Speakers

Below is a list of speakers who can talk to your group on herb related topics.  Click on the name for more details.

London

Dr Chris Etheridge

Area: London and Essex
Email: chrisjetheridge@gmail.com
Comments:

Herbs and nutrition for cancer support

Jackie Power BSc (Hons) ITEC MIFPA

Area: Travels to Central London, Greater London, Kent and Sussex
Email: jackie@jackiepower.co.uk
Telephone: 07518 455 986
Website: www.jackiepower.co.uk
Comments:

I am Medical Herbalist with a Bachelor of Science degree in Herbal
Medicine from Middlesex University. I have studied herb-drug interactions,
anatomy and physiology, clinical science and diagnostic skills and have 15
years experience of using plant medicines to treat a variety of
conditions. My areas of expertise are migraine, stress related conditions
including anxiety, insomnia, depression and also high blood pressure. I am
a qualified Aromatherapy Practitioner and a Horticulturalist and write a
gardening column for a newspaper.

I have given talks at the WI, Southwark Circle and various community
organisations plus housing charities. The various topics for my talks
include
1. Migraine
2. Edible flowers
3. Using herbs safely
4. Herbs in poetry

Kim Walker BSc MSc

Area: Greater London based, will travel within UK
Email: handmadeapothecary@gmail.com
Telephone: 07976579619
Website: www.handmadeapothecary.co.uk
Comments:

Offers talks, walks and workshops rediscovering local plant identification, foraging guidance, folklore, plant uses and herbal remedy making. 

Roy Vickery

Area: Will travel within Greater London and elsewhere (accessible by public transport)
Email: roy@plant-lore.com
Telephone: 020 8675 6740
Website: http://www.plant-lore.com
Comments:

Roy has been collecting information about, and writing and lecturing on, the  folklore of British and Irish plants for many years, and is particularly interested in the folklore associated with our most common, often under appreciated, plants.  He also leads walks discussing plant folklore.

 Since his major motivation is the collection of new material, he does not charge for talks in the London area, and charges only travel expenses elsewhere.  See his website for further details.


Home Counties

Julia Behrens

Area: East Sussex
Email: Julia@herbal-consultant.com 
Website: www.herbal-consultant.com
Comments:

Medical Herbalist

Lynda Jones Medical Herbalist & Allergy Testing

Area: Kent
Email: jones.lynda@yahoo.co.uk 
Telephone: 01303 242838 or  07878 165440
Website: www.lyndajoneskent.co.uk 

Maggie Pope BSc (Hons) MNIMH MCPP

Area: N Devon as well as Somerset, and travel anywhere that is not more than 45-50 minutes travel from Bridgwater.
Email: info@growingmedicine.co.uk
Telephone: 07771660442
Website: www.growingmedicine.co.uk
Comments:

Maggie has a practice in Bridgwater with its own herb garden, where she sees patients and runs workshops.

She is also a tutor at the School of Herbal Medicine in Bridgwater which trains people to become professional Medical Herbalists.

Maggie can provide a range of talks from the treatment of any specific disease process from RA to diabetes 2, plus winter ills, insomnia etc. She can also talk about what a Medical Herbalist does - where they get their medicines from, how they treat people etc., along with more practical sessions for smaller groups - making ointments and poultices and so on.

Frances Watkins BSc (Hons) PhD MNIMH

Area: Within the Home Counties
Email: f.watkins596@gmail.com
Website: www.soothingminds.co.uk/Herbs.aspx
Comments:

Frances has been a medical herbalist for 7 years and is passionate about native British plants.  Examples of her talks include Medicinal Plants in Wartime and the Healing Power of Flowers.  Talks usually last for 45 – 60 minutes presented with or without a PowerPoint presentation depending on what suits your audience best.

Caroline Drew BSc MNIMH CPP

Area: Will travel up to 30 mile radius of Westerham, Kent
Email: Caroline@chartwellapothecary.co.uk
Telephone: 07910 172196
Website: www.chartwellapothecary.co.uk
Comments:

I have given talks in the past entitled:

  • Your Kitchen Cupboard Pharmacy
  • The Importance Of Listening To Your Body
  • An Introduction to Herbal Medicine

I do have a Powerpoint presentation to go with each of these topics so a projector and screen would be useful, thank you.

Caroline Galloway BSc MNIMH SoH

Area: Willing to travel within 20 mile radius of Guildford
Email: herbalist1@btinternet.com
Telephone: 01483 428537
Website: http://galloway313.wixsite.com/homeopathics
Comments:

Medical Herbalist, Homeopath, BSc Nutrition / Physiology, BSc Medical Herbalism, BSc Homeopathic Medicine, MNIMH SoH.

