MERVYN WALDMAN: President
Mervyn is President of the ICO and has been working in hospitals and private practice in Israel since emigrating in 1990
He qualified in 1974 from the BCOM and continued his studies in osteopathy under the close tutelage of John Wernham and T.E.Hall. Working alongside John Wernham for some 15 years, a two volume text on Osteopathic Technique was co-authored and published in 1982. Subsequently and to date, articles on Classical Osteopathy have been regularly published in professional journals and two sets of instructional DVDs on Classical Osteopathic Technique have also been issued.
Mervyn has recently established hospital based workshops on Classical Osteopathy in The Institute of Pain Medicine in the Rambam University Hospital in Haifa, Israel. It is his hope to provide students and graduates an opportunity to see Classical Osteopathic treatment applied in a hospital setting with particularly difficult patients. He is also a regular guest lecturer both in Europe and Japan with a particular concern and interest to see the ICO flourish and continue to be the flagship of Classical Osteopathy world-wide.
HENRY LEE: Committee member and LCCO Director
Henry Lee has been Chairman of the Institute since the beginning of 2007. He graduated from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy in 1990 where after qualifying he worked as an assistant to John Wernham for 3 years. He then set up practice with Alex Milne in Horsham, West Sussex. Over the years he has lectured at both under and post graduate levels and has been involved in ICO education for the past 10 years. He was instrumental in setting up the London Centre of Classical Osteopathy in 2011.
“It has been an exciting few years with a lot of activity. We have had some wonderful young osteopaths through our courses, some of whom have gone on to work within our community based clinic in North London. We have also been busy on the publishing front with new titles in print and the production of educational DVDs.”
CHRIS BATTEN: Secretary and Director of Education
Christopher Batten graduated in 1989 from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy under the tutorage of the late John Wernham.
He taught pathology, osteopathic principles and the applied mechanics of the spine and pelvis at the Maidstone College of Osteopathy from 1991.
From 1991-93 he taught at The John Wernham International Academy of Classical Osteopathy at St. Joris-Weert, just outside Leuven in Belgium. There he taught regularly on their undergraduate program until moving there for a full-time position between 1992 and 1993, teaching and running the busy undergraduate clinic.
In 1999 he was asked to teach at postgraduate level for the Institute of Classical Osteopathy (ICO).
The year 2000 saw Chris made Co-Chairman of the ICO and wrote its Newsletter, later taking over the running of the Postgraduate course, under John Wernham. He has subsequently become the Secretary of the ICO and is the current Director of Education.
In addition to his ICO duties, he now has a life of the traveling lecturer, teaching at various venues through Europe, Canada, Japan and Russia.
He is not registered with The General Osteopathic Council, but is a registered member of the Association of Osteomyologists and practices as an osteomyologist in Devon.
PINDY CHAGGAR: Committee member
Since graduating from The British School of Osteopathy in 2002, 'Pindy' has continued her studies with the ICO, whilst working full time in practice. This has brought her an experience of complex osteopathic cases and has built up her level of expertise within the osteopathic profession. Pindy is committed to the Classical Osteopathic approach and has built a good relationship with the ICO, and with their ethos to health and good education, has decided to take on a more active committee role to promote this to the other osteopaths. Pindy believes health is a balance and practices what she preaches by listening to Classic FM and climbing for fun.
SIAN ALMANDRAS: Registrar
Sian graduated from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine in 2015, during her studies she also worked as a sports masseuse. Since graduating she now works in clinics in Carshalton and West Wickham, as well as being an Equine Osteopath in the Surrey area.