Governing Board

The governing board of SCCH consists of four members, whose biographies are set out below. The governors are collectively responsible for the governance and overall strategic direction of the SCCH. They ensure that the SCCH meets its mission to generate competent safe and useful practitioners of jing fang classical herbalism in a relaxed and enjoyable clinical environment.

You are invited to read our Governance Framework Document.

Frances Turner
Frances Turner
Lic.Ac, Lic.OHM, MPhil, MRCHM

School of Classical Chinese Herbalism founder, Jing Fang Apprenticeship Course Director & Senior Clinical Supervisor

As well as teaching and practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, Frances has been involved throughout her professional life with Chinese medicine education and the accreditation of Chinese medicine colleges. She is passionate about achieving and maintaining high standards of practice in Chinese medicine education.

Frances sat on the BAAB (British Acupuncture Accreditation Board) accreditation committee for six years, as well as on the BAcC (British Acupuncture Council) education committee.  She acted as external examiner for the acupuncture degree courses at Westminster University, and at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Frances is currently a council member for the RCHM (Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine), and is working to get the SCCH Jing Fang Apprenticeship accredited by the EHTPA. She is happy to be working with others to help disseminate Jing Fang Classical Herbalism in the English speaking world.

Alexander Evans
Alexander Evans

Alexander’s first degree was in Electronic Engineering. He went on to forge a successful global career in the software industry, often working with Silicon Valley companies as International Executive Vice President. Here, he developed his skills and passion for working in companies with growth potentials, enabling that growth to be realised financially, geographically, along with the career growth of its people, often with the companies becoming market leaders. He worked in a wide variety of industries such as manufacturing, aerospace, telecommunications and finance, artificial intelligence, robotics and predictive technologies.

Later, Alexander trained in Acupuncture, Tui Na and Classical Herbs at the internationally renowned College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, where he now teaches. Alexander’s clinical experience encompasses private practice, community acupuncture, teaching clinics and working in hospitals. With his passion for learning more Chinese medicine, Alexander has travelled to China to study with Masters at their clinics, hospitals and universities in Shanghai and Beijing.  Of note are Professor Feng Shi Lun for Jing Fang Classical Herbal medicine and with Dr Wang Ju-Yi for palpation skills. He regularly researches and attends courses to extend his knowledge, all with a focus on providing more effective patient outcomes.

As part of sharing his passion for Chinese Medicine, he is a mentor for other practitioners and teaches Chinese exercise (Qi Gong) at his local village hall. He volunteers for the charity My Cancer my Choices.

Alex says: ‘As Fran was instrumental with helping me navigate the world of Chinese Herbs, I wanted to see how I could use my knowledge in Chinese medicine combined with my business development skills and experience to support her and to have her School become the pre-eminent Classical Herb School outside of China.’

Dr Berny Sèbe
Dr Berny Sèbe
D.Phil (Oxon), FRHistS, FRGS, FHEA

Dr Berny Sèbe holds a doctorate in Imperial and Commonwealth History from the University of Oxford. As a historian specialising in the ways in which the experience of imperialism has shaped cultural and political encounters between Western and non-Western cultures, the philosophy underpinning classical Chinese medicine, and its growing success among practitioners and patients in the UK, are of specific interest to him. Having discovered through direct experience the positive impact classical Chinese herbalism can make on people’s health and lives, he is committed to the idea of disseminating knowledge about Jing Fang as a way of enhancing personal wellbeing, and is supportive of Frances Turner’s efforts as a practitioner and as the driving force behind the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism.

In addition to many articles in peer-reviewed historical journals and book chapters, Dr Sèbe is the author or co-editor of several books, including Heroic Imperialists in Africa: The Making of British and French Colonial Heroes, 1870-1939(2013), Echoes of Empire: Identity, Memory and Colonial Legacies (2015), Decolonising Imperial Heroes: Cultural Legacies of the British and French Empires (2016) and Decolonising Europe? Popular Responses to the End of Empire (2020). Dr Sèbe is an Associate Professor in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Birmingham, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Higher Education Academy of the UK.

