Officers

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, certainly in a timely manner, 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, with their HQ in Yorkshire; 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 have previously worked with The Institute when I was the Managing Director of Schuco, a London based company who were supplying medical devices to IOCP members and supporting 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.
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 clinic’s 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.
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.
Andrew Williams
Chair, Board of Education

I am a Consultant in Podiatric Medicine and Musculoskeletal Scientist at The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen NHS Trust and have held this substantive appointment since 2002 within Orthopaedics and Trauma. I was previously head of Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery at the Countess of Chester Hospital & Research Fellow in Orthopaedics and Accident Surgery at Liverpool University and completed a fellowship in diabetic limb salvage at University of San Antonio, Texas in 1998.

I am currently Chair of the Board of Education Committee of the Institute of Podiatrists.

I have a particular interest in minimally invasive procedures including Percutaneous Cryo-ablation and recently lectured at The International Society of Cryosurgery Conference in Kanazawa, Japan where I am a board member.
Beverley Wright
Vice-Chair, Board of Education and Chair, Board of Ethics (pro-tem)

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.
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 have recently been awarded Consultant Fellow of the Institute.
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 and I serve as an Officer in the Army Reserve.
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 in Prestatyn.

I was a member of Western Branch before it's demise and held various roles including Secretary and Chair.

I am a National Officer for the IOCP, having spent five years on the Standing Orders Committee. In 2014 I became President of the Institute and served until 2022 in this capacity.

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