CWCRA Founding Members

Dr Leanne Atkin

Lecturer Practitioner, University of Huddersfield and Vascular Nurse Consultant, Mid Yorks NHS Trust

Head of Pharmacy, University of Huddersfield

Prof. Karen Ousey

Director, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield

Prof. Harikrishna Ragavan Nair

Head of Wound Care Unit, Department of Internal Medicine in Kuala Lumpur Hospital

CWCRA Committee Members & Working Stream Members



Prof. Harikrishna Ragavan Nair

Head of Wound Care Unit, Department of Internal Medicine in Kuala Lumpur Hospital

Professor Dr. Harikrishna K.R. Nair is the Head and Professor, Wound Care Unit, Department of Internal Medicine, Kuala Lumpur Hospital, Malaysia. He is also the President Elect of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies. Currently, he is the National Advisor of Primary Health, Founding member of the National Technical Committee on Wound Care, Ministry of Health and Advisor to the Post Basic Wound Care programme. He holds the position as Founding President of the Malaysian Society of Wound Care Professionals, Asia Pacific Association for Diabetic Limb Problems, ASEAN Wound Council, Vice President of the Asian Wound Care Association and D-Foot International as well as a board member of IWII, IWSCAP, IJLEW, JWC. In addition, he is the Editor in Chief of the Wounds Asia Journal, Malaysian Journal of Medical Research, Heal Digest and the JWC Silk Road Supplement. He has authored and edited 20 books and wrote chapters in 12 books. He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Ireland and Edinburgh and the College of Wound Care Specialists. He is Adjunct Professor, Department of Surgery, Banares Hindu University, Professor of Wound Care, Lincoln University Malaysia and Professor, Institute of Health Management Austria.

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United Kingdom

Vice - Chair

Prof. Karen Ousey

Director, Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield

Karen is Professor and Director for the Institute of Skin Integrity and Infection Prevention, University of Huddersfield. Currently she is a member of the National Wound Care Strategy (NHS England) and a member of the All-Parliamentary Committee for Venous and Vascular Disease (UK). Karen completed her BA (Economics and Social Studies) and MA in Health Service Management at the University of Manchester before completing her PhD at the University of Salford. Her clinical background is in orthopaedics and tissue viability. She has over 30 years’ experience in both clinical practice and academia. Her research interests focus on skin integrity, infection prevention, management of surgical site complications and improving access to education for all health care professionals and service users. She is widely published and has edited 2 text books. She is Visiting Professor, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin and Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. She is elected chair of the International Wound Infection Institute, Director for ISTAP (Europe) and Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology.

South Africa


Johlene Sander

Wound Care Specialist

Johlene Sander started her nursing career in 1989 at Volks Hospital (Cape Town) where she qualified as an Enrolled Nurse, then transferred to 2 Military Hospital and completed the Diploma in General Nursing to qualify as a Registered Nurse.

She continued her education by doing a Post-basic Diploma in Midwifery and a Postgraduate Diploma Nursing Administration at the University of Stellenbosch. After working as an Operational Nursing Manager in the Surgical Ward, she completed The Holistic Wound Management Course at University of Free State. She gained knowledge and experience of wound care by working in the private sector with wound care specialists during 2015/6.

After her return to 2 Military Hospital, she was appointed as The Wound Care Specialist and is currently providing wound care advice in the Surgical-, Maternity- and Orthopaedic Wards. She is consulted for wound care advice, in-service training while working hand-in-hand with representatives from the different companies to improve wound care in the hospital.

In 2016 to 2018 she was elected as the Chairperson of the Western Cape Regional Chapter of WHASA (Wound Healing Association of Southern Africa). In October 2018 she facilitated the National Congress where she was elected as the National President. Her first duty as National President, was to sign the Memorandum of understanding as a “supporting society” for the 6th Congress of the World Union of Wound Healing Societies Abu Dhabi – UAE.

In 2019, WHASA hosted a National Congress and several international presenters; e.g. Hiske Smart and Madeleine Flannigan, were invited to present lectures on wound care. 

Since January 2019, when she commissioned the new wound care clinic at 2 Military Hospital, she is consulting patients in need of advanced wound care on a daily basis. She also performs duties as a military nurse (e.g. deployment to operational areas). She is currently working at 2 Military Hospital, Cape Town, where she just celebrated 30 years in the nursing profession.

In 2020, Johlene participated with a group of wound experts from WHASA, to submitted an article: “Management of non-healable and maintenance wounds: a systematic integrative review and referral pathway”, for publication in Advances in Skin & Wound Care Journal.