Victoria Wright

Area: Travels to Oxfordshire / Berkshire / Wiltshire areas
Email: victoria@thelivingherb.com
Telephone: 07722 328 307
Website: www.thelivingherb.com
Comments:

Victoria is medical herbalist and wellness coach based in Oxfordshire. She has a rigorous and scientific approach to helping people understand their own health issues thanks to 10 years experience working as a research scientist. This is uniquely combined with compassion and mindfulness following 20 years of meditation training.
Victoria can provide inspirational talks on a range of topics from an introduction to herbal medicine and it’s links to modern research to specific illness, particularly women’s health concerns and stress-related illness. She can also talk about mindfulness and meditation and the links between body and mind.

Victoria Wright

Area: Travels to Oxfordshire / Berkshire / Wiltshire areas
Email: victoria@thelivingherb.com
Telephone: 07722 328 307
Website: www.thelivingherb.com
Comments:

Victoria is medical herbalist and wellness coach based in Oxfordshire. She has a rigorous and scientific approach to helping people understand their own health issues thanks to 10 years experience working as a research scientist. This is uniquely combined with compassion and mindfulness following 20 years of meditation training.
Victoria can provide inspirational talks on a range of topics from an introduction to herbal medicine and it’s links to modern research to specific illness, particularly women’s health concerns and stress-related illness. She can also talk about mindfulness and meditation and the links between body and mind.


West Country/Wales

Michele Daramat

Area: Cardiff + < 1h by train Cardiff and am willing to travel
Email: michele.daramat@gmail.com 
Telephone: 07754 070058
Comments:

Provided it is not more than an hour or so by train

Sue Minter, Past Chairman of the Herb Society

Area: Prefers to deliver talks locally, but will travel if the host covers travel costs and puts me up for the night if it’s an evening talk and it’s impossible to get back home.
Email: sue.minter1@btinternet.com
Telephone: 01626 368948 (with answerphone)
Comments:

Sue is past Chair of the Herb Society, past Curator at Chelsea Physic Garden and past Horticultural Director of the Eden Project where she developed their Crops for Health display.

She delivers Powerpoint presentations on 'The Healing Garden' (covers pharmaceutical and herbal plants and the conservation issues about them); also on Alicia Amherst who wrote the first history of gardening -which touches on herbs as she was a Council member at Chelsea Physic for 40 years.

She required a digital projector to be provided.  She provides her own laptop computer.

Sue can also deliver talks with slides:  'Thinking with your Nose' (on the art of perfumery) and 'Which Doctor?' (which covers enthobotany and pharmacology). For these Sue will provide her own slide projector.

Talks are charged at £100, plus travel costs if applicable.

Anne Stobart MCPP

Area: Based near Exeter, Devon. West Country and Wales. Fee £70 plus travel at cost.
Email: a.stobart@herbaid.co.uk
Telephone: 01363 777531
Website: www.holtwoodherbs.com
Comments:

Anne Stobart is a longstanding member of the Herb Society and is a trained medical herbalist.  She taught professional herbal medicine at Middlesex University in London until 2010.  Anne has particular research interest in the history of domestic and herbal medicine and has published several books with Bloomsbury Academic.  She is cofounder of the Holt Wood Herbs project in Devon which seeks to develop sustainable cultivation and harvest of medicinal trees and shrubs.

Hilary Loder DBTh

Area: Dorset
Email: hilaryloder@hotmail.co.uk
Comments:

I prefer to bring my own equipment and enjoy giving talks on:
1) Herbal First aid 
2) Propagation of herbs
3) Uses of herbs for healing

4) Herbal aids for the relief for stress
The cost of a talk would be £70 plus travelling if over 5 miles. Willing to travel up to 15 miles radius of Marnhull, near Sturminster Newton.

 

 

Dilys Griffiths, Medical Herbalist DBTh MURHP

Area: Carmarthenshire
Email: dilys@balmdinefwr.com
Telephone: 07855 673096
Website: www.balmdinefwr.wales
Comments:

I am a qualified Medical Herbalist registered with the URHP. I have part time herbal practices at Ammanford and Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire where I see patients for consultations, treating the individual rather that their symptoms.

I am happy to give talks through the medium of Welsh, English or bilingual, according to the individual need of the group. Talks can be about the properties and use of herbs and plants for health generally; the properties and use of specific herbs; maybe some practical demonstrations; introduction of the history of the ancient Physicians of Myddfai from Carmarthenshire. Topics of talks can be discussed so they are suited to the individual group.

