A small team is responsible for running the Bach Centre. Here we present who’s who, starting with the person who is usually the first to open the door to somebody ringing the doorbell…
Reception and Front Office Administration
Sam is the third generation of the Ramsell-Howard family to work at the Centre. He joined the team in 2015 and has become the public face at the Centre. Sam greets visitors at the door and answers emails, the phone, deals with course administration, and runs the online mail order shop.
Sam enjoys skateboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. He has a keen interest in music, and can play acoustic and electric guitar and taught himself how to play the saxophone. In his spare time you will find Sam at a music festival or downhill mountain biking.
Judy Ramsell Howard
Bach Centre Director
Judy joined the Centre to work full-time in the mid-eighties, helping her father John Ramsell in all aspects of the work. She later took over the running of the Bach Centre and has since become a key figure at Mount Vernon, pioneering the first practitioner courses in the 1990s. More recently she established Mount Vernon’s newly opened museum rooms.
Judy has written several books on the remedies including Bach Flower Remedies Step by Step, Bach Flower Remedies for Women and Growing up with Bach Flower Remedies.
Prior to joining the Centre, Judy had a career in nursing, midwifery and heath visiting and has several qualifications under her belt including a BA Honours in Complementary Therapies and a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art.
Judy enjoys keeping fit by running, cycling and swimming, and racewalks internationally as part of the British Masters team. She has completed many triathlons including the half Ironman and has run four marathons. She is also a keen artist and takes her sketchbook wherever she goes around the world.
Bach Centre Director
Stefan started full time work at Mount Vernon in 1996 – although before that he helped occasionally with translation work, editing and various one-off projects. He has written several books on the remedies, including The Bach Remedies Workbook, Principles of the Bach Flower Remedies and Bach Flower Remedies for Men.
Stefan created the Bach Centre’s Level 1 Distance Learning Programme and set up the Centre’s teacher-training programmes. He oversees educational and assessment standards for all Bach Centre-approved courses world wide, and is in overall charge of the Bach Foundation International Register.
Before joining the Centre, Stefan worked in information technology and has a background in languages and literature. He has a First Class Honours degree in Languages and an Masters Degree in English, and speaks French and Spanish.
In his spare time, Stefan is an active musician and always has a full calendar of gigs with his band Who Killed Nancy Johnson? He lives locally with his wife, Chris, who is an active DLP mentor and Level 3 marker.
Fay joined the Bach Centre team after graduating in 2018 with a BA Honours degree in Journalism. She set up and now maintains our Instagram page @theBachCentre.
Fay also designs Bach Centre shop merchandise, writes for our new online blog, and in 2019, alongside her mum, Judy Ramsell Howard, pioneered Nora’s Recipe, and our new tea room, Nora’s Kitchen, named after Dr Bach’s assistant and successor, Nora Weeks – and which will be opening in 2020.
In her spare time Fay loves interior design and enjoys renovating the home that she shares with George. Fay enjoys yoga and is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle. Fay describes her happy place as “travelling the world” and is excited to continue exploring with her family and new baby.
George joined the Bach Centre in 2018 after completing his BA Honours degree in Marketing Management. He built and maintains the new website and contributes to our social media pages. George also attends conferences where he shares new Bach Centre developments, information about the website and any future plans.
After completing the Level 1 and Level 2 Bach Centre courses, George is now preparing for his Level 3 next summer and has an ambition to continue his education onto one of our BFRP Teacher Training courses.
George is originally from the northern city of Burnley in Lancashire, but moved to Oxfordshire in 2018 after graduating. He now lives locally with Fay and enjoys a round of golf on a sunny afternoon at the local courses with Sam and friends, and being a father to his daughter.
Cleaner and Office Assistant
Zoe joined the Bach Centre as our cleaner in 2018 after moving to Oxfordshire from Suffolk. Aside from making the Bach Centre sparkly clean for all visitors, staff and students, Zoe also helps Sam in Reception, where she assists with the packaging of orders from our online shop.
Prior to joining the Bach Centre, Zoe worked as a veterinary nurse and receptionist and is a keen equestrian. She currently looks after several horses at a local stables, and in her spare time loves riding her own horse, Cash, and attending music festivals with her boyfriend, Sam.
For many years in the 1980s and 1990s Keith Howard – Judy’s husband – was the main remedy maker at the Centre, having been trained to do this by Judy and her father, John Ramsell.
These days Keith is involved in planning and carrying out conservation work in the garden, and helping out with various projects.
Now semi-retired, Keith can enjoy more rounds of golf and making music for his record label Sticky Doughnut Records.
Bach Centre Trainers
Angela studied the remedies at the Centre in 1995, and two years later came back to start her teacher-training, qualifying in 1998.
Since then she has taught the system in the UK, France, Greece and India, where she is the main trainer working to bring Bach Centre-approved Level 1, 2 and 3 courses to the sub-continent.
Angela’s work has included local practitioner support in the UK, where her experiences with a peer-support group in Kent led to the creation of Bach Centre guidelines on best practice in this area. She currently teaches the Bach Centre’s Level 1 and Level 2 courses at Mount Vernon, as well as her own programmes around the south-east of England, and in 2019 became a trainer of trainers.
Lynn was an early recruit to the Bach Centre’s education effort, helping design – and delivering – the first international Bach Centre-approved courses in the early 1990s.
In 1997 she created the Centre’s first teacher-training course, the Bach Foundation Teachers Programme, and she has taught Level 3 at Mount Vernon from 2000 to the present.
Lynn has spoken and taught on the remedies in many countries, including Europe, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand, North America, Singapore and China. She is an organization consultant, executive coach and mentor with an international reputation, and is author of Emotional Wisdom with Bach Flower Remedies.
Patricia became interested in Dr Bach’s work a few years after qualifying as a Registered Nurse in 1982, during a stint in the airline industry.
In 1992 she came to the Bach Centre to train as a practitioner, joining the Register a year later; and in 1997 she took her first steps to becoming a licensed trainer by attending one of the first Bach Foundation Teachers Programme courses.
As well as teaching Level 1 and 2 courses for the Bach Centre, Patricia runs her own natural health practice from London. She has taught the remedies up to Level 3 as far away as Russia and Zambia, and is an engaging and skilled communicator on the system. In 2019 she became a trainer of trainers.
Tessa has been a registered practitioner since 1992 and started delivering Bach Centre-approved courses in 1997. Since then she has taught all three Levels both in the UK and overseas, including trips to Finland, Romania, Serbia and Singapore.
As a homeopath herself, Tessa designed and delivered her own Bach Centre-approved course especially for homeopaths. She has also developed courses aimed at training future trainers, including the BFTP3 course that she delivers at the Bach Centre. She runs her own practice in Suffolk.
The worldwide team
The people named above help out regularly at the Centre itself. But since 1991 we have been registering practitioners all over the world who are committed to working with Dr Bach’s system in the way he wanted, with the emphasis on simplicity and self-help.
Many of them have also became trainers, teaching Bach Centre-approved courses in their own countries, but working to our standards.
Every Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (BFRP) and every licensed trainer is a member of our team. So if you can’t get to Mount Vernon you can still get help and advice on – and learn – the system from somebody who works the same way we do.