Dr Kimberley Le Blanc

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Kimberly LeBlanc is known globally as an innovative nurse leader. She is the current Academic Chair of the Association for Nurses Specialized in Wound Ostomy and Continence Care’s (NSWOCC) Wound Ostomy and Continence Institute (WOC Institute) and an Advanced Practice and Certified Wound Ostomy Continence nurse working with KDS Professional Consulting. She holds a Doctorate in Nursing from Queen’s University. Kimberly is an Adjunct Professor with the University of Western Ontario Masters in Wound Care Program, an Affiliate Lecturer at McGill University, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer with Cardiff University. Kimberly is a past president and founding member of the International Skin Tear Advisory Panel and the president elect of the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. 

Kimberly has lectured extensively on wound and ostomy care and has numerous publications and book chapters on wound and ostomy related topics. She sits on the editorial boards of Advances in Skin & Wound Care and Canadian Nurse. 

In 2016, Kimberly was awarded the prestigious Canadian Nurses Association Order of Merit for Nursing Education and 2018 she was awarded the NSWOCC Presidents award for her contribution to WOC nursing in Canada.  In 2020, she was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing’s, (FCAN). In 2021 she was awarded the World Union of Wound Healing Societies award for outstanding contributions to innovation in skin integrity at the global level.



Corey Heerschap

Wound/Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre

Corey Heerschap is the Clinical Nurse Specialist for Wound and Ostomy at the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. In this role he completes advanced wound and ostomy consultations throughout the facility, develops hospital policy, and provides education to staff and patients, and conducts research. Corey completed a Master of Science in Community Health Specializing in Wound Prevention and Care and the International Interprofessional Wound Care Course from the University of Toronto. He is certified in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association. He is a past Treasurer for Nurses Specialized in Wound, Ostomy and Continence Canada and Secretary for the Canadian Pressure Injury Advisory Panel. He has conducted and published research in the fields of wound care, ostomy management, and Nursing education with a focus on clinical education. He is currently completing the PhD in nursing program at Queens University.

United Kingdom


Dr Leanne Atkin

Lecturer Practitioner, University of Huddersfield and Vascular Nurse Consultant, Mid Yorks NHS Trust

Leanne’s clinical background is within complex wound management in particular in relation to arterial/venous disease.  She currently is employed by Mid Yorks NHS Trust as the Vascular Nurse Specialist where she runs independent clinics for conditions including intermittent claudication, lower limb ulceration and diabetic foot disease.  Her passion includes improvement of patient’s quality of life, management of peripheral arterial disease and the expansion of nurse practitioners/consultants roles. Additional she is an elected member of the Great Britain Society of vascular Nurses.



Dr Nicky Frescos

Adjunct Lecturer La Trobe University, Australia

Nicoletta is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney and adjunct lecturer at La Trobe University. Nicoletta is a podiatrist who works in various health institutions including the high-risk foot clinic at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, clinical research coordinator for wound studies at the Austin Health and Health Advisor to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Nicoletta is the Vice President of the Asia Pacific Diabetes Limb Prevention Association, Western Pacific Region representative for D-Foot International and immediate past elected Chair of Wounds Australia. Her clinical background is in podiatry, diabetes foot disease and wound management. She has over 25 years’ experience in clinical practice and academia. Nicoletta’s research interests focus on wound -related pain, prevention and management of diabetes foot disease and wound management. Nicoletta is a volunteer health educator on the assessment, prevention and management of diabetes foot disease and ulcers in the Solomon Islands, Fiji and neighbouring Pacific Islands.

CRCWA Wider Comittee


Consultant physician, Endocrinologist and Diabetologist

New Zealand

Nurse Practitioner, New Zealand Wound Care Society

South Africa

Clinical Nurse Specialist, WHASA


Mrs Emmanuelle AZOR

Wound Care Nurse, IDE, IWCC, APSA Diabetes Care Centre


Jan Rice AM

Wound Nurse Consultant FAWMA, Wound Care Mast (Monash) WOUNDSRUS EDUCATION


Simone McConnie

Diabetic Footcare Specialist Podiatrist


Hileni Samuel

Diabetes Nurse Educator


Dr Laura Lovell

Primary Care Doctor

Sri Lanka

Mandika Wijeyaratne

Professor of Surgery, University of Colombo


Dr. Zahid Miyan

Associate professor of medicine, Head department of diabetic foot Baqai institute of diabetology and endocrinology-Baqai medical university Pakistan


Medical Officer, Kiruddu Burns Unit, Kampala

Solomon Islands

Dr Rooney Jagilly

Senior General Surgeon , National Referral Hospital, Honiara


Dr Mohamed Waheed

Consultant Surgeon ( incharge of Burn & wound care) Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital,


Dr Kezia Njoroge

Senior Lecturer, Kenya Methodist University


Prof. V.K. Shukla

Rector, Banaras Hindu University Varanasi


Lecture, University of Nigeria Enugu Campus


Dr Arun Murari

General surgeon


Mr Sofoulis Achilleos

Registered Nurse and Wound Manager


Dr Chew Khong Yik

Senior Consultant


Dr Corinne Scicluna Ward

Lecturer at the University of Malta

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