Cost £60 for talk and travelling costs at 45p per mile if travelling over 5 miles. Reduction of cost may be granted to some charities, chapel and church groups, please enquire for further information. 

Willing to travel within a 20 mile radius of Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, S Wales

 

 

Carrie Pakenham

Area: Travels up to 50 mile radius of Frome, Somerset
Email: carriepakenham@gmail.com
Telephone: 01373 830312
Comments:

Talk titles include 'The Cultivation and Uses of Unusual Herbs' and 'Getting Ready for Winter.'
I always bring my jellies, copies of my 2012 book: Jellies: Jellied Preserves from Garden and Hedgerow, plus plants to sell and plants to use for identification and demonstration.
I don't use a projector.
All monies all go to the Wessex Therapy Centre for Multiple Sclerosis

 

 

Roberta Hutchins BSc (Hons) MCPP

Area: Around Devon – up to 60 miles radius from Exeter
Email: roberta.hutchins@zen.co.uk
Website: http://www.bewelldevon.uk
Comments:

I have been a practicing Medical Herbalist since 2004 and worked in the herbal world for over 20 years. I am the Editor of the ESCOP monographs and the Company Secretary for the British Herbal Medicine Association. I am also a yoga teacher and reflexologist with an interest in psychotherapy. Last year I taught with a colleague the 'Living Medicine' 5 part workshop course ‘Introduction to Self Care with Food and Herbs’. I can speak on many areas of herbal medicine, healthy living, nutrition, stress management. A projector would be helpful for presentations. Costs £50 per hour plus travel expenses.

 

 

Caroline Sheldrick BA, BSc, CertEd, MNIMH

Area: Travels throughout Gloucestershire and often further afield.
Email: cjsheldrick@gmail.com
Telephone: 01453 884092
Website: www.carolinesheldrickmedicalherbalist.co.uk
Comments:

Caroline is a regular speaker on herbs and herbal medicine, and has an annual talks programme (which you can see on her website), often visiting interest groups such as WIs, Probus, U3A and Gardening Clubs.
She also speaks on health issues for patient and practitioner groups, for example on Heart Health, Menopause and COPD.
She leads herb walks fortnightly from Spring to Autumn. Caroline’s background is in Botany and she enjoys sharing the skills of plant identification.
She uses her own projector for the talks and can bring a screen if needed. 

Davina Wynne-Jones

Area: Willing to travel
Email: herbs@herbsforhealing.net
Telephone: 01285 740638 / 07773687493
Website: www.herbsforhealing.net
Comments:

My garden Herbs for Healing was created in 2005 when I turned a pony paddock into space for growing medicinal plants. The plants flourished and I have opened it every year since then and have given talks and workshops on growing and using the plants that grow there.  I have spoken to many gardening clubs.

I seek to inspire others to live close to nature and to look at what is growing nearby to keep in good health. I make teas, ointments and creams for sale which can be seen on my website.  The garden opens for the NGS.

My talks are all illustrated.

My titles, (which are sometimes adapted to suit the group) include:

Herbs for Healing Growing and using plants for your own health benefits

Herb Gardens Historic and modern.  I trace back the history of gardens specifically created for their medicinal uses from ancient societies to 21st century gardens.

The Doctrine of Signatures An introduction into the theory that plants show signs or signatures of what their uses might be. The talk weaves in and out of the ancient history of plant medicine up to the present time.

How my late mother, Rosemary Verey, still influences me and others in the Garden and Herb Bed…

Charge for 2019 £90 plus travel. 


East of England

Julie Dore MNIMH Medical Herbalist

Area: Within 25 miles of Cambridge for evenings, further for the whole day.
Email: hedgerow-herbals@juliedore.eclipse.co.uk
Website: www.hedgerow-herbals.co.uk
Comments:

Variety of talks and walks, from slideshows to making own medicine, plants of Shakespeare, plant walks, etc.

 

Su Rayner Qualified Practitioner and Member of the Association of Master Herbalists

Area: Brooke, Norwich, Norfolk but will travel within a 20 mile radius of Norwich
Email: sumeadowherbs@aol.com
Telephone: 01508558135
Website: www.meadow-herbs.co.uk
Comments:

As a Herbal practitioner Su has been giving talks and holding workshops for over 15 years covering a variety of topics.Su will tailor her talk to your requirements and covers topics such as:

  • Medicinal uses of Herbs in the Garden
  • Herbal First Aid
  • Womens' Herbs

Su also deliver practical sessions including 'Making Herbal Remedies'. Su uses power point presentations.

