Overall governance of the BOA is exercised by a Council of up to 18 elected Trustees and 12 ex-officio members.

The Trustees comprise six Officers and 12 elected Council Members.

  • The six Officers – the Presidential Line (President, Immediate Past President, Vice President and Vice President Elect), the Honorary Secretary and the Honorary Treasurer are elected by Council
  • Trustee Council members are elected by postal ballot of all Home Fellows
  • The Trustees have voting rights; holders of ex-officio posts do not. 

All new Trustees are issued with the Charity Commission booklet on their duties and responsibilities. They also receive a pack of briefing papers as recommended by the Charity Commission, are asked to sign the Trustees’ Conflict of Interest form, and to provide information for the Register of Interests. 

Council devolves designated responsibilities to a number of Committees, Subcommittees or Working Parties. Their chairs and members are appointed by Council on the recommendation of the Executive, normally following an open application process against job descriptions. The President, Vice President and Honorary Secretary are ex-officio members of all Committees.

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Don McBride


Don McBride is a full time Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the University Hospital of North Midlands, Stoke on Trent UK. He is involved with undergraduate and postgraduate teaching at Keele University and at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Memorial Hospital, Oswestry. He has research interests across the field of Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgery. He was previously President of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (BOFAS) and has been Honorary Treasurer and Secretary of the European Foot and Ankle Society (EFAS) and Honorary Treasurer of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA). He is currently President Elect of EFAS, Chairman of the Certification Board of EFAS, a Council Member of the International Federation of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (IFFAS) and President of the BOA. He is a Clinical Adviser to the National Health Service Ombudsman for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and is a Specialty Adviser to NICE.

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Bob Handley

Vice President

Bob Handley is a Consultant on the Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for 25 years. He is currently the Vice-President of the BOA, and is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and AOUK. Bob co-chaired two NICE guideline development groups related to fractures, and is National Clinical Lead for GIRFT Orthopaedic Trauma.

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John Skinner

Vice President Elect and Honorary Treasurer

John Skinner is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at RNOH Stanmore with a special interest in hip and knee replacement surgery. He is on the Editorial Board of the BJJ. John is the Vice President Elect and Treasurer of the BOA and has represented the Association at high level discussions with NHS England and other stakeholders on elective care.

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Phil Turner

Immediate Past President, BOA

Professor Philip Turner has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK since 1990.  He is the Senior Surgeon in the department and specialises in all aspects of knee surgery having established a tertiary referral unit for complex knee problems.

His clinical interests are in sports injuries of the knee, complex knee ligament reconstructions, the arthritic knee in younger patients, disorders of the patello-femoral joint and the failed knee replacement.

He is a Council and Executive member of the BOA and was President from 2018 to 2019.  He has previously been the North West Orthopaedic Training Programme Director, Head of the HENW School of Surgery, Chair of the Confederation of Post-Graduate Schools of Surgery and Chair of the BOA Training Standards and Curriculum Committee.

He has been involved in surgical education throughout his career and has been the Chair of the IQA Committee of the Joint Committee on Intercollegiate Examinations.  He was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCS Edinburgh in 2016.

He is active in promoting research and service delivery in his previous role as a domain clinical lead in the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Chair of the Greater Manchester Orthopaedic Alliance. He is now clinical lead for the transformation of specialist services in Greater Manchester and holds an Honorary Professorship in the School of Health Sciences at the University of Salford.

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Simon Hodkinson

Honorary Secretary

Simon trained in London at St Bartholomew’s Hospital from 1977-82.

He was a Royal Naval cadet as a medical student so after house jobs in London and the Navy he spent the next two and a half years on General Duties in the Royal Navy.

After a crash course in all sorts of medical disasters he might face at sea, he went to the Falklands and Antarctica for the best part of a year before spending the second year in general practice in a Naval base.

Simon started his surgical training with in the Navy in 1986 and in 1990 joined the fledgling HEMS project at the London as one of the original three Drs flying on the helicopter.

His higher training took him out of the Navy to Edinburgh and Leeds before being appointed a Consultant in the Navy in 1995.

Deployments to Cyprus, Bosnia and the Gulf intermingled with his early career and he then left the Navy in 1999 to join the NHS in Portsmouth.

