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.

Diego Gomez - Chairman ICO


I have been chairman of the ICO since 2017.

Qualified by the British School of Osteopathy in 2005, continued my studies and working experience for one year at the JWCCO with John Wernham.

In 2006 I moved back to Spain where I set up my own clinic in my home town Pamplona where I work with my brother Francisco Gomez. In 2011 I founded the Spanish Institute of Classical Osteopathy running the same program than in the UK with the help of the ICO Team. During these years I have been teaching at different schools in Spain and guess lecturer at international conferences. Also, I have done a one year Pediatric Diploma and a two years Master in Human Anatomy Disection.

I took this responsibility with the firm believe that Classical Osteopathy has lots to offer to Osteopaths through our fantastic courses delivered by an experience and very well-prepared faculty team.

Robert Cartwright – Vice chairman


Robert Cartwright graduated from the College of Osteopaths in 1997 first in class. He went on to work in the college clinic as a clinic tutor for 5 years after he graduated and went on to be the Internal clinical competence examiner in the 2002 final exams at COET. Robert also trained as a naturopath and acupuncturist.

After performing about 50,000 treatments, Robert became concerned that he wasn’t helping people as much as he could with the version of osteopathy that he had learnt during undergraduate and post graduate education. After meeting a well known osteopath who trained at Maidstone he decided to study classical osteopathy as this appeared to be a better tool for helping patients find health and later enrolled on the Institute course in 2009.

Robert lectures on osteopathic pathology for the Institute of Classical Osteopathy and has a special interest in how altered body mechanics effect visceral health and the central nervous system.

Robert runs two private practices near Southampton.


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.


HENRY LEE: Lecturer 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.”


SIAN ALMANDRAS: Lecturer and 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.



Michaela graduated from The Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011 where Classical Osteopathy was part of the curriculum. This gave Michaela her foundation of knowledge and led to her working alongside Classical Osteopaths and the ICO where she was teaching assistant on the foundation course for four years.

Michaela works in practice in Surrey part time and as treasurer for the ICO.


ALICE WILLIAMS: Lecturer and Director Foundation Course

Alice graduated from the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine and practices classical osteopathic medicine from a holistic perspective. She also has a degree in Physics from Imperial College London, with specialism in holography. She lectures, both at SIOM and the ICO, and overseas, on the philosophy, principles, mechanics and physiology of osteopathy and is especially interested in reinstating wholeness as the central tenant of osteopathic teaching.


BEN ADAMS: Lecturer and LCCO Principal

Ben is a clinical tutor at the LCCO and a lecturer with the ICO. He graduated from the BSO in 2008 and works in London. He is currently studying an MSc in Diabetes and public health, he is interested in mechanics, physiology and how osteopaths can effectively instigate behavioural change.


PINDY CHAGGAR: Webinar program

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.


MIRIAM ELKAN: Lecturer and outreach program

Miriam graduated from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy in 1995, and went on to do a post-graduate qualification in Naturopathy with the London College of Naturopathy, where she is now a director. She had a busy London practice from 1995 until 2008, when she moved to Portugal.  She has taught Post-Grad Osteopathy at the Maidstone College of Osteopathy and now at the ICO and the LCCO, as well as internationally.  She has also taught Naturopaths, Homoeopaths and Nutritionists.

“What I love about Classical Osteopathy is that we don’t make a distinction between Osteopathy and Naturopathy.  We take AT Still’s original remit of finding a drug-free system of healing, add the deep understanding of physiology that came from JM Littlejohn and others, and from here come the principles that we teach at ICO and that we apply to our patients.”

Simon Broadcast – Lecturer and outreach program

SIMON BROCARD: Lecturer and outreach program

Simon qualified from the British School of Osteopathy (now University College of Osteopathy) in 2014. He started teaching technique at the UCO in 2015 and became involved in teaching with the ICO in 2018. He is now a clinic tutor at the London Clinic of Classical Osteopathy. He is currently completing a post graduate certificate in academic and clinical education.


