Mr Richard Leigh
Network Chair and Consultant Podiatrist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Leigh is Consultant Podiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital. He is visiting Professor to Perm State Medical University.  He specialises in acute foot care and continues research and publication in this and other foot related fields. Richard is chair of the EDFN. He also chairs the Diabetes and At Risk Foot Expert Reference Group for London and the South East. He is clinical lead for NHSE (London) and co-chairs the London Foot Care Network and the Work-stream for NHSE (London) and is a Member of the London Clinical Senate Council. Richard is a member of the editorial panel of The Diabetic Foot Journal. He has lectured worldwide.

Christian Pankhurst
Clinical Specialist Orthotist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College Hospital

“I bring my knowledge and understanding of pathology, biomechanics and engineering to the team. My aim is to improve the function and comfort of the patient, from giving simple advice on foot care and footwear, to providing more extensive and custom orthoses to improve weight and pressure distribution, support unstable or painful joints and compensate for weak or absent muscles.”

Dr Paul Chadwick
Clinical Director at the College of Podiatry

An experienced and respected consultant podiatrist, Paul joined the College from the NHS where, as consultant Podiatrist of the Multidisciplinary Foot Care Team (MDFT), he led a team of nine clinical specialists and was the departmental professional lead for the staff team of 35. An advocate of an integrated approach to healthcare, he has played a key role in the development of a whole-system approach to diabetic foot care.  He continues to maintain a clinical and research role as an Honorary Consultant Podiatrist and Visiting Professor.

After first qualifying as a podiatrist from the Northern College of Chiropody in 1990 with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine, Paul gained an Honours degree from the University of Brighton in 1992 and a Master’s degree by Research from Manchester University in 2000. Paul has a Fellowship from the College of Podiatry and was awarded the meritorious award in 2014 for services to the profession. Paul has also received a fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Paul completed a PhD in 2012 exploring the social construction of neuropathic pain. In 2018 he became a Visiting Professor at Birmingham City University.  

Paul is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and is associate editor of the Diabetic Foot Journal. Until joining the College of Podiatry he was the Chair of Foot in Diabetes UK. 

Paul an independent prescriber and his clinical interests are tissue viability and neuropathic pain. He continues to  present at nationally and internationally conference and maintains a strong publication record. At the College he is responsible for the the Clinical Leadership and Education Directorate and has led the annotation of podiatric surgery, the development of a suite of post graduate cpd modules and the development of a leadership academy.

Professor Mike Edmonds
Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital

Professor Michael Edmonds is a Consultant Physician at King’s College Hospital in London with a special responsibility for care of the diabetic foot. He developed a multi-disciplinary diabetic foot clinic in 1981, one of the first in the world. This clinic brought about a 50% reduction in major amputations in people with diabetes at King’s College Hospital

Jayne Robbie
Senior Podiatrist

I am a diabetes specialist podiatrist at University Hospitals Birmingham and a senior lecturer on the MSc in Advancing Diabetes Care programme at Birmingham City University as well as a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and FDUK committee member

I work within the multi-professional team to optimise care for patients with diabetic foot complications and to reduce their risk of ulceration and amputation.  I am passionate about the prevention of diabetic foot complications and interventions aimed specifically at diabetic foot disease and ulceration; the main cause of hospital admissions for diabetes in the UK.

I am motivated to promote the positive message of foot care in diabetes and am working with national MDT colleagues on the ACT NOW campaign to raise awareness of the seriousness of foot problems in diabetes and thereby reducing the risk of amputation. 

I have worked in the field of diabetic foot disease for the majority of my career and am passionate about the unique role of podiatrists in contributing to improving patient care and outcomes, but also to be able to influence the diverse teams and colleagues with whom we work in order to maximise both service developments and individual potential, which can ultimately only be of great benefit to the patients who use our services. 

Lorraine Grothier RGN, BSc, MSc, PGc Leadership
Head of Medical Affairs Urgo Medical UK & Honorary contract Consultant Nurse Tissue Viability: CLCH NHS Trust Barnet

Lorraine Grothier is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ experience. She was a consultant nurse for tissue viability and clinical service manager for lymphoedema and community dermatology services for Provide CIC for 15 years before joining Urgo Medical as Head of Medical Affairs in January 2017.

Lorraine’s qualifications include a masters in clinical practice and a BSc in tissue viability. She also has a post graduate certificate in leadership.

During her time as a consultant nurse Lorraine was responsible for the development and implementation of both the tissue viability and lymphoedema services within a community care provider in Mid Essex and she remains committed to improving care for patients with compromised tissue viability.

Lorraine has also previously been a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission advising and assisting inspection teams on matters related to tissue viability.

Lorraine is currently a senior member of the leadership team with responsibility for medical affairs and the clinical team within Urgo Medical UK. She is fully committed to promoting partnership working with patients, health care providers and external agencies to ensure Urgo Medical develops ethical partnerships which support the best quality outcomes of care for patients with wounds and those at risk of developing a wound.

Lawrence Ambrose
Head of Policy & Public Affairs at The Royal College of Podiatry

Following a career in the armed forces, Lawrence returned to further education to pursue a degree in Podiatry. He graduated from University College London and worked at Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust for 9 years. In that time he worked as the Clinical Governance Lead and received a number of secondments to the Risk Team working on NHS Litigation Authority compliant Trust policies. He joined the Royal College of Podiatry in 2014 and progressed to the Head of Policy and Public Affairs.  Lawrence and his team work to ensure the future of podiatry and to improve the lower limb health of all four nations by influencing and educating Government, policy makers, charities and public health bodies as to the necessity of podiatry within the UK health workforce.