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Members of Council

Members of Council 2019

The Council of the College of Podiatry is made up of 20 members of the College who are elected to serve a 3 year term by the membership. Council Members are all Directors of the organisation who are responsible for strategy development and leadership of the College.   


Stuart Baird

Professor of Podiatric Medicine at Glasgow Caledonian University and has a special interest in Diabetes and its effects on the lower limb and foot. As well as being an academic he is actively involved as a practising podiatrist within the multidisciplinary team at the Diabetic Foot Clinic, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow.

Stuart has been an academic for over 35 years and has worked in a number of academic institutions in the UK and abroad ‌before returning to Glasgow Caledonian University in 1995. He is respected nationally and internationally in the field of diabetes and diabetic foot disease. Stuart has been appointed as a short term consultant for W.H.O. and provides external consultancy for a number of international pharmaceutical companies in the field of diabetic foot disease. Additionally Stuart has worked extensively in India and recently coordinated the delivery of a Scottish Government Innovation Grant in Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Stuart was elected as Dean of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine within the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2014. Stuart was Chairman of the Society  in the UK from 2008 – 2010 and is currently Vice President of the International Academy of Podiatric Medical Educators. 

Stuart is a keen golfer, passionate about rugby and has almost completed his private pilots licence.

Dr Alan M Borthwick OBE, PhD, MSc, CSci, FCPM, FFPM RCPSG 

Alan is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Innovation and Leadership, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Southampton.  His academic and research interests have largely focused on the contemporary and historical sociology of podiatry.  He is the UK Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research, and holds several roles in the College of Podiatry. Alan was a member of the Department of Health AHP Medicines Project Board which successfully secured independent prescribing rights for podiatrists and physiotherapists.  Alan was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Honors List.

Michelle Scott

Over the past 20 years or so Michelle has gained a very broad experience of the UK Podiatry profession. She has worked on the front line in inner-city domiciliary provision, care homes, routine clinical treatments, specialist clinics, inter-professional training and recruitment, management, a trainee in Podiatric Surgery and currently in independent practice.

This broad experience has enriched her personal skills and abilities, and enabled her to have at first hand a realistic understanding of almost every aspect of our profession.

She is currently based in Somerset, and is a partner within a busy multidisciplinary practice. Michelle enjoys all aspects of being outdoors, with diving, skiing and sailing being firm favourites. 


John Callaghan

John studied Podiatry at the School in Glasgow and graduated  in 1976. Only ever considering a career in the NHS, John has now worked as a podiatrist for over 39 years.

Early on John became an Accredited representative of the Society and spent many years carrying out those duties on behalf of members, helping to promote the profession. The later years of his career were spent promoting partnership working and building relationships with other professions and other Trades Unions, for which he received an MBE, before retiring from the NHS. 

Recently elected to Council, John looks forward to promoting the profession at every opportunity and continues to enjoy being involved in his lifelong vocation.


Martin Fox BSc, FCPM, FFPM RCPS (Glasg)

Martin works in a community-based NHS lower limb vascular service in the Manchester Local Care Organisation; providing early identification, diagnosis and best clinical management for people with suspected peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The service in one of the first of its kind in the UK and has been recognised locally and nationally as a model of best practice. 

Previous clinical posts have included NHS podiatrist, high-risk foot team clinical lead and as a volunteer Podiatrist in a leprosy street clinic in Kolkata. He has also worked on a professional executive committee for his NHS Trust, regionally in podiatry clinical effectiveness groups, nationally for Foot in Diabetes UK, the NICE Guideline Development Group for PAD, the College of Podiatry and has contributed to the All Party Parliamentary Reports on PAD. Martin presents at conferences, workshops and study days regularly and has written journal editorials, articles and book chapters on various aspects of high-risk foot care and lower limb vascular disease, championing the key role of Podiatrists in helping to save more lives and limbs. He has been awarded fellowships by the College of Podiatry and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow). 

In his spare time, he likes to spend quality time with his family, is trying to increase his cardiovascular exercise with the help of his dog Basil and he loves riding his motorbike around the UK and Europe with friends, when he can.


Debbie Delves 

Debbie qualified in 1989 from the Sussex School of Podiatry.  She runs a busy private practice in South East London.  