In the NHS he developed his fledgling interest in foot and ankle surgery, which rapidly became him chosen speciality as the department expanded.

After a period as clinical director in Portsmouth his interest in education started as the RCS Tutor and progressed to being the Training Programme Director for T&O in Wessex for 8 years and membership of the SAC for 5 years. 

He remains on the Training Standards Committee and the Education Committee of the BOA.

Simon and his wife remain on the South Coast and thier children have fled the nest, one into the profession the other to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He is honoured to have been elected as a trustee and looks forward to serving the profession over the next three years.

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Deborah Eastwood

Appointed Trustee

Deborah Eastwood is UCL Professor of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery at Great Ormond Street and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals. Deborah works in the generality of paediatric orthopaedic surgery, but has particular interests in children with overgrowth syndromes, metabolic bone disease and those with neurological problems. She also deals with hip and foot/ankle problems and acts as the lead surgeon for the Ponseti service for clubfoot deformity. Deborah is a former council member of BSCOS (British Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery) and current Board Member for EPOS (European Paediatric Orthopaedic Society).

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Peter Giannoudis

Elected Trustee

Peter is the Professor of Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Leeds. His clinical work is focusing on the management of patients with multiple injuries, pelvic and acetabulum reconstruction, upper and lower limb fractures and post fracture fixation complications amongst others.

His research portfolio is diverse with active involvement in clinical trials. He is the author of 600 peer reviewed publications and editor of 10 Orthopaedic Textbooks.  

Peter is actively involved in education at the National and International level (Chair AO Davos Courses, Polytrauma, Masters, Limb Salvage).  Moreover, he hosts six courses/masterclasses annually in Leeds focusing on fracture fixation, surgical techniques, and surgical approaches. 

Throughout his career, he has served in a number of positions of responsibility including President of BTS, President of the European Society of Pelvis and Acetabulum (ESPA), International Chair Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA), President Elect ESTROT (European Society Tissue Regeneration in Orthopaedics and Traumatology), Clinical Director of Trauma Services in Leeds, Executive Member EFORT Trauma Education Committee and Editor in Chief Injury Journal.  

He has contributed to the evolution of trauma services in Britain with his work on the BOA National Trauma Committee, expert group for NCEPOD report 2007 (Trauma who cares?) and advisory member of NICE.   

During the past 5 years, he has delivered over 100 international lectures promoting British Orthopaedics and establishing international connections worldwide which are invaluable to further promote and establish links with other associations. 

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Rhidian Morgan-Jones

Elected Trustee

Rhidian trained in Cardiff at the University of Wales College of Medicine as it was then, qualifying in 1989.  He returned as a Consultant in late 2000.  His training rotation was between Oswestry and Stoke-on-Trent and included fellowships in Johannesburg and Sydney.  Since his appointment, he has specialised as a revision knee surgeon with an interest in infection, a field which remains both challenging and rewarding, although not always in equal measure.

He has a strong interest in education at all levels and continue to lecture widely, albeit within my increasingly niche sub-speciality.  He has had the pleasure of founding and running national knee/infection meetings from which he continues to learn from his peers.  A personal philosophy, when possible, has always been to organise cross-speciality meetings, which broadens one’s perspective and heightens respect for colleagues in other medical and non-medical areas.  The ability to network and coerce friends to help is perhaps a strength.

Rhidian's research interests reflect his clinical practice, combining revision knee replacement and prosthetic joint infection.  In these two areas he feels we are progressing but have so much more to learn.  Increasingly, he enjoys collaborative research with surgeons and units both within the UK and internationally.
He has three children, Myfanwy 21, Ioan 19 and Bronwen 16 who will be delighted to have their names in print.  They remain the best grounding a surgeon can have.  He is proud of them all.

Rhidian is honoured, and still surprised, to have been elected as a BOA Trustee.  He hopes to serve the membership in any way he can and reflect the pride he has in being part of the orthopaedic community.

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Hamish Simpson

Elected Trustee

Hamish is Professor of Orthopaedics and Trauma, and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in limb reconstruction, musculoskeletal infection and paediatric deformity.  He was trained in Cambridge, Oxford, Bath and Gloucester.

