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.

Kay Cooper

Kay is a Clinical Professor of Allied Health Professions, a joint role between Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) and NHS Grampian. She qualified as a physiotherapist in 1994 and undertook an MSc whilst working clinically. She then undertook a PhD in low back pain funded by the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Training Scheme (Scotland) and joined RGU in 2007. Kay has an established track-record in applied health research and evidence synthesis attracting funding from Scottish Government, National Institute for Health Research, Charities and Industry. She has a passion for supporting physiotherapists to utilise evidence-based practice and to become research-active. Kay is currently Interim Chair of CSPCT's Scientific Panel.

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.

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.

Carolyn Roskell

Carolyn is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Birmingham and is currently Physiotherapy Lead. She has extensive experience in physiotherapy education, at all levels, with a particular focus on cardio-respiratory physiotherapy and professional development. Her PhD explored the roles and skills of cardio-respiratory physiotherapy, and how a person’s identity might influence their model of practice. Subsequent research has explored patient-centred approaches within healthcare. Committed to equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education, she is currently the Access and Participation Lead for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences and is 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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