Simon Mills is a Cambridge medical sciences graduate who has been in regular clinical herbal practice in Exeter since 1977. Since then he has chaired the main herbal organizations in the UK (the British Herbal Medicine Association, National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy) and served on the Government’s Herbal Medicine Advisory Committee. Between 1992-95 he led a major European Commission project on herbal medicine, involving over 20 centres across Europe, and since 1997 he has been Secretary of ESCOP, the lead herbal scientific network in Europe, that produces defining monographs on herbal medicines, initially for the European Medicines Agency. In 2001 he directed the first Masters degree programme in herbal medicine in the USA at Maryland University of Integrative Health, and is now Adjunct Visiting Professor at the South Pacific College of Natural Medicine in Auckland, NZ. He has also over many years financed his academic and community activities as a consultant to the leading international names in the consumer health industry, focusing particularly on technical assessments, and product and process development among herbal manufacturers around the world.
Simon has also been active nationally and internationally in wider fields of complementary and integrated health, self care and social prescription. He was at the forefront of the professional development of complementary medicine from its beginning, including chairing its first umbrella group, leading ground-breaking initiatives at the Royal Society of Medicine in 1985, and in 1987 co-founding the Centre for Complementary Health Studies at the University of Exeter, the first ever such university centre. In 1996 the Prince of Wales asked Simon to co-chair the Regulatory Committee of his new Foundation for Integrated Health and in 1999-2000 he was Special Advisor to the House of Lords Select Committee report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which was quickly accepted by the Government. In 2003 Simon co-ordinated at Exeter the first integrated medicine course at a UK medical school. He has published in many peer-reviewed scientific journals, including double-blind clinical trials, and has supervised ten successful doctoral theses.
From 2008-11 Simon co-ordinated a major Department of Health project ‘Integrated Self Care in Family Practice’ to pioneer social prescription and create a resource for self care, now available from the College of Medicine, of which he is Self Care Lead. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine in 2006, and has been listed in Who’s Who since 2013.
In September 2016 he joined Pukka Herbs as Herbal Strategist, and with their strong support works further to develop natural self care approaches to health and wellbeing. He has lately joined Pukka co-founder Sebastian Pole in working on Herbal Reality, a new platform for herbalism.
Professor Kerry Bone is an industry leader and innovation driver, directing the research program at MediHerb. As recognition of this role (in conjunction with his research colleagues), MediHerb was awarded the American Botanical Council’s (ABC’s) Varro E. Tyler Award for excellence in Phytomedicinal (Herbal) Research in 2016.
He is co-author of more than 40 scientific papers on herbal research, including original research and systematic reviews and currently serves as the only Australian member on the editorial board of the journal Phytomedicine, the top herbal research journal in the world. Over three decades, Kerry has also published several hundred articles on herbal therapy in professional journals.
As part of his educational role, Kerry is Principal of the Australian College of Phytotherapy and also Adjunct Professor at New York Chiropractic College, providing input into their postgraduate applied nutrition program. He is also a regular presenter at conferences and seminars in Australia, the US and the UK and has lectured in New Zealand, Canada, Denmark and South Africa.
Kerry has written or co-written six popular textbooks on herbal medicine, including the second edition of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy with Simon Mills, which was awarded the 2013 James A. Duke Excellence in Botanical Literature Award by the American Botanical Council (ABC). His seventh book on Functional Herbal Therapy is with the publishers and expected to be available in mid-2021.
He still maintains a busy herbal practice in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia where he has been in continuous service for more than 35 years.
In 2015 Kerry’s lifelong contribution to the field of herbal medicine was recognised with his receiving the prestigious Lady Cilento award from the complementary medicine industry in Australia.
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