Steve Hepple - President
Steve Hepple graduated in 1991 at Sheffield University. He trained in Sheffield and Bristol undertaking fellowships in Brisbane and Dallas. His elective practice consists entirely of adult foot and ankle but he also undertakes general trauma at the North Bristol Major Trauma Centre. He has specific interest in arthroscopic surgery and ankle replacements. He is a director of the sport & orthopaedic clinic in Bristol and clinical director for orthopaedics in North Bristol NHS Trust. He has served on the Education sub-committee before serving as Treasurer of BOFAS from 2009-15.
Tricia Allen - President Elect
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.
Mr Chris Blundell - Immediate Past President
Chris Blundell specialises only in adult foot and ankle conditions. He is a consultant in Sheffield. He carried out two fellowships in foot and ankle surgery in Melbourne, Australia in 2001/2. He was awarded an MD for research into foot pressures. He is a Sheffield graduate whose higher surgical training was in Cambridge and Norwich. He is Clinical Lead for the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit, and Chairman of Sheffield Orthopaedics Limited.
Mark Davies - BOFAS Secretary
Mark B Davies is a graduate of Southampton University from 1993 who subsequently underwent specialist training in Sheffield. He undertook two Fellowships, one in trauma and limb reconstruction in Sheffield and the other in adult foot and ankle surgery in Brisbane in 2005. He is a consultant and honorary clinical lecturer in the Sheffield Foot and Ankle Unit, the lead for undergraduate education in orthopaedic surgery and the SFAU lead for research and audit.
Sheffield. Elected 11/17
Roland Russell - Chair Scientific Committee
Roland Russell is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford where he heads the foot and ankle unit and is clinical lead in orthopaedic research. He has established strong links with The Anglia Ruskin University where he is involved in ongoing foot and ankle research. Roland qualified at The London Hospital and trained on the North West Thames Rotation. He has undertaken both national and international foot and ankle fellowships and is a reviewer of the European Journal, Foot and Ankle Surgery.
Broomfield. Elected 11/17
James Davis - Chair Education Committee
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.
Chair EdComm Nov 2015
Paul Halliwell - Chair Outcomes Committee
Paul Halliwell graduated from Guy’s Hospital, London. His clinical training included Oxford, St. Thomas’ and St. George’s Hospitals, then Fellowship training at Great Ormond Street and in Toronto. He is consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Guildford, Surrey, specialising in conditions and trauma of the foot and ankle in both adults and children. He teaches at all grades from medical students to fellow consultants. His faculty memberships include the Forefoot Instructional Course in Bordeaux. He is co-convenor of the Surrey University cadaveric training courses and FRCS (Tr & Orth) examiner.
Elected November 2017
Heath Taylor - Treasurer
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.
Elected Treasurer: Nov 2015
Robert Clayton - Media and Communications Officer
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.
Bill Harries - Director
Bill Harries graduated from the London Hospital Medical College in 1985.
His clinical training was on the West London circuit before moving to Bristol as a senior registrar. He was appointed Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon to Frenchay Hospital Bristol in 1997. He has a specialist interest in adult orthopaedic foot and ankle problems and particularly arthroscopic surgery. Chair Scientific Committee until 11/14.