Education committee

One of the founding principles of the society is education. This committee's purpose is to support BOFAS in this.

BOFAS is of the view that education should be inclusive of trainees as well as established medical practitioners, our colleagues in podiatry, physiotherapy and in nursing.

We as health care professionals share a desire to bring about the best possible outcomes for the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems.

BOFAS considers that a unified educational framework is one way by which we can achieve this goal.

Our range of activity currently includes

  • BOA Instructional courses
  • BOFAS Annual meeting
  • BOFAS sponsored basic foot course for Specialist registrars
  • Formulation of a framework to support ongoing appraisal and revalidation
  • Travelling Fellowship awards for trainees
  • Bursaries to support AHP's and other non-medically qualified practitioners
  • Contributions to the core curriculum and the foot and ankle components of the FRCSOrth examination in trauma and orthopaedics
  • Writing of guidelines for the treatment of foot and ankle conditions (blue book)

Our strategy for the future is:

  • To strengthen our educational framework in conjunction with the BOA
  • To provide comprehensive information to patients and GP's on foot and ankle problems
  • To establish partnerships with countries outside the UK for education in foot and ankle surgery
  • To develop and support training standards in foot and ankle surgery amongst all health care professionals involved in the treatment of patients with foot and ankle problems so as to ensure the highest quality of care for such patients.

Rick Brown - Chair

Rick Brown

graduated from the University of Cambridge and King’s College Hospital, London, before completing orthopaedic training on the Middlesex & Stanmore Hospitals rotation, London with Fellowships at Sydney and at Harvard, USA. After appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Cheltenham in 2004 he established the new Adult Foot and Ankle Service in Cheltenham and ran a Regional Paediatric Foot clinic in Bristol Children's Hospital. His interest in Education led to him serving two terms on the BOFAS Education Committee, of which he is now the Chairman. He is a lead examiner for the FRCS (Tr & Orth). In 2016 he was appointed as a Consultant in the Foot and Ankle team at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, where his practice covers all aspects of Foot and Ankle surgery including sports injuries, neurological conditions, complex forefoot problems and young adult conditions.  

Chair from 2018

Callum Clark - Secretary

Callum Clark

graduated from Cambridge and completed his orthopaedic training in the north west London training programme, the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and Melbourne, Australia. He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Heatherwood and Wexham Park hospitals in 2004 and has a busy foot and ankle surgical practice. He has run an accredited postgraduate Foot and Ankle fellowship programme since 2007, regularly teaches at regional and national courses is co-convenor of a Foot and Ankle Trauma course for SpRs. Elected 2013 and 2016. Co-opted 2019

Rhys Thomas

Rhys Thomas graduated from University College Hospital in 1990 and completed orthopaedic training in South Wales.  He completed Fellowship training at St Michaels Hospital, Toronto and has subsequently been awarded travelling Fellowships by EFAS and AOFAS.  He was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Cardiff in 2003.  He has recently finished his term as foot and ankle clinical lead and supervises the local foot and ankle fellowship. 

He lectures at national and international foot and ankle courses. He is co-convenor of the RCS Operative Skills in Orthopaedics course and has taught on a number of BOFAS 'Principles' courses. He is part of the steering group for the National Diabetes Foot Care Audit.  He is currently undertaking an MD at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University.  

Elected: 11/14 (defered 1yr), Re-elected Nov 2018

Howard Davies graduated from Manchester University and completed his Orthopaedic training in Leeds and the East of England. He undertook a Foot & Ankle Fellowship in Sheffield and joined the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit as a Consultant and honorary clinical lecturer in 2013. 

He is a regional clinical co-ordinator for the National joint registry and regularly teaches on regional and national courses. Elected Nov 2018


Anna Chapman

Anna Chapman is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at University Hospitals, Coventry and Warwickshire with a specialist interest in Foot and Ankle surgery.  She qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s Hospitals School of Medicine in London, and completed her orthopaedic training on the Warwick rotation. She undertook Fellowship training in Bournemouth and Bristol, and was appointed as a Consultant in 2012. 

She completed a Masters Degree in Medical Education at the University of Warwick in 2010 and continues to pursue her interest in all things educational. Anna is currently the Deputy Training Programme Director for the Warwick Orthopaedic Specialist Training Programme.


Elected: Nov 2015 (deferred one year), re-elected 2019

Tim Wiliams

Tim Williams graduated from Guy's and St. Thomas' Medical School in 1999, completed his surgical training in London and East Anglia before undertaking his fellowship training at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital.  He was appointed as Consultant Foot and Ankle Surgeon at Colchester in 2011.  Here he has established a working and educational relationship with the British army garrison, supporting the Regional Rehabilitation Unit.

