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Board of Trustees


Derek Alderson MD, FRCS

D Alderson

Derek Alderson is the Barling Professor and Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of Birmingham. He took up this post in 2005, having previously been Professor of gastrointestinal surgery at Bristol. His main area of clinical interest is oesophagogastric surgery. He is currently editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Surgery. Professor Alderson is committed to improving surgical standards at all levels through education, research and clinical performance. He currently chairs the RCS Academic and Research Board.

Vice Presidents

Susan Hill MA, MS, FRCS

Sue Hill

Sue Hill was born in London. She undertook medical training in Pembroke College Oxford and Westminster Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1985.

She undertook her surgical training in South West Thames and received her MS from London University in 1994. She was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon to Lewisham University Hospital in 1998.

She moved to south Wales in 2003 when she was appointed Consultant Vascular Surgeon at University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. Her surgical interests include soft tissue sarcoma and she is part of the Welsh Soft Tissue Sarcoma Implementation Group. During her career she has been Clinical Director, Vascular Advisor for Wales, Chairman of the National Statutory Advisory Group to the Welsh Assembly, Training Programme Director and Chairman of the Welsh Board of the Royal College of Surgeons. She was appointed to Council in 2012.

Neil Mortensen MA, MBChB, MD, FRCS Eng, Hon FRCPS Glas, Hon FRCS Ed

Neil Mortensen

Neil Mortensen is Professor of Colorectal Surgery in the University of Oxford Medical School and has been on the staff of the Oxford University Hospitals since 1987. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College.

He trained in Birmingham, Bristol and St Mark’s Hospital and has clinical and research interests in a wide range of colorectal diseases. He has published over 300 original papers, 30 book chapters and has edited 8 books. He is Past Chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, President of the Ileostomy Association, and has been Past President of the Association of Coloproctology GBI and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Colorectal Disease.

He has given a number of named lectures including Arris and Gale, Goligher, Sir Alan Parks, Honeyman-Gillespie and Bryan Brooke (UK); Duran Smith, Harry Bacon, Charles Buie, Greenstein and Frykman-Goldberg (USA); Edward Wilson Memorial and CSSANZ Oration (Australia), Gimbernat prize (Spain); Fritz de Quervain (Swiss), Gerhard Buess Memorial Lecture (Norway).

Since his appointment in Oxford he campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and created the present department.

He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches the Kangaroo Club, and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS – Oxford Colon Cancer Trust which supports education, research and new technology in colorectal diseases.

He became a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013.

Cliff P Shearman FRCS

Cliff Shearman

Cliff Shearman is Emeritus Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Southampton and a Non-Executive Director on the Trust Board at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust. After postgraduate training in Birmingham he was appointed as a senior lecturer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1990 before moving to Southampton in 1994. Cliff Shearman has had a number of roles in training and was the Head of the Wessex Postgraduate School of Surgery (1997-2012) and established the new Vascular SAC (2012-2015) which rolled out the new Vascular Training Programme in the UK. He has served on the Vascular Society Council as Chair of the Training and Education Committee and President (2009-10). Cliff Shearman’s research interests are factors that cause and promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis particularly in people with diabetes. He is Associate Medical Director in Southampton with responsibility for Research and Development. In 2015 he was selected to represent the Vascular Society on the Royal College of Surgeons of England Council.

Faculty of Dental Surgery Dean

Michael Escudier MD, FDS RCS (Eng.), FDS (OM) RCS (Eng.), FHEA

Michael Escudier

Michael Escudier is Reader in Oral Medicine and Director of Assessment at King’s College London Dental Institute and Honorary Consultant in Oral Medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Having qualified in dentistry from Guy’s Hospital in 1985 and in medicine from St Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1992 he returned to Guy’s in 1994 and obtained his Fellowship in 1998. On completion of higher training he was appointed honorary consultant in oral medicine in 2003, clinical lead and academic head in 2010.

He has extensive experience in teaching within both the undergraduate and postgraduate sector. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has received a King’s College Teaching Fellowship (2012) and a Mature Educator Award (2012) from the Association of Dental Educators of Europe. He specialises in teaching the medical related areas of dentistry and also has a particular interest in assessment practice. He Chaired the MJDF examination from 2010-13. His main research foci are salivary gland disease, in which he completed an MD on the minimally invasive management of calculi, and orofacial granulomatosis. He was elected to the Faculty Board in 2011, and is currently Senior Vice-Dean of the Faculty and Chair of the Examinations Committee.

Faculty of General Dental Practice Dean

Ian Mills BDS (Glasg.), FFGDP (UK), FDS RCPS (Glasg.), FHEA, MJDF RCS (Eng.), Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng.)

