PLG Membership

Linda Ward

Linda joined the PLG as a lay member in 2016. In 2017, she was honoured to be awarded “Governor of the Year” at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic NHS Foundation Trust, where she serves as a public governor representing Powys. This role enables her to meet patients and discuss any concerns they may have. She is a member of the Patient Panel representing it on the Clinical Audit Committee.

She has worked in local government, the NHS and was an officer in the Territorial Army. Her main interests have always been health and well-being issues. She has been a Non-Executive Director of the Phone Co-op, Co-operatives UK and until last year was Chair of the Co-operative Loan Fund.

She became particularly interested in orthopaedics following several surgical procedures including a total hip replacement in 2013.

Linda WardLay Chair
Neil Davies

Neil Davies is a Consultant Hip and Knee Surgeon based at West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust, since 2003. His surgical practise covers primary and revision hip/knee arthroplasty, as well as sports knee surgery. He graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, was an orthopaedic trainee on the South West Thames Training Programme at St. George’s Hospital. He spent a year in Sydney, Australia on a fellowship covering major joint reconstruction, spinal and tumour surgery.

As a consultant he has spent 5 years as Departmental Clinical Director, he is the BOA Liaison Officer for the Trust, and a member of the BOA Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Orthopaedic Services. He is the Clerkship Director for Surgery within West Hertfordshire for the St. George’s University Medical School in Grenada, Chairs the Trust Surgical Site of Infection Panel, and is the lead for the Enhanced Recovery Programme. He is involved with surgical training at a local level for the North Thames Trainees, whilst supervising an SpR and post CCST Orthopaedic Fellow.

Outside of work, he is married with 3 daughters, who occupy most of his spare time. His interests are playing tennis, gardening and classic cars. He has swapped watching rugby, for netball and lacrosse.

Neil DaviesPLG Member
Pida Ripley

Pida was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in her teens and the survivor of major trauma injuries following a car crash, Pida has benefited from multiple orthopaedic surgical interventions. Having undergone over twenty operations, not all orthopaedic, she offers an experienced patient perspective. Passionate about patient safety issues, Pida served as a governor of The Royal Marsden and is currently a governor of King’s College Hospital London as well as participating in several health policy task groups and initiatives. A post-graduate of both LSE and King’s College London (international relations and defence studies) she was awarded a Washington based MacArthur Fellowship. Upon her return to the UK she was appointed Director of Development of Chatham House. Subsequently she worked in numerous conflict zones implementing humanitarian and medical aid programmes and developed health training and awareness projects in collaboration with several UN agencies including the World Health Organisation. She is currently developing activities related to the increasing global health threat posed by anti-microbial resistance.

Pida RipleyPLG Member
Fiona Walmsley-Collins

Fiona Walmsley-Collins trained as registered nurse and worked in general surgery/medicine and psychiatry for ten years before undertaking her higher education in the History of Design. She moved into the world of regulation as one of HM Inspectors of Health & Safety and has twelve years’ experience of regulation in the Manufacturing and Public Sectors including the Health Sector. In her parallel Arts career she has been published, made a broadcast documentary and several, publicly screened, short films.

She was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis (OA) of her right knee in 2000 and is currently on the NHS waiting lists for a total knee replacement. Since her OA was diagnosed and her mobility has declined she has been educating herself in the broader implications of arthritis and its care, advocating for better understanding and treatment for those with arthritis in the NHS system and working on textiles commissions.

Fiona Walmsley-CollinsPLG Member
Kate Roxburgh

Kate has a background in health policy research and strategic communication and has worked both in the independent health sector and for health and disability charities. Her interest in orthopaedic issues came about after she had a knee operation in 2009.

Kate RoxburghPLG Member
Nilesh Makwana

Nilesh Makwana qualified from St George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989. He completed his specialist training in the Trent region and was appointed a consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Shropshire and the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board (Wrexham Maelor Hospital) in 2001. Since 2016, he is based solely at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hospital.

He is a specialist foot and ankle surgeon treating all conditions affecting the adult foot and ankle. He is one of few surgeons who undertakes Autologous Chondrocyte transplantation in the ankle in the UK. He has been a surgical tutor for BCUHB (East) and Chair of The National Specialist Advisory Group for Wales. He has been a council member of the BOA and is currently a clinical member of the Patient Liason Group. He is a member of BOFAS, where he was an active member of the Education Committee. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society and honorary clinical lecturer for the University of Dundee and Keele.

He is actively involved in research and training. He is convenor for The Oswestry Foot and Ankle course which is now an established international course in its 16th year. He is the regional specialty advisor for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is the associate lead for orthopaedics in Wrexham .

His outside interests include cycling and playing golf when he can.

Nilesh MakwanaPLG Member
Derek Twigg

Derek’s career has been largely in aircraft engineering, starting as an aircraft apprentice (brat) in the RAF in 1953 and ending with the Ministry of Defence in various aircraft project offices. He retired in 1996 but keeps busy with singing, house maintenance/renovation and voluntary work.