His education interests include training junior doctors as well as allied healthcare practitioners and he has taught on the Oxbridge theatre personnel course.  In 2015 he was invited faculty to the inaugural foot and ankle meeting in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.

Elected: Nov 2015, Re-elected Nov 2018

Nikki Kelsall

Nikki Kelsall is a consultant in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery  at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Royal Bournemouth Hospital. She has a specialist interest in Foot and ankle surgery and is the lead for Diabetic foot disease.  She graduated from Bristol University in 2001 and completed her Orthopaedic training in Wessex.  Her fellowship was in Bournemouth.  She was appointed as a consultant in 2015.

Nikki completed her Master of Arts in Medical Education in 2014 at Winchester University.  She is the STC representative for Poole & Bournemouth Hospitals and regularly runs regional teaching and mock exams. 

Elected Nov 2019

Graham Chuter

Graham Chuter isa Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon working in Darlington since 2012. He graduated from Dundee University, trained in the Northern Deanery and was selected for a specialist fellowship in Melbourne. One of three F&A surgeons in County Durham & Darlington Trust, he takes the lead in ankle arthroplasty and has been local PI for multicentre trials. His practice is elective adult foot & ankle and general and specialist trauma. He has been heavily involved in education and training throughout his medical career and is faculty on many national and international courses. Elected Nov 2019

Ian Sharpe

Ian Sharpe has been a consultant orthopaedic foot and ankle surgeon at the Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre, Exeter since 2003. He graduated from St Mary’s HMS in 1991, and completed his orthopaedic training on the Far South West rotation, undertaking further clinical and research fellowships in Sydney and Seattle. He established the foot and ankle unit in Exeter and was Lead Clinician for Trauma from 2006-10, and was appointed Clinical Director of PEOC in 2014. He has a particular interest in ankle replacement surgery – primary and revision techniques. Elected Nov 2017

Venu Kavarthapu

Venu Kavarthapu graduated from India and completed his higher surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedics from south-east Thames rotation before his appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in King's College Hospital, London in 2006. In addition to providing adult foot and ankle service, he established the functional limb salvage Charcot foot reconstruction service at King’s multi-disciplinary diabetic foot unit that is recognised nationally. He lectures nationally and internationally and established the ‘Multidisciplinary and Surgical Reconstruction of Charcot Foot’ symposium and ‘Charcot Foot Reconstruction Cadaver Workshop’ in London. He is actively involved in research and published several scientific articles in foot and ankle. His other responsibilities include regional orthopaedic training programme director and associate professor, University of Southern Denmark. He is also the current President elect of A-DFS.

Tricia Allen - Immediate Past President

Patricia Allen was trained in orthopaedic surgery in Birmingham and Bristol.  She undertook a fellowship in foot and ankle and paediatric orthopaedic surgery in Dublin in 1998 and was appointed as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in Bristol in 2000. She moved to Leicester as a Consultant in 2003 and has developed the Foot and Ankle service here.

Heath Taylor - President-Elect

Heath Taylor graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School in 1994 and completed his Orthopaedic training on the North West Thames training rotation. He carried out his fellowship in complex foot and ankle surgery at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore. He is currently a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in Foot & Ankle surgery at The Royal Bournemouth & Poole Hospitals. He takes a particular interest in training the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons and in 2012 was voted the Wessex Region Trainer of the Year.


Robert Clayton - Media and Communications Director

Robert Clayton moved to Edinburgh in 1994 and graduated in 2000. He undertook Basic and Higher Surgical training in the South East Scotland region. He undertook fellowship training in Foot & Ankle surgery in Glasgow in 2009 before taking up post as a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon in Fife in 2010. He has a highly specialised elective and trauma foot and ankle practice. He has an active role in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education and orthopaedic research. He is a council member of the Foot and Ankle Scotland group and has served on faculty at numerous courses and conferences in the region.

Elected: 11/17

James Davis - President

James  Davis graduated  from  Charing  Cross  and  Westminster  Medical School in 1990 and completed surgical training in London.  His orthopaedic training was in the South Thames region.  He was fellowship trained at the University  of  Johns  Hopkins,  USA.    He  was  appointed  as  a  consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Torbay Hospital in 2001.  He started a specialist foot and ankle service in South Devon and runs the South West Foot and Ankle Centre.


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