IT Committee

Robert Clayton


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

Mr James Ritchie - Co-opted Scientific Committee

Mr James Ritchie is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon based in Tunbridge Wells and was appointed in 2005.  He trained in the SE Thames Region and has undertaken a Specialist Foot & Ankle Fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital at Stanmore.  He is committed to medical education and runs the South East Thames Foot and Ankle training programme and the Guy's Hospital Foot and Ankle Course .

Matthew Welck

Matthew Welck graduated from Leeds University in 2003 and completed his orthopaedic training in London.  He undertook fellowships in Windsor, Stanmore and Baltimore, USA.  He joined the foot and ankle unit at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as a consultant in 2016.  

He has a keen interest in education and research.  He sits on the Royal National Orthopaedic NHS Trust education committee and is the Educational supervisor for the Foot and Ankle unit. He supervises trainees in an accredited postgraduate Foot and Ankle fellowship programme.  He is co-convenor of the Stanmore ‘Surgery of the Adult Foot and Ankle’ course.  He has set up a ‘Novel Techniques in Foot and Ankle’ cadaveric course and a regular regional complex cases meeting.  He is looking to work with all areas of the society to improve IT and communication.

Elected Nov 2019


Shelain Patel

Shelain Patel graduated from University College London and undertook his orthopaedic training on the UCLH-Middlesex Hospital North East Thames Training Rotation. He completed fellowships in Windsor and Stanmore, and was awarded the BOSTAA travelling fellowship which enabled him to visit Minneapolis, Chicago and Amsterdam to see how sports injuries of the foot and ankle are managed in renowned units abroad. His practice at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital is exclusively foot and ankle. He was awarded a ‘Top Teacher’ award by UCL Medical School and is the module lead for foot and ankle surgery on the UCL Orthopaedics MSc. He has a strong research background having authored or co-authored more than 30 publications.

Karan Malhotra

Karan Malhotra  is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon working at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore, UK. He graduated from Manchester with honours before beginning his core surgical and early registrar training in Yorkshire. He completed his registrar training on the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital Training Rotation, London. On completion of his training he will undertook Foot & Ankle Fellowships in Singapore, Melbourne and Stanmore. He is actively involved with research, medical education and quality improvement. He has extensive experience with IT and databases and was co-opted to the Outcomes Committee in October 2017 and the IT Committee in 2019.

Edward V Wood

Mr Edward V Wood is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Surgeon working in Chester and was appointed in 2009.  He trained in Mersey Region and has undertaken a Specialist Foot & Ankle Fellowship.  He is involved in SpR training and has an interest in Postgraduate Medical Education.  He was on the IT Committee for two terms and now sits on the Outcomes Committee.

Elected: 11/17

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.

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.


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.


Haroon Majeed

Haroon Majeed was appointed as a Consultant Foot & Ankle Surgeon at Manchester University Foundation Trust in February 2019. He completed his higher surgical training in Trauma & Orthopaedics in East and West Midlands followed by BOA national fellowship in Foot & Ankle surgery at Wrightington hospital and a visiting fellowship in Germany. He also completed a Masters degree in Orthopaedic surgery and strategic health management and leadership. 

He has a keen interest in clinical research and education. He is currently, and previously has been, a principle investigator of various randomised controlled trials. He has over 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals including book chapters and has presented his work at various international and national forums. He is actively involved in teaching at postgraduate and undergraduate levels and is currently the Foot & Ankle module lead for undergraduate teaching at Manchester University. Co-opted onto IT Committee Nov 2019


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