2019 iO Council candidates


This year, seven candidates are applying to join the iO Council; of whom two new council members will be elected at the iO AGM meeting. Diverse in experience and widespread in age, discover what motivates each of them and their aspirations for the iO Council, iO members and the profession. 


How to vote

Voting is in person at the AGM, Friday 1 November at the London Heathrow Renaissance Hotel. It is free to attend for all iO Members and student members.

If you are unable to attend, you may give someone who will be at the meeting, the authority to vote on your behalf i.e a vote by proxy. If you do not know anyone who will be attending, you may nominate the iO’s Chief Executive, Maurice Cheng as your proxy.

Click here to access the proxy form.


Daniel Collis, Student Union Co-President 2018-2019

Ambassador for the next generation of osteopaths


“Daniel has consistently demonstrated professionalism, drive and a
passion for the profession. In my opinion, he is a graduate the ESO is
proud to have worked with. I have every confidence he would prove
an asset to the IO council” - Ian Fraser, Principal ESO
“I am a recent ESO graduate, working in Cambridge and Norfolk,
with an ambitious aim of joining the iO Council. My aim is to advance
osteopaths’ interests, primarily improving the awareness and
reputation of osteopaths among the public and medical profession.
This statement includes my experience in running a tremendously
successful Student Union (SU) at ESO from 2018-2019, military
leadership training in the Army Reserves and my personal motivations
for the role.
One of my proudest accomplishments within the SU was initiating and
facilitating the first-ever sponsorship by the iO of the intercollegiate
osteopathic sports day, which over 275 students attended. Through
our work and innovative ideas, we increased the amount fund-raised
by 60% on the previous year and enabled more exposure for the IO
to students. The key competencies of fundraising, leadership, and
dynamism that I developed during this time could prove valuable
to the Council. Concurrently to completing my studies, I also spent
four years in the University Officers Training Corps developing my
leadership skills through rigorous military training modules.
I have a conviction and passion for uniting osteopaths and working
together to increase the reputation and awareness of osteopathy. As
such, I would utilise the Council position to tirelessly promote this
message at every opportunity; it is my desire to be at the forefront
of this movement. I wish to ensure my age group of osteopaths
is represented well, to ensure we have a say in the future of our
profession, while also adding to the age diversity of the Council.”


Glynis Fox, Principal at Eyre Place Osteopathic Practice

Enabling osteopathy to take a major role in healthcare in the UK


“I graduated from UCO in 1997. I worked in London and across
Scotland before setting up practice in Edinburgh. I run a successful
practice in Edinburgh. I enjoy general practice and working with
people who are experiencing persistent pain.
I am an advocate of osteopathic care and work diligently to support
my local and wider osteopathic community, regularly speaking with
community groups to promote osteopathy. Within this my aims
include providing health education to my community so that people
are empowered to take care of their own health.
I have been a member of the regional group Scottish Osteopathic
Society (SOS)since graduating. I feel strongly that regional groups
form and maintain relationships within the wider osteopathic
community, they are a vital part of osteopaths having a connection
outside of their own clinic. I am an active member of a local CPD
group. My practice hosts the Edinburgh Osteopaths group, who
work collaboratively on a variety of mutual support issues, ranging
from the discussion of practice-based issues to CPD workshops.
I have been developing my skills outside of the practice clinic.
Offering support including CPD learning opportunities to my
associates. I also mentor new graduates from other practices.I
completed the OU leadership course, which has raised my
awareness of issues of isolation. Working so far away from London, I
am all too aware of how easy it is for practitioners to become insular
in their working practice and isolated from the wider osteopathic
I applied to become an iO council member as I am passionate
about the future of Osteopathy. I would like to inspire the profession
to work more collaboratively and encourage greater involvement
with the iO, in order that osteopathy takes a major role in health
care throughout the UK. My vision now, and mission should I be
fortunate enough to be given this opportunity with the iO council, is
to bring our profession together, encouraging greater collaboration
and support between established osteopaths, and greater guidance
to newer graduates, so that every osteopath, no matter what their
experience, have the support they need throughout their career.”

