WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF APPOINTING NEW DIRECTORS AND WOULD LIKE TO APPOINT MORE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BECOMING A BETONICA BOARD DIRECTOR, PLEASE CONTACT US. 

HELEN KEARNEY (Founder and Director)

Helen has a BSc (Hons) in Herbal Medicine, a background in permaculture, first aid and teaching gardening and growing.

Helen trained for five years in Herbal Medicine in London gaining experience in the dermatology department of Whipps Cross Hospital, Middlesex University Archway Clinic, Westminster University Herbal Medicine Clinic and the University of East London Clinic. She continues to keep up to date with the latest findings on herbal medicine, attending seminars and lectures as well as keeping a connection with the plants she uses as medicine by making many of her own tinctures, creams and ointments, and offering herb walks and teaching workshops.

Helen has gained a lot of experience in acute medicine (both herbal and orthodox) through her work as a festival first aider and community first responder. Helen has also worked in the Calais ‘jungle’ as part of a team of medics.

Helen is an excellent teacher and will be introducing the world of growing and harvesting medicinal plants and trees, as well as telling a tale or two!

CLARE SHIPPEY

Clare is a qualified Medical Herbalist. She studied for five years at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow, graduating in 2010 with a BSc(Hons) in Herbal Medicine and ITEC diplomas in holistic massage and aromatherapy.

After completing her degree she spent six months working as a volunteer on a herb farm and permaculture smallholding in the south of England. Her experiences there helped define an interest in sustainable, local plant-based medicine. 

She remained in Devon and lived there for seven years, running a successful private practice and teaching workshops and courses on home herbalism to the public. She is now living in Oxfordshire and her current focus is on teaching. 

‘I enjoy many aspects of herbal medicine including growing, foraging, medicine making, clinic work and especially teaching. Herbal education is at the forefront of my work with plants and I love inspiring people to reconnect with sustainable, natural medicines that are growing in the hedgerows and up through the cracks in the pavements.’

SEBASTIAN POLE (Lic OHM, Ayur HC, MAPA, MRCHM, MURHP)

Sebastian Pole practices traditional herbal medicine and is Master Herbsmith and Co-founder of Pukka Herbs.

I am passionate about the sustainable supply of organic and pharmacopoeial grade herbs as well as working with communities to protect both their livelihoods and local ecosystems. I’ve spent the last 20 years dedicated to bringing the best quality herbs for Pukka’s herbal teas and organic wellbeing supplements whilst pioneering sustainable organic and fairwild herbal value chains.

I also run a small herbal practice in Somerset and have been in clinical practice since 1998, working with an eclectic blend of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Western herbalism with a special interest in digestive, skin, mental and women’s health.

I qualified as a herbalist with the aim of using the principles of Ayurveda (the ancient art of living wisely) to help transform health. I have a Licentiate in Herbal Medicine, a Diploma in Oriental Herbal Medicine and am an Ayurvedic Health Counsellor. I am a registered member of the Ayurvedic Practitioners Association, Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine and the Unified Register of Herbal Practitioners.

Fluent in Hindi, a qualified Yoga therapist and passionate about inspiring business that brings benefit to everyone it connects with, I’m on a mission to bring the incredible power of plants into people’s life.

Serving on Pukka’s Board and Mission Council, I also support the Advisory Board of the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia, The FairWild Foundation, and American Botanical Council Sustainable Herbs Project. Its been highly educational sharing some herbal insights in my books; Ayurvedic Medicine, The Principles of Traditional Practice (Elsevier 2006), A Pukka Life (Quadrille 2011), Celebrating 10 Pukka years (2012) and Cleanse, Nurture, Restore with Herbal Tea (Frances Lincoln 2016).

I live on a two acre garden-farm in Somerset where I grow a rainbow spectrum of medicinal and nourishing plants for my bees and family to thrive on. 

PAMELA SPENCE, MNIMH

Pamela is a medical herbalist, writer and educator based in Scotland. Following a successful career in film and television production, she took her BSc in Herbal Medicine at the prestigious Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and has run a busy practice ever since. She owns The Carrick Clinic, a multi-disciplinary health clinic, with her husband and together with a team of therapists they have built a reputation for supportive, empathic, integrated healthcare.

Pamela has been a regular contributor to LandLove Magazine and often appears in women’s and health magazines as a herbal expert – most recently in an extended interview in OK! Magazine. She has written and presented her own BBC online series on traditional herbal medicine and has made a documentary on life in rural Uganda. She has run workshops in her native Scotland, Italy, Russia, Germany and East Africa on topics ranging from local herbs to women’s health. She has also facilitated Seventh Moon ceremonies for expectant mothers, celebrations for girls reaching menarche and Moon Lodges for women of all ages. In formal education she taught materia medica as a guest lecturer at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine and is an Associate Academy Educator for the Herbal Academy (New England USA) where she wrote and filmed core material for their professional herbalist training course.

Pamela’s knowledge and insight has been used by Napier’s, Heath & Heather and Potter’s – three of the most respected traditional medicine manufacturers in the UK – to promote their products and ensure compliance with advertising standards. She was recently been invited to join the Henry Potter Advisory Board.

Pamela teaches the Materia Medica and Energetics sections of the programme.

IAIN STEWART

Iain trained as a herbalist at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine in Glasgow, graduating with a BSc. honours degree in 2007. Before training as a herbalist Iain had a successful career in Engineering. This brings a pragmatic edge to his practice of herbal medicine.

Since then he has worked in a number of clinics, everything from a Tesco Extra in Newcastle to a private practice in Winchester. He is passionate about helping to empower people to take charge of their own health. For Iain it’s all about meeting people exactly where they are in that moment, then helping to guide them through small steps to improve their own health.

As a father Iain is also keen to help parents with common sense advice when dealing with childhood illnesses and fevers. Again helping to give parents the confidence they need to look after their children by doing what they can themselves and knowing when to seek advice.