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 & Notes and News Editor
As the Social Media Officer, Sarah ensures the smooth running of the POGP Journal’s Twitter account (@JPOGP) as well as looking at how to improve technological efficiency to better communicate information with POGP Journal subscribers. In addition, Sarah also acts as the News Editor of the Journal’s Notes and News section.
Sarah Papagiorcopulo is a qualified and registered physiotherapist in both Malta and the United Kingdom. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Physiotherapy at the University of Malta in 2019. During her training, Sarah gained experience in several areas of physiotherapy and also spent some time training in the Netherlands, at the UMCU Hospital in Utrecht. Sarah has worked for both the Maltese and UK NHS, and is currently based in Liverpool. She is very proactive in her career, always striving to better her knowledge and skills in her area of work. In fact, Sarah quickly became involved in the POGP Journal Subcommittee, acting as the Social Media Officer and News Editor. Sarah is very passionate about and has always had a special interest in Women’s and Pelvic Health. She is fully focussed on continuing to develop her skills, and bringing to light the important and beneficial role of physiotherapy within this field.
Research Reviews Editor
I have a team of willing volunteers who are each allocated a journal according to their interests, and each month they search their journal for articles relevant to physiotherapy. These are then passed to our communications person for tweeting. Twice a year the most relevant / exciting research articles are summarised in a short article for the POGP journal.
Anna is a pelvic physiotherapist based in Yorkshire, working in private practice. At her clinic in Leeds she sees women with wide ranging pelvic pain conditions and pelvic floor dysfunction.
She qualified from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2005, and after working in pediatrics and musculoskeletal practice, and taking time off to travel and have children, she began moving into pelvic health physiotherapy in 2013. She has also trained to an advanced level as a myofascial release practitioner, and so applies those skills in her treatment of pelvic health conditions.
In recent years Anna’s work has focused on treating pelvic organ prolapse using a biotensegrity-informed approach. She has published 2 research papers on this topic, and presented a poster of research at Physiotherapy UK in 2019. She is often invited to speak at professional events, teaching the principles of biotensegrity mechanics and their relevance to pelvic physiotherapy.
She began volunteering for the JPOGP in 2020 as part of the research reviews team, stepping up to co-editor of the research reviews team in 2021.
Anna is deeply passionate about her work with women with pelvic floor dysfunction, and an avid reader of research.
She is also the mother of 2 daughters. Her weekends are often spent camping in the Yorkshire dales.
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.