Trustees

Find out more about the CSP Charitable Trust's (CSPCT) Trustees

Paul Chesterton

Paul is a Senior Lecturer at Teesside University. He completed his BSc and MSc at Sheffield Hallam University and is currently studying for his PhD. He has various publications across different areas of MSK practice. Prior to teaching Paul spent several years working in professional sport as a physiotherapist, most recently at a Premier League Football Club. Together with his sport experience he has extensive experience working with the National Health Service, Occupational Health and Private Practice. Paul is currently on the board of the North East Musculoskeletal Society as research officer.

John Doyle

John is the Director of Allied Health at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital where he is responsible for the service delivery, quality, operational, financial and workforce performance and strategic direction setting of the Therapy Services Directorate. John provides professional leadership to the Allied Health Professionals within the hospital and represents them at a strategic level as a member of the Trust Board Committee.John graduated from the University of Southampton and completed his master’s degree in Advanced Physiotherapy at Kings College London.  John specialised in musculoskeletal Physiotherapy and has previously worked in a variety of roles in the NHS, professional sport and the private sector.

David FitzGerald (Lay Trustee)

David, MBS, is Director - International with CPA Ireland. For 25 years he worked in senior commercial roles in the international food industry. He is former Chair of the Marketing Society of Ireland, and GS1 Ireland, and former Board Member of National Dairy Council of Ireland. He has served on the Boards of two Irish State commercial companies. David has been Treasurer, and Chair, of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and a Trustee of United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP), who awarded him an Honorary Fellowship. He is a Trustee of the Alzheimers Society of Ireland (ASI) and Chair of the ASI Audit and Risk Committee.  

Chris Garcia (Vice-Chair and Lay Trustee)

Chris’s career has spanned a wide range of leadership roles, from KPMG Partner, to taking forward the rollout of digital technologies for Government, as well as Chief Executive of his family company operating nationally with a range of blue chip customers. A qualified Scottish Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Companion of the CIPD, he was Chief Executive of one of England’s largest LEPs with an investment pipeline of £750m in infrastructure, innovation and skills. He is also a Trustee Director for the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution. He has an honorary doctorate in Business from the University of Plymouth.

Professor Jo Jackson (Chair)

Jo is the Director of Research and Professor of Physiotherapy in the School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences at the University of Essex. She was previously the Dean of Health at the University with responsibility for contracting and commissioning activities with Health Education England in the Midlands and East. She represents the University on the Local Workforce Advisory Board for North East Essex and Suffolk and is a governor at Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust. Jo is currently undertaking research in the areas of women’s health and gait and falling in older people.

Chris Littlewood

Chris is a Professor of Musculoskeletal Research at Manchester Metropolitan University. He qualified as a physiotherapist in 1998 from the University of Leeds before commencing a clinical career in the NHS and private sector. During this time he undertook an MSc in Health Services Research at the University of Sheffield before being awarded a National Institute for Health Research Fellowship to undertake a PhD. Chris has published over 70 peer-reviewed papers and has contributed to almost £4 million pounds of research grant capture, including over £1 million as lead applicant. He is currently Chair of the CSPCT's Scientific Panel.

Chris Mercer

Chris is a Consultant Physiotherapist with a particular interest in Spinal pathology, particularly red flags. He was previously Chair of the Musculoskeletal Association of Chartered Physiotherapists, and has experience serving on numerous committees including the CSP Professional Practice committee, the RfPB funding committee, the Royal College of GPs National Audit group. He is currently Chair of the CSPCT's Education Awards Panel.

Rekha Soni

Rekha’s first role after graduating in physiotherapy from King George’s Medical College, Lucknow was in Armed Forces medical services in India where she trained Afghanistan army officers in physiotherapy. She is currently employed as a specialist respiratory physiotherapist at Whittington hospital in ITU, where she is also a CSP steward. Rekha represents the Disability Network at South East Region Trade Union Council meetings and has spoken at CSP Annual Representative Conferences and National Trade Union conference. Rekha is a trustee of a charity in India and also teaches junior doctors, physiotherapists and nurses there on a voluntary basis.

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