Our Team

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Sarah Toplis - Principal

Sarah started her training with the Oxford School of Massage in 2007 qualifying with a distinction, and went onto establish her own     successful practice for both private and corporate clients. Having worked in Human Resources, focussing on training and development,   for over 20 years, she has an extremely strong background in facilitating the learning experience; and achieved her qualification to teach   in the adult learning sector in 2010 when she joined OSM as a tutor, soon progressing to senior tutor and at the end of 2018 taking over the running of the school. She is passionate about making learning an appropriate and fun experience for her students through a warm and welcoming,coaching and mentoring approach, backed by knowledge and experience; enabling students to reach the best of their ability. She has also completed courses in Advanced Facilitation & Training Skills, Introduction to Counselling and Presentation Skills. Sarah is an accredited and registered ITEC tutor and a Lecturer Member of the Complementary Therapists Association (CthA).

 Bev Barclay - Senior Tutor

 Bev has been OSM’s ITEC specialist for a number of years. Her background is in nursing, being the youngest Sister appointed at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford, at the time. She has always had an interest in complementary therapies, and how they can support conventional medicine. Consequently, she decided to train as massage therapist, reflexologist and aromatherapist and in more recent years has become a registered Bowen Therapy practitioner, running her own successful clinic. Bev achieved her qualification to teach in the adult learning sector and became a tutor for massage courses at Abingdon and Witney College for a number of years and then for McTimmoney College of Chiropractic in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. With her nursing background Bev is a font of knowledge in teaching anatomy, physiology and pathology to our students as well as bringing over 20 years of teaching massage experience to the school. Bev, like Sarah, is an accredited and registered ITEC tutor and is a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT).


Mark Higgins - External Examiner and Advisor 

Mark qualified with the Oxford School of Massage in 1988, before going on to the West London School of Therapeutic Massage to take   further courses in Aromatherapy and Sports Massage. He started teaching at OSM in 1990, and took over as the principal of the school   in 2008. Mark was previously principal of the school until retiring at Christmas 2017 when he handed over the school to his, long   standing, senior tutor, Sarah Toplis. Mark now, as well as enjoying his well-earned retirement, is the external examiner for OSM and   advisor to the school.

Judith Earnshaw - Founder

Judith founded the Oxford School of Massage in 1988. She developed the OSM method of education as a result of identifying a need to put the health of the therapist at the centre of all teaching. The method still forms the cornerstone of all that we do at OSM. 

osm ..... hands for health