Administrative staff


Charlotte Tyrrell 

Office and clinic manager

Charlotte joined us in 2002 and took on the role of office manager in 2018. In 2021 she was appointed clinic manager. Charlotte oversees the student and practitioner clinic and contributes to the EC meetings.  Her many years of experience are invaluable in the smooth running of the college.


James Barclay


James joined the college as Librarian in 2020. He worked as a physical therapist for 20 years before becoming a healthcare librarian in 2011.


Jo Brown

Registrar and VLE developer

Jo joined the college in February 2020 and works as our registrar and is currently developing our VLE resources and capability. She is a qualified podiatrist and enjoys nature and being creative. 


Rhiannon Griffiths

Marketing and development

Rhiannon coordinates the marketing and aspects of development at the college. She is an acupuncturist, having graduated from CICM in 2009, with clinics in Bucks, Oxon and Northants. She is also a qualified yin yoga teacher, co-active coach, podcaster and retreat host. 


Ruth Wood

Programme administrator

Ruth is the programme administrator for the college.  She has an acupuncture practice and qualified from CICM in 2007.   


Jeremy Doyle


Jeremy joined us in 2016 and helps the smooth running of the college.


Robyn Heary

Coursework and exam coordinator

Robyn joined us in September 2022 and co-ordinates student coursework and exams.


Laura Long

CPD and Saturday clinic coordinator 

Laura joined us in September 2019 and worked as our receptionist and admin support. Laura now works as our CPD and Saturday clinic coordinator. Laura also looks after the administration for learning support and clinical observations.  


Sophie Storm

Tuesday clinic coordinator

Sophie joined us in August 2020 as our full time receptionist.  Sophie has since taken on the role of Tuesday clinic administrator.




  • "I wanted to become an acupuncturist because I had experienced its amazing benefits…studying acupuncture at CICM was one of the best decisions in my life.”

    Ehsan Salout

  • "I love the teaching at CICM, it is varied, interesting and extremely inspiring and the teachers all have a wealth of experience to draw on.”

    Keeley Farrington

  • “CICM was suggested by an acupuncturist I know and recommended for its high-quality tuition and professional approach. I knew I wanted to explore a degree course and after my open day experience I knew it had to be CICM.”

    Michelle Patrick

  • "I recently joined CICM and there are so many things I love about the place. The teachers are genuinely helpful and want us to do well. The place has a calm, harmonic feel and studying has already had a tangible benefit to my lifestyle and health."

    Erica Chen

  • "I was an electrician before I started studying acupuncture. It might not seem like it but there are overlaps between them, you look at a circuit and work out where the problem is coming from and then rectify it. The difference is with acupuncture I’ll help people to get better!"

    Jack Keeping

  • "Since embarking on this course, I have been astounded every day by the passion that this subject has sparked in me. I realised very quickly that I was in the right place, doing the right thing. I can only describe it as finally finding my place in the universe and becoming part of something much bigger than myself."

    Sally Connelly

  • "I wanted to become an acupuncturist as I prefer to use natural remedies which are in line with my faith and cultural background. I have witnessed the profound effects treatment can have on patients. CICM has an excellent reputation and I love the whole package here, especially the staff and supportive teachers."

    Bev Holder

  • "I appreciated the integrated style of TCM and the five elements as being the most profound way to reach and help people. This was the best possible start to a long acupuncture career that I could possibly wish for."

    Bethan Morgan

  • "My years at CICM will always hold a special place in my mind. It was like entering Hogwarts. The subjects are mind-expanding, the teachers and tutors really passionate and always keen to answer questions and give guidance. It has transformed me as a person and changed the way I see people, emotions, relationships, disease and health."

    Efthymios Fotenios

  • The teachers are really supportive and make every effort to tailor how they teach to suit the different styles of students. I like to question things and look at things from different angles - and the teachers have always supported me by being there to answer things by email after class, recommend further reading, or even being there to support me when I set up a Chinese medicine society for the college.

    Helen Reid

  • The course covers a huge range of topics, angles and perspectives, and whilst so much of it is new, unfamiliar and challenging at times- especially the 'hands on practical aspects- I can’t think of anything else I’d rather be doing, or anywhere else I’d rather be doing it. CICM is a hub of connection, commitment and energy, and something I am honoured to be part of.

    Ellie Farnfield

  • All of my teachers are practicing therapists with a library of information and experience to reinforce their words and the lectures. I have gained a lot of insight into myself and I often find myself reflecting on what we learned in class and applying it to life. I am recommending the course to everyone I know!

    Jacob Marley

  • As I was in my late forties I was concerned that I was too old, however the Open Day dispelled any doubts that I had as the age range of students and staff spanned from 18 to 80. The beautiful building was a joy to explore and I felt immersed in the world of Chinese Medicine. It was a cocoon of learning in the heart of Reading and only ten minutes’ walk from the train station.

    Samanthan Roderick