Meet the team

Mr. Martin McGeough Founder & CEO

Martin has over 30 years of experience in clinical biomechanics and orthotic specialist. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in Glasgow and is their regional advisor on podiatry.  He regularly guest lectures in Podiatric Medicine across the UK, Ireland and further afield.

Martin’s Educational obligations include:

Organiser and Facilitator:
Podiatric Biomechanics Symposium (PBS) Conferences, Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK.  responsible for selecting and inviting keynote speakers in the field of Podiatry Biomechanics and Orthotic Therapy.   
Firefly Summit The summit was designed to share clinical evidence and strengthen relationships within the podiatric community.

Martin’s current teaching responsibilities include: 

  • Associate Clinical Lecturer in Podiatric Biomechanics, School of Podiatric Medicine, Queens University Belfast and Ulster University, Jordanstown
  • Consultant Podiatrist Lecturer, Trinity College, Dublin, Sports Medicine MSc
  • NUIG Podiatric School of Medicine, Private Practice Placement (Clinic & Lab) and Lecturer.
  • Guest Lecturer FSEM, Annual Conference, Dublin, Ireland
  • Lecturer, Ulster University, Jordonstown, MSc Biomechanics.
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Ms. Aisha Wajahat Director of Operations, Consultant Podiatrist

Aisha is an experienced, UK qualified, specialist Podiatrist who has worked internationally from the UK and Ireland to the Middle East and South Asia. 
Originally from Mirpur in Pakistan, she was the first qualified podiatrist to work in the country. On the ground, treating close communities and a variety of conditions she realised the scale of the problem and the urgent need for podiatric medicine.
It was Aisha’s drive and vision that gained Martin McGeough’s attention and together they started working on the idea of Pakistan’s first International College of Podiatric Medicine in Pakistan - icpm.

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Mr. Frank Sharkey Commercial Director

Frank has a varied career across multiple industries and disciplines. Including 30 years in Telecommunications, Internet and IT.

Previous Chairman and Non-Executive Director for a large social housing organisation. 

A previous customer of Firefly’s, he has worked with the company on business development and strategy for the last six years. Now focused on delivering icpm and the associated benefits over time.

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Prof Robert Ashford

Is the first Professor Emeritus in Podiatry in the UK, and holds 5 degrees including PhD, 4Fellowships, and is also a Chartered Scientist. Originally trained with the Glasgow School of Podiatric Medicine and has a career spanning 4 decades. Has been involved with numerous institutions worldwide.

As well as being a clinical tutor in 4 schools of Podiatry, his academic teaching has focused on clinical biomechanics, pain management, tissue viability and research methods. Founder Fellow of the Faculty of Podiatric Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow. (Member of board and Chair of Education Committee)

Previously Dean of the Faculty and holds a Fellowship of the College of Podiatric Medicine. Board member for American Board of Podiatric Medicine, International.

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Emily Haworth

A Clinical Specialist in the high risk lower limb for 15 years with a Masters degree from Edinburgh. Emily currently works as the principal podiatrist in a  Multidisciplinary Hospital Team in limb salvage. Recently completed her post grad in Sports Podiatry (QMUL) and a professional diploma in Chronic disease prevention and positive Health from Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland.

She is passionate about Diabetes and chronic disease prevention and merging high risk and MSK skills. She lectures nationally and Internationally and is dedicated to patient care. Currently relocating to Wales to be MSK lead podiatrist in the NHS and  incorporate Diagnostic Ultrasound and Guided injections to her practice.

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Mr. Abid Sports Podiatrists

Abid graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc (hons) degree in podiatry in 1995. For the past 27 years Abid has been a committed and highly motivated podiatrist specializing in podiatric sports medicine and has continually developed as an extended scope podiatrist.

Most recently Abid has been the Sport Podiatry clinical team lead at the Commonwealth Games 2022 working with the Commonwealth Games medical team organizers and multi-disciplinary team colleagues with planning the role and scope of the sports podiatrists at the games, recruitment of podiatrists, logistics as well as providing extensive hands-on musculoskeletal sport medicine training to many of the younger podiatrists who will be volunteering at the games.

Abid has commenced further study with a PGCert in Podiatric Sports Medicine at Queen Mary’s University of London in 2019, MSc in Sports and Exercise medicine 2020 and is currently pursuing a PhD in the School at the University of Loughborough at the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences which is internationally renowned for the quality and impact of their research.

Abid is also the Head of Sport Medicine for the Birmingham Youth Sports Academy managing a multi disciplinary team that caters for sports injuries for over 400 members ranging from the ages of 9 to 18 years of age.

Abid is a consultant fellow of the institute of Chiropodists and podiatrists and is a member of the British Association of Sport, Exercise Medicine and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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Mr. Tausif Podiatrist - BSc (Hons) Podiatric Medicine, MSc (Clinical Biomechanics), MCPod

From a young age, I’ve always been passionate about sport, in particular, cricket and this was where my interest in musculoskeletal conditions and biomechanical injuries was born.

After completing my BSc (Hons) in Podiatric Medicine from the University of Huddersfield, I worked for the NHS and private practice in West Yorkshire before moving to the Midlands to specialise as a Specialist Musculoskeletal Podiatrist with a focus on Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Recently, I’ve completed my Master’s in Clinical Biomechanics which now equips me with tools such as Gait analysis, sports biomechanics and Podopaediatrics.

To compliment my academic qualifications and my keenness for being active, I’ve completed courses and training in running injuries, kinesiology taping, soft tissue and joint mobilisation, techniques for foot and ankle strengthening and biomechanics workshops.

Although not a runner, I was persuaded to participate in the Birmingham half marathon and managed to finish with a time of 1 hour 57 minutes!

Normally, you’ll find me in the Harborne and Edgbaston areas playing cricket, squash and badminton so please do say hi.

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Dr Khizar Zaman Choudhry FFPM, RCPS(Glasg), MRCPod, MFPH, PhD.MSc. MBBS)

Khizar is a polymath with multiple qualifications, memberships and fellowships of royal colleges including the Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. He has three degrees and is a registered public health consultant and a podiatrist. He has also done a PhD in Neuroscience, Masters and MBBS with years of experience of providing examination, diagnosis treatment, prevention, and care of health conditions. He has attended and presented at many national and international conferences and worked as health promotion officer reaching the level of director of health.

He has had a long-term interest in Diabetic feet and completed his training in podiatric medicine at University of Northampton and became a HCPC registered podiatrist and worked in different health care trusts to become a specialist in Diabetic feet. He has worked with Her majesty prison services, British home office, Ministry of defence and NHS, has run his own private practice in in podiatric medicine in Birmingham. He has worked in rehabilitation centres for British Military (DMRC) and has extensive experience in clinical podiatric biomechanics.

He has worked in the NHS as an expert Diabetic Feet Specialist (Special interest in Biomechanics off loading techniques, and Ponseti technique) and analyzed functions of the human foot and related structures; planning, conducting, and directing research in the area of podiatric medicine in different hospitals across UK.

He has extensive experience in Forensics and worked in medium secure, low secure, acute, CAMHS and PICU.  His work and research included working in health promotion settings with diverse communities, and investigating why ethnic minority British people have a higher incidence rate for cardiovascular diseases and diabetes than native peer groups. (During his public health master’s from University of Birmingham.) He is also a Member of PMDC (Pakistan Medical and dental Council) and a Member of Faculty of Public health.  

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