Dr Gwenda Kyd B.F.R.P.

Area: Will travel to Cambridgeshire; happy to travel further if possible by public transport; west central Scotland
Email: gwenda@cambridge-bach.co.uk
Website: www.cambridge-bach.co.uk
Comments:

I am a writer, chemist and Bach flower remedy practitioner. My
talks mainly cover plant uses (past, present and potential future) and how
these can be linked to what we understand about the plants. I also talk
about Bach flower remedies and and the plants used to make them and can
also run workshops on using Bach flower remedies.
Currently I can offer:
1. People and Plants - Molecules, Medicines and Mischief
2. Fantastic Food Plants
3. Bach Flower Remedies and their Source Plants
4. Drugs from Plants (a bit more science in this one!)
5. Using Bach Flower Remedies to Improve Health and Well-being (workshop)  

 


North West and North East

Dalbinder Bains MNIMH, BANT Medical Herbalist & Nutr.  Therapist

Area: Northwest through to Midlands
Email: dalbinderbains@yahoo.co.uk
Telephone: 0151 427 1040 / 07841 393775
Website: dalbinderbains.co.uk
Comments:

Happy to talk about most health related topics and relate to herbs and nutritional and functional medicine.

Roisin McLaughlin, Bsc (Hons), MNIMH,GHR reg. Medical Herbalist and Master NLP Practitioner

Area: Greater Manchester only
Email: roisin@butterflyeffect.uk.com
Comments:

 NIMH Medical Herbalist and Master NLP Practitioner

Barbara Wilkinson, DBTh, MURHP, Consultant Medical Herbalist, Trustee of the Herb Society

Email: barbara_wilkinson101@hotmail.com
Telephone: 07771727569
Comments:

Medical Herbalist and Trustee of the Herb Society.  Talks for WI, Townswomen Guild, U3A, Probos, etc. on Herbs & Spices for Health & Wellbeing, Cultivation & growing of herbs, etc.

William Woods, Owner Blackbrook Herb Gardens

Area: Cheshire/ South Manchester
Telephone: 01625 539166
Website: www.blackbrookherbgardens.co.uk
Comments:

Range of topics covered including culinary, historical and traditional uses of herbs, with propagation and growing advice.

 

Angela MacRitchie Dip Herb & Dip Nat Nutrition

Area: Willing to travel if expenses covered
Email: info@essenceofthesoul.co.uk
Telephone: 07717186647
Website: www.essenceofthesoul.co.uk
Comments:

Naturopath & Herbalist - Dip Herb (CNM) ANP, AMH, URHP (applying at the moment)
Naturopathic Nutritionist - Dip Nat Nut (CNM) BANT, NNA & CNHC.
Complementary therapist – Reflexologist, Reiki master, Body work, fertility massage, MISP practitioner & Crystal healer.

Angela left the fashion industry to study with CNM 5 years ago and completed Nutrition in 2015, then completed Naturopathy in 2016 and now herbal medicine in 2017.
She is a practicing naturopath and nutritionist in her own clinics and for Napiers the herbalists in Glasgow. She has various clinics in Glasgow as well as Manchester and Newton Stewart.
She loves spreading the word of the wonders of herbs and will cover any topic required for the day.

Stephaney Allinson BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine CPP, MNIMH

Area: Will travel to areas accessible via public transport in the West Yorkshire area
Email: allabouttheherbs@gmail.com
Telephone: 07426016993
Website: www.allabouttheherbs.co.uk
Comments:

I mostly deliver talks that last between 1-2 hours. I am available some evenings and some days during the week. I have a regular talk schedule in my clinic currently, my website has the details for more information.


Midlands And North

Malcolm Dickson, Owner Hooksgreen Herbs Nursery, Trustee Herb Society

Area: Nationwide
Email: sales@hooksgreenherbs.com
Telephone: 07977883810
Website: www.hooksgreenherbs.com
Comments:

Malcolm uses power point presentations.  Titles include "Showing and Growing Herbs" and "Herbs through the Season".

Hannah Sylvester BSc (Hons) MNIMH Medical Herbalist

Area: Lincoln, Lincolnshire and East Midlands, but can travel further (by train)
Email: info@thedistrictherbalist.co.uk  
Telephone: 07906 376342
Website: www.thedistrictherbalist.co.uk
Comments:

Medical Herbalist, and Lecturer on the BSc (Hons) Herbal
Medicine degree at Lincoln. I have been providing talks and workshops for a
wide variety of local groups, such as the WI, Gardening Clubs, U3A, Probus,
Rotary, and Womens’ groups for a number of years. I can often tailor talks
to group requirements, but most commonly speak about the History of Herbal
Medicine, cultivating medicinal plants and herb garden design, as well as
how to create preparations within the home. I lead a very successful series
of Herb Walks around the Cathedral Quarter each Spring and Summer and also
lead Herb Walks in other areas of the County, and for private bookings and
individual groups.

