The Executive Group’s primary purpose is to develop strategy, manage financial and other risks, and oversee internal controls on behalf of Council – including verification that our insurance cover is sufficient for physical assets, employer and public liability. It carries out a rolling critical assessment of the structure and functions of the BOA, both internally and externally; monitors membership attitudes closely; and exercises in year budgetary control focused on delivery of our core objectives.

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John Skinner


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 President 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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Deborah Eastwood

Vice President

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 Vice President of the British Orthopaedic Association (BOA), 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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Simon Hodkinson

Vice President Elect and 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. 

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

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Mark Bowditch

Honorary Treasurer

Mark Bowditch is a consultant at the Ipswich NHS Trust where he was appointed in 2000.  He qualified from Manchester in 1989 after an intercalated BSc in Physiology, knowing that orthopaedics was for him. Surviving Charles Galasko’s HO post, he went to Glasgow University to demonstrate then on to Edinburgh as A&E SHO in perhaps a forerunner of a MTC set up. 

His peri-fellowship BST was in Sheffield.  The queue for registrar jobs at Sheffield was long so he applied for the Cambridge registrar rotation, where his parents lived.  This became the East of England HST where he first worked in Ipswich.

His specialist interest is knee surgery, particularly soft tissue.  His mentor, David Dandy, guided him to a fellowship with Greg Keene in Adelaide where he really honed his arthroscopic skills.

Mark was BOTA secretary in 1998 and since being at Ipswich he has pursued his interest in training, becoming TPD for East of England in 2006 until now.  It has been an immense sense of pride to have contributed to and follow the progress of new trainees through their achievements on the programme and subsequently in consultant life.  He has been a FRCS Orth examiner for eight years and served on the SAC for the last five.  He was recently appointed as Chair of the SAC in T&O from January 2017.

In Ipswich, he has very supportive colleagues who have allowed him to pursue his leadership roles with the mentorship of Clare Marx (PRCS Eng).  He has been Chair of the MSC and is currently the Surgical Divisional Director. 

Mark is married to Lucy with four children and relax on their small hobby farm in Suffolk with his vintage MF tractor, six dogs and five alpacas amongst a variety of other animals.  Others might say he doesn’t really relax at all, since he's a keen triathlete, regularly competing at the 70.3 distance and a past Ironman.

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Bob Handley

Immediate Past President

Bob Handley is a Consultant on the Trauma Service at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford for 25 years. He is Immediate Past 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.