AMANDA MOORE: Staff training program

I graduated from SIOM formerly The John Wernham College of Classical Osteopathy in 2003, since this time i have run a busy clinic in Caterham, Surrey. Prior to this i worked in a gym as a sports therapist and exercise instructor.

In 2004 i became a member of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy having attended and lectured on the course. I am now Clinic Coordinator and tutor at the London Clinic of Classical Osteopathy on Holloway Road, London, and an examiner for the Institute.

Since becoming an Osteopath I have furthered my knowledge in alternative health care and graduated as a Homeopath, Naturopath, and Cease therapist.

Hendrik Vlek – Lecturer


Following a degree in Physical Education and Physiotherapy at the Catholic University at Leuven (B), Hendrik studied at the International John Wernham Academy of Classical Osteopathy at Leuven (B) in association with the Maidstone College of Osteopathy (UK).

After graduation in 1995 he started an osteopathic practice in Sion Switzerland, where he also mentors since 1999, trainees of the Swiss School of Osteopathic Medicine.
At this school he was expert for the final exams for more than 7 years.

Hendrik was one of the first osteopaths to pas the Swiss States Exam for osteopaths in 2008.

He was actively involved in creating the Swiss Association of Osteopaths, in which he’s still a commission member, and lectures on many of their post graduate courses.

In October 2017 he’ll mentor in his practice the first trainees for the Swiss MSc in Osteopathy.

Since many years, with a lot of pleasure, he also teaches at the ICO.

In October 2017 and 2018 at the iO convention London, he was one of the speakers from the ICO-team.



Sarah graduated from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy in 1995. She continued to work in the college clinic and was then involved in the setting up of the John Wernham College of Classical osteopathy at NESCOT, in surrey. Having a keen interest in obstetrics and the treatment of children, she went on to develop her teaching in the post grad courses run by The Institute of Classical Osteopathy and The John wernham College, as well as running a busy clinic.

She now has three children, so works part time, but maintains her keen involvement in the Institute. Studying to be a breast feeding counsellor and being involved in the NCT has consolidated her knowledge and interest of treating during pregnancy and treating babies and children.


TIM SPARROW: Guest Lecturer

Tim qualified in 1990 from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy and then worked as Co-principal at the John Wernham Academy of Osteopathy in Belgium until 1995 and in private practice in the UK until 2000 . He was part of the team responsible for establishing and development of courses and research at the Surrey Institute of Osteopathic Medicine (UK).

He is guest lecturer at many associate schools and associations of Osteopathy within the Uk , Canada, Japan and Europe including Spain , Italy and Sweden.

From 2000-2013 he was a member of a multidisciplinary clinic in Voorschoten, Holland and a assistant osteopath in a midwifery clinic in Alphen A/d Ryn, providing pre-and post natal osteopathic care.

He moved to Belgium in 2014 and currently works in a Open Therapeuticum Centre in Herent close to Leuven, where he is part of therapy group providing osteopathic re-integration and rehabilitation for patients with Head trauma , Spinal Injuries, Motor and co-ordination disorder, Stress and Fatigue.

He has interests in implementing ICT in osteopathic research and 3D design / printing.


CHRIS CAMPBELL: Guest Lecturer

Chris Campbell graduated from the Maidstone College of Osteopathy in 1988 and continued to study under John Wernham up to the early part of this century. During that time he served for a number of years as Vice Principal under Wernham and as Chairperson of the Institute of Classical Osteopathy.

On returning to Ireland for family reasons in 1988, he set up practice in Dublin and commuted to Maidstone to fulfil his duties as Vice Principal, a position he had to relinquish as his practice and family
responsibilities grew.

Chris Campbell currently practises from the Littlejohn Centre in Dublin and continues to teach osteopathic principles, technique and the treatment of children, mostly at postgraduate level.

PAUL MAZZUCCO: Lecturer and AIOC Director

SANDY ANTUNES: Lecturer and SFOW Director