Study on our high-quality acupuncture courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture


BSc in Acupuncture (weekend and weekday options) – our next courses start end of September/early October 2019. Find out more by joining us for our online presentation and Q&A evening or on our next full days acupuncture introductory event on Saturday 16th February  - click here to book your place  

How the College is run

Our staff work hard to look after our students and make sure everyone is supported.

Northern College of Acupuncture Principal - Richard Blackwell

College Principal Richard Blackwell

"I have been in post as the head of the College since 1998 and head up a really dedicated team. I am in charge of the day-to-day running of the College backed up by members of the management team and all the staff. The College is overseen by a Board of Trustees, a voluntary group of people from a variety of backgrounds and expertise who provide knowledge and experience to help steer the College. As a student on our Nutrition Science and Practice course you will mostly see your tutors, the College administration staff and the clinic staff. Students also have their say and each cohort chooses a student representative whose job is to feed back their group’s thoughts and ideas to the teaching team, with whom they meet on a regular basis. As we are a registered charity any profit made goes straight back into the College."


Management team


NCA Registrar

Registrar and College Manager
Alison Edwards
BA (Hons)

"As Registrar I provide support and information to students, manage admissions, year-end results and awards. As College Manager I am responsible for personnel, Health and Safety, IT management and meetings."

NCA Marketing Manager

Marketing and Facilities Manager
Denise Magson

"I am responsible for marketing and student recruitment, and look after the building and equipment."

NCA Finance Manager

Finance Manager
Daphne Smith

"I manage the accounts, financial planning, payroll and course fees."


College administration


NCA IT Administrator

IT Administrator
David Laverick

"I look after the College’s IT needs and development."

NCA E-learning Editor

E-learning Editor
Tom Laverick

"I produce the e-learning sessions."

NCA Courses Administrator

Courses Administrator
Linda Johnson

"I provide the administration for the courses and organise student clinic days."

NCA College Administrator

College Administrator
Marie Clarkson

"I provide the administration for the College."

NCA Admin Support

Admin Support
Abby Forman

"I provide support to the administration team."


NCA Librarian and Receptionist

Librarian and receptionist
Cath Mortimer

"I am the College librarian and a learning support tutor. I manage the personal tutor system and offer students learning support."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Reception Team Leader
Michelle Bowie

"I run the teaching clinic reception."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Adele Dyson

"I am a clinic receptionist."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Jade Richards

"I am a clinic receptionist."

NCA Clinic Receptionist

Viv Chamberlain-Kidd

"I am a clinic receptionist."



The Board of Directors/Trustees

The College is managed by a Board of Directors which ensures that everything we do is in line with our philosophy and charitable objectives, and is the final decision making body for all strategic and major financial decisions.


Members of the Board

Prof. Hugh McPherson (Chair) PhD FBAcC

Nicolas Haines – MSc

Graham Webb - FCIM, FCMI, FISM, FSSSM, Life F.IPFM, FRSA, Assoc CIPD

Jenni Flanders – MSc

David Jay FCA

Helen Thomas - BA MA RSA Dip TEFLA FRSA

Eamonn Anderson - BSc(Econ) FCA