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CSP welcomes new Council appointments

14 October 2013 - 4:44pm

Physiotherapist Sue Rees has become the first CSP chair of Council from Wales, following a Council meeting held in Birmingham on 12 October.

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Sue Rees: ‘It’s an incredible honour to be elected to this post.' Photo: Simon Hadley

The meeting also saw Council member Catherine Pope elected as vice chair and outgoing chair Helena Johnson appointed as honorary treasurer.

Ms Rees, deputy head of physiotherapy services and head of acute physiotherapy services at Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust, has been a CSP member for more than 25 years. She was previously vice chair of Council and has represented the physiotherapy profession on a number of national steering and advisory groups.

Commenting on her new role she said:

‘It’s an incredible honour to be elected by my colleagues to this post.

‘CSP Council shapes the future of UK physiotherapy, so this feels like a fantastic opportunity to lead and represent the organisation, alongside the society’s senior management team.’

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Ms Pope, the new vice chair, is clinical director of specialist services and the associate director for allied health professionals at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. She is also president of the CSP’s Chartered Physiotherapists in Mental Health network.

Commenting on her appointment Ms Pope said:

‘Physiotherapy is a fantastic profession to belong to and I am really looking forward to working with the new chair and chief executive in leading it forward.

‘The priority for me is to promote the excellent work members carry out every day for the benefit of patients so that the profession continues to grow and develop. We also need to find new ways of supporting members in their work in all sectors of health and social care across the UK.’

Former CSP chair, Dr Helena Johnson, becomes honorary treasurer. She is currently the principal lecturer in physiotherapy at York St John University. Prior to working in higher education she was employed by the NHS for 20 years, specialising in community paediatrics, and promoting inclusive education.

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