PLG Membership

Judith Fitch

Judith joined the PLG as a lay member in 2011. She has many years of experience in high technology marketing, sales and communications in the USA, Germany, Austria and the UK. Most recently she has been 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. 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 NICE Low Back Commissioning Guidelines group and a Collaborator in the Better Outcomes for Older people with Spinal Trouble (BOOST) research project, University of Oxford.

Judith Fitch Lay Chair
Philip Mitchell

Phil was trained at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington and underwent specialist training at St George’s Hospital in Tooting. After a one year Fellowship in Vancouver he took up a Consultant post at St George’s in 2002. Phil’s special interest is Joint Replacement of the hip and knee and revision surgery. He co-runs a tertiary referral service for the South East treating patients with infected joint replacements and failed joints with massive bone loss. He also treats a large number of patients with peri-prosthetic fractures. Throughout Phil’s career so far he has been committed to education – he runs an annual course in revision hip surgery for consultants, he has been, briefly, Programme Director for SpR training and regularly teach trainees coming up to their FRCS(Orth) exam.

From a managerial perspective Phil has completed four years as Head of Department at St George’s and is currently Director of Surgery at the Epsom Orthopaedic Centre, the busiest Joint replacement unit in Europe. He has joined the Council of the BOA this year.

At home Phil is married to Angie, has two teenage children and enjoys all sports, coaching cricket and rugby to his son’s age group.

Philip MitchellMedical Vice 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
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
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 TwiggPLG 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
Linda Ward

Linda took early retirement in 2001 but has remained active working in the voluntary sector; she gained valued experience of co-operatives during the 10 years she was an elected member of the Co-operative Group and served on the boars of Co-operatives UK and The Phone Coop.

She has worked in local government, the NHS and was an Officer in the Territorial Army, but her main interest has always been health and well being issues; she had a total hip replacement in 2013 which has enabled her to resume hill walking, swimming and generally keeping fit.

Recently, Linda became a founder member and Director of the Mid Wales Social Co-operative Consortium Ltd which aims to provide quality social care which gives service users a voice. She is Chair of the Co-operative Loan Fund which provides loans to new and existing co-ops based in the UK.

Linda WardPLG 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.

As well as Chairing his GP’s PPG, and the local Network 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.

Nick WelchCorresponding Member