The FMPA Advisory board is an important driver of the association. members elected to the board come from across the disciplines, the leagues and the mens and womens game in the UK.
DR IMTIAZ AHMAD
Imtiaz is Head of Medical at Queens Park Rangers FC having joined the Club in 2016. He has previously worked at Tottenham Hotspur FC, Millwall FC and The FA. Imtiaz is Co-Chairman of The FA Medical Society (SE) and works at Lord’s for the MCC. He trained at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital and is currently the Lead Doctor for the injection clinic. His interests are musculoskeletal ultrasound, communication and mental health in football.
Victoria is an Academy Physiotherapist at Arsenal F.C. where she works with the U18 squad. Her career began at Hamilton Academical F.C. where she progressed to the role Head Physiotherapist before moving to AFC Bournemouth to work with their U21s for two seasons prior to joining Arsenal. Victoria also works with the Scottish Football Association. She holds an MSc. in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.
Ewan is currently Head of Performance and Operations at Yeovil Town Women FC overseeing all aspects of performance and business at the club. Ewan is a sports scientist ‘by trade’ and specialises in working with female athletes having been in the womens game since 2009. Ewan’s previous experience has seen him work for Scottish Football Association, with League 1 & 2 clubs of SPFL, and University of Dundee.
Geoff is well known in the sports physiotherapy community and has been the Head of Physiotherapy at Tottenham Hotspur, since 2004. Previously to this role he worked at Fulham Football Club. Originally from New Zealand, he worked in many codes such as Rugby, Rugby League and as well as with individual Olympic athletes before choosing to dedicate his time to football. His clinical interests are combined with injury analytics using data driven models to highlight susceptibility or prevent future injuries using a range of objective data. He holds an MBA from Warwick University after completing a dissertation in injury predictability in footballers based on the injury data collected from thousands of football injuries.
Scot is currently the Lead Physiotherapist for Manchester City’s Loan and Emerging Talent Team, having been at City since 2014. During this time Scot’s role has predominantly been as Head of Physiotherapy (Academy) but has also involved supporting Manchester City’s Women’s Development Programme and 1st Team.
Prior to joining City, Scot worked for 13 years in First Class County Cricket with Lancashire CCC , Yorkshire CCC and the ECB, followed by a year with Scottish Rugby Union.
DR STEPHEN FELDMAN
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.
Alan qualified in Physiotherapy from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1995 and worked one year in the NHS before taking up a post at Rangers Football Club. Alan became Head of Department 1998 at Port Vale FC before moving to Charlton Athletic FC. It was at this period that Alan completed a Masters degree in Sport and Exercise Medicine and took up a part-time role as Head Physiotherapist for the Wales national football squad from 2003 – 2005. Until 2015, Alan was head of sports medicine at Hamilton Academical FC and was one of the Physiotherapists working with the Scotland national under 21 football squad. He now combines the clinic work with match day Physiotherapy duties for the Glasgow Rocks professional basketball team. In addition, he is part of the medical staff for British Gymnastics.
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.
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 the Wales FA, Tony is one of the most respected and experienced practitioners in his discipline and has a wealth of knowledge to offer the FMPA going forward.
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.
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.
FMPA Advisory Board Members have a 4 year term which is subject to extension. New Board Members are nominated by existing Members and where no nomination is received for a particular discipline, the appointee is made at the discretion of the CEO.
Meetings are called bi-annually unless a specific matter requires more urgent addressing which any member may request.