Announcement from Penny Kharroubi, Joint Principal

This spring is a time of change for senior management at ICOM.  Craig Minto, my Joint Principal colleague, will be leaving us at the end of March 2013 after more than six very important years in post.

Together, Craig and I have overseen several key changes in ICOM’s more recent history, not least the move from a four year to a three year degree course, engagement with a new University partner, the University of Greenwich, and the implementation of an additional weekend based course.

Whilst still remaining a busy practitioner, Craig is planning to devote more of his time to composing and recording music, an important area of his life and one he’d like to develop.  It feels like the end of a special era for ICOM and he will be missed by us all.


Sam Patel

However, the start of another era beckons and with that new beginnings.  So we are delighted to also announce here that Sam Patel has accepted the position of Joint Principal.

Sam has not just lectured and practised at ICOM over the past 15 years, but has also previously held the position of Director of Studies, and sat on the Board of Governors. He played a key part in re-writing and re-organising the curriculum and gaining our first university validation back in 2001. He has also been a senior member of faculty and particularly the clinic leadership team at ICOM since 1998.

His more recent experiences as external examiner, accreditation verifier, CPD trainer and conference speaker will also contribute to the future strategic vision of ICOM, to the courses and opportunities we offer students, to the clinic experience of our patients and to the outward promotion of ICOM across the profession, both in the UK and abroad.  Sam is working alongside Craig and myself so as to ensure a smooth transition when he takes over the role formally in early April 2013.

We are all very pleased at this appointment and I look forward to our working together as Joint Principals, to take ICOM further forward into the professional community and to enhance the exciting and challenging journey that we offer students as they train to become acupuncturists.

We wish Sam much success and enjoyment in his new role.

Penny Kharroubi
Joint Principal

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