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The Working Group

Amanda McQuade Crawford (USA)
Isla Burgess (New Zealand)
Nicholas Burgess (Australia)
Philip Franses (UK)

Amanda McQuade Crawford (USA)

Amanda McQuade Crawford, BA, DipPhyto, MNIMH, MNZAMH, RH (AHG)
Amanda McQuade Crawford, BA, DipPhyto, MNIMH, MNZAMH, RH (AHG)

Amanda graduated from the College of Phytotherapy in England, with a Diploma in Phytotherapy, now equated with a BSc. She has a BA in Medieval History from Vassar College.

She is recognized internationally as one of the premier herbalists who speak publicly on integrated health, herbs and the planet and is an adjunct Professor at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

Amanda also lectures for the Masters program in Applied Natural Products and has taught at hospitals and medical schools across North America. An author and contributor to many books on integrative medicine she currently writes on Traditional Indications for monographs published in The American Herbal Pharmacopoeia.

In 2005, Amanda was named Senior Clinical Tutor at Canterbury College in Christchurch, New Zealand, where she spent the academic year integrating their curriculum, new research and clinical practice. Before this, Amanda was in private practice for many years in Beverly Hills, and Ojai, California.

She was a founding member and first Secretary of the American Herbalists Guild and is currently a member of its council.

Amanda has studied and taught traditional and modern plant medicine throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Russia, China, & the Amazon River in Brazil and Peru. There, she led a group of pharmacists and doctors looking for medicinal plans, while she met a medicine man who taught her his way of seeing the plants over the next three years.

A recent adventure has been hosting a TV series, "What a Relief," for the cable channel, Veria.com, dedicated to holistic health.

Isla Burgess (New Zealand)

Isla M Burgess MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College, Uni of Plymouth, UK), Dip Tchg, Dip HM. MNZAMH.
Isla Burgess MSc, Dip HM, MNZAMH

Isla has been accepted as a Doctoral student through Schumacher College and University of Plymouth (UK). The focus of this research is the development of and application of a new methodology for the assessment of the conservation status of medicinal plants. She was attracted to study for an MSc in Holistic Science at Schumacher College, Devon, England as she felt this would offer a deeper understanding of living in relationship with the world in which we live and in particular her relationship with the plant world.

An inspiring teacher, Isla has been an educator for the past 40 years, firstly as a teacher of Science and Biology and then as Director of the International College of Herbal Medicine (2000-2009) and Director of the Waikato Centre for Herbal Medicine, Waikato, New Zealand (1990-2000). She is also an experienced herbal medicine practitioner and has presented at conferences both in New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.

More recently the description of 'Wild and Medicinal Plant Conservationist' aptly describes her concerns. She has appeared in two recent documentaries 'Earth Whisperers Paptuanuku' (New Zealand) and Numen (USA).

 

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Nicholas Burgess (Australia)

Nicholas Burgess MHM (Uni of Sydney), FNHAA.
Nicholas Burgess MHM (Uni of Sydney), FNHAA.

Nick holds a Masters degree in Herbal Medicines from the University of Sydney (Pharmacy Faculty) and has over 30 years experience in the field of herbal medicines with involvements spanning a broad range of roles at both professional and industry levels. His standing in herbal medicine in Australia was demonstrated by his appointment for three years (1999-2002) to the Complementary Medicines Evaluation Committee (CMEC) of the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration, as an expert in herbal medicine.

Nick Burgess is a Fellow of the National Herbalists Association of Australia and a past president. He was on the board of directors for 13 years and has played an active role in the political understanding and advancement of herbal medicines in Australia. Nick was also a member of the Herbal Working Party, a sub-committee of the CMEC revising policies on herbal medicines. He is well known as a presenter and has lectured for over twenty years in a broad range of herbal medicine subjects to graduate and undergraduate students in colleges and universities in Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

For many years he has represented Australia's most successful and prominent professional herbal medicine suppliers with sales and marketing programmes based on educating health professionals. His particular interest in recent years has been in critical assessment of the evidence base for medicinal plant usage.

   

Philip Franses (UK)

Philip Franses, MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College, Uni of Plymouth, UK), Lecturer in Complexity and Holistic Science, Schumacher College, UK.
Philip Franses, MSc in Holistic Science (Schumacher College, Uni of Plymouth, UK), Lecturer in Complexity and Holistic Science, Schumacher College, UK.

Philip studied mathematics at New College Oxford from 1976 to 1980. Academia's dull explanation of the world inspired Philip on a counter-journey into the depths of experience, travelling and a re-sensitisation to quality. In 2005, after a fifteen-year career designing intelligent software, Philip had a chance encounter with Satish Kumar and was moved to come to Schumacher as an MSc student.

Here he was especially inspired by the work and scientific approaches of Goethean scientist Henri Bortoft, the physicist Basil Hiley and the late Brian Goodwin, professor of biology. Philip now runs local workshops in Goethean science, offering people a foundation to a "whole way" of seeing the world; and with Basil, Philip began the forum Process and Pilgrimage, inaugurated in 2009 at Birkbeck College. From 2006 Philip worked with Brian on a computer model exploring the interpretation of meaning within the DNA code.

Taking up Brian's work on complexity and chaos theory has also led to exciting research on restoring the whole herb as the qualitative source of health.

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