About Us

Charles Durrant and Simon Heppell are directors, shareholders and co-founders of Adnova Clinic. Between them, they have over forty years of Plastic Surgery experience.

Simon and Charles work closely together in the NHS, where they specialise in complex breast reconstruction. Both are on the GMC Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery and hold the coveted FRCS(Plast) qualification. Simon and Charles are also Full Members of BAPRAS and BAAPS.

Learn more about Charles Durrant and Simon Heppell.



Mr Charles Durrant

MA MBBS BSc(Hons) FRCS(Eng) FRCS(Plast)

Charles qualified from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School, part of Imperial College London, in 1999. 

After completing his general surgical training he was appointed to the highly regarded London Pan-Thames Regional Specialist Training Programme in Plastic Surgery.

He achieved the highest mark in the United Kingdom for the FRCS(Plast) exit exam and has received several awards and grants that have enabled him to study abroad the latest techniques in this exciting speciality.

He trained in Plastic Surgery for 8 years before he took up his current post as NHS Consultant in Plastic Surgery at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth. 

Charles is on the GMC Specialist Register in Plastic Surgery (4673358) and is a full member of the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS). 

As well as being comprehensively trained in all aspects of reconstructive surgery, Charles has received aesthetic training throughout his plastic surgery training. He has also undergone dedicated aesthetic and cosmetic fellowships at the McIndoe Surgical Centre in Australia. He regularly attends national and international conferences in both reconstructive and aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Charles performs all of his day surgery operating at Adnova Clinic but also works closely with the Nuffield Health Group and Spire Healthcare to provide a wide range of cosmetic surgery procedures that may not be suitable for day surgery. He is also recognised by all major providers of health insurance.

Charles’ main NHS interest lies in breast reconstruction following cancer surgery or congenital deformities and asymmetry. His philosophy is that not only can techniques involved in the reconstructive aspects of plastic surgery be translated to cosmetic practice but also that the operating surgeon must have exquisite knowledge of both reconstructive and cosmetic surgical principles to achieve the best outcomes in terms of both form and function.

Charles has a specific interest in the ethical issues surrounding plastic surgery. He used both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery as the central point of his Master’s thesis in Medical Ethics. Charles believes that, although Plastic Surgery rarely provides an opportunity for life-saving surgery, the opportunities for quality-of-life-saving surgery make it the most satisfying speciality there is.

Charles enjoys rugby coaching and refereeing, music and theatre. He lives on the South Coast and is married with 3 children.


Mr Simon Heppell


Simon qualified in medicine at the University of Leicester in 1993 followed by Officer Training at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.

He continued his surgical training in Leicester, London, Frimley Park and Southampton. During this time, he attained FRCS(Ed) at Southampton and FRCSEd(Plast) at Oxford. 

He gained a well rounded general exposure before specialising in Plastic Surgery.

Mr Heppell’s Plastic Surgery training started in 1996 at Royal Hospital Haslar and continued at East Grinstead, Stoke Mandeville, Salisbury and Oxford. Throughout this period, Mr Heppell received thorough training in all aspects of Plastic Surgery: Breast Surgery, Hand Surgery, Burns, Craniofacial Surgery and Reconstruction. After passing the specialist Plastic Surgery examinations FRCS(Plast), he then completed a specialist fellowship in Breast Reconstructive Surgery in Toronto, Canada and a Microvascular Reconstruction fellowship in Winnipeg, Canada.

Mr Heppell has published several articles and is a contributor to the Oxford Handbook in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

As a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Mr Heppell has worked in Northern Ireland, Germany and Cyprus and has been deployed to Afghanistan treating many war casualties.

Mr Heppell took up his NHS post as Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in 2007. His specialist interests include all aspects of Breast Surgery (Reconstruction and Cosmetic), Skin Cancer, and Microvascular Reconstruction.

He regularly performs Breast Augmentation (Enlargement), Mastopexy (Uplift), Reduction, Gynaecomastia correction, Abdominoplasty (Tummy tuck) and Skin Cancer excision and reconstruction.

Married to a GP, he now lives in the Portsmouth area with his wife and two boys. They all enjoy travelling, skiing and sport.


Mr Tim Biggs


Tim qualified in medicine from Cardiff University and after an initial career as a British Army Medical Officer and completing his basic surgical training, he was awarded a highly competitive NIHR Academic Training Pathway in Otolaryngology (ENT) Surgery. He completed his higher surgical training in the Wessex Deanery, specialising in Rhinology (surgery of the nose and sinuses). Towards the end of his training, following the completion of a PhD in Rhinology, he was awarded and completed the British Rhinology Society (BRS) Advanced Rhinology Fellowship and an Advanced Rhinology and Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship (including complex Rhinoplasty and skin cancer) at Winchester, Andover and Southampton Hospitals.

Tim has a strong academic and research background having published over 60 peer reviewed articles, undertaken over 30 national/international presentations, and been awarded over 25 prizes & fellowships. He is on the specialist GMC register for Otolaryngology (ENT) and member of ENT-UK and the British Society of Facial Plastic Surgery.

As a Consultant Rhinologist, Tim undertakes a variety of complex nasal surgeries, but his main interest lies in Rhinoplasty. He has a large NHS Rhinoplasty practice, which means he undertakes this procedure very regularly.

Tim utilises a number of advanced Rhinoplasty techniques which include Piezo (ultrasonic bone sculpture – which he uses for all his surgeries, both private and NHS), structural, open, preservation, and secondary/revision Rhinoplasty using donor rib reconstruction and fascia lata.

Tim is married and has two daughters. He enjoys travelling, kayaking and walking.


“1st choice surgeon all the way – couldn’t be happier with my results”

“My experience with Dr. Durrant has been nothing less than excellent since word go. He gives 100% honesty and all the info needed to make the right choice for you. Extremely proffesional and couldn’t be happier with my results. Makes you feel extremely comfortable and every single time I changed my mind about something or had any questions He would always be happy to respond. Be a mistake to not go to him.” Breast Augmentation – 3 months post-op


“I am extremely happy with outcome of the surgery”

“Mr Heppell and his team were wonderful. I am extremely happy with outcome of the surgery and liposuction treatment afterwards. Mr Heppell was charming, he explained things clearly and without frills. A lovely charming gentleman in the true sense. Delighted and would recommend.”

-Patient, Hampshire

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