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The 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 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.

Hear the MTI Board's vision for the future:


Earle Abrahamson

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 invited to be part of the medical team for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games as well as the World Athletic and Para-athletics 2017 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 co-chairs the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning multinational teaching fellows group.

He is a principal fellow of the Higher Education Academy and fellow of the ICNM. He received the outstanding contribution to complementary medicine award in 2012. Earle is a registrant Board member of the CNHC, is chair of the GCMT, and an 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 methods. Earle, together with Jennie Parke Matheson, runs Hands-on Training, a professional therapy school established to teach and develop students and practitioners.

Together with Jane Langston, he has written 2 textbooks: Making Sense of Learning Human Anatomy and Physiology, for which they came runner up in the 2017 Holistic Business Awards for star product of the year, and Muscle Testing: A Concise Manual. Earle and Jane run Learnanatomy, a company specialising in supporting the learning and teaching of anatomy and physiology.

Earle is a senior lecturer in sports therapy at the University of East London and works with a diverse range of MTI tutors to develop best practices and consolidate learning.


Tim Bartlett

Tim Bartlett

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Tim taught holistic massage with Bristol College of Massage and Bodywork for 10 years and is now a co-tutor on its Sports and Remedial Massage Diploma. He is also principal tutor for the MTI Holistic Massage Diploma at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Tim 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 an MTI practical exam assessor and also a theory exam assessor. He is a member of both MTI and the Association of Physical and Natural Therapists.

Tim has worked extensively supporting people with autism and learning difficulties, life planning and working with therapeutic touch and movement differences.

Karen Yarnell

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 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, as it tells her which part of the country she is supposed to be in and when!

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