Who’s Who


Who’s Who

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (UK) is governed by a Council of Fellows and Members, who work to lead the Faculty and the specialty of Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM). Our Executive Council is:

Dr Natasha Jones FFSEM (UK), President (2021)

Dr Natasha Jones initially qualified from St Bartholomews Medical School, London in 1992 and became a General practitioner in 1997. After 8 years of General practice, she went on to pursue her personal interest in Sport and Exercise Medicine and became a consultant in Oxford in 2010.

Dr Jones is currently an experienced sport and exercise medicine consultant working for the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She is also a Senior Sports Physician with the English Institute of Sport and has looked after athletes in a wide variety of Olympic and Paralympic Sports including sailing, hockey, canoeing, athletics, synchronised swimming, wheelchair tennis and wheelchair basketball.

Dr Jones previously served as Vice President of the Faculty, and has for many years led the physical activity agenda for the Faculty as Clinical Lead of our award-winning Moving Medicine initiative.

Dr Chris Tomlinson FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2020-2023)

Email: vicepresident@fsem.ac.uk

Dr Tomlinson is an experienced Sports Physician with special interests in Gymnastics and Football. He currently serves as Chief Medical Officer to British Gymnastics, is a Senior Sports Physician with the English Institute of Sport and Sports Physician at Wolverhampton Wanderers FC. 2020 marks his 16th season working in professional football, and he has travelled with teams for the FA, BOA and British Athletics. He is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital in Oswestry, and was an HQ Medical Officer for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics, and Team England at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Dr Julia Newton FFSEM (UK) FRCP, Vice President (2021-2024)

Email: vicepresident@fsem.ac.uk

Dr Newton was appointed as a consultant in Rheumatology/Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) at the Oxford University Hospitals Trust in 2006 and has worked for the English Institute of Sport as a Senior Sports Physician since 2007 looking after elite athletes in a multi-sport environment.

Dr Newton is clinical lead for the SEM department in Oxford and has been the training program director for the specialty training scheme in the Oxford Deanery since its inception in 2008. She is the Deputy Head of School for the School of Medicine, chair of the Specialty Advisory Committee and was first elected as a council member for the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in 2016.

Dr Newton sees the whole spectrum of musculoskeletal, sport and exercise associated problems and has particular interest in: female and adolescent athletes, bone stress and stress fractures and in injuries related to high volume training.

Dr Sivanadian Mani-Babu, FFSEM (UK) FRCP, Honorary Secretary (2018-2021)

Email: secretary@fsem.ac.uk

Dr Mani-Babu was appointed as Honorary Secretary and joined the Faculty Council in 2018. He currently works as SEM Consultant for Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest NHS Trust in the UK. His roles in elite sport have included medical team leader at Olympic and Paralympic Games (2012 London), Lead UK team doctor at The Invictus Games (2017 Toronto), National Classifier for the British Athletics Parallel Success Programme and Club Doctor in professional football with Brentford FC for 6 seasons and more recently Fulham FC. He has also worked at a variety of other sports including boxing, judo, basketball, marathon/athletics events and rugby. He worked for many years with the Ministry of Defence at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court, where he was Lead Consultant in the Centre for Spinal and Upper Quadrant Rehabilitation. He was lead for medical education at Headley Court and a member of the SEM Specialist Advisory Committee for National Training, leading on Quality Management. He is an examiner and question writer for the FSEM Membership Examination and also interviewer for national SEM specialist trainee recruitment.

Prof. Patrick Wheeler FFSEM (UK), Honorary Treasurer (2020-2023)

Email: p.wheeler@fsem.ac.uk

Prof. Patrick Wheeler was appointed to the position of FSEM Honorary Treasurer in 2020, having previously been elected to FSEM Council in 2016. Patrick was one of the first doctors entered onto the GMC Specialist Register in Sport & Exercise Medicine, after successful CESR completion in 2009. In the same year he was appointed as a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine in the Sports Medicine Department of the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL); the department in which he started working more than 20yrs ago, initially as a GPwSI. Since 2013 he has also worked 2 days a week at Loughborough University with involvement in a number of teaching and research activities, and where he has been awarded an Honorary Clinical Professorship.

Patrick’s main areas of personal clinical research involves the medical management of tendinopathies, he has several ongoing NHS-based interventional research studies and his PhD was in this area. He has taught, examined, and supervised at several universities at undergraduate, post-graduate, and doctoral levels, as well as holding Clinical and Educational supervision roles in SEM Higher Specialist Training.

Patrick has previously worked extensively in elite and performance sport. He worked for the English Institute of Sport between 2007 and 2013, was CMO for a number of sports between 2004 and 2016, and worked for ParalympicsGB at the Rio2016, London 2012, and Beijing2008 Paralympics Games. He has stepped away from direct sport work to concentrate on his NHS, University and Faculty roles.