Nicola Bastin (Lay)
Experienced in health care regulation as a lay representative, Nicola is currently a Panel Chair with the Health and Care Professions Council. She is an HR professional and is involved with fitness to practice for her own professional body the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Nicola also has experience in quality improvement – including setting up and leading two government agencies. She is now on the Board of an NHS Trust, providing mental and community health services, and a London housing association. Nicola has had an interest for many years in complementary healthcare and joined the CNHC Board in 2015.
John Lawrence (Registrant)
John has been involved on the voluntary healthcare road since 2003 when he served as one of only two Scottish based experts on the Prince of Wales’s Foundation for Integrated Health. He was the chair of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (UKCHO) when the hypnotherapy profession entered regulation. A keen advocate of regulated therapy in the U.K. he has a country practice in Scotland based on the banks of the River Forth, near the famous bridges. He previously served on the Profession Specific Board for Hypnotherapy within CNHC. He is chair of the Scottish Hypnotherapy Foundation (a registered Charity)."
Laura Quartermain (Lay)
Laura graduated from the University of Lancaster in 2007. She then spent time working as a Paralegal for a trade union law firm in Manchester before completing the Legal Practice Course at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice. Following her graduation Laura trained and qualified as a Solicitor with a Thames Valley Law Firm. Having spent a year in private practice Laura decided to take up a role with the Health and Care Professions Council, where she currently works as a Compliance Officer in the Fitness to Practice Department. Laura takes a keen interest in healthcare regulation and is passionate about the work of the CNHC.
Michael Scott Watson, Chair (Lay)
Michael joins the board as a qualified chartered secretary.
After an extensive career in building societies and financial services both in the UK and overseas he moved into healthcare regulation as Deputy Registrar at the General osteopathic council where he oversaw the management of the education and financial portfolios.
He left the osteopathic council to become Chief Executive of the British Osteopathic Association where he looked after the interests of practising osteopaths providing advice and guidance to members. The role also involved lobbying as the association was committed to making osteopathy much more widely available on the NHS.
Upon his retirement from the association he was invited to become the lay registrar for the British Acupuncture council which is a role he still holds to this day. His early work has seen him review and revise the registration process.
He still keeps an interest in the world of osteopathy as executive adviser to the European Federation of osteopaths and as Chair of the audit committee at the Institute of Osteopathy.
He is committed to an integrated approach to healthcare and believes passionately that this approach offers one of the solutions to escalating healthcare costs.
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