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.
Hedley Hunter 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) 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 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.