Directors of the 9th International Congress
of the F.M. Alexander Technique

The Congress directors oversee the planning and implementation of the Congress. 

Congress Directors
Robert BrittonJamie McDowellIrmel Weber

Irmel and Bob worked on the implementation of the 2008 Congress and now with Jamie have been meeting, planing and working on the many details required for such a large gathering in 2011. We are currently establishing contacts with the many Alexander groups around the world to get the word out about 2011.  We are researching and inviting special guest presenters, securing appropriate venues in Lugano, researching hotels, tourist information, and restaurants that will be assets for attendees, establishing financial structures in accordance with Swiss tax law, creating the structures to notify, register, and inform the attendees, and working with the many details that arise as we move forward. 

We are extremely grateful to all of the previous Congress directors who have given us such wonderful advice and guidance.  We are also listening intently to the feedback given from the last Congress attendees and are shaping the 2011 Congress to be even more successful incorporating their suggestions.   


Irmel Weber

was born in 1954, and grew up next to the river Rhine before moving to Berlin in 1976. She trained as an Alexander Teacher with Danny McGowan from 1990 to 1993. Since then she has been in private practice as well as assisting on Danny McGowan’s training course from 1993 until 1999. In 2001 she founded the G.L.A.T. recognised training school Ausbildungszentrum für F.M. Alexander Technique in Berlin, which maintains a welcome invitation for guests to visit. From 1998 to 2003 she served on the board of G.L.A.T., was chairman, and also served on the Training Course Committee. Her second vocation is Tango Argentino, which she has danced with passion since 1984. She also teaches Tango Argentino.

Jamie McDowell

lives in Kendal, England. He was introduced to the Alexander Technique in 1977 and has been working as a teacher since 1984. He had a long association with Don Burton and worked in London and Amsterdam and is now training teachers at Fellside Alexander School, England.

Robert Britton

graduated as an Alexander Technique teacher in 1978 training with Frank Ottiwell and Giora Pinkas. In addition to his private practice in San Francisco and Marin County, California, he has taught the Alexander Technique to musicians at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music since 1984. He served as chairman of the American Society for the Alexander Technique from 1997 to 1999. He has helped train Alexander Technique Teachers since 1989, and currently trains Alexander teachers at the Alexander Educational Center in Berkeley. He regularly teaches in Berlin at the Ausbildungszentrum für F.M. Alexander-Technik Berlin, as well contributing to the well being of the international Alexander Technique Affiliated Societies (ATAS), and the Annual Members Meeting of the Affiliated Societies (AMMAS). He is also a faculty member of the Bay Area Summer Opera Training Institute.