He carried out fellowships in Toronto and with Ilizarov in Kurgan, before taking up post as Reader and then Professor of Orthopaedics in Oxford, where he was fortunate to be mentored by Professor John Kenwright.  In Oxford, he ran the limb reconstruction unit and established the bone infection unit in collaboration with microbiological and infectious diseases colleagues. After many happy years in Oxford, he moved to Edinburgh to take up a fulfilling post as head of the academic department.

Hamish is currently President of the Combined Services Orthopaedic Society and previously have been President of BLRS, APOS and BORS, and have been Chairman of SCOT. 

He has a strong interest in training and has sat on the SAC and currently Chair the T+O Scottish Training Improvement Group (TOSTIG).  Having completed my term as examiner on the intercollegiate board, he now examines for the FRCS (Orth & Trauma) in Hong Kong.  He is keen to help trainees carry out higher degrees and have supervised over 50 successful doctoral theses.

He has research interests in stem cells for musculoskeletal repair, musculoskeletal infection, novel cutting methodologies and impaired bone healing.

Consequently, he has been awarded Hunterian and King James IV professorships by the English and Edinburgh colleges respectively.  He also has research interests aimed at optimising patient outcomes and have run multiple multicentre studies to help achieve this.

He is married to Helen and has a daughter 3 sons and a dog.

He is honoured to be elected and look forward to serving as a BOA trustee.

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Duncan Tennent

Elected Trustee, St George's University of London

Duncan qualified from Barts in 1992 and after SHO jobs at the Royal Free and the RNOH registrar rotation, he spent a year in Virginia on a sports fellowship discovering what you can do with an arthroscope.  After another short stint at Stanmore he was appointed as a consultant with a special interest in shoulder and elbow surgery at St Georges Hospital in 2003. He was fortunate to have fantastic mentors including Paul Calvert, Deborah Eastwood and Ian Bayley who taught him so much about teaching and training.

He has been the education Chair for BESS and the undergraduate education lead for the BOA.  He is currently on the SAC and Treasurer of BESS.  He is also the Director of Education for the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre as well as being a Reader in Orthopaedic Education at St George’s Medical School.

Being involved in education from undergraduate to fellowship he sees all of the difficulties that arise from all the different pressures.  He is also lucky enough to be able to see the innovative work that individuals and organisations are doing.  How we train has to evolve and he is very much enjoy being a part of this process.

Duncan is fortunate to have very supportive colleagues in an excellent department which enable him to spend some of his time doing all this work and he is looking forward to the next three years helping to shape the education of the future.

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Grey Giddins

Elected Trustee

Grey trained in Oxford and at the RNOH. He has since worked as an orthopaedic and hand surgeon in Bath since 1995.  He is privileged to work in a very supportive team of three hand surgeons and four hand therapists with a wide range of practice, including a full range of elbow, wrist and hand trauma and elective conditions. He has particular interests in the management of common hand injuries, the mechanism and outcome of falls on the wrist, and minimal access surgery for many common elective hand conditions such as finger ganglia, corrective osteotomies and closed fusions.  Grey runs a specialist practice in obstetric brachial plexus injuries, wrist and DRUJ pathology, and rheumatoid arthritis.  He has an interest in surgical error and its avoidance.  

Grey is a visiting professor in the Mechanical Engineering department at the University of Bath, where he runs a research programme looking at tendon injuries, mechanisms of falling and joint replacement failures.  He has recently been awarded an NIHR grant to develop a novel drill guide system. He has developed a novel jig to measure DRUJ instability and am developing jigs to measure instability in other joints.  

He was honoured to be President of the British Society for Surgery of the Hand (BSSH) in 2017 and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Hand Surgery (European) from 2012-2016.  

He is married with two daughters in their 20’s, a son who has just left school and a cat and dog.  When not at work, he enjoys playing tennis, golf, skiing and swimming. He cycles most places to work, not least as parking is increasingly difficult.

Grey hopes to be able to contribute further to the already strong programmes of the BOA.

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Rob Gregory

Elected Trustee and Consultant T&O Surgeon, Chair SAC , County Durham & Darlington NHS FT

Having graduated from Newcastle University in 1981, Rob remained in the North of England to train in Orthopaedics and after spending a highly rewarding fellowship year in Adelaide, returned to take up his current post in Durham where he has remained for the last 25 years. 

