A GP and Orthopaedic physician who is well known in the football world having worked in the game for over 25 years. Beginning his involvement at Bradford City, Steve went on to spend 14 years at Leeds United as Medical Officer before taking up his current post at Huddersfield Town. A knowledgeable doctor in the field of Sports Medicine with a wealth of experience, Steve has also works with the England Youth Teams on a regular basis.
Barry is a well-known figure in the world of sports science in football. An academic at Liverpool John Moores University, he is also a consultant to Liverpool FC and currently works and travels with the England national team as part of the medical/science staff.
Gary has worked in massage and soft tissue therapy for the past 15 years in Professional Football. Beginning his career at Liverpool FC he has now been part of the 1st team set up at Manchester United for over 10 years. Gary is also a board member and representative of the Sports Massage Association and will be key in representing them and his colleagues currently at Clubs and in the wider sporting community.
After a 5 year spell working for the FA, Rob joined Liverpool FC in the summer of 2005 as their lead physiotherapist. Much thought of by players and staff he has been a valuable member of the medical team there for the past 7 years before leaving the club this summer. Rob continues to work with the FA and the England set up and has recently taken up a new post as Head of Medical Services at Hull City FC.
Having headed up the design and delivery of The Sports Science Department at Middlesbrough for over 10 years Chris is known to many in the Professional game. With a BSc and MSc amongst his credits and a background lecturing, Chris is now a Consultant in applied sports science and currently is involved with West Bromwich Albion and Newcastle United amongst others. Chris also has an extensive portfolio of published material making him a much sought after practitioner of his discipline.
Qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1984, Grant spent 3 years in the NHS before moving to Lilleshall in 1987 where he worked with may elite athletes. A move to Glasgow Rangers to head up their medical team followed and after 8 years north of the border Grant returned to Middlesbrough to take up a similar post. Ever approachable with vast experience, this summer saw a move to head up the Sports Medicine Department at Manchester City Academy.
Dave is a Consultant Physiotherapist who formerly led the medical set up at Blackburn Rovers for 13 years. Dave has worked with a number of Clubs most notably Manchester United 1994 – 1999 and Wigan Rugby League, Leigh Rugby Club and Great Britain Rugby League. One of the “seniors” amongst us, Dave finds the time to lecture extensively at home and abroad and is currently involved in several research projects.
Currently Head of Athletic Development at Manchester United, Tony is one of the most respected and expereinced practitioners in his discipline and has a wealth of knowledge to offer the FMPA going forward.
Kate has been head physiotherapist for Swansea city FC since 2009. She graduated from Brunel university and completed her masters at Cardiff University. Kate initially worked in semi professional rugby at Aberavon RFC for 10 years alongside several musculoskeletal roles in the NHS. She has also worked for the Football Association of Wales at both junior and senior women’s levels. She also has lectured at masters level courses at Cardiff university including the MACP and sports medicine courses.
PROFESSOR GRAHAM SMITH
Qualifying as a Physiotherapist in 1977 Graham went on to lecture in Physiotherapy before taking up a post at Glasgow Rangers FC. He has worked extensively in Athletics with National Teams and at the Olympics and was responsible for establishing Lilleshall as the FAs Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Centre in 1986. Still a visiting Professor at the University of Chichester, Graham somehow found the time to set up the Society of Sports Therapists and continues as their chairman to this day. Vastly experienced and held in high regard by the football fraternity amongst us, Graham is a key figure in Sports Medicine.
Mark Gillett is currently Director of Performance West Bromwich Albion FC and Lead Physician Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme. Mark Gillett qualified in medicine in 1992 and completed higher specialist training in Emergency Medicine in the West Midlands in 2003. He has a MSc in Sports Medicine from the University of Nottingham and is a founding Fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine UK. From 2003-2008 he worked for the English Institute of Sport as a sports physician in the West Midlands. In 2008 he became first team doctor at Chelsea FC, before moving to WBA FC in 2010 initially as Head of Medical Services and then as Director of Performance. In 2012 he was part of Team GB at the London Olympics as Chief Medical Officer to the men’s and women’s basketball squads.
Alan has a wealth of knowledge (and a MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine) in the treatment of musculo-skeletal injuries. Alan qualified in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1995. He was Head of Sports Medicine at Hamilton Academical FC and the Under 21 Scotland National squad until recently and is now working with the Scottish Football Association. His previous positions include Wales National Football Squad Head Physiotherapist and he worked at Charlton Athletic.
Dr Bryan English
Bryan’s current role is at Middlesbrough FC where he is Physician in Athletic Development in Football and has been at Middlesbrough since 2013. Previously, Bryan was the Medical Director at Chelsea FC for over 7 years and he was the Head of Sports Medicine at The Lawn Tennis Association. Qualifying as a Doctor of Medicine in 1986, Bryan also has Bachelor’s Degrees in Osteopathic Medicine, Sports Medicine and Clinical Biomechanics.