Debbie was elected to Council in 2008 and awarded a Fellowship to the College of Podiatry in that same year.  In 2013 Debbie completed her Masters degree in Theory of Podiatric Surgery and was additionally made a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasgow).  

Debbie was Chairman of the Society and the College of Podiatry Board of Trustees in 2016.


George Dunn D Pod M, B Sc, M Ch S , FFPM RCPS (Glasg)


George studied at Salford University from 1986 until graduating in 1989. Working in Leicestershire and then in Cheshire in the early 90's, George's main area of interest is in the At-Risk foot, working in wound clinics across region. As part of work, I’ve been a Staff side rep and also Staff side Lead for the trust. 

George's Council responsibilities extend to Employment Relations, Professional Practice, Public Relations committees and sitting on the England Forum. He is also North West Regional Liaison Officer for Council and Council Representative on All Party Parliamentary Limb Loss Group. He was appointed to the role of Chairman in 2018.

In his spare time George finds himself running around after his young child and keenly follows Manchester United.


Matthew Fitzpatrick FCPM, FRSPH, FFPM RCPS(Glag)

Matthew has been working for over 13 years with a focus in musculoskeletal podiatry.  Matthew trained at UCL Medical School & London Foot Hospital and went on to undertake a Masters at London Metropolitan University. Matthew is the Clinical Podiatry Lead for the London Marathon and holds a Visiting Lecturer post at the University of Southampton. He worked on the successful project board at The Department of Health which achieved independent prescribing for podiatrists. Matthew is the current Chair of the College of Podiatry Academic Board. Matthew has lectured nationally and internationally as an invited speaker.


Thomas Kelly  

Qualified from Edinburgh Foot Clinic 1980.

Worked with Lothian Health Board for 4–5 years before starting Privately. Tom has been in Private Practice ever since which has involved some interesting contracts with Professional Football Clubs and Prisons.

Since qualifying Tom has been involved with the Society in various ways, Branch Secretary 14 years, Chair ABC, Various Committees and Interest Groups with in the Society and been involved with organising regional and National Conference, before we had Prime Connections.

The next natural step after all that time was to stand for Council and he was elected in 2014. Tom took this step as he felt he had a lot of experience in both life and profession to be able him to offer something back to the members.

Tom met his wife Elspeth (also a Podiatrist) at College in 1980 and will be celebrating being married for 35 years June 2017.

Tom has a son and two daughters – they have chosen their own Careers and not followed Tom or Elspeth into the Profession.

Tom enjoys playing golf in what time he has left and played to a handicap of 2 at one time, He also enjoy music and played in brass bands and has played at the Albert Hall on a couple of occasions. He also until a few years ago played and coached badminton to a Division 1 standard. and also enjoys reading and travel, (cruising in particular), which is just as well as he is a regular visitor to London for various committee meetings. 


Dr Chris Morriss-Roberts PhD, MA, BSc (hons), CSci, FCPM

Chris qualified as a podiatrist from the University of Southampton in 2002. Since graduating has worked in private practice and the NHS, but has spent the last 13 years working in higher education. Chris is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and is Course Leader for MSc Podiatry and MSc Principles in Podiatric Surgery. He mainly teaches research methods from undergraduate through to PhD. 

Chris has PhD in sociology and an MA in Documentary Film Making. He is a Chartered Scientist as well as a Fellow of Podiatry (FCPM). Chris had published widely on a variety of topics including falling in the elderly, diabetes, health care politics and his specialist area, the sociology of the feet and shoes (podolinguistics). 

Chris currently sits on the College of Podiatry Research and Development Committee, is a spokesperson for the profession and sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research. 

He had two Chihuahuas called Darwin and Newton, which consume the rest of his spare time. 


Martin Nunn

Martin graduated in 1993 and currently works as biomechanics specialist podiatrist for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust and also in private practice. Prior to this he worked for the NHS in Portsmouth and East Yorkshire, for Boots Heathcare and as Podiatry Service Manager for Hotter Shoes. He is a Union Representative for the Society and has held the posts of Chair and Treasurer for the Lancashire Branch. 

He is an active member of the Steampunk community and supports his local greyhound rescue charity.


Michael O'Neill

Michael O'Neill is a Consultant Podiatrist in Windsor. Specialising in Podiatric Foot Surgery and Foot Pain. 