Rob's clinical interest relates to surgery of the knee but he has always had a strong interest in orthopaedic training. He is currently a member of both the SAC and Selection Design Group, hold QA Lead roles in his School of Surgery and SAC, am an examiner at both MRCS and FRCS (Orth) level and was particularly honoured to be awarded Trainer of the Year two years ago.

He has held senior departmental management roles for over ten years and as a result is familiar with the constant conflict between service and training but is always aware of our duty to ensure that investment in the future of our profession is given the highest priority.

He is a firm advocate of performance improvement being driven by the publication of accurate, relevant outcomes data and believe that we can only achieve the highest standards of both training and clinical care if we are prepared to accept that we have areas of weakness. Alongside this we have to be proud of our considerable achievements and defend these strongly in the prevailing political climate.

Rob is fortunate to have what he believe is the best job in the world and is also fortunate to have been supported throughout his career by a wonderful wife, Nicola, and three wonderful children. He is looking forward to the next three years, he appreciates the professional support that he has been given and hopes that he can help ensure that the profession remains the very best for the next generation.

Rob took over as SAC Chair in January 2020, at a time when there was little inkling of events as they were to unfold. He has extensive experience both as a trainer and organiser of training, is an examiner at FRCS(Orth), and is a Trustee of the BOA. His trauma practice is based in Durham and his main elective interest relates to the knee.

Covid-19 has had a widespread and deep impact on training but as part of the team that has had to meet the challenges posed, he is well placed to explain the current training landscape, and to help guide the training community through what inevitably will be profound and lasting changes.

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Fergal Patrick Monsell

Elected Trustee

Fergal Patrick Monsell was born in Dublin and emigrated shortly before England won the World cup. After attending Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School, Rochester he graduated without distinction from the Welsh National School of Medicine. He completed higher surgical training at the University of Manchester and fellowship training at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney. He was appointed to the Consultant staff at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street and the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore in 1997 and has been a Consultant at the Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol since 2005.

His clinical practice is broad based with a special interest is the management of patients with limb deformity. He has experience in surgical and prosthetic management of this patient group and leads a multi-disciplinary team. He is involved in all aspects of paediatric trauma and the treatment of children with cerebral palsy using a spectrum of contemporary techniques.

He has an active research portfolio and has published on surgical innovation, outcomes in limb reconstruction and paediatric orthopaedic surgery. He is involved in the provision of global healthcare and runs an international visiting surgeons programme 

He has been awarded degrees at Masters and Doctorate level, is visiting Professor at Cardiff University and King James IV Professor for 2018. 

He is General Editor for AO Surgery Reference (Paediatric Trauma), a Member of the Board of the Society for Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery, the Education Committee of the BOA, Council of Management of Bone and Joint Journal and Specialty Editor for paediatrics. He is Past President of the British Limb reconstruction Society and was an ABC travelling fellow in 2000.

He is married to Ros, who he met at school, has three grown-up children and to his credit is a lifelong Spurs supporter.

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Arthur Stephen

Elected Trustee

Arthur trained at the University College and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine, London graduating in 1993. His higher surgical training was in the Mid Trent region and Brisbane, Australia before taking up my consultancy at the Royal Derby Hospital in 2004. This has recently merged becoming the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton, housing over 50 surgical theatre suites and has become one of the largest orthopaedic units in the country, second only to dedicated elective orthopaedic units.

Clinically, he specialises primarily in hip and knee arthroplasty. His interest in clinical management covered a spell as the interim Executive Medical Director of the Royal Derby Hospital before becoming the Divisional Medical Director for Surgery of the newly formed Trust. He is also a member of the BOA Professional Practice Committee.

During this time of change within the health service, particularly in the way services are commissioned and delivered, he is eager to see actively practicing clinicians at the forefront of the key decision making bodies. Whilst everyone appreciates financial concerns are unavoidable, he is keen to keep a patient-centred focus within these difficult discussions. As orthopaedics accounts for a huge part of the NHS budget, it frequently has the ‘spotlight of financial austerity’ firmly trained upon it. It is part of the BOA’s responsibility to inform and sometimes reform how these budgets are spent to the maximum benefit of patients whilst maintaining a quality agenda.

A keen educator, Arthur has taught extensively on many courses (national and international) including hip arthroplasty courses, FRCS(Orth) for SpR courses, chairing AO fracture courses and was the co-founder of the AO periprosthetic fracture course.

