Council Membership:

  • President: Rick Brown
  • President Elect: Mark Davies
  • Immediate Past President: Paul Halliwell
  • Honorary Secretary: Jitendra Mangwani
  • Treasurer: Hiro Tanaka
  • Media & Communications Director: Robert Clayton
  • Education Committee Chair: Callum Clark
  • Clinical Practice Committee Chair: Nilesh Makwana
  • Scientific Committee Chair: Dave Townshend
  • Chief Operating Officer: Jo Millard
  • Director: Heath Taylor
  • Trustee: Steve Hepple
  • Trustee: Andrew (Fred) Robinson
  • EFAS Representative: Don McBride

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


Rick Brown - President

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 was 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 March 2022

Mark Davies - President-Elect

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 March 2023

Paul Halliwell - Immediate Past President 

Paul Halliwell graduated from Guy’s Hospital, London. His early 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. He has been convenor and faculty on training courses in the UK and Europe including Surrey University cadaveric training courses and Ankle Replacement Courses. Paul has been FRCS (Tr & Orth) examiner and previously served on the Education Committee helping develop the Principles Courses, and as Chair of the Outcome Committee.

Elected March 2021

Jitendra Mangwani - Honorary Secretary

Jit Mangwani is a Consultant Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Surgeon at University Hospitals of Leicester. He undertook higher specialist training in orthopaedics on the Royal London Hospital rotation. He has a keen interest in medical research and education. He is chief investigator for several outcome studies on ankle fractures, Achilles tendon rupture and other foot and ankle conditions. He is principal investigator for a number of multi-centre national studies. He is currently leading BOFAS James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership project. He has been conferred the title of ‘academic champion and honorary fellow’ by University of Leicester. He serves on the editorial board of several reputable orthopaedic journals. His contribution towards research in foot and ankle conditions has been recognised with several national and international prizes. He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored several chapters in books including AO manual of fracture management on Foot and Ankle Trauma. He is passionate about medical education and is involved in both undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and training. He is regularly invited as a faculty to national and international courses and conferences. He is actively involved in the training and teaching of General Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals.

Elected March 2023 

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 | Re-elected March 2023

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 | Re-elected 2021

Callum Clark - Chair Education Committee

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 to EdComm 2013 and 2016.

Elected March 2022

Nilesh Makwana - Chair Outcomes Committee

Nilesh Makwana is from Birmingham and qualified from St George's Hospital Medical School, University of London in 1989. He completed his specialist registrar training in the Trent region and was appointed Consultant Trauma & Orthopaedic surgeon at the Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Shropshire and the Betsi Cadwaldr University Health Board in 2001. He is a Specialist Foot and Ankle Surgeon treating all conditions of the adult foot and ankle. His area of expertise include forefoot surgery, mid and hindfoot reconstruction and arthroscopy. He has developed a specialist interest in Autologous Chondrocyte transplantation in the ankle. 

Elected March 2023

Dave Townshend - Chair Scientific Committee

David Townshend graduated from Newcastle University and completed his surgical training in the Northern Region. He undertook a research fellowship in New Zealand and Foot and Ankle fellowship in Vancouver, Canada before taking a consultant post with the Northumbria NHS Healthcare Trust in 2010. Dave leads an active foot and ankle research team in Northumbria and is an MSc Supervisor for Bath and Dundee Universities.

Elected March 2023

Jo Millard - Chief Operating Officer

Jo Millard is Chief Operating Officer for the British Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society. Her role is wide ranging and sees her working alongside the Education Committee, organising and running 6 UK training courses and 2 International training courses each year; with Scientific Committee, as PSP co-ordinator on the BOFAS Foot & Ankle Surgery PSP; and Outcome Committee, as Data Protection Officer.  Jo also sits on BOFAS Council and works closely with the BOFAS Treasurer on the society accounts in addition to organising the Annual Scientific Meeting each year with the Society President.

Heath Taylor - Director

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. Heath previously served as BOFAS Treasurer.

Steve Hepple - Trustee

Steve Hepple is a NHS Consultant Foot & Ankle Surgeon, Honorary Senior Lecturer in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery and recent Clinical Director Musculoskeletal Services at North Bristol NHS Trust. He trained initially in Sheffield and Bristol before undergoing specialist training in Brisbane and Dallas. He specialises in sports injury, trauma and foot & ankle surgery including ankle arthroscopy and replacement.

Steve served two terms as BOFAS Treasurer and is a BOFAS Past President. He is also a faculty member of AO trauma.

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.