Who are we?
The GCRN is run by a dedicated team of volunteers along with administrative support from the secretary and deputy secretary.
Clare Badrick – President
Clare is passionate about spreading the health message that naturopathy has to offer. She would like to see naturopathy better known in the public domain and for there to be more highly trained naturopaths to fulfill the growing demand. She works on the GCRN council to achieve this aim. Clare had a previous career in business and marketing, qualifying as a naturopath and osteopath in 1996. She has served previously in the council, when she was chair of the Education sub-committee. She runs a busy clinic in Godalming in Surrey and specializing in helping those recovering from chronic fatigue syndrome.
Tom Greenfield – Past President
Tom is deeply involved in naturopathic medicine, working with and educating naturopaths and naturopathic physicians worldwide, as well as speaking to the public. He represents the GCRN on the board of the World Naturopathic Federation. He is active in the field of Generative medicine, holding positions on the boards of the US Institute of Naturopathic Generative Medicine (INGM), and the International College of Generative Medicine (ICGM). He is a researcher and Curator for, and trains physicians in the use of the Opus23 genetic analysis software. He has a naturopathic practice in London and Canterbury, and runs a blood grouping laboratory for practitioners and the public. As GCRN president he focused on modernisation, instituting several online facilities for the organisation.
Kirsten Hartvig- Vice President
Kirsten Hartvig, ND, DipPhyt is a registered naturopath and a medical herbalist specialising in the use of food as medicine, and in utilizing the healing properties found in the medicinal herbs that surround us, in food stores, gardens, fields, hedgerows, wildernesses, mountains and forests. She trained at the School of Herbal Medicine in Kent from 1986 to 1990 where she gained her Diploma in Phytotherapy and Membership of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH). She continued her training at the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy in London and gained her Naturopathic Diploma and membership of the General Council and Register of Naturopathy (GCRN), where she is now vice-president. She is also a member of the Danish Health Authority’s Council for Alternative Medicine (SRAB). She has taught nutrition and dietetics at the European School of Osteopathy, and has been in private practice in England, France and Denmark since 1992. For 10 years she ran a health retreat in the French Pyrenees. Kirsten is the author of 15 books on natural health, herbal medicine and naturopathic nutrition, the latest being Healing Berries and Healing Spices published in 2016 by Watkins (London). She also leads local herb walks, and gives frequent lectures and workshops on the healing power of plants.
Michelle Matthews – Secretary
Michelle Matthews is an Australian trained Naturopath, herbalist, iridologist and massage therapist with over 15 years clinical experience in the complementary industry. She has worked in Australia, Kenya and now operates her main clinic in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her past work include lecturing, health feature writer for both online and print publications, trainer and educator across Scotland for a UK supplement company.
Michelle’s true passion is that naturopathic medicine should be as mainstream in the UK as it is her own native Australia. Michelle has been the GCRN secretary since October 2016 and she takes pride in helping support members.
Bill Postgate – Deputy Secretary and Honorary Treasurer
Bill is the newest member of the team, he is an experienced businessman, with expertise in IT and finance. He brings professionalism and dedication to his new role with the GCRN.
Aliyyaa Spring ND – Executive Committee member
Aliyyaa is a dedicated naturopath and very passionate about natural healthcare. She believes everyone should have access to ethical, evidence-based, drug-free primary care.
She stems from a corporate background having worked in the investment banking industry for over 10 years, before she returned to study her first degree in Biochemistry and Genetics. This was followed by a four year study attaining a BSc (Hons) in naturopathic medicine at the world renowned University of Westminster.
She has an interest in gastrointestinal disorders as well as stress management, and specialises in naturopathic oncology symptom support. Aliyyaa currently runs three private practices in St Albans, Chelsea and Borehamwood.
Irving has always been passionate about helping people. He has dedicated his life to the prevention and eradication of chronic pain in the back, neck and from Migraine, by using Naturopathic means. This is brought about by creating a conscious awareness of the Mind-Body connection which enables him to uncover the mental and physical triggers that underpin chronic pain.
Irving joined the GCRN to be part of an association of like-minded people, he sees Naturopathy as a way of life.
Jennifer is a qualified & registered naturopathic physician, nutritionist, herbalist, acupuncturist, healer, author and award winning journalist, having written ‘What’s the Alternative’ column for The Sunday Times. She draws upon over 25 years of postgraduate study and practice in the field of Western complementary, traditional Eastern and naturopathic medicine. Jennifer integrates these models for the promotion of health and treatment of dis-ease and combines her multi-disciplinary approach with energy healing and the latest breakthroughs in Functional Medicine. In functional medicine, underlying factors including environmental influences, mind-body elements and gene expression are just some of the areas considered in this integrative, science-based healthcare system. She uses diagnostic tests including a Bio-Energetic Screening device, the Asyra Pro which performs numerous full body scans and delivers restorative remedies to help heal the root causes of any imbalances detected. Jennifer’s special interest is to focus on health and wellness, to look at ‘preventative medicine’ in all its forms and to help restore the body’s natural equilibrium from the physical to the more emotional and spiritual elements of our human energetic physiology.
Grant Taylor is a South African trained Homeopathic Doctor and Naturopathic physician. He is passionate about healing people through the efficacy of appropriately practiced natural medicine, and using naturopathy to restore “body balance”. After graduating he practiced and lectured in homeopathy and clinical medicine in South Africa while conducting research in a state hospital. Since moving to the UK in 2000 he has practiced and taught in the fields of homeopathy and naturopathy. Grant strongly supports and upholds the need for educating our naturopaths and complementary practitioners to the highest standards to ensure they are sufficiently trained and equipped to meet the growing health needs in our world. He has served on the GCRN council since 2011. Grant runs a busy family practice in East Grinstead, West Sussex where he uses classical homeopathy, naturopathy, herbal medicine, diet and detoxification to treat a range of conditions. He has special clinical interests in endocrine and hormonal disorders, digestive system conditions, immune system problems, degenerative neurological conditions, fatigue and fibromyalgia.
Naturopathy is a discipline that covers a wide field of therapies. Its development requires an open mind free of restraints and preconceived notions. In order to help promote Naturopathy Norman often travels widely, meeting therapists and healers of many nationalities, returning with a broader understanding that naturopathy, in all its forms, must be promoted and shared by all.
He believes it more appropriate for him to foster a diversity of ideas and knowledge, especially that of one field to other ones. Sharing, through whatever means, often creates an unexpected discovery, unlocks opportunities for realising personal goals or reaching for new ones.
Norman continues to provide a successful mentoring service to GCRN members and others, whatever their qualifications or experience might be.
Emily Harris – Student and new graduate liaison officer
As a lifelong learner, Emily is passionate about supporting students and new graduates of Naturopathy. Emily graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Health Sciences: Naturopathic Medicine at the University of Westminster’s School of Integrated Health in 2011. As Naturopathic medicine comes to the forefront of the public interest, my role with the GCRN aims to support students and new graduates as they embark on the natural path.
Emily has a naturopathic practice in Camberley, Surrey with a particular interest in children’s health and wellbeing.