He is married, with two teenage children, and outside of work, he enjoys road cycling and training his gun dog.

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Colin Esler

Elected Trustee

Colin was born in Northern Ireland and graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1985. His determination to pursue a career in trauma and orthopaedics followed a year as SHO in Nottingham. He was a Registrar on the Exeter rotation and Senior Registrar in Leicester. He was a Junior Fellow in Knee Surgery in Bournemouth and Fellow at UCLA, Los Angeles before being appointed Senior Lecturer at the University of Leicester in 1999.

His main clinical interest relates to surgery of the knee, from sports knee surgery through to knee revision, but he also maintains a practice in hip arthroplasty surgery. His research interest relates to the outcomes of knee and hip surgery. Throughout his career he has been involved in the management of registers (Trent, NJR and NHFD) and the interpretation of registry data. he was awarded an MD in 2014 from the University of Leicester and has been Associate Professor there since 2017.

He has been honoured to be BOTA President (1996 - 1997), Elected Member of BOA Council (2007 - 2009) and BASK President (2016 - 2018). He is a member of the NJR Editorial Board and Data Quality Committee and ODEP and Beyond Compliance Panels. Colin is married to Claire, a Clinical Oncologist, and they have boys aged 2 and 8 years old. He ties to keep fit by running, swimming and cycling.

He is looking forward to the next three years on Council and hopse to be able contribute in furthering orthopaedics and trauma in these challenging times.

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Andrew Manktelow

Elected Trustee

Trained at the Royal Free and the RNOH, Andrew headed to the East Midlands and to Nottingham in 1999. Part of a busy trauma group for many years, his practice is now based around hip surgery. His clinical interest started in London and developed during a year in Boston, at MGH. Away from his hips, the scope of his unit has allowed Andrew a continued understanding of the issues that excite and confront other areas of orthopaedic practice.

His clinical work provides research opportunities and forms the basis of his educational activities. Andrew has travelled widely to lecture and demonstrate his practice, and he set up the Nottingham Revision Course in 2007. His recent work with the Revision Surgery Network, which provides a weekly framework for surgeons from different hospitals to meet ‘virtually’ to discuss complex cases, has received attention nationally and internationally.

Andrew has been on the Executive of the British Hip Society for a number of years and became President in March 2018. His year gave him a better appreciation of the challenges of today’s health economic environment. He saw how the BOA facilitates discussion and provides a cohesive response to support what good
orthopaedics achieves for our patients.

Married to Claire, a GP and with four beautiful and tolerant daughters aged between 21 and 14, Andrew has little time to spare away from my work. When quiet he enjoys travelling, music, gardening, (watching) sport and planning future revisions.

Andrew is passionate about orthopaedics and looks forward to a further opportunity to contribute to our speciality.

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Anthony Hui

Elected Trustee

Anthony was born in Hong Kong and educated at Gresham’s School, Cambridge University and the London Hospital Medical College. His orthopaedic training was based in Leicester and he went on a travelling fellowship in Shock Trauma Center, Baltimore and the Brigham and Women Hospital in Boston, USA.

He has been a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Middlesbrough since 1997 and specialises in knee surgery. He was the Clinical Director for his department for over 10 years and was Secretary and subsequently Chairman of BODS. Anthony has been a Clinical Co-ordinator for NJR, clinical adviser for the Healthcare Commission (now CQC), specialty advisor to NCEPOD, steering committee member of the Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Project and Honarary Lecturer to Teesside University. He was elected to the BOA council 2011 - 2014 and this will be his second stint in council. He was secretary for BASK 2016 - 2019 and is a member of Beyond Compliance and ODEP for knees.

Anthony went to Kurdistan with the Newcastle Gateshead Medical Volunteers last year under the leadership of Professor Deiry Kader and had an enjoyable week working with the dedicated staff in their hospitals.

He has recently retired from the NHS but is still working in the private sector.

His interests are football, golf, walking and gardening.

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Ian McNab

Elected Trustee and BMA Representative

Ian trained at the London Hospital Medical College and then as an SHO in London, Sussex and Oxford. His higher orthopaedic surgical training was on the Pott rotation, based on St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospitals. It spanned the transition to SpR training and I was ‘the last SR’! I undertook my hand and upper limb fellowship training in Oxford and then during a year in Melbourne.