Mark Preston
Mark Preston

Mark has retired from his clinical acupuncture practice, and now focuses on teaching regular T’ai Chi and Qigong classes in South Oxfordshire, and supporting Frances and the School of Classical Chinese Herbalism. As well as being a governor of SCCH, he also runs the Chinese herbal medicine dispensary at Cholsey Complementary Health Centre, which is used by the school.

He discovered T’ai Chi Chuan in 1982 and it has been a seminal influence in his life ever since. In 1985, prompted by the introduction to the Chinese understanding of Qi energy and its fundamental role in supporting health and vitality in the natural world as well as within all of us, he enrolled on Professor Worsley’s three-year Licentiate program in traditional acupuncture in Leamington Spa. Further studies in TCM with John and Angela Hicks (who later founded the College of Chinese Medicine in Reading), a diploma in Tui Na from the University of Westminster, a diploma in medical Qigong from LCTA and biannual T’ai Chi retreats all contributed to decades of running a busy practice in London.

He was the coordinator on both the Qi energetics and point location modules of the London College of Traditional Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine’s degree course in acupuncture. Frances Turner was running the Chinese herbal medicine course at LCTA and there began a friendship that endures and deepens to this day.

Mark can see that the Jing Fang Apprenticeship is pioneering an education in Jing Fang Classical Herbalism that is unique in the UK and perhaps Europe. He has been encouraged by the feedback from experienced herbalists who enrol on the course, who are often impressed by the elegance and essential simplicity of Jing Fang, and by its remarkable capacity to improve the efficacy of their herbal medicine practice.  This contribution to the welfare of humanity is something he wishes to support and nurture as much as possible.

Testimonials from patients, students and graduates.

Jing fang has given me a way of understanding herbal medicine that is both profound and effective. For that I am eternally grateful!
Andrew Nuttall, JFA Graduate 2021

It has been the single most helpful thing I’ve done for my health – it’s been life changing.

Simone Irmscher, JFA Patient 2022
Dr Feng, you have turned my world upside-down with this wonderful Jing Fang system… reading your case histories is inspirational.
Gail Newton, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

It has been the most remarkable and fulfilling educational experience I have ever had, because the learning is done through observing real patients and seeing how Frances diagnoses and treats them. Every week I’m there, I learn something new whether it is about herbs or formulas or syndromes. And being at the clinic is always hugely interesting. Doing Frances’s course and learning the Jing Fang pattern diagnosis has changed the way I treat my own patients as an acupuncturist.

Suzanne Mounter, JFA Graduate 2020
The Jing Fang introductory lectures are extremely useful. The information is explained in a very clear and structured manner, with case studies that illustrate all the different formula patterns. The audio is a bonus. These lectures provide a very solid base that complement the practical side of the apprenticeship and help consolidate your learning.
Cristina Lopez-Pasqual, Apprentice 2020-22

It is such a privilege to be studying the Jing Fang Apprenticeship with Frances Turner, and I cannot wait to incorporate this incredible system into my practice to help patients.

Cristina Lopez-Pasqual, JFA Apprentice 2020-22

I have been very lucky to meet Frances Turner and study the Jing Fang tradition you have shared all over the world. It’s a truly wonderful medicine, which I absolutely love to continue learning and practicing. So many have benefited from these teachings.

Naoko Taoka to Dr Feng Shi-Lun, JFA Graduate 2019
It has been rewarding and challenging to use this medicine. Every patient is a teacher!
Victoria Conran, JFA Graduate 2019

It has been the most remarkable and fulfilling educational experience I have ever had.

Suzanne Mounter, JFA Graduate 2020
Frances does a wonderful job of teaching Jing Fang to us in England, online and in person. It has transformed my herbal practice into being more effective, with quicker results, and being more curative.
Vasanthy Watt, JFA Supervisor 2022
Your depth of knowledge, as well as your warmth and willingness to share it, have made the last two years the most important and enjoyable of my career to date.
Tom Kennedy, JFA Graduate 2021
Thank you for bringing Jing Fang into my life, it has done miracles for my health…I feel so privileged to have discovered this lineage.
Anna van der Vlies, Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine Practitioner

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