Life Memberships Awarded in 2013


Liz Mendl 


Currently heading up the Medical Services & Anti-Doping for Glasgow 2014; Liz was seconded to LOCOG as Medical Manager for ExCel during the Olympics & Paralympics ; Liz has extensive experience in many areas of performance sport and event management from both a Chartered Physiotherapist and a manager‘s perspective. 

Her experience has been obtained through Olympic, Paralympic, World Championships, and Commonwealth Games, through various roles including Chief Physiotherapist, venue manager, and Director of Athlete Services co-ordinating the support for elite athletes across a number of sports; this experience has included integrated planning, delivery and management of medical services.

Liz has served on the ACPSEM committee for many years holding the positions of Scotland Representative, Diversity Officer, PRO, Vice-President and Treasurer.

Reaction to being made a Life Member

Wow - how exciting - I'm delighted and honoured to accept ! So I guess that sums it up !!!! Really looking forward to catching up with old friends at the Conference and learning about what’s new in the Sports Medicine field and welcoming everyone to Glasgow the year before we host the Commonwealth Games here in July 2014!



Lynda Daley

Lynda Daley is a chartered physiotherapist who is currently employed as the Operational Lead for Physiotherapy for the English Institute of Sport (EIS), mainly working across four key sites in both the East and West Midlands. She is also the consultant physiotherapist for Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS) and a Senior International Classifier for Wheelchair Tennis.

On qualifying as a physiotherapist, she held NHS musculo-skeletal out-patient roles for 7 years prior to establishing 3 private physiotherapy clinics that she owned and managed over an 18 year period. During this time she also worked as the NGB physiotherapist for England Hockey (1990-1995) and became the senior NGB physiotherapist for GB Weightlifting (1994-2008) and for GB Wheelchair Tennis (2000-2008).

Lynda considers herself fortunate to have attended a number of major multi-sport games over the years, including all 6 World University Games between 1991 and 2001 - the first 3 as a team physiotherapist and the others as chief physiotherapist for the British team. She also attended the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games as a member of the BOA HQ team and the 2004 and 2008 Paralympic Games where she was both physiotherapist and assistant team manager for wheelchair tennis. Lynda has attended all Commonwealth Games since 1994, holding the appointment of Chief Physiotherapist for Commonwealth Games England from 2001 until she resigned that position in 2011.

Lynda was based in London for three months last summer in her role as Venue Medical Manager for the North Greenwich Arena (O2) during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Main Achievements in Life: Learning to overcome jetlag in the shortest time possible and maintaining a house and long suffering husband despite (or perhaps because) hardly ever being at home!!

Lynda & ACPSEM
Lynda has served on the ACPSEM committee for many years holding the positions of Regional Representative, Membership secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and Chair.

Reaction to being made a Life Member

“I am absolutely delighted to accept the ACPSEM’s offer of Life Membership and I am most grateful to the committee for this most unexpected honour. I consider myself extremely fortunate to have enjoyed a career that has been both challenging and fulfilling; and from the very early days of working in the NHS, throughout many years working in private practice and then across all the different areas of performance sport, I have always considered sports physiotherapy to be an exceptionally rewarding and enjoyable profession. I feel very privileged to have worked at so many multi-sport games and events over the years and the memories of the numerous different occasions; the people I have worked with and the great opportunities will remain with me always.

I have been a member of the ACPSEM for more than 30 years, during which time I have seen the Association grow and go from strength to strength in providing invaluable guidance and support to physiotherapists working at all levels of sport. But now, if I look back and remember those practitioners who were the life members when I first joined the ACPSEM, I suspect that I must now be perceived by others as being very old and definitely on my way out!”


