Officers

Caroline McCartney
President and Regional Director: England North

Qualifying in 1997 with the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, Caroline has worked across the private healthcare sector in various roles as both a healthcare professional, and a business owner/director. Serving as the official team Chiropodist for Hull City AFC from 2008-2015 helped to enhance Caroline’s professional reputation and served to inspire the growth of her company. Gaining a broad and valuable knowledge of her industry has enabled Caroline to create an established business.

Caroline is extremely active within her profession and has become the UK England North Regional Director for the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

Caroline’s clinics are based in Hessle and Barton and are growing thriving businesses specialising in Chiropody, Foot Health, Remedial Massage, Beauty, Acupuncture, Counselling and alternative therapies. Using innovation and her high degree of interpersonal relation skills, Caroline has created a team of professionals who really deliver within the healthcare industry. Likability is one of Caroline’s specialities and is a strong tool of her healthcare network building trusted relationships with clients, staff and team members.

Martin Harvey, Chair Executive Committee

As the one truly democratic voice of UK podiatry, the IoCP with its clear and inclusive vision is now more important than ever as podiatry continues to develop in complexity, as well as face challenges from other healthcare professions as boundaries seem to ‘blur’ between podiatry, nursing and physiotherapy for example. My task in leading the board is to support and collate the activities of the multiple talented individuals who now comprise our board who collectively drive the IoCP vision forward. I also represent and promote the IoCP to other statutory and healthcare organisations and take day to day timely decisions on matters affecting the running of the IoCP by the authority devolved to me by the board. As both a podiatrist independent prescriber with a community practice and also a consultant podiatrist at two major hospitals in the midlands, I am fortunate to have a 360° familiarity with all sectors of our profession. That familiarity allows me to effectively promote my own personal vision that we must celebrate and support diversity, excellence and inclusion within chiropody, podiatry and foot health at all levels of practice. As the motto of our cherished organisation, which dates from 1938 says; Concordia Victrix – Success Together.

Anthony Hubbard, Chief Executive Officer

At a time when NHS services are becoming increasingly more difficult to access, we have a great opportunity in front of us to promote our services directly to the general public and also to work to train and develop people involved in all levels of foot and lower limb health, from entry level foot health practitioners all the way through to supporting podiatric surgeons in their ongoing continual professional development in delivering their services and supporting them in their own business growth. To do this, we need to review our ways of working, create a strategy for growth, develop our supporting services and focus on delivery in all that we do.

What experience do I have in creating such a pathway and ensuring that we deliver? For the past 6 years I have been leading a health care applications laboratory for the largest chemical company in the UK, a company called Croda, you probably haven’t heard of them by name, but you will have heard all of their customers in the personal care and health care world and you will almost certainly have used some of their materials in your day-to-day lives without knowing it. If you have had a COVID-19 vaccine, then you will have had some of their very pure excipients used in the delivery system for those active pharmaceutical ingredients in the vaccines. Prior to working with Croda, I worked with The Institute when I was the Managing Director of Schuco, a London based company who supplied medical devices to IoCP members and supported training events and the annual conference. During my time at Schuco, I grew the business year-on-year by working closely with customers to understand the market and their needs and delivered against those needs. I also have a background of working with Boots the Chemists, where I was leading teams developing and testing products and managing regulatory compliance and the groups technical policy. I also worked with regulators and the government to shape the law and regulations for the safety of cosmetic products within the UK.

Abid Ali, Vice-Chair, Executive Committee

I specialise in diagnoses and treatment of the lower limb and foot/ankle but can also help with specific conditions affecting the upper limb and spine. My current workload in Orthopaedic triage involves working alongside Orthopaedics, sports meds, rheumatology and surgical appliances.

I am currently embarking on a number of research projects. Professionally keeping up to date with the latest technology, in the pursuit of advancing clinical and theoretical biomechanics.

I am a unique Consultant Podiatrist specialising in musculoskeletal problems that can affect the foot, ankle, knee, hip or back. I have developed as an extended scope practitioner in the NHS within specialist orthopaedic triage units in 2 hospitals for over 12 years, now specialising in diagnostic ultrasound imaging. During that time, I have extended my scope of practise beyond the traditional remit of podiatric medicine, to include invasive treatments, for the knee and back, and in diagnostic imaging. Prior to my career in Podiatry I had a background and training in sports and elderly care.

I am a member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasg), Faculty of Podiatric Medicine and a Consultant fellow of the IoCP.

Beverley Wright
Vice-Chair, Board of Education and Chair, Board of Ethics
. Regional Director: England South

I have been in private podiatry practice since 2001, and a senior lecturer in higher education institutions (HEIs). This is alongside my official roles for the Institute of Chiropodists (IoCP), as Vice-Chair of the Board of Education; Regional Director: England South; and Essex Branch Secretary. In addition, I have been honoured with a Fellow of the IoCP (F.Inst.ChP) award.

My many interests in the podiatry field include education and research; and as a qualified senior practitioner in complementary medicine, which has led to invitations to present complementary medicine, education, health and social care, and podiatry matters.