He was appointed in 2000 as a Consultant Hand Surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust. He works in an excellent integrated team of seven T&O and Plastics hand consultants and closely with my other T&O colleagues, providing emergency care at our Regional Hand Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital, and planned and reconstructive surgery at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre.

He has a keen interest in teaching as an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in the University of Oxford and at Wadham College. He is Head of the Oxford Hand Fellowship Programme and have served on the Training Interface Group for Hand Surgery, on the UK Hand Diploma Committee and as an examiner. He chairs the AOUK Hand Course. In 2007 he was awarded and undertook the prestigious BSSH Stack Travelling Fellowship in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore and USA.

He have also served on: the BOA Board of Specialist Societies and Professional Practice Committee; as RCS/BOA Regional Specialty Professional Adviser (he proposed the motions at RCS EGM on Health & Social Care Act); the BSSH Research & Audit Committee & Council; and as BMA LNC Chair, Regional & National Consultant Committees, and as Chair, BMA Orthopaedic Sub-Committee.

Ian's wife Frances is a full-time consultant anaesthetist – with an interest in acute pain (management)! Previously he enjoyed rowing and mountaineering but we now usually undertake more gentle travel and hill-walking.

He believes the BOA must continue to develop strong leadership with pro-active policies and actions and to work collaboratively with other bodies to improve T&O services and training amongst the maelstrom of NHS change – he will focus my energies and experience on helping the BOA deliver.

Martin Bircher

Council of Management, BJJ Chair

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Tricia Campbell

BOTA President

Tricia is President of the British Orthopaedic Trainee’s Association (BOTA). She is currently out of programme working as a Leadership Fellow at HEE NE (Health Education England, North East).

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Sandeep Hemmadi

Welsh NSAG Chair

Sandeep Hemmadi is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. He is a specialist in Adult Foot and Ankle Surgery and Childrens Orthopaedic Surgery and has been a Consultant Surgeon for 20 years.

In 1999 he was appointed as a Consultant to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. He is also an Honorary Clinical tutor at The Welsh National School of Medicine. He obtained his Medical degree from Bombay University in 1999 and went on to do his postgraduate degree in Trauma and Orthopaedics at the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital. Sandeep then worked as a Senior Lecturer there gaining extensive surgical experience in managing complex trauma and performing Children’s Orthopaedic Surgery. He then underwent further Higher Surgical Training for 6 years on the All Wales training Programme. He obtained his FRCS from Glasgow and the FRCS (Tr&Orth) from the intercollegiate Board in Edinburgh. He completed his CCST in 1999.

Catherine Duffy

Northern Ireland Chair

Catherine was educated at the Queen's University, Belfast graduating in 1988 with a bachelor's degree and in 1998 with a doctorate in medicine. She completed her basic orthopaedic training in Belfast, passing the intercollegiate exam in 1998. Catherine then went on to pursue specialist training in paediatric orthopaedic surgery in the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne (August 1999 - July 2000) and at Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin (January 2001 - July 2001).

Catherine took up post in Musgrave Park Hospital and the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children on 1st October 2001 in the generality of paediatric orthopaedic surgery but with particular interest in neuromuscular conditions, clubfoot and osteogenesis imperfecta.

Catherine had the honour of spending a week with Dr Ignatio Ponseti at the University of Iowa Hospitals in 2002. She introduced the Ponseti technique for the management of clubfoot in to N Ireland and has been active in teaching and maintaining standards for clubfoot management throughout the UK through involvement in the UK Clubfoot Consensus Group.

Catherine has worked in Afghanistan variously with the American charity Cure International and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). While there she provided care for children primarily with clubfoot, neuromuscular conditions and DDH. She was actively involved in teaching and training for local staff in facilities in Kabul and Mazar-I-Shariff. 

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Alastair Murray

Scottish Chair

Alastair is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Lanarkshire and Associate Postgraduate Dean, South East Scotland and attended medical school in Aberdeen before moving to Glasgow and then Edinburgh to complete his training in orthopaedic surgery.

