Council

Council Membership:

  • President: James Davis
  • President Elect: Heath Taylor
  • Immediate Past President: Tricia Allen
  • Honorary Secretary: Mark Davies
  • Treasurer: Hiro Tanaka
  • Media & Communications Director: Robert Clayton
  • Education Committee Chair: Rick Brown
  • Outcome Committee Chair: Paul Halliwell
  • Scientific Committee Chair: Roland Russell
  • Director: Steve Hepple
  • Trustee: Kartik Hariharan
  • Trustee: Andrew (Fred) Robinson
  • EFAS Representative: Don McBride

The rules for election to the BOFAS Council can be found here

James Davis - President

James Davis is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in the treatment of disorders of the foot and ankle including replacement surgery. He is based at Torbay Hospital, Mount Stuart Hospital and The London Foot and Ankle Centre Mr Davis qualified in 1990 from Charing Cross and Westminster medical school. After basic training on the Charing Cross rotation he was appointed to the South Thames orthopaedic training rotation in 1995. During his training he acquired the FRCS (Tr+Orth) exam in 2000. Mr Davis completed fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins hospital in the USA in 1999 and was appointed as a substantive consultant in 2001.  Mr Davis is still actively involved in general Orthopaedic trauma and is on the on-call rota. Mr Davis has been the Training Programme Director for the Peninsula higher surgical training programme and clinical tutor at Torbay hospital. Mr Davis has been secretary and chairman of the BOFAS Education Committee and is presently President of the society. Mr Davis has been invited to speak at national and International conferences and is a recently retired senior FRCS (Tr+Orth) examiner. 


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.


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.


Mark Davies - Honorary 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. 

Elected November 2017


Hiro Tanaka - Treasurer

Hiro Tanaka is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon in Newport, South Wales.  He is passionate about improving the quality of surgical training and promoting clinical leadership in the NHS.  He designed the BOFAS Principles Course on behalf of the Education Committee in 2010 and continues to be a member of the committee.  He is Chairman of the Education and Revalidation Committee of the BOA and is an examiner for the FRCS (Orth).

Elected November 2019


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 November 2017


Rick Brown - Chair Education Committee

Rick Brown graduated from the University of Cambridge and King’s College Hospital, London, before completing orthopaedic training on the Middlesex & Stanmore Rotation, London and then Fellowships in Sydney and at Harvard, USA. After appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 2004, he established the new Foot and Ankle Service in Cheltenham and ran a Regional Paediatric Foot Clinic at Bristol Children’s Hospital. In 2016 he was appointed as a Consultant in the Foot & Ankle Team at  The Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford, where his practice covers all areas of Foot & Ankle surgery including sports injuries, neurological conditions, complex forefoot pathology, arthritis and young adult problems. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer in Orthopaedic Surgery of  the University of Oxford. Education in Foot & Ankle surgery is his special interest. Since 2012 he  has served on the BOFAS Education committee, of which he is now the Chairman. He designed several new Courses in the UK as well as overseas and is an experienced Course Director and Chairman of Instructional courses either  at conferences or as a webinar. He has served on the Court of  Examiners of the FRCS (Tr & Orth) for eight years. 

Elected Chair 2018


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


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.

Elected November 2017 


Steve Hepple - Director

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.  


Kartik Hariharan - Trustee

Kartik Hariharan is an expert surgeon who works in private practice and with the NHS. He is a Consultant Trauma and Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the Royal Gwent Hospital and the clinical lead for Foot and Ankle Services for Gwent County. He is a Past President of the British Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society having completed his term in November 2012.  Mr Hariharan is a fully practicing consultant in orthopaedic trauma and surgery, specializing in the foot and ankle, both with the NHS and in his private practice.  He is the Chairman of the Clinical Commissioning Guidance Group for the British Orthopaedic Association for Foot and Ankle Surgery (BOFAS) and is a Specialist Adviser for the National Institute of Clinical Excellence.


Andrew (Fred) Robinson - Trustee

Fred Robinson trained in general orthopaedics in Cambridge, and did further sub-specialist training in foot and ankle surgery in the United States of America. Mr Robinson’s clinical practice covers the full range of foot and ankle surgery. He treats both trauma and orthopaedic conditions of the foot and in the National Health Service runs the very foot and ankle surgery service at Addenbrooke’s. His interests include hallux valgus surgery, tendon reconstruction, sports injury of the foot and ankle and ankle replacement. He is a fellow of the British and American Orthopaedic Foot Surgery societies. He is also on the editorial board of the British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Don McBride - EFAS Representative

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 Immediate Past 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.