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 John Etherington CBE FFSEM (UK) FRCP, President (2018)

John has been an active member of the FSEM (UK) Council since its launch in 2006 and held the position of Vice President of the Faculty.

John is the Director of Defence Rehabilitation and a Consultant in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation at the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre. His work has included early stage rehabilitation of complex trauma patients with operational injuries as well as the prediction of musculo-injury in a military population. Dr Etherington was National Clinical Director for Rehabilitation for NHS England. He is the Defence Consultant Advisor in Rheumatology and Rehabilitation and Sport and Exercise Medicine, and the Chairman of the Surgeon General’s Defence Musculo-skeletal Health Advisory Group.

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

Email: vicepresident@fsem.ac.uk

Chris 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 Mike Rossiter FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2018-2021)

Email: vicepresident@fsem.ac.uk

Mike is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) & MSK Lead at Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He has strong teaching commitments for both SEM trainees and for GPs in MSK. He also has established academic links with The University of Winchester to help fund and run research projects in SEM and MSK.

Away from his NHS work, he has also worked with a variety of professional sports for 20 years, including CMO for GB Hockey, attending three Commonwealth and three Olympic Games (including the Gold medal for the Women at Rio 2016) as well as European and World Cups as the team doctor. He has been club doctor at London Irish, Southampton FC and CMO for GB Synchronised Swimming and worked as a Sports Physician for the English Institute of Sport, at Bisham Abbey, for 9 years, treating elite able-bodied and disabled athletes across many sports. He is one of the match day doctors at Twickenham covering immediate care for the players or as one of the independent match day doctors for concussion (including the Rugby World Cup final in 2015), tutor on the RFU’s Pre-Hospital Immediate Care in Sport Course and independent match reviewer for concussive events in Rugby from Premiership to International matches. His most recent post was as Team England CMO for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia and he has just been appointed as CMO for the Team GB Preparation Camp for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

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

Email: secretary@fsem.ac.uk

Siva was appointed as Honorary Secretary and joined the Faculty Council in 2018. Siva is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and works for Bupa Health Clinics London, Sportswise Eastbourne and British Athletics Parallel Success. His previous roles include medical team leader at Olympic and Paralympic Games, lead doctor for the UK Invictus Games Team and club doctor for Brentford FC. 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.

Mr James Foster, Honorary Treasurer (2014-2019)

Email: treasurer@fsem.ac.uk

Jim has been an active member of the Faculty Council since its launch in 2006. Jim manages the Faculty’s accounts, standing orders and financial reporting. Jim was the former Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and in that capacity he supported the creation of the Faculty in 2006. In 2009 he was made an Honorary Fellow and subsequently accepted the appointment of Honorary Treasurer. In his early career Jim was a Commander in the Royal Navy’s submarine service.