His orthopaedic history is confined to left and right total hip replacements at York District Hospital. It was there that he joined the local orthopaedic support group where past and future patients received advice and support from invited speakers, nurses and fellow sufferers/operatees.

Derek TwiggCorresponding Member
Weng Ang

Weng joined as a lay member of the PLG in 2013. He has degrees in physics and engineering. He has many years of experience in science, engineering, financial services and IT.

He works at the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) as an Internet Investigator and contributes to the enforcement of consumer and competition law.

In 2011, he proposed the investigation into Groupon, the biggest UK daily deals company and was rewarded by being the team leader of the investigation.

Whilst training in martial arts he injured his knee and this brought him into contact with orthopaedics as he underwent a knee operation.

Since then he has raised money for an orthopaedics charity.

Weng Ang Corresponding Member
Josephine Fox

Josephine has been a registered nurse since 1962 and has worked almost exclusively in orthopaedic theatres with a specific interest in joint replacements. Having worked with McKee and Watson-Farrar in the early sixties, she then went on to work in a number of other notable hospitals including Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. She has been published numerous times in the Nursing Press over the years and in 2007 took over the BoneSmart.org patient forum as nurse advisor and lead administrator. From BoneSmart, a passion to improve the patient experience of hip and knee replacement has become paramount and membership of the PLG will be a privileged opportunity to further that.

Josephine FoxCorresponding Member
Margaret Hughes

Margaret retired on health grounds in 2003 and immediately recovered. She was an Area Manager for the Office for National Statistics in the North West. She has had 23 orthopaedic procedures including multiple joint implants and has experienced many changes over time in the health service.

She joined her Local Patient and Public Involvement Forum in 2003 and became Vice Chair of the Acute Trust and the Primary Care Trust some little time later. She is now actively involved both nationally and regionally and locally as lay representative in health and is a strong advocate of Patient and Public Involvement in all aspects of health and social care particularly in Clinical Audit.

Margaret Hughes Corresponding Member
Bob Smith

Bob is a retiree from the medical devices industry and for the past 13 years has been a volunteer and representative on various patients’ groups in NHS Bedfordshire and East of England SHA’s Planned Care Programme. He is the lay member on the National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) Steering Group and a member of the National Osteoporosis Society. He was the team leader for the non-active implantables group for the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN).

Bob SmithCorresponding Member
Nick Welch

Nick Welch joined the PLG in 2006 after accepting early retirement. In December 2014, he stepped down from Chairing the Group, and “retired” to the Corresponding Group. He had spent 36 years in the Pharmaceutical Business, working in training, sales and marketing, throughout the EU. Working in this industry has given him an invaluable insight into the NHS.

He has been a lay member on several NICE and NHS-England Guideline Groups. In October 2015, he was delighted to be appointed as an International Ambassador of the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health of the Bone & Joint Decade. In November 2017, he was appointed as the PPI Strategic Adviser to the East Midland Major Trauma Network Board, with a pro-bono place on the Board.

Nick WelchCorresponding Member
Judith Fitch

Judith joined the PLG as a lay member in 2011. She recently finished her term as the Lay Chair of the BOA and now supports the group as a corresponding member.

Judith has many years of experience in high technology marketing, sales and communications in the USA, Germany, Austria and the UK. Before retiring she was active in providing plain English clinical content targeted to patients researching treatments and procedures on the internet.

Having played a major role in communicating the benefits of technology implementation across the NHS for many years, Judith has a passion for quality patient care and ensuring patients can make informed decisions.

In her spare time Judith is a moderator on a knee and hip replacement forum, coaching patients through the joint replacement journey. She is also a stakeholder in the Occupation advice for Patients undergoing Arthroplasty of the Lower limb (OPAL) research project and a Collaborator in the Better Outcomes for Older people with Spinal Trouble (BOOST) research project, University of Oxford.

Judith Fitch Corresponding Member
Jonathan Mutimer

Jonathan Mutimer is a hip and knee arthroplasty consultant at Cheltenham General Hospital appointed in 2009. Having trained in Bristol, Oxford, Sydney and Bath, he spent further fellowship training in Wellington, New Zealand specialising in revision and primary hip and knee work.

It is clear that the patients’ voice is now being listened to intensely at all levels in the BOA and Royal College of Surgeons, with representation being sought from his group, including from NICE elective and trauma reviews. As an active member of the group, he has previously developed papers regarding access to healthcare and patients’ perceptions and expectations of clinical consultations.

Regionally, he is the Training Programme Director for orthopaedic trainees ensuring quality standards are maintained, but also providing support and mentorship for the trainees as their training develops. He has learnt a lot by being involved in teaching the next generation of junior doctors at regional and national level and annually interview junior doctors for the next stage of their careers. He is on the National Joint Registry Regional Clinical Coordinators committee, shaping the future of the NJR and how it is used for the benefit of patients and surgeons alike.

Jonathan MutimerCorresponding Member