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Neil Mortensen MA, MBChB, MD, FRCS Eng, FRCPS Glas hon, FRCS Ed hon, FRCSI hon, FACS hon

Professor 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, where he is currently honorary consultant colorectal surgeon. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College. Since his appointment in Oxford he campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and created the present department. He trained in Birmingham, Bristol and St Mark’s Hospital, and has clinical and research interests in a wide range of colorectal diseases. In 1980 he was awarded a Paul Hawley International Guest Scholarship with the American College of Surgeons. 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 immediate past Editor in Chief of Colorectal Disease. He is an honorary member of a number of national and international surgical societies. He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches, the Kangaroo Club, in 2000 and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS – Oxford Colon Cancer Trust which supports education, research and new technology. He became a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013, and a member of the Trustee Board in 2016. In 2017 he was appointed Vice President, and in 2020 he was appointed President.

Vice Presidents

Cliff P Shearman FRCS (Vascular Society representative)

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. He became Senior Vice President in 2020.

Timothy