About the Executive Committee
The Executive Committee of BAHT is a group of members elected at the AGM to lead the organisation. The Executive's responsibility is to promote the objectives and manage the resources of the BAHT.
The individuals become Directors of the organisation according to the requirements of Charity Law.
The titles of the committee members reflect their specific responsibilities to lead in their area plus reporting to the whole committee at each alternate-monthly meeting. BAHT has been very fortunate to have had many forward thinking and hardworking committees over the years.
The Current Executive Committee
Christy Fowler (Chair)
Occupational Therapist – London
Christy started her career as a Hand Therapist in Australia before relocating to the United Kingdom in 2010. Christy is a clinical specialist hand therapist working within the private sector at the London Hand and Wrist Unit. She has worked at the London Hand and Wrist Unit for the past 4 years and has a strong interest in Congenital Paediatric Hand Conditions and the rehabilitation of sportsmen with hand injuries. Christy is currently completing her Masters in Advancing Clinical Practice at the University of Ulster.
Hayley Smith (Vice-Chair)
Occupational Therapist – East Kent
Hayley is an occupational therapist, who has spent most of her time since graduating within hand therapy settings. She works both within the NHS and privately, currently full time at East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust.
Hayley joined the BAHT executive committee in September 2015 and is keen to work within the Executive Committee to promote hand therapy across the country.
Nicola Hern (Director of Advertising)
Occupational Therapist – Leeds
Nicola qualified as an occupational therapist in 2007 from York St. John University. She specalised in hands in 2009, working at the Leeds General Infirmary until 2016. There she treated a wide range of complex hand trauma and developed a particular interest in flexor tendon injuries and the use of casting for the stiff hand. She has recently taken up a new hand therapist role in a newly emerging team at the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS trust and hopes to be able to share her skills in order to promote hand therapy and develop the team in this area.
Nicola was co-opted onto the committee in 2016 and wants to use her role to promote hand therapy regionally and nationally in order to improve understanding and awareness.
Sam Tomkins (Director of Social Media)
Physiotherapist – London
Sam qualified as a chartered physiotherapist in 2005, and has specialized in Hand Therapy since 2008 following pursuing a specialty in MSK and Rugby Physiotherapy. She is now employed as one of the Clinical Specialist Hand Therapists who works in the nationally renowned Hand and Wrist Unit at Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, which is a generic centre. Sam has a background working in Private Practice, and also in Sports Physiotherapy, often acting as a consultant therapist for national football and rugby teams who have players with hand, wrist and elbow conditions.
Sam has been a co-opted member of the Executive committee since June 2015.
Leanna Topcuoglu (Director of Journal)
BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapist.Leanne gained her degree from Canterbury Christ Church University College in 2001. She has worked within the NHS for 14 years, with over 12 years experience in treating hand conditions. Leanne currently works for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals alongside a team of orthopaedic and plastics hand surgeons as a clinical lead hand therapist. Leanne is skilled in complex hand assessment and condition management with a special interest in complex polytrauma and CRPS
Simon Sterry (BAHT Secretary )
Simon qualified with an MSc in Occupational Therapy in 2012 from the University of East Anglia. Since graduating he has worked at a number of large trauma centres including the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham and Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford. While at Broomfield Hospital a specialist regional unit for burns and plastics he got his first post as a hand therapist.
Presently Simon works at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital overseeing a diverse patient caseload working under the Trauma and Orthopaedics and Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Services. He has a keen interest in the management of traumatic injuries in both clinical areas.
Simon joined the executive committee in November 2017 with the aim of elevating pubic knowledge of hand therapy and promoting the two professions of physiotherapy and occupational therapy within this field.
Lucy Nash (Vice Treasurer)
Lucy joined the executive committee as a co-opted member in January 2019. She qualified in 2014 and has been working at Manchester University Foundation Trust's Wythenshawe Hospital in the Burns, Plastics and Hand Therapy department since 2017. Lucy was keen to join the executive committee because she is passionate about hand therapy and wishes to raise the profile and understanding of hand therapy both regionally and nationally.
As well as striving to become an Accredited Hand Therapist, Lucy enjoys eating and drinking with friends and family and exploring the outdoors.
Sam Fenning (co-opted Director of e-bulletins)
Sam joined the executive committee as a co-opted member in January 2019. She qualified as a Physiotherapist in 2007 from the University of Birmingham and has been working at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in the Plastic Surgery and Hand Unit since 2016 as a Specialist Physiotherapist. She has previously worked at other major trauma and specialist centres around the UK, including; The Royal London, Chelsea and Westminster and Newcastle-upon-Tyne NHS Trusts within the area of Hands, Burns and Plastic Surgery since 2011. Sam is keen to promote the work hand therapists do and is involved in sending out a monthly e-bulletin to all BAHT members.
Linda Cornish (co-opted Director of Bursaries
My name is Linda Cornish, I have been a Clinical Specialist in Hands since 2002 working at the University Hospital of Southampton, my current post is at Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Dorset. I have been a member of BAHT for over 15 years. I am keen to join the Baht Executive committee,becoming a Co-opted member inJanuary 2019. This has given me a good insight into what is required on this committee. I have enjoyed investigating venues for the BAHT 2020 Autumn conference in the South. I enjoy helping to run courses and conferences; indeed helped run the Southampton Hand Course for Therapists and Surgeons since 2005. This received a Wessex Deanery Award for Education in 2012.
I am keen to further pursue the good links we have with the BSSH as our relationship with our Hand Surgery colleagues is so important. I am also keen to promote the career of a Hand Therapist and enjoy training junior members of staff and students.
Miriam Parkinson (co-opted Director of Membership)
I have been a member of BAHT since 2001 and have benefitted tremendously from my membership over these years through our journal and the attendance of conferences, courses, northwest regional meetings, successful bursary application and via networking. I have always appreciated being part of a society that works hard to support and develop it's members to a high standard. It seems natural now to give something back by volunteering as director of membership on the BAHT EC committee. Indeed, I would consider it an honour.