Operation Hernia Trustees
Chris Oppong FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg) is currently the Chairman of Operation Hernia. He was one of the two co-founders of Operation Hernia along with its former CEO, Professor Andrew Kingsnorth. Over the last 10 years Chris has organised over 60 Operation Hernia missions and led many of the teams of volunteers. Chris is currently a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK and also an Examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. He is a former Director of Cancer Services for Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Chris is originally from Ghana, is married with three adult children and is an elder at Mutley Baptist Church in Plymouth.
Brian Dixon is a Fellow of Institution of Civil Engineers. The majority of his professional life was spent in managing oil projects in Iran, Kuwait, Algeria and Ghana. He became involved in Operation Hernia from its outset in 2005 whilst he was resident in Takoradi. His other charitable involvements include being the Treasurer for RNLI Plymouth Lifeboats Operations.
Raj Dhumale (MS, FRCS) has been offering various surgical procedures from a Primary Care setting in the UK –including anterior wall hernia surgery under local anaesthetic – on a routine basis for the past twenty years. He pioneered the ‘shift’ of appropriate secondary care surgical procedures to the primary care setting in the UK. He is the Founder and past President of Association of Surgeons in Primary Care. He has been to Ghana, India and Nepal offering general surgery and in particular, hernia surgery to the rural communities.
Hedley Hunter rejoined the board of trustees as treasurer in 2017.
Julie Green is a qualified nurse with thirty two years’ experience and is currently working in the general operating theatres of a large regional hospital in Plymouth. Julie became involved with Operation Hernia in 2008 and joined the board of trustees in 2014. Julie has taken part in Operation Hernia missions to Ghana and Nepal, offering theatre and general nursing duties, as well as teaching support. In addition to being heavily involved in the logistical support for various missions, she has also played an important part in several fund-raising activities.
Ray King has been a Specialist Account Manager, working in the South West for Warner Chilcott, a subsidiary of Actavis Pharmaceuticals. Previously he served in the Royal Navy for 22 years as a medic. He also undertakes voluntary duties as chairman of the Step by Step mission which supports Amerindian Indians in Guyana. Additionally he is vice chair of Plymouth Ice Skating Club. Born in Kenya he has a passion to serve to ensure that life changes for people and they get the best out of any situation by decisive problem solving.
Roger Watkins (MChir, FRCS) was a Consultant Surgeon at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for more than 20 years. During that time he visited the Harpur Memorial Hospital in Menouf, Egypt on an annual basis undertaking a wide range of surgical procedures and teaching the resident doctors. Now retired from NHS Practice, Roger continues to work in Private Practice and is involved in teaching medical students at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons and the General Medical Council (GMC) and also a medical performance assessor for the GMC. In West Africa he has visited The Gambia, Sierra Leone and Ghana. In the last five years he has undertaken four missions to Ghana with Operation Hernia and two to Sierra Leone with Better Lives Foundation.
Della Ball is a registered nurse working in the operating theatres at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth. Since joining the board of trustees of Operation Hernia she has been involved in several fundraising activities and has joined missions to Rwanda, providing expert help and support during the hernia repair operations.