After a fellowship in Grenoble, France and Yorkhill Hospital, Glasgow, Alastair specialised in Paediatric orthopaedics becoming a consultant at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh in 2007. Eleven year years later he moved to a consultant post in NHS Lanarkshire to continue practicing in paediatric orthopaedics and contribute to service development for the wider orthopaedic service in that Health Board.

Alastair was fortunate to have the opportunity to work as the TPD for the South-east Scotland T&O Programme and was humbled to receive the UK TPD of the Year award from BOTA in 2018. He has now moved on to work as the Associate Post graduate Dean for Surgery, Anaesthetics, O&G and Emergency Medicine in the region.

He is delighted to have been appointed to chair the Scottish Committee for Orthopaedics and Trauma for the next three years and is looking forward to representing Scottish interests at the BOA.

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Matt Costa

Research Committee Chair

Matthew Costa is Professor of Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery at the University of Oxford and Honorary Consultant Trauma Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford.  He is Chief Investigator for a series of randomised trials and associated studies supported by grants from the UK NIHR, Musculoskeletal Charities and the Trauma Industry.  Matt is Chair of the NIHR Clinical Research Network Injuries and Emergencies Specialty Group and the NIHR Musculoskeletal Trauma Trials Network.  He is also a member of the NIHR HTA Research Board.  He Chairs the BOA Research Committee and is the Specialty Lead in Orthopaedic Trauma for the Royal College of Surgeons of England.  He is Associate Editor for Trauma and Research Methods at the Bone and Joint Journal.

Matt is the President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Society and President of the Global Fragility Fracture Network.

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Hiro Tanaka

Education and Careers Committee Vice-Chair

Hiro Tanaka is a Consultant Foot and Ankle surgeon at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. He is Chair of the BOA Education Committee and has led the development of the ST3 Bootcamp programme. He is a Health Foundation Fellow and is passionate about clinical leadership.

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Julian Owen

BODS Chair

Following pre-clinical and clinical training at Trinity Hall and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, I spent my junior doctor years in Southampton, Birmingham and Oswestry before joining the South West Thames Programme for Trauma & Orthopaedic Speciality Training. I spent my fellowship year at Sunnybrook Hospital, a Major Trauma Centre in Toronto with Marvin Tile, consolidating the Reconstructive Hip and Pelvic & Acetabular training I had received at St Georges Hospital with Martin Bircher, Simon Bridle & Adrian Day.

I started as Consultant T&O Surgeon at Cambridge University Hospitals in 2000 with interests in Trauma including P&A and Elective Hip and Knee. My Clinical work has consolidated; I now specialise in elective knee, hip and revision hip surgery. In doing so I have been able to pursue my interest in medical management.

In the last decade I have spent 4 years as T&O Speciality Lead, 3 years as Clinical Director of the MSK Clinical Business Unit at CUH. More recently I have transitioned to a regional role as MSK Clinical Lead of the Cambridgeshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, a post I still hold. On a national level I have spent the last few years as an active member of the British Orthopaedic Directors Society, becoming a Committee Member in 2017. I succeeded Vinay Takwale as BODS President in 2018. This being a two-year appointment that allows me to serve alongside as a BOA Council member.

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Mamdouh Morgan

SAS Representative

Mamdouh Morgan is a senior orthopaedic surgeon in Birmingham. He graduated from medical school in Egypt in 1984 and started his orthopaedic career in the Army in 1986. He has a passion for training, educational and developmental needs of SAS doctors as Associate Postgraduate Dean. His mission at the BOA is to work with other stakeholders to ensure the educational activities for SAS Surgeons is incorporated into the assessment of Royal Colleges and the CESR application process.

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Judith Fitch

Patient Representative

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Lee Breakwell

Spines Representative

Lee currently works at Sheffield Children’s and Teaching Hospitals as a spinal surgeon. He trained in Sheffield, West Midlands, with Fellowships in Nottingham and the USA. He is a Council member of the BOA, and was formerly President of BOTA. He is a member of the BOA Trauma group, and is responsible for Spinal BOASTs. 

He was Director of Education in Sheffield for 10 years, and led AO Spine Education for the UK. He is co-designer, developer and administrator of the British Spine Registry, and has been audit lead for both spinal surgery societies. He is currently secretary of the UK Spine Societies Board, who are responsible for organising the biennial BritSpine Congress.

His current research interests include respiratory function in Early Onset Scoliosis, and growing spine surgery.