Operation Hernia Trustees
Chris Oppong FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Gen Surg)
Chris 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.
Hedley rejoined the board of trustees as treasurer in 2017. Hedley qualified as a Chartered Accountant in January 1960 and took a position as senior auditor with Cooper Brothers and Co. in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia since 1964) in central Africa. During his 45 year career in Africa, he worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and in the Ivory Coast as a professional accountant and acquired extensive experience in audit, accounting and as a consultant in company organisation and management. Hedley retired in 2005 and lives with his wife, Lise, in Devon where he spends his time as a volunteer looking after the finances of a variety of local charities including the Devon Branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and Operation Hernia. He has been an active member of Rotary International for the past 50 years.
Roger Watkins (MChir, FRCS)
Roger 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 and examining 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. He has also visited Uganda as part of a team of UK surgeons to train local surgeons in mesh repair of groin hernias. This latter project is under the auspices of the College of Surgeons of East Central and Southern Africa (COSECSA).
Della is a registered nurse. She worked in the operating theatres at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth for 30 years. She now is a nurse in a nursing home that looks after young adults with brain injuries. 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.
Leah is a Registered Operating Department Practitioner. She went to Plymouth University and trained at Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust. She got involved with Operation Hernia when she started working with Dr Chris Oppong In Derriford Hospital Plymouth. She is now a keen member of the team and enjoys the challenges that working in the developing countries brings. She has two grown up children and enjoys the out door life.
Arun Ariyarathenam MA, MB BChir, FRCS (Eng)
Arun completed his medical education at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge and gained his fellowship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, before being appointed as a Consultant Surgeon at the University Hospitals Plymouth. He is an Oesophago-gastric Cancer and General Surgeon. He is very in passion for teaching at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level. He started working with Operation Hernia in 2015 by leading teams into Ghana and was subsequently appointed to the Board of Directors in 2018.