Jonathan Grice, Clinical Director of THOR Photomedicine

Develop new structures and employment opportunities for osteopaths and osteopaths in training


“In the last three years I have been getting closer to understanding
the needs of the profession and the things that are possible
to make things easier for osteopaths in delivering healthcare. I
have been active in the Policy and Standards, and Risk and Audit
sub-committees as well as on Council. I have connected with
Health Innovation Network to observe the effects of the new
musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioner on primary healthcare and
explore avenues for osteopaths to become involved. I was involved
as an iO delegate in the committee in the development of a skills
framework for osteopathy in paediatric field. I hope to develop
this document into a group supported by iO with a special interest
in child healthcare. I mean for this to be a learning experience in
the development of new specialist interest groups in osteopathic
I have taken a specific interest in osteopathic education. My first
activity as a director was to visit as many osteopathic colleges as
would have me. I accompanied Maurice Cheng to the then new
Colleges at Swansea and MARJON and found the new conditions of
university based osteopathic education.
I continue to be worried for undergraduate education in the UK.
There are significant stresses in tertiary education recruitment,
especially for allied health professions. These include a
demographic shift meaning fewer secondary school graduates
looking for places, a significant oversupply of tertiary places, and
high fees relative to stalled income in graduates. There are solutions
to these problems, and I’d like to explore what further the iO can do
to support student recruitment.
Retention of new graduates within the profession continues
to be acknowledged as a problem but poorly understood and
unquantified. Being a predominantly privately funded allied
healthcare profession often means graduates have a ‘sink or swim’
reality on entering the profession, based not on clinical ability but
on cold commercial circumstance. Almost all healthcare professions
in the UK are undersupplied and the difficult conditions in the NHS
mean there is a great deal of demand for the services of osteopathic
healthcare that is being unmet. I wish to continue as a director to be
part of, and develop, new structures and opportunities to meet this
unmet demand for osteopaths and osteopaths in training, by joining
the Council to raise employment in recent graduates.”

Austin Plunkett, Researcher at NCOR

The profession will need the iO to provide a unifying identity and clear leadership


“I have been a member of the iO since graduating in 2011 and have
worked closely with the iO both personally and through my work at
the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR). I believe my
experience stands me in good sted to make a positive contribution
to the iO and the profession.
The iO’s mission to protect, unite, promote and develop the
profession has never been more important, with the uncertainty
that faces us with changes to the regulatory landscape. Through
my contribution to Council I have advised the iO regarding these
aims and helped develop the iO’s values to support this. I am also a
contributor to the Osteopathic Development Group (ODG), through
my work at NCOR, which gives me the opportunity to represent
both NCOR and the iO.
My current NCOR work also includes OsteoSurvey 2019, and my
PhD proposal that aims to explore how osteopaths engage with
evidence-informed practice. I will be analysing the data from
OsteoSurvey and producing a public report for the profession. My
PhD programme will include mentoring other osteopaths, putting
me at the focal point where healthcare theory and regulation
meet clinical practice. This gives me invaluable insight into the
membership and affords me the opportunity to bring this expertise
to the iO.
Regarding communication beyond the profession, I have played
a small part in the iO’s discussions with the Advertising Standards
Authority (ASA), by contributing to NCOR’s feedback on this
matter. I was also involved in discussions regarding the latest NICE
guidelines for low back pain. On the international stage, I have
raised funds for NCOR’s influential systematic review into paediatric
osteopathy by directly contacting osteopathic professional bodies
around the world. NCOR’s tools for surveying osteopaths and
patients, PILARS and PREOS, have attracted international attention,
and I analyse their data periodically for the UK profession.
As an alumnus of ODG’s leadership course, I give talks to colleges,
regional groups and at conferences around the UK including at
several iO Conventions, the two most recent of which I helped
organise with the iO’s excellent executive team.
The future of health care regulation in the UK is under scrutiny
and restructuring of the regulatory bodies overseeing all manual
therapies remains a possibility. The coming years are likely to see
changes within osteopathy."

