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BAHT Executive Committee

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 is:


Christy Fowler

BAHT Chairman

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.


Martina Rothe


Occupational Therapist - Norwich


Martina is an Occupational Therapist who qualified in 2004 in Zurich, Switzerland. She has been working at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital since 2006.Since 2009 she has specialised in hand therapy and has acquired knowledge in the management of patients with a variety of conditions and injuries under the Trauma and Orthopaedics and Plastics and Reconstructive Surgery Service.One of her particular areas of interest is working with patients with CRPS and learning about current research and treatment about this condition.She has joined the BAHT Executive committee in 2015 and is keen to promote hand therapy nationally and internationally


Katy Sawyer (nee Mitchell)

Director of Website and Media

Physiotherapist - Oxford
katy2Katy is a physiotherapist specialising in hand therapy, plastics and burns.  She works both privately and within the NHS, managing the plastic surgery therapy service at the John Radliffe.   Katy has worked as a specialist for 15 years having practiced in the UK, Australia and Africa.

She has a keen interest in working with complex burns contracture release patients in a third world setting and has helped develop a hand therapy service to to treat this patient group in Sierra Leone and Liberia. 

Katy joined the BAHT executive comittee in March 2012  She is keen to use her EC role with BAHT to provide good, clear communication forums to members through writing the E-bulletin, managing the BAHT website and iCSP hand therapy forum.


Cat Holland

Director of membership

Occupational Therapist – Manchester

Cat qualified as an occupational therapist in 2007 and has specialised in hand therapy since 2010. She is currently working at University Hospital of South Manchester, in both an inpatient and outpatient capacity as part of a regional specialist burns and plastics service. She has a specialist interest in hand and upper limb trauma.

Cat joined the BAHT executive committee as a co-opted member in January 2015, with the aim of promoting hand therapy both regionally and nationally.


Hayley Smith


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 journal & advertising

Occupational Therapist - Leeds

NicolaNicola 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


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.


Minal Desai

Director of Bursaries & Regional Groups

Physiotherapist - Reading, Berkshire


Minal qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1997 and specialised in hand therapy in 2008. She currently is the Lead out patient Physiotherapist in a private hospital in Reading. She has a keen interest in conditions affecting the upper quadrant including repetitive strain injuries in the wrist and hands. She works very closely with the hand consultants and sees a mixed caseload of trauma and elective procedures as well as GP referrals.

Minal joined the EC at BAHT in 2015 with an aim to promote hand therapy as a speciality and to create awareness of the role it plays in rehabilitation.


Emma Skuse




Leanne_TopcuogluDirector of Journal (co-opted)

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