Meet The Team

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 in at the end of 2018 taking over the running of our 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, that enables 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 CThA.

Sarah Toplis

School Principal

Bev has been OSM’s ITEC specialist for several years. Her background is in nursing, being the youngest Sister appointed at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford.

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. She became a tutor for massage courses at Abingdon and Witney College for several years and then for McTimoney 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 FHT.

Bev Barclay

Senior Tutor

Mark qualified with OSM 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 until retiring recently.

Mark is now the external examiner for the OSM Diploma and advisor to the school.

Mark Higgins

Examiner