He is a Vice President of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and has been on the National Executive for the last 10 years. He is also one of the Founder Trustees of the College of Podiatry.

His focus has always been to work as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure effective patient management. His NHS Podiatry post comes under the Orthopaedic Directorate and, privately, he is part of the Windsor Foot and Ankle Clinic, working closely with Orthopaedic Consultants, Rheumatologists and Physiotherapist.


Robert Peat

Robert is currently Head of Profession for Podiatry at NHS Lanarkshire after having spent over 20 years of his career in General Management, his previous post was Head of Planning at NHS Lanarkshire. He has worked in his own private practice, taught podiatry students before moving into podiatry management and thereafter into general management with a return to podiatry in the last 8 years. Robert is chair of the Scottish Podiatry Managers Group, a member of the AHP Federation for Scotland and has been a member of the AHP advisory Group for NHS National Education for Scotland (NES). Through some of this national work Robert is keen to ensure that the podiatry profile is highlighted with decision makers at all levels.

During the last 8 years Robert has implemented a modernisation programme for the podiatry service in NHS Lanarkshire which has resulted in the implementation of a host of new treatment modalities which are now beginning to yield improved outcomes for patients. He continues on this pathway to ensure that the service achieves the best possible outcomes for all patients in this extremely challenging time within the NHS.

Robert relaxes by playing golf, cycling and in recent times has taken on dog ownership with the mandatory walking programme that goes with a dog.

Lynne Parsons

Lynne's photo and biography will appear shortly.


Jackie Schofield

Jackie qualified as a Podiatrist from the London Foot Hospital in 1989 and has worked in the NHS for over 25 years.

She is currently employed as an Advanced Podiatrist providing management for high risk patients across North Manchester and is a Society Trade Union Representative. She has recently seconded full-time to be the Lead Staff Side Representative in Pennine Acute.

A true believer in the difference Podiatry can make in patients lives, Jackie looks forward to support that through her work on Council.   

In her spare time Jackie is a keen gardener and enjoys playing rounders.


Emma McConnachie

Emma graduated from Queen Margaret University in 2004 and worked for Boots Footcare. After the closure of their service, Emma opened 2 private practices in 2005 and grew these to offer private and corporate services. Her practice has now evolved to a thriving team of podiatrists based from the multi-disciplinary healthcare clinic in central Scotland that Emma founded in 2009. She has been an active member of the Society since qualifying and is Secretary of the Edinburgh & Lothian branch. 

Outside of podiatry Emma enjoys baking, crochet, knitting, science fiction and spending time with her friends and family.


Emma Supple

Emma trained in the Cathedral city of Durham and her first post as an NHS podiatrist was in Harlow. Moving closer into London, she spent time working in Westminster and pursued her goal of Podiatric Surgeon with a training post at West Middlesex Hospital. As part of her training she worked in Chicago as a British Chiropodist. She was also the Consultant Podiatric Surgeon at Chase Farm within NHS Orthopaedics, fulfilling a long held ambition.

Now working in her own private practice in Enfield, aptly named Supplefeet, she focuses on her clinic and innovations in podiatry including her British patented SuppleArches. She is a regular spokeswoman for the profession, appearing on countless radio and TV programmes, educating the public on foot health issues.  

She has three children and has been Brown Owl to her local Brownie pack for almost twenty years.


Alison Wishart

Alison held a podiatry management role within the NHS for more than 18 years following a clinical career in the Diabetic / Acute Foot. In the last year she has taken up a role as Quality and Productivity Programme Manager across a wider service area. She also works as an associate in an independent podiatry practice.

She holds a Master’s degree in Health Service Policy and Management. She has delivered clinical leadership programmes at local and national level in the UK, acted as professional advisor to the Department of Health and been at the forefront of, and instrumental in, professional and service developments and in service redesign.

Alison is currently a partner to the HCPC, acting as a professional panel member in Fitness to Practice cases and as a course reviewer in the Education Department. Alison has held the role of Dean of the Faculty of Management of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists and been a member of Council for 10 years, during which time she chaired Professional Conduct Committee. She was elected to the role of Chairman of Council from 2012 to 2014. Alison loves to ski, read, trek and travel, and to enjoy a glass or two with friends.