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 OBE FFSEM (UK), 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 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 Sivanadian Mani-Babu, Honorary Secretary (2018-2021)
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.