The MTI Board

The MTI Board consists of three members (a Chair and two Directors) who focus on:

  • The arbitration of issues relating to MTI.
  • Internal and external affairs, including representing MTI at national level with support as appropriate from stakeholder MTI councils.
  • Overseeing MTI's financial stability.
  • MTI's publicity and marketing policy.
  • MTI's code of conduct and disciplinary procedures.
  • Disciplinary hearings.
  • Liaising with relevant bodies.


Earle Abrahamson

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Earle Abrahamson is an internationally published author, scholar, registered therapist, psychologist, educator and teaching fellow.

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Earle gained qualifications and expertise in physical education, sports therapy, clinical psychology and educational practices.

Earle has extensive experience in sports massage therapy and was part of the medical team for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. Internationally, he has presented his work on teaching and learning practices, reasoning development, feedback and assessment, sports rehabilitation and sports psychology at major conferences. He currently chairs the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) a multinational teaching fellows group. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, graduate member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES), served as student liaison officer for the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT) and recently received the honour and status of senior practitioner in sports therapy with the British Register of Complementary Practitioners (BRCP).   He is a fellow of the ICNM and received the outstanding contribution to complementary medicine award in 2012. Earle sits on the CNHC massage PSB (Profession Specific Board) and is a MTI accredited tutor.

Earle has a passion for both teaching and clinical practice and has used and studied a wide range of techniques and teaching pedagogies. Earle, together with Jennie Parke Matheson, runs Hands-on training, a professional therapy school established to teach and develop students and practitioners. Earle is a master instructor for kinesiology taping and uses the tape as an adjunct to his clinical soft tissue therapy. Earle works with a diverse range of MTI tutors to develop best practices and consolidate learning.


Tim Bartlett

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Tim has taught Holistic Massage with Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork since 2004, and is a practising massage therapist and sports massage therapist.  He also teaches anatomy, physiology and pathology for the Massage Training Institute, and is a member of the MTI Training Committee.  He is a member of both MTI and the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists (APNT).  He has worked extensively supporting people with autism and learning difficulties, life planning and working with therapeutic touch and movement differences.

He is an MTI practical exam assessor and also a theory exam assessor.

Karen Yarnell

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Karen started as a massage practitioner in 1997. She previously had a career in retail management. Since then, Karen has gone on to train in Aromatherapy, Bowen Technique, Indian Head Massage, Reiki, Sports Massage and Thermal Stone Therapy as well as a variety of CPD workshops. She feels her broad skill base supports her in really meeting her clients' needs and keeps life interesting.

As well as working as a therapist, she is a teacher of anatomy, physiology and pathology and massage courses including Stone Therapy. She is an MTI practical exam assessor, and also a theory exam assessor.

The one thing Karen could never do without is her diary, it tells her which part of the country she is supposed to be in and when!


Former Board Members



Andy Fagg

Andy has been a massage practitioner and teacher since 1984.

In 1986 he offered the first professional training course in Bristol and now runs the Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork. His work has been influenced by T’ai Chi, dance, Zero Balancing and Process Work. 

Andy is a founding member of MTI and has sat on the Board, in some capacity from its inception in 1988 until 2014.

Read Andy's reflections on his time with MTI

Paul Grainger

Paul's journey with massage began in 2002, as an MTI student.He spent two years working with people living with HIV providing massage to support their physical and emotional well being. He also has a private practice, regularly working with on site massage, bringing massage in to the workplace.

He became an accredited MTI massage tutor in 2007 and spent some time teaching the MTI Holistic Massage Diploma. He is also a MTI assessor and spent four years as the Chair of MTI from 2010 to 2014.

Read Paul's reflections on his time with MTI