Penny Sawell, Author of osteofm.com

Support osteopaths and promote osteopathy to the general public


“With twenty years of clinical experience in various practices, I am
committed to the diversity and potential of osteopathic practice.
I have formed relationships not only with executive and nonexecutive
members of the GOsC, but also with osteopaths involved
in education and research (undergraduate and postgraduate),
physiotherapists, medics and philosophers involved in promoted
person-centred healthcare. I try to apply open, objective and critical
thinking to any issue.
I have attended numerous regulatory meetings, which has given
me an understanding of the role of a Council member, the reading
duties and the duty to hold to account. My recent appointment to
the Investigating Committee will also enable me to have greater
insight into regulation.
I have had many years of working purely as a clinician, however I
think this is a critical juncture for our profession, and I am very aware
that for us to survive we need to evolve. I want to make a greater
contribution to the profession, and with positive feedback, have
received from my individual efforts with writing, that I would fit well
with an organisation that both wants to support osteopaths and
promote osteopathy to the general public.
I think my knowledge of the workings of Fitness to Practise and CPD
would help me to find ways to support osteopaths through this. I
would love to use my writing skills to help engage osteopaths via
the iO magazine, Osteopathy Today - over 6000 people have read
my piece on manipulation and strokes. I would like to use my skills in
research and analysis to assist with the promotion and development
of osteopathy, be that through the graft of research and analysis,
maybe meeting people and acting as an ambassador for the
profession, or by helping formulate strategy, as part of a team to
identify what exact steps would need to be taken to help us take
advantage of this opportunity.”

Ruari Scott, Director of Keystone Osteopathy

With awareness by osteopaths of the true state of our profession, I believe we can encourage unity and with it, the effectiveness of our promotion and communication to all potential patients


“With over 16 years of experience in the profession, osteopathy
remains a fundamentally vocational concept for me. It is a profession
that requires significant personal guidance both as a student and
then within the real, sometimes harsh world of work. Having been
an associate, a medium-sized business owner and Principal, an
NHS contract holder, a medical science lecturer, and Osteopathic
tutor, I feel I now have enough experience and insight into many
of the facets of this profession to justify putting myself forward as a
potential Council member.
My years of teaching in Birmingham and Edinburgh and as a
tutor at Oxford Brookes University enabled me to hone skills in
communication. Witnessing the distinct difficulties our students face,
both in education and in their first steps onwards, I wanted to know
if I could do more. Having been given the opportunity to complete
the Osteopathy Leadership course, I was able to recognise new
paradigms for making a difference. However, the most seminal
moment I have experienced thus far was to attend the iO five-year
strategy meeting last year - I came to realise our profession faces a
possibly unique set of challenges.
The strategy day left me with two very clear conclusions. Firstly,
the current divisive attitudes regarding the development of the
profession represents a clear challenge to the very survival of
Osteopathy. Secondly, that it was time I looked towards playing a
role in finding a solution to this. I am not afraid to push for novel,
or even potentially dramatic action, to support and propel the
profession. To encourage unity and to promote a cohesive and
understandable therapeutic concept of Osteopathy, whilst ensuring
that the decisions made are as all-encompassing as possible. This
must be understandable and effectively communicated to the
members of the profession, and thence to the public and other
medical professions.”

Nigel Utton, Former Union President and charity trustee

Working on strategy as part of a board and chairing meetings


“I have worked as a Headteacher, Union President, public speaker,
writer, charity Trustee and leading activist in inclusive education.
Being President of the National Union of Headteachers for
Hampshire, I chaired monthly meetings, satellite meetings and the
Annual General Meeting for up to 100 people. I set up ‘Heading
for Inclusion’ in 2006 and developed that organisation to become
a respected voice within education, producing responses to
Government initiatives and being invited to discuss policy with
the Shadow Secretary of State for Education and the Children’s
The Guardian newspaper (23rd July 2019) carried an article about
my transition from Chair of the Kent Association of Headteachers,
to Principal osteopath and City Councillor. I have appeared on
several national and local television and radio programmes about
education. Most recently (summer 2019) I spoke at Westminster
Insight and Essex University on education and Green issues
respectively. I wrote a chapter in ‘Education, Disability and Social
Policy’ (Policy Press 2014).
My practice has been open since October 2018 and we already
have 250 patients. I am already working with an associate. For
ten years I ran primary schools, which both increased in size and
popularity in their respective local communities. My school in Kent
was due for closure – but, as I doubled its size in four years, the
County was forced to build a whole new building. Our approach
to ‘Philosophy for Children’ was taken on by the world class Turner
Gallery in Margate, where our children started running philosophy
sessions for visitors. The skills I learned in working with the local
community, media and enterprises have been essential in my
building up my own practice. My approach was described as “…
innovative and creative – thinking outside the normal box… “.
Prior to teaching I spent two years working for the Inland Revenue
and an accountancy firm. I was trained to a high degree and have
been able to use my accountancy skills to assist in managing a
£2,000,000 school budget. I have recently set up a limited company
in Norwich with a local accountant to plant 10,000 trees in Norwich.
We are crowdfunding and applying for a £259,000 grant from the
Forestry Commission.”



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