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 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.


​Membership of EdComm:

  • Chair:  Rick Brown
  • Secretary: Tim Williams
  • Member: Anna Chapman
  • Member: Graham Chuter
  • Member: Howard Davies
  • Member: Venu Kavarthapu
  • Member: Nikki Kelsall
  • Member: Ian Sharpe
  • Member: Rhys Thomas
  • Member: Krishna Vemulapalli
  • Co-opted: Callum Clark
  • Co-opted: Yaser Ghani

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 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 November 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 Training Programme Director for the Warwick Orthopaedic Specialist Training Programme.

Elected: November 2015 (deferred one year). Re-elected November 2019

Graham Chuter

Graham Chuter is a 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 November 2019

Howard Davies

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 November 2018

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.

Elected November 2019

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 November 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 November 2017 | Re-elected March 2021

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 November 2014 (defered 1yr). Re-elected November 2018

Krishna Vemulapalli

Krishna Vemulapalli graduated from India and completed his Higher Surgical Training from The Royal London Hospital and Percivall Potts Rotation before his appointment as a Consultant Orthopaedics Surgeon at Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust( BHRUT). He specialises in Foot and Ankle surgery and Orthopaedic surgery for Children. He is also Honorary Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University, London. He is passionate about teaching and was instrumental in getting the Queens Hospital 'Training Hospital of the Year 2014' and 2nd runner-up in 2020 for Orthopaedics. He also has won several awards for outstanding patient Care and Teaching including ‘Trainer of Year 2015’ and ‘Highly Commended Clinical Supervisor of the year-PGMDE-UCL partners 2016’. He is a Clinical Lead of the department and chief architect for BONES (BHRUT Orthopaedics NHS Elective Surgery) Project which is a pioneer NHS High Volume week performing 135 Hip & Knee arthoplasties and 85 day cases in a week.

Elected March 2021

Tim Williams - Secretary

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 November 2015. Re-elected November 2018

Callum Clark - Co-opted Member

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.

Co-opted November 2019

Yaser Ghani - Co-opted Member

Yaser Ghani graduated from University College London and completed his orthopaedic training on the Stanmore Rotation, London. He is undertaking The Windsor, Imperial and Oxford Foot & Ankle fellowships. He has a keen interest in education and research and has organised various medical and surgical revision courses. He was appointed as the Stanmore rotation teaching and education coordinator and was instrumental in reorganising the rotation teaching including the annual mock FRCS Viva days. He initiated the BOFAS ‘Lectures of Distinction’ Webinar series with the BOFAS Educational Committee during the COVID-19 pandemic and became the first non-consultant to become part of the BOFAS Education Committee in March 2021.

Co-opted March 2021