Lynn Booth


Lynn graduated with a Diploma in Physiotherapy and became a chartered physiotherapist in 1979. She was awarded a diploma in Sports Physiotherapy from Crewe & Alsager College in 1989, and an MSc in Sports Injury and Therapy from Manchester Metropolitan University in 1994, with a dissertation on anterior tibial displacement in anterior cruciate ligament deficient knees during exercise. She was presented with an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in 2010

In 1994, after 15 years in the NHS, she became a free-lance physiotherapist working mainly within sport: including clinical work, lecturing, a little writing and working within aspects of sports medicine administration.
She admits she has always enjoyed sport – but is definitely enthusiastic rather than skilful! To gain experience of working with a team through both training and competition phases she worked with YW Netball Club in Bury and then with Cheshire Women's Hockey Association.

The connections made with hockey allowed her to progress through the England ranks from the England Schoolgirls team to the Great Britain Women’s Hockey Squad, including the 1988 (Seoul) and 1992 (Barcelona) Olympic Games. Lynn still works as a contractor for the England Hockey Board.

Lynn represented the GB Hockey Board on the British Olympic Association’s (BOA) Physiotherapy Committee and in 1992 was elected as Chair of the same committee (1992-2004). This position evolved into the BOA’s Physiotherapy Consultant and as such Lynn was Chief Physiotherapist for Team GB at the summer Olympics in 1996 (Atlanta), 2000 (Sydney) and 2004 (Athens).

Lynn has worked with a variety of sports including, boxing, cricket, professional football, gymnastics swimming and tennis. At the present, the sports she work with mainly are amateur golf and hockey – mainly at international level.

Lynn’s involvement with the BOA, as an advisor to World Class Programmes for Sport England and as Physiotherapy Co-ordinator for the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, probably helped her successful application to the post of Clinical Lead of the Physical Therapies Workstream for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).

Lecturing for various universities on sports medicine courses, in particular in Saudi Arabia for Manchester Metropolitan University, resulted in being one of two contributors to the Sport Injuries Workshops for physiotherapists working at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha.
Lynn’s main clinical inters tests are injury prevention and management and functional rehabilitation.

Lynn has served on the ACPSEM committee for many years holding the positions of North West Regional Representative, Treasurer, and Vice-President.

Reaction to being made a Life Member

I was surprised but absolutely delighted when the ACPSEM offered me a life membership of the association. It is always flattering to be honoured by your peers, but when I look around at other members of the association, I am not sure why I have received this honour: many members are working at a high level, giving support to athletes at all levels of sport and pushing the boundaries of physiotherapy, sports medicine and sport.

I'm looking forward to the Conference in Glasgow in October, when I will be able to meet up with old friends and make new acquaintances, but most of all I will be able to discuss sports physiotherapy, in all its aspects, with other physiotherapists working in sport.



Life Memberships Awarded in 2014


Nicola Phillips


Nicki is a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Director of Innovation and International at Cardiff University's School of Healthcare Studies. She completed her MSc in Sports Injury and Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan Unviersity and her PhD on Functional Coping in ACL Deficiency at Cardiff University. Nick has travelled as Physiotherapist to 7 Commonwealth Games with Team Wales and Team GB respectively, and volunteered at the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of her University post she has a consultancy role with Sport Wales and also continues to hold some private practice clinic sessions. Her main clinical and research interests are in neuromuscular control and functional rehabilitation of knee, ankle and shoulder injuries in sport. Nicki is currently President of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy.


Laura Hanna

Laura had been the Physiotherapy Manager at the England Hockey Board for the past 13 years and is the newly appointed Lead Physiotherapist for Team England at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Until 2013 Laura was the Chair of ACPSEM a position she held for two terms, having held several other committee positions in previous 18 years. She was instrumental in the name change from ACPSM which has highlighted the key role physios play in promoting exercise. During her tenure as Chair ACPSEM has grown in membership, profile and importance in the SEM community in the UK and Internationally. Laura has attended World Cups, Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games as physiotherapist with hockey and as HQ physiotherapist at Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, Youth Olympic Games and World University Games.

On hearing that she had been awarded life membership Laura said "I am delighted and honoured to accept this role and look forward to watching the association grow from strength to strength."