Ian Mills

Ian qualified as a dentist in Glasgow in 1987 and spent the early part of his career working in Maxollofacial surgery. He relocated to North Devon in 1994 and three years later set up Torrington Dental Practice, where he continues to work on a part-time basis. Ian’s clinical work has been limited to implant dentistry since 2008 but he continues to have an active role in education and research within general dental practice. Ian was previously an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Dental Practice and his practice has been involved in various research projects in collaboration with Plymouth University and Peninsula Dental School. His particular research interests are in the delivery of person-centred care in dentistry and environmental sustainability in general dental practice. Ian has been involved with Peninsula Dental School since it was established in 2007 and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. Ian has been actively involved in local and national dental politics for many years and was an elected member of the General Dental Practice Committee of the British Dental Association (BDA) from 2006 to 2018. He has previously been Chairman of the North Devon Section of the BDA, Chair of the North Devon Oral Health Steering Group and a member of the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon PCT. Ian has been a member of the FGDP (UK) since 1992 and was previously the Divisional Research Facilitator for the Southwest. He has been a member of the FGDP (UK) Board since 2013, served two terms as Vice-Dean and took up the office of Dean in June 2018. Ian was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) in 2012, Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2013, and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Elected Members

John Abercrombie MB, BS, FRCS

John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie was born in St Bartholomew’s Hospital and subsequently qualified from that institution in 1985. He was awarded FRCS in 1989. He has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham since 1998. His areas of specialist practice are in bowel cancer screening colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, abdominal wall reconstruction and the surgery of intestinal failure.

He was Core Training Programme Director and then Head of the School of Surgery in the East Midlands (North). He has provided specialist advice to the NHS ombudsman and to the coroner’s court. He currently sits on the CRG for specialised colorectal services and was elected to the College Council in 2013.

Fiona Myint MB BS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCS(Gen Surg), LLM, MA (Clin Ed)

Fiona Myinit

Fiona Myint is a consultant vascular and general surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. She trained at Guy's Hospital Medical School, intercalating a BSc(Hons) in anatomy and qualifying in 1987. She undertook postgraduate surgical training in London having been awarded the FRCS in 1992. She was appointed as a consultant in 2000, initially as a joint appointment between the North Middlesex University Hospital and the Royal Free.

Holding an MA in clinical education, she has a keen interest in the acquisition and maintenance of surgical skills. She has held roles including those of College Tutor, Core Surgical Training Committee Chair, Training Programme Director, SAC member and Member of the Court of Examiners. She was elected to Council in 2014.

Peter Kay FRCS

Peter Kay

Peter Kay was born in Ruthin North Wales in 1958, and educated at Lancaster Grammar School and Dr Challoners Grammar School Amersham. He has degrees in medicine from Manchester University (1981) and Mathematics Open University (1985). He gained his surgical training in North West England, including fellowships in joint replacement at Stuttgart and Wrightington, and was awarded European (1992) and American, British and Canadian travelling fellowships (1998).

He was previous President of British Orthopaedic Trainees association (1992), British Hip Society (2007) and President of the British Orthopaedic Association (2011).

Clinically, he specialises in hip and knee surgery at Wrightington Hospital Lancashire and is Honorary Clinical Professor at Manchester University. He politically chaired the 18-week MSK group at the DH for 4 years, and sat on the National Boards for Enhanced recovery, Patient Reported Outcomes Measures, Fragility Fractures and Shared Decision Making.

He was appointed as National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services in March 2013. He currently sits on the National Nice Guideline Development Group for Osteoarthritis and leads work with MHRA in the introduction of new implants “beyond compliance”.

He has previously been Clinical Director, Divisional Chairman and Associate Medical Director and Trust board member of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

His personal aim is to achieve more effective representation for the surgical patient and UK surgery.

Lay Members

Amyas Morse

Sir Amyas Morse

Biography coming soon...

Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey is currently the CEO of Almacantar – a property and investment development company – and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr. Hussey is also Non-Executive Director of Taylor Wimpey and Cushman & Wakefield.

Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio, valued between £3.3bn and £9.4bn.

Mike is recognised as an expert in the Central London property market. He is well regarded in the public capital markets. He ran a team of over 200 people at Land Securities.

Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group as head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq. (900,000 sq.m).

David Whitney

David Whitney

David Whitney is currently a lay member of the Board of Trustees and member of the Remuneration and Nomination committee at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr Whitney is also a non-Executive Director at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and project director for the Olympic Health Legacy Programme in Sheffield. He is a lay member and chair of the East Midlands region sub-committee of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards.

He is also Chair of Derbyshire Health United and the Weston Park Hospital (Sheffield) Cancer Charity and a non-executive director on the Boards of Westfield Contributory Health Scheme and of One Health Group (Governance).

An NHS manager by background, David was an executive director of Trent Regional Health Authority from 1985 to 1990 and chief executive of Central Sheffield University Hospitals NHS Trust from 1990 to 2001. Subsequently David was Director of Clinical Management at Keele University, where he was engaged in directing the medical leadership and management programme.

Pankaj Davé


Pankaj Davé is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has worked internationally as a senior executive leading large multi-disciplinary teams whilst working for globally recognised companies including BP and Amoco in CFO, strategy, commercial, transformation, planning & performance management and oilfield operations roles. He also ran his own strategy consultancy business.

Most recently Pankaj worked in Mumbai, for five years, for Reliance Industries Ltd, a conglomerate and India's largest company. As a direct report to the Managing Director, Pankaj led the design and implementation of the Reliance Group Management System and successfully led a major business transformation program to integrate processes, systems, data, organisation and governance.

Pankaj is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is also a non- executive director for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust and has previously worked as a trustee for Kidney Research UK.