Management Team

Alex%20Howard%20-19Founder and CEO – Alex Howard BSc(Hons)

Alex Howard is Founder and CEO of the clinic. Alex suffered from M.E. for seven years, and spent two years virtually bed-bound. After reaching the point of total desperation, Alex made the commitment of doing everything he could to turn around his own situation and help others in similar situations. Soon after his recovery Alex had published his first book“WHY ME? My Journey from M.E. to Health and Happiness,” and has continued to work tirelessly and with great dedication to help those affected by M.E.

In addition to his work with OHC, Alex is also founder of an online platform exploring how we can live a more conscious life.  Alex lives in North London with his wife Tania, and their two young daughters Marli and Ariella.


Director of Psychology – Jess Thompson  BSc(Hons) Psychology, Dip counselling, PGCE, Dip.Clin.Hyp.NLP.Coach.EFT

Jess fell ill with ME as a teacher and mother of two young boys and the illness had a major effect on all aspects of her life. After getting her life back through coming to OHC as a patient, and through her own journey of healing, Jess made the decision to embark on a counselling career. Having worked as a counsellor in both a hospice setting and as an independent practitioner, working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, phobias, bereavement and stress, Jess also went on to train on the OHC practitioner training course. In addition to her professional qualifications, Jess brings a wealth of experience from her own healing journey, and immensely enjoys supporting others in finding their own answers and assisting them on their journey to a better life.


Director of Nutrition – Helen Lynam BSc, mBANT, NTCC

Helen spent her first career as an Engineer with British Airways, rising to Senior Manager. Having lost one close member of her family to chronic disease she was inspired to study nutrition when another close family member overcame a dire prognosis through dietary changes and supplementation. After gaining a first class degree in Nutritional Therapy Helen established herself in two busy private clinics seeing clients with a range of disorders, before joining the clinic team at The Optimum Health Clinic. In her spare time, Helen runs healthy eating evening classes, is a subeditor of a journal for nutritional therapists and she also lectures to degree level in nutrition. Helen is known for her tenacity and determination to get to the root of a problem, always done with a sense of humour and lightness of touch which can help make the process enjoyable.

Director of Finance and Operations – Glynn Gratrix

Glynn is responsible for the financial management of OHC along with playing an important role managing the processes and systems that make OHC’s groundbreaking work possible. Glynn has enjoyed a diverse and exciting business life, starting at IBM in various senior administrative roles in the UK and as a worldwide process and systems manager for four years based in the European HQ in Paris. Glynn went on to run a training company delivering time management, leadership and sales training for a Canadian based franchise, before taking over the management of their UK operation. Glynn greatly enjoys working in the exciting and dynamic environment of OHC, and using his experience and knowledge to make the clinic’s vision of an ethically based social enterprise financially sustainable and viable.

Dr Nicola Hembry BSc MBBS MSB PgDip

Nicola is medical adviser to patients at OHC, working out of her own private practice in Bristol.  She is a committee member of the British Society of Ecological Medicine and a member of the Independent Doctors Forum, the Society of Biology and the British Psychological Society. Her further qualifications are in nutritional medicine, clinical oncology and psychology.