UKCHO Executive Committee

Executive Directors

Georgina McKinnon Chair

My motivation at UKCHO is to see the Hypnotherapy Profession grow in stature as it is given the recognition it deserves. I hope I have brought some of my previous experience to the organisation. Prior to becoming a hypnotherapist, I ran my own busy antiques and design business working closely both locally and internationally with customers and colleagues. I championed many initiatives during that time. I was involved in mentoring and education. I represented the interests of thousands of antique dealers during the then longest running select committee ever held in the House of Commons.

I have always had an interest in people and the things that drive them, since training as a hypnotherapist I have never looked back and love my work. I work full time from two practices and online. I particularly enjoy working with hypnoanalysis. Nine years ago, I opened my training school at Mid Kent College and set up online training for qualified therapists via TranceFormers Training.

Very recently I have taken over the Professional Association The APHP & Professional Register, The NRPC. The APHP was established 22 years ago by Terence Watts.

Zetta Thomelin Vice Chair and Treasurer

Zetta is Chair of the British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists and Editor of their Journal, she also serves as a trustee of the Research Council for Complementary Medicine. She runs a private hypnotherapy practice in Deal and London, as well as a training school, Headtogether Training that offers practitioner level training, CPDs and workshops across a range of areas. Prior to her career in therapy Zetta worked in the Third Sector as CEO of Children with AIDS Charity and Vice Chair of Mama Biashara. She has also worked in the media as a Director of Chronos Group Publishing and as Group Head at News International. She brings a range of corporate, media and governance experience to her role at UKCHO.

Martin Armstrong-Prior

Martin J. Armstrong-Prior Secretary

Graduated from Leicester University, 1977, with an Honours degree in Clinical Psychology with Sociology.
Served 30 years in the Police service, M.o.D., Thames Valley Police & Leicestershire Constabulary, retiring from the service in 2000.
Trained as a Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist with Woodbury Counselling of Tenterden, Kent, qualifying in 1992 with a Diploma in Psychotherapy & Hypnotherapy.
Became a member of the National Council of Psychotherapist & Hypnotherapy register 1992. Started part time practice as Humberstone Counselling, Leicester.
Became an accredited member of the National Council for Hypnotherapy on it’s formation. Was granted a fellowship of the NCH in 1999.

Since qualifying has undertaken training to treat many Anxiety and Stress based conditions. His subsequent qualifications include; Critical Incident De-briefing (for traumatic events and disasters), PTSD therapy, Hypno-birthing, Hypno-analgesia, Time Line Therapy, Smoking Cessation, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and General Stress Management.

Positions held include; Chair of the NCH, Company Secretary of the NCH, Secretary of the UK Confederation of Hypnotherapy Organisations (two terms), Advisor & Regulatory representative for UKCHO, Secretary, Treasurer and Chair of the Scottish Hypnotherapy Foundation.

Current practice: Breconbeds Hypnotherapy, Eaglesfield, DG11 3PD.

Updated 02/10/2022.

June Hale

June Hale Conciliation Officer

June runs a busy online hypnotherapy practice from her home in Norfolk, as well as running her own training school and writing her own courses, the most recent of which is a Supervisors course for Hypnotherapists. She is also the Ethics Officer of the Association for Professional Hypnotherapists and Psychotherapists. Before becoming a hypnotherapist, June worked for many years in the IT industry where she played a key role in negotiating solutions for major corporate contracts. She was also a Company Appointed Trustee to a Pension Fund which involved communication at the highest level. She brings negotiation, communication, and mediation skills to her role at UKCHO.

Andrew Turnbull

Andrew Turnbull Executive Director for Professional Standards and Public Protection

Throughout his hypno-psychotherapy and teaching career in Social Sciences, Andrew has been passionate to learn and share world class strategies for effective thinking and communication mastery at both a conscious and subconscious level. 

Andrew sees clients at his private practice in Cheshire and in 3 continents by the tech miracle of Zoom. 

As we continue to improve professional standards and people’s understanding of hypnotherapy, this will further spread enthusiasm for the benefits of hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and mindset coaching. 

Hypnotherapy helps us to understand and resolve our fears, our limiting beliefs and so much more, so we can live a more energised, fulfilling and successful life. UKCHO is the voice of this noble, transforming profession.

Association for Professional Hypnosis & Psychotherapy (APHP) – Georgina McKinnon

Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) – Susan Rodrigues

British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists (BAThH) – Zetta Thomelin

British Institute of Hypnotherapy & NLP (BIH) – Stephanie Kirke

General Hypnotherapy Register (GHR) – Georgina Broom

International Hypnotherapy Association (IHA) – Helen Fogg

Representative for IHA – Angela Browne

National Association of Counsellors, Hypnotherapists & Psychotherapists (NACHP) – James Hammond

National Board for Hypnotherapy (NBH) – Matthew Cahill

National Board for Modern Psychotherapy (NBMP) – Duncan Little

National Society for Talking Therapies (NSTT) – Andrew Turnbull

Co-opted as a Person of Knowledge & Expertise – Patrick Browning

Comms and Research Sub Committee

Chair Zetta Thomelin

Georgina McKinnon

Andrew Turnbull

Martin Armstrong-Prior

Mia Pal

Mia is a Neurolinguistic psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist, consultant on trauma and trauma related difficulties, founder and director of In Cognition UK; serves as Chair of the BPS North West branch.

BA( Honours), MBPsS, PGDip

Self Regulation

“Single voluntary self-regulatory bodies should be established for the Complementary and Alternative Medicine professions most widely practised in the United Kingdom and these bodies should have a single independent body funded by registration fees and a Governing Council made up of a balance between professional and lay members”.