The National Council for Hypnotherapy have an Executive composed of elected Directors plus appointed Officers.

They work collaboratively with the public and members’ wellbeing a priority to maintain ethics and educational standards in Hypnotherapy, to encourage and enhance links with similar like-minded organisations and professions and to raise the standards of hypnotherapy in every possible way.

The National Council for Hypnotherapy, established in 1973.

Tracey Grist – Chairman

Tracey Grist MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp), NCH Supervisor, NCH Assessor & Internal Verifier and full-time Hypnotherapist, London.

Tracey came to Hypnotherapy via training in Life Coaching and Counselling, over the years Hypnotherapy became her primary tool for change work; accessing the subconscious via creativity, metaphor, clean language and gentle humour, she finds is the most effective way of working.

Tracey is passionate about our unity and ethical standards for practice, clear communication and providing the best possible benefits to members, she welcomes your thoughts, feedback and questions.

Please get in touch

Sarah Whittaker – Director of Ethics & Supervision

Sarah Whittaker MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp), NCH Supervisor

I am an experienced NCH Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist and Hypnotherapy Supervisor with a special interest in anxiety related issues, panic attacks and phobias. I am based in Croesyceiliog, Cwmbran, Wales.

I passionately believe that a good ethical foundation and ongoing supervision, help to professionalise our field, providing a safe space for reflection, support and development.  Equally supervision helps us to protect ourselves, our clients and the reputation of the NCH.

Should you have any questions or queries regarding NCH ethics please do get in touch here.

Director of Membership Resources – Position Vacant

Lorraine McReight – Director of Development

Lorraine McReight MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp), NCH Supervisor, Trainer

Lorraine McReight was elected to the NCH board in March 2015. Lorraine is a full-time therapist and hypnotherapy tutor and is the principal of an NCH training school in London. Lorraine has been a therapist for nearly 25 years; first as a holistic therapist, then as a hypnotherapist. Before becoming a therapist, Lorraine was the owner of a training business and she remains passionate about training and personal development.

If you have any queries regarding CPD or peer groups, please get in touch.

Jo Hand – Director of Education

Jo Hand MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH)

Jo Hand joined the Board as Director of Research in October 2018. She is a clinical hypnotherapist and NLP coach and her business is based in two locations, in Evesham and Alcester.

Jo is passionate about helping people to help themselves and to improve their well-being and quality of life. Before becoming a hypnotherapist, she worked in Senior Management in Libraries and Local Government for over 25 years and believes this helped her to develop a range of transferable skills, knowledge and experience.

Jo believes that research, networking and sharing good practice is essential to developing the profession and individual NCH members. If you would like to discuss ways in which you think that research could help you, or if you know of any interesting research that could help others, please get in touch.

Marc Johnson – Director of Public Relations

Dr Marc Johnson Ph.D, JP, MNCH(Acc), HPD (NCH)

Marc owns a busy clinical practice on the North Wales/Cheshire border. His background is in pre-hospital trauma medicine, and prior to becoming a hypnotherapist in 2014, he worked as a medical advisor to international governments and military organisations. Marc retrained in the psychologies after being badly injured in Iraq in 2004. He specialises in clinical conditions. He teaches courses in several clinical and psychological topics.
Marc’s experiences and studies have given a great insight into PTSD management, and he enjoys working with veterans and those affected by violence/terrorism. Marc won a national award in 2018 for his work with some of the children and parents/guardians directly affected by the Manchester Arena bombing.
Marc has a particular interest in clear communication, and as such enjoys making information more accessible to everyone, especially making hypnotherapy, psychotherapy and clinical knowledge much more understandable for the general public, and the media, as well as other therapists with such an interest.
Please feel free to email him here.

Director of Compliance – Position Vacant

Sue Pitman – Standards Officer

Sue Pitman MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp), NCH Supervisor

Sue Pitman is a member of the NCH Executive team and is a practising hypnotherapist with busy clinics in Cardiff, Barry and Cowbridge in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Sue has over twenty years experience in the legal profession and understands the importance of maintaining high ethical standards.

If you have any queries regarding ethical practice do get in touch here.

Karen Eeles – Training & Administration Officer

Karen Eeles MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH), Sup (Hyp), NCH Supervisor, NCH Internal Verifier

Karen manages the Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma and the Supervision in Practice Diploma Award on behalf of the awarding body, the NCFE. She works with the NCH schools to quality assure these awards, alongside assessors who oversee candidates who undertake the HPD (NCH) via the portfolio or discussion routes.

Prior to retraining as a hypnotherapist in 2011, Karen was a highly trained secretary who progressed over the years to becoming a Prince 2 Qualified Project Manager (IT and web based) and Business Process Analyst in the Finance & Legal sectors in the City.

Karen has experience of running small businesses as well as voluntary sector process in having spent 4 years as Vice Chair of a school governing board.

If you have any questions regarding hypnotherapy training, please do get in touch here.

David Harris – Technology Officer

David Harris supports NCH online systems and is an IT professional who has worked in PC, Network, and 3rd Line Server Support for Nationwide Building Society, BP, Gulf International Bank and Transport for London. Until recently he was the Surrey & South London Regional Leader for 4Networking.

David runs his own web design and hosting company specialising in WordPress and local SEO.

Yvette Lowery – Co-ordinator

Yvette Lowery MNCH (Reg), HPD (NCH), NCH Assessor & Internal Verifier

Yvette Lowery is the NCH Administrator and Coordinator and has a small hypnotherapy practice specialising in stress management.

As a qualified NVQ Assessor Yvette works with a couple of schools in the role of Assessor, encouraging students to obtain their HPD and working with them to ensure their work is of a high standard. Yvette also looks after the NCH/NCFE Internal Verification process and enjoys building good relationships with our NCH accredited schools.

If you have any questions regarding administrative issues, please get in touch here.

Chris McFetridge – Designer

Chris McFetridge – MNCH (Reg)

Chris based in Northern Ireland and has a passion for the Visual Arts. He has consulted on a range of stage and screen productions and regularly contributes to the design of the NCH Journal.

Originally trained to utilise psychodynamic models of therapy, Chris now concentrates on Evidence-Based methodologies. He has a particular interest in Personal Development and Stress Management.

A graduate of Queens University Belfast and Ulster University, he holds a First Class (Hons.) Degree, Qualified Teacher Status and is a Board Certified Hypnotist. With over ten years of experience working in the Education Sector, he is currently pursuing a Masters exploring the application, and benefits, of mindfulness within all levels of education.

Abbey Robb – Journal Editor & Communications Officer

Abbey Robb MNCH (Acc), HPD (NCH)

Abbey is an award winning hypnotherapist who has a passion for communication and collaboration. Her London based practice combines modern hypnotherapeutic techniques with psychosensory interventions, mindfulness, SFT and psycho-spiritual shamanic principles.

Wearing two hats as both the Journal Editor and the Communications Officer for the NCH, Abbey’s role is supporting communication networks within the NCH, facilitating collaboration and support and sharing resources. If you have a suggestion or an article for the journal please get in touch.