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 Paul Jackson FFSEM (UK), President (2015-2018)
Paul has been an active member of the FSEM (UK) Council since 2013 and was elected President at the end of 2015 for a three year term. Paul is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and specialises in Sports Medicine in BMI hospitals in Bath, Swindon and Oxford, with over 20 years’ experience of treating patients from a wide variety of sports from both professional and amateur backgrounds. The principles used to treat elite competitive athletes can be employed to allow the enthusiastic amateur to return to their chosen sport or exercise as soon as possible. Paul is also Lead Sports Physician at the English Institute of Sport and the GB Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team Doctor.
Paul’s experience also extends to national sporting and Olympic teams, including GB Davis Cup Team, GB Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team, England Cricket Team and England A Rugby Team. He is also an expert external advisor to the International Bobsleigh & Bobskelton (FIBT) Medical Committee.
Dr John Etherington OBE FFSEM (UK), President Elect (2017-2018)
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.
The President Elect joined the FSEM (UK) Executive Council on the 1st December 2017 and will take up the position of President at the end of 2018.
Dr Natasha Jones FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2016-2019)
Natasha joined the Faculty Council in 2015 and was elected Vice President in 2016 for a four-year term. Natasha is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine and works for the world renowned Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre in both the Sport and Exercise and general musculoskeletal medical services. Natasha is the clinical lead for the rheumatology team and holds an honorary contract with the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences, Oxford University, where she pursues her interest in exercise rehabilitation for people with long-term conditions as well as other musculoskeletal research projects. One of Natasha’s ongoing projects is Generation Games, Age UK Oxfordshire’s physical activity service which targets the over 50s, including hard to reach groups, with community-based exercise.
Dr Justin Hughes FFSEM (UK), Vice President (2015-2018)
Justin joined the Faculty Council in 2014 and was elected Vice President in 2015 for a four year term. Justin is a Consultant in Sport & Exercise Medicine and Rehabilitation Medicine at the Fortius Clinic. Justin has worked across a diverse range of elite sport teams and clubs, including doctor to the World Champion England Women’s Rugby team. He worked for several years with the Ministry of Defence at DMCR Headley Court where he specialised in Complex Trauma Injury Rehabilitation. He was also the lead Consultant of the Elite Sports Injuries clinic there. Dr Hughes has a sub speciality interest in tendinopathy management. His uses a team approach, working with the patient and physical therapy team, using the same rehabilitation principles used in elite sport.
Dr Alastair Nicol FFSEM (UK), Honorary Secretary (2016-2019)
Alastair joined the Faculty Council in 2014 and was appointed Honorary Secretary in 2016 for a three year term. He is a Consultant in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Headley Court, the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Surrey and at Edinburgh University. The majority of his 30 years of service in the Army have been supporting both Airborne and Special Forces, and he has served on operations in Rwanda, the Congo, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Alastair has also worked in elite sport for many years and has been a Team Doctor at seven major multi-sport Games, most recently with Team GB for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio and the last two Commonwealth Games with Scotland. His main sport is Rugby, and having been Team Doctor for Scotland ‘A’ for several years, he is now a Match Day Doctor at both Murrayfield and Twickenham. He was also appointed as a Match Day Doctor for the Rugby World Cup Final in November, 2015. His bags are now packed as he departs for the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April 2018 as one of the Scotland Team Doctors.
Mr James Foster, Honorary Treasurer (2014-2018)
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.