In academia, I have achieved a BSc (Hons) and Post-Graduate degrees in Health and Social Care, and in Learning and Teaching, with an MSc and MBA.

Somuz Miah, Honorary Treasurer

I am a Consultant Podiatrist Prescriber and member of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Glasgow. I am an OFQUAL and SQA qualified trainer in safeguarding children and adults, first aid, anaphylaxis and oxygen with more than 14 years’ experience in teaching/training with qualifications ‘Certificate Teaching Skill Evidence Based Medicine’, & ‘Level 3 Award in Education & Training Certification’ as well as IOCP’s award for ‘Outstanding Contribution towards Education (2015)’.

My areas of interest include Skin and Nail Surgery; Sports Injuries; Diabetic Foot; Podopaediatrics; Musculoskeletal and Biomechanics (knee and foot); and Injection Therapy.

As one of the West Midlands leading advanced Podiatrists, specialising in the modern treatment of all types of lower limb problems, I have represented the profession whilst being invited to talk on BBC Radio about foot related matters.

I am immensely passionate about the podiatry profession and this passion has been the driving force behind my many achievements within this field. I was one of the very few podiatrists in the UK to qualify as an Independent Prescriber within my area of practice.

I am currently Honorary Treasurer of the Institute of Chiropodists & Podiatrists.

Stephen Preston, Regional Director: Ireland

In 2020 I was awarded the Long Service Certificate in recognition of 30 years continuous membership of the Institute.

Having gained HCPC, Department of Health (Ireland) Registration and senior member of the Royal Society of Medicine, I continue in private practice. Previously I was Branch Chairman and delegate to the IoCP conference.

New beginnings have amalgamated the Irish branches and I am proud to be the first Irish Regional Director where the Institute has recently gained the greatest membership increase of any region.

I am married to Lynne, have two children and now five grandchildren! I enjoy travel, hold a boating licence, and have an addictive interest in both automobiles and motorcycles. My other passions are music, church organist & choral director since I was sixteen and this continues to be my “labour of love”.

Helen M Jephcote, Regional Director: Scotland

I was a Civil Servant for 26 years with the Scottish Government before deciding on a change of career and enrolled in the Scholl Chiropody Course in 1998. I completed my final examination and practical training in Worthing in 1999 and was allocated to West of Scotland Branch on completion of the course. There was also the North of Scotland branch based in Dundee and East of Scotland branch based in Edinburgh at that time. These branches have since amalgamated and are now known as the Scottish Branch of which I am currently Chair and Treasurer. I was elected as Regional Director in 2013 and represent Scottish interests at Executive Board meetings.

I am married to Jeff, we have two children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. I have a very busy domiciliary practice in Fife.

Bill Liggins, Regional Director: England Midlands

I was trained at the Birmingham School of Chiropody and started my career as a private practitioner, additionally carrying out sessions in the Midlands NHS.  I am a retired Consultant Podiatric Surgeon in which capacity I worked mainly at Solihull Hospital, am a qualified teacher and have lectured widely, nationally and internationally, particularly to Institute members but also to medical organisations.  I am a retired advisor to the Healthcare Commission which appointed me an ‘expert witness’. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chiropodists and Podiatrists, have served as Chairman of the Education Sub-Committee and as Chair of the organisation.  I was delighted to be elected Midlands Branch representative and intend to pursue the Institute policy of providing CPD Regional meetings as well as encouraging branch meetings.  I have taught widely on matters of local anaesthesia and have demonstrated the latter to my former branch – the Leicester & Northants Branch, where I was proud to have been voted into the position of President.

Linda Pearson, Regional Director: Wales

In 1997 I successfully completed my training with Scholl and the Institute of Chiropodists, in addition in 2010 I gained my BSc in Podiatric Medicine and more recently became a fellow to the Institute.

Throughout I have been a private practitioner, initially domiciliary and for the past ten plus years I have been running a busy full time practice from my clinic in Prestatyn.

I have been a member in the Wolverhampton, Western and Cheshire, North Wales Branches.  During my 25 years of membership having held roles including:-  Western Branch Secretary for 8 years, Education Officer and Delegate to the AGM.

As a serving National Officer since 2009, having spent 5 years on the Standing Orders Committee.  In 2014, I became President of the Institute and served until 2022, visiting many Branches and interacting with members in this capacity.  I continue to encourage members to fulfill their full potential.

It is a great honor and privilege to serve the Institute and its members.

Gaynor Wooldridge
Chair, Medicines & Procedures Panel


I am honoured to be the Chair of the Medicines and Procedures Panel. I currently work in private practice within a multidisciplinary clinic in Kent. I have a particular interest in injection therapy, specifically autologous blood, neural prolotherapy, PRP and dermal fillers. It is a very exciting time for the IOCP and podiatry, and I will work very hard to offer support and advice to members, as well as liaising with external bodies to further progress and enhance our profession.

I am also a Consultant Fellow of the Institute.