Trudy Norris Consulting Medical Herbalist

Area: Scunthorpe, South Humberside
Email: trudynorris.nimh@ntlworld.com 
Telephone: 07745577503

Cindy Teague BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine

Area: Will travel nationally
Email: cherbs@gmail.com
Website: www.cherbs.co.uk
Comments:

I have given talks locally for community groups, Adult Education Groups, as well as for the local British Beekeeping Association group.  I have also written for the BeeCraft Journal.  I also offer herb walks.

My talks vary from an Introduction to Herbal Medicine to specific themes such as women's health, herbal history and philosophy, and much more. They can be tailored to specific groups.  The talks are usually presented by powerpoint.

Rowan McOnegal, BA Hons . Cert. Herbal Medicine

Area: Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire
Email: rowanmconegal@hotmail.com
Website: rowanmconegal.co.uk
Comments:

Rowan qualified from the school of phytotherapy in 1990 and has been practicing, teaching and lecturing in herbal medicine ever since. She has always grown her own herbs and made her own medicines, and teaches practical herbal medicine making and natural perfumery courses in Herefordshire. She can talk about hedgerow medicine, modern herbal practice, spices, natural perfumery, making herbal medicines and cosmetics for home use, etc.

Chris Menzies-Trull

Area: Willing to travel to Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Cheshire, West Midlands. Manchester
Email: c.menzies-trull@ntlworld.com
Telephone: 01782 713977
Website: www.rainbowherbs.com
Comments:

Christopher has been a herbalist since 1987. He also uses Naturopathy [nutrition] and Iridology in his practice.
He enjoys giving talks and demonstrations to people on herbs.
Travel costs and a small fee are appropriate.


Scotland

Fay Johnstone

Area: Edinburgh and surrounding area, Glasgow, Buckinghamshire, London
Email: fay@fayjohnstone.com
Telephone: 07921 174212
Website: www.fayjohnstone.com
Comments:

Plant Spirit Guide and Teacher
Fay ran an organic herb farm and herbal product business for 5 years and
offers a practical approach to hedgerow medicine, herb growing and home
herbal medicine making. Fay is the author of "Plants That Speak, Souls that
Sing" (publication June 2018). And offers workshops and talks on
discovering the spirit of plants for mental and emotional well-being

Anna Canning

Area: Edinburgh
Email: anna.canning@blueyonder.co.uk 
Telephone: 07790 885969
Website: www.floramedica.org
Comments:

Talks, workshops, herb walks Activities for children, resources for herbalists & teachers

Colette Jones PhD BSc Dip Herbology RBGE

Area: Willing to travel, please enquire
Email: gardenherbs33@gmail.com
Telephone: 01224 592 390
Website: www.facebook.com/Garden-Herbs-505428139595014
Comments:

Colette Jones is a trained herbologist growing and processing herbs for use in the home. Colette’s interest in medicinal herbs began when working as a research scientist for the British Medical Research Council (MRC) in the Gambia West Africa she noticed that Gambians had more confidence in the bone-mending skills of local healers to those of the MRC clinic.

On returning to the UK Colette trained in Horticulture at Myerscough College, Lancashire and worked in the landscape industry for five years. Moving to Aberdeen in 2007 Colette started to grow a wider collection of herbs to use in cooking, remedies and cosmetics and in 2014 was awarded a Diploma in Herbology from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Colette writes short articles for newsletters; advises on cultivating herbs; runs herb workshops; and is a founder member of the NE Scotland Herb Group.

Illustrated talks on herbs can be tailored to the interests of the
audience, please enquire. Topics for talks include:

Six Herbs: an introduction to herbal traditions through stories of six
garden plants.
Using herbs: processing home-grown herbs for everyday use in medicines
and cooking
Herbs and the urinary system
Healing properties of rock garden plants

Hosts need to provide all AV equipment if illustrated talk using images
required.
Fee to cover travel & accommodation expenses only.


If you would like to be added to the speakers list then please contact info@herbsociety.org.uk.  We would be grateful if speakers could promote the Herb Society when giving talks.  Please see the Herb Society introductory presentation here Herb Society Introduction Presentation.pptx.