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Members of Council

Members of Council 2017

The Council of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists is made up of 24 members of the Society 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 Society.   


Helen Baillie-Gutteridge

Helen qualified from The London Foot Hospital in 1979, and worked as a Senior II Chiropodist for Merton and Sutton and sessional for Mid Surrey, then as a Chief IV Chiropodist for Merton and Sutton in the early eighties, but moved to Worcester a few years later. She worked for Kidderminster H.A., and in private practice. She married in 1985 and moved to Stockport, and was a full time Senior II/ Band 6 Podiatrist. For approximately twenty years she was the Union representative, serving as Staff Side Chair, and then as Staff Side Secretary.

She is now semi-retired and pursues her hobbies of gardening and judging at dog shows.


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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.


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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.
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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, and as a trainee in Podiatric Surgery.

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 currently based in Suffolk, but work within a surgical unit in Essex. Michelle enjoys all aspects of being outdoors, with cycling and venturing into the mountains being firm favourites. 


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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.


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Allister Campbell

Allister graduated from the Northern Ireland School of Chiropody in 1983 and has spent his whole career to date working in the NHS, serving as a local staff side rep and as Northern Ireland Regional staff side rep during the 80's and 90's. 

Over the years Allister has held a variety of Podiatry management roles, and in 2009 was appointed as Lead Podiatrist and AHP Governance Manager for South Eastern H&SC Trust. Allister has recently moved into a new role as AHP Governance and Quality Lead for Primary Care. 

Following on from his earlier rep days, Allister has been very much involved in the Society. From being Northern Ireland Delegate representative back in 2006 and moving on to represent Delegate members on Council in 2009, Allister was finally elected onto Council in 2013 and again in 2016.

Outside of work Allister is a Senior Men’s Hockey umpire and also enjoys fly fishing, music, and walking his dog.


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Debbie Delves (Chairman)

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 became Chairman of the Society and the College of Podiatry Board of Trustees in June 2016 and will hold these positions for two years.


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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. 

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


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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.


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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. 


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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. 


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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.


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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's biography will appear shortly






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Karen Reed

Karen gained her initial diploma in Podiatric Medicine from the Chelsea School of Chiropody in 1983, and subsequently worked for the NHS in Berkshire and Dorset.  In 1992 she took on a challenge to develop Medical and subsequently Clinical Audit for Poole Hospital NHS Trust which expanded to include Research Governance following her completion of a Masters in Research. Having left the NHS in 2005 she worked in Private Practice as well as taking up a position for the Society as part of the Union Learning Fund Team. 

Currently Karen works in the private sector, championing the nursing home business. She has a love of the great outdoors, and last year took up a new summertime pursuit of Stand-up Paddle boarding.


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Paul Savage

Paul joined Council in 2009 following a stint as Delegate Assembly representative for the Newcastle Branch, of which he continues to be Chairman .

On Council, Paul has sat on a number of committees.  Most recently he has led on updating the Practice Accreditation Scheme and has spoken at Conference on this and other subjects.

Qualifying in 1981 from New College Durham, Paul runs several  practices  in Sunderland and South Tyneside, providing both NHS funded and private podiatry services.  


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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.


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Michael Stephenson

Michael graduated in 2014 from Glasgow Caledonian University and is currently working as a private practitioner based at Foot Medic in Glasgow whilst continuing further study.  During his time as a student, Michael was an active member of the student community holding a number of roles within the Students’ Association prior to being elected Student President of the university in 2014 and 2015.

Whilst Student President Michael was chair GCU Students’ Association Trustee Board and a board member of the Glasgow Caledonian University, STV Glasgow, National Union of Students Scotland Charitable Services Board as well as a member of Council for The Society.

Throughout his student career and during his time as Student President, Michael’s passion and focus has been student engagement. He has worked hard to promote podiatry and the interest of students at the Society and was a member of the College Students Association (CPSA) prior to being elected as a council member in 2015.

Michael is a member of the editorial and finance and establishment committees and the alternate representative for the CPSA.


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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.


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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.


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Glyn Wallen

Qualifying from the Northern College of Chiropody  in 1977. Former NHS Head of Service, he has also has experience in the industrial, private practice and academic sectors. A Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College and Fellow of the College of Podiatric Medicine of the College of Podiatry, holding a Master of Law degree in Medical Practice. Sitting on the Professional Conduct Committees he is also the Welsh Liaison Officer of the Society  and is a member of the Committee of the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine of the College of Podiatry. A Director of the South Wales Football Association.


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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.