
Over the past fifteen years until 2013 he was Associate Managing Editor of the Sunday Times, responsible for all areas of transformational change, financial management, HR and risk. He then set up his own business, ‘360 Change Consulting’  and is presently project managing a £16M new build hostel in the City of London, for the YMCA.
He is a Magistrate for the Central London Bench and  sits on a number of strategic Boards including ones for the Bar Tribunals & adjudication services, London Metropolitan University, the Henry Smith Charity and the Queen’s awards for voluntary services. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Wheelwrights.
His past roles have included being a non-executive Director of South West London & St. George’s mental health Trust, The Royal Parks Agency, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Westminster Kingsway College.


Colin Lea 
Colin is a self employed business consultant and company director. He is a former Vice-President of the Health Professions Council, chairing the Finance and Resources Committee, Registration and Investigating Appeals Panels. He is a former Chairman of West Glamorgan Health and Family Health Services Authorities. 
Colin serves on a number of public bodies including The Tribunals Judiciary, Social Services Complaints and Investigating panels and other consumer related organisations. He is Chairman of a family travel business in London and is also involved in many business, sporting, charitable and community related organisations in Wales and the UK.


Jon Levett
Jon Levett has worked in professional regulation for the past twelve years. Latterly as Deputy Registrar and Director of Standards at the General Optical Council (GOC), Jon was responsible for advising the Council on the standards of conduct and performance expected of optometrists, dispensing opticians and optical businesses. Jon also led a governance review of the Council following the previous Government's White Paper on health regulation, Trust, Assurance and Safety. Before joining the GOC, Jon was Head of Education at the Architects Registration Board (ARB) with responsibility for the accreditation of education and training institutions offering qualifications leading to registration as an architect. Jon is a lay member of the Professional Conduct Committee for the National Register of Public Service Interpreters. He has a PhD and MSc from the University of London, a MA from the University of York, and BSc (Hons) from the University of Hull.


Patricia Murch
Patricia has 20 years experience working in education including having been a Director of Norfolk Adult Education Service and managing a training and consultancy company. She is a trustee of a community development charity and involved with an Asperger syndrome charity.  Her interest in complementary therapies increased during her MA in Education, when children with dyslexia showed significant improvements during her dissertation study on the effectiveness of educational kinesiology on reading abilities.   Her long term goal is to provide excellent, independently verified research to establish which complementary therapies achieve the most effective results and warrant public funding.


Dr Toyin Okitikpi
Dr Toyin Okitikpi was Principal Lecturer and Head of Social Work at London South Bank University.
Having started in residential care he qualified as a generic social worker and worked in the field for many years before moving into social work education. He now works with tribunals involving adjudication and arbitration services but he continues to have an interest in social work education specifically refugee and asylum seeking children and their families; social integration and cohesion and working with children of mixed parentage.
Currently he is a member of Aventure, (social welfare Consultancy group); He is a lay member on a number of Tribunals including: Employment (first tier), Bar Tribunal and Adjudication, Asylum and Immigration (first tier), Mental Health Review.
He has written numerous articles and has edited and contributed chapters on a number of social work related publications.  


Alan Peacock
After graduating, Alan pursued a career in public sector management and administration in a variety of organisations, including the civil service and local government. From 1992, Alan worked in statutory regulation: first, for the General Medical Council and then for the Architects Registration Board.
Alan joined the Chartered Institute of Linguists in September 2007 as Director of Membership and became its Executive Director in 2012.  In July 2014 he was made an Honorary Member of the Institute.
Alan is currently the Director and Registrar of NRCPD, a voluntary regulator for communication professionals working with deaf and deaf/blind people.


Leon Pickering
Leon is a barrister at Ten Old Square in Lincoln’s Inn, a chancery and commercial set. His chancery work focuses particularly on trust and estate matters including wills, tax, probate, the administration of estates, the Court of Protection and family provision. He also works in more commercial areas, such as partnership disputes.  His practice includes both contentious and non-contentious work.
Leon is also experienced in regulatory and professional discipline law. He sits as a clerk on tribunals for the Bar Tribunals and Adjudication Service and as a member of disciplinary panels for the Rugby Football Union in the Surrey region. He is an accredited mediator.



Diana Tofts
Diana has been a nurse and midwife for 36 years, training and working in the UK and Australia, and working as an academic for the past 20 years. Her clinical background is in paediatrics, neonatal intensive care and orthopaedics with current clinical links in both acute adult care and primary care trusts. Diana has an interest in professional regulation, particularly continuing professional development, in terms of how this can be made flexible and meaningful for practitioners and also in support for practitioners through coaching, mentorship and clinical supervision. She has a certificate in reflexology and therapeutic massage but no longer practices in these areas.


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