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Simon Fielding confirmed as Chair of the Osteopathic Foundation

Following his contribution to the Osteopathic Foundation (oF) Board as Acting Chair, iO Council confirmed the permanent appointment of Simon Fielding as Chair of the Osteopathic Foundation Board for a term of three years to 2027.

 

With his considerable experience of the profession, his previous long service as a trustee of the Osteopathic Education Foundation (the predecessor to the oF), and his extensive experience as a charity chair, Simon has provided a period of stability for the oF and demonstrated that the Foundation will be in good hands under his leadership.

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Simon is quite the ‘tour de force’ in the profession. He has worked tirelessly over more than 45 years to advance the role and standing of osteopathy both in the UK and overseas. No one has contributed more than Simon to the recognition of osteopathy; he was instrumental in the profession gaining regulatory recognition 30 years ago.

 

A staunch supporter of educational institutions, he contributed greatly, both directly and indirectly, to education; in the past, working with educational institutions and government departments to ensure high standards in osteopathic education.

 

He spent 13 years as a specialist advisor at the Department of Health and served on the Commission on Primary Care, the Academic Board of Exeter University Department of Health Studies, and the Education Board of the American Academy of Osteopathy.

 

Simon has many charitable interests and currently serves as the Chair of Trustees of The College of Medicine and the Kairos Rehabilitation Trust, which assists patients with chronic pain and complex long-term conditions. He and his wife Jane are also active Trustees of the charity Salt of the Earth which funds sustainable water, education, health, women’s empowerment and environmental projects in the poorest and most deprived areas of Southern India.

 

Simon has undoubtedly been a lifelong advocate and champion of osteopathy, which was recognised with him being awarded the prestigious President’s Medal in 2023.

Simon said of his confirmed appointment as oF chair: “I am delighted and honoured to be part of the Foundation again, and excited to be able to help shape initiatives that will serve the profession into the future. I will use my knowledge and experience to work with my Board to ensure that we fund projects that will have the greatest impact and provide the best value. I see fundraising as having a very important part to the future of the Foundation.”

About the oF

The Osteopathic Foundation is a charitable trust dedicated to advancing osteopathic practice for the benefit of the public. It does this by funding education and research, and by promoting productive relationships both within and outside of the profession.

The Foundation receives no government funding and relies on donations from members of the public and the profession. For more information, including how to donate, click here.

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