The Editorial Team
Andrew J. Wilson
Andrew reports directly to the clinical editor, and oversees all aspects of the journal from copy-editing and proof-reading to publication. He liaises with the Journal Subcommittee, contributors, advertisers, typesetters and printers. The managing editor is appointed by the Journal Subcommittee in consultation with the POGP Trustees and is paid by the Association.
Andrew graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1985. He began his career at Blackwell Scientific Publishing Ltd, where he was responsible for a range of medical journals. A freelance editor and writer since 1994, he has worked on the POGP journal since 2000. During this time, Andrew has edited over a thousand different articles, redesigned the publication, and provided the Journal Subcommittee with continuity and access to his extensive archives. His articles, short stories and poetry have appeared all over the world, sometimes in the most unlikely places. He was nominated for the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award for the best short speculative poem of the previous year.
As clinical editor of the POGP journal, Gillian also sits on the Board of Trustees. In her role as editor, she chairs the Journal Subcommittee and oversees the running of the journal. With the assistance of the deputy editor, submissions are assessed to ensure that the subject matter is of interest to the readership and is in line with the mission of the journal. She allocates each submission to two of our peer reviewers as part of the double-blind peer review process. She then steers the authors through the publication process from submission to final publication.
Gillian qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 from University College London, having initially qualified and worked as a veterinary surgeon. Due to her sporting background as a lightweight rower and sculler she had intended to work in sports medicine, but after a junior rotation at QMC, Nottingham, in pelvic health under the inspirational Judith Lee, she began to combine her interests in both worlds. After she completed the Bradford course in 2002, Gillian continued to share her clinical work between athletes and pelvic health patients. She completed her doctorate in 2011 under the Institute of Biomechanics at the University Nottingham, exploring strain in tendons via ultrasound speckle tracking. Gillian has recently returned to research as a fellow at the University of Nottingham, investigating urinary incontinence in athletic women.
She continues to pursue her own interest in sport, currently via cycling and time trials in particular, in a vain attempt to be able to keep up with the rest of her family!
Biljana helps to screen the papers that are submitted to the journal, and occasionally leads the double-blinded peer-review process. She takes charge of processing most accepted articles, and therefore, is very busy during the proof-reading stage of the publishing cycle. Biljana also helps to recruit volunteer reviewers, and promotes the journal’s international visibility through her network of contacts.
After graduating as a physiotherapist from Belgrade Higher Medical School in Serbia, Biljana went on to gain a BSc from the University of London in 2002. She then began her career in physiotherapy at the Imperial College London group of hospitals, which inspired her interest in combining musculoskeletal and pelvic health physiotherapy. Despite moving to Geneva, Switzerland, she still co-authored material and presented courses for the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute internationally, and worked as a Band 7 pelvic health physiotherapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London. Biljana continued to commute until she learned French, gave birth to her first child and discovered a whole new world of exercise in the Swiss Alps. In Geneva, she worked in a private physiotherapy clinic, taught many Pilates classes at the United Nations Office, and in 2015, started lecturing at La Haute école de santé Genève. In 2016, Biljana and her family moved to Zurich, where she continues to work as a pelvic health and sports physiotherapist while learning German. She serves a multilingual population that mainly consists of athletes and new mothers, and keeps up to date with research in the field.
In 2018, Biljana completed the Bradford Postgraduate Certificate in Continence for Physiotherapists, and began teaching her own pelvic health courses in Switzerland. She now plans to continue her postgraduate studies in the UK because she’s worried that, if she doesn’t read science during her free time at night, this would be filled with learning yet another official Swiss language! For pleasure, Biljana likes to run around with her kids and play the piano.
Social Media Officer
As social media officer, Bianca is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the Twitter feeds, as well as looking at how we can improve our technological efficiency to better communicate information with subscribers to the POGP journal.
Bianca graduated from Coventry University in 2009. A keen cyclist, she has carved herself a niche in the world of cycling medicine and bike fitting. She has worked with a range of clients, including World Tour cyclists and Olympians, and is one of few physiotherapists to have worked in a wind tunnel!
Research Reviews Editor
Alison works with a team of willing volunteers who are each allocated a journal according to their interests. Every month, they search for articles relevant to physiotherapy. These are then passed to our social media officer for tweeting. Twice a year, the most relevant and exciting research articles are summarised in a short article for the POGP journal.
Alison graduated in 1988 from The Queen’s College, Glasgow. She worked in Aberdeen and Highland, developing an interest in pelvic health early in her career. Alison set up a trial multidisciplinary primary care continence clinic, and specialised in pelvic health following completion of the Bradford course in 2010. Since then, she has worked in a clinical specialist role developing the service in Highland and also worked in private practice. Outside of work, she enjoys hillwalking, skiing, gardening, wild swimming … actually any outdoor activity that means she can legitimately avoid housework!
Regional Representative Liaison
Liz collects reports from representatives from the 16 POGP regions that summarise their annual activities. These are published online. Twice a year, she invites the area representatives to write a report about themselves, their meetings and activities. She also contacts newly elected representatives, and asks them to write a piece about themselves and their future plans for their area. These reports are then published in the “Notes and News” section of the POGP journal.
Liz qualified as a physiotherapist in 1979 from Teesside School of Physiotherapy. She then moved to Bristol and specialised in women’s health at St Michael’s Hospital, completing the Bradford course in 2000. Liz became one of the first moderators for the then ACPWH iCSP webpage before becoming an area representative for the South region. She has been the regional representative liaison for the POGP journal since 2013. She now lives in Cardiff, but continues to work in Bristol.
In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the beautiful countryside of South Wales, and spending her holidays visiting her children and grandchildren.
As news editor, Natasha collates reports and items of interest about the world of pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy.
Natasha qualified as a physiotherapist in 2001 at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She arrived in the UK in 2002, and started working at Barnet Hospital, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, in 2005, where, alongside her private practice, she has been ever since.
She began to specialise in pelvic health physiotherapy in 2007, and has completed numerous postgraduate courses. Natasha commenced the Bradford women’s health postgraduate certificate course in 2010, and went on to qualify with an MSc in women’s health physiotherapy in 2013 from this University.
She has been instrumental in service and management pathway development at Barnet Hospital, having helped to set up physiotherapy services such as men’s health, bowel services and electroacupuncture percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation. Her work in this area was presented at Conference in 2016, awarded best poster presentation and subsequently published in the POGP journal. Natasha regularly completes peer reviews for the journal, and has recently joined the Journal Subcommittee.
When she’s not thinking all things pelvic health, she’s juggling life with three active young children.
Romy works with a range of volunteers to review any interesting or new products relevant to our clinical area. She also explores new book publications for potential reviews, many of which will be discussed as by the Journal Subcommittee. As well as coordinating and editing reviews, she enjoys writing some too.
Romy graduated from the University of Brighton in 2001. She then worked in Sussex in an NHS setting for 15 years, mostly at Worthing Hospital. She specialised in pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological physiotherapy in 2003, and gained her Postgraduate Certificate in Continence for Physiotherapists at Bradford in 2006. Romy worked as a clinical team lead for 6 years before having her third child and then moving to New Zealand in 2016. Over in the southern hemisphere, she has continued to work in a range of pelvic health physiotherapy jobs, including public health, private clinics and community allied health triage, which has also led to her working alongside community continence nurses and the development of various triage and treatment pathways.
Romy is very busy with three kids under 11! She enjoys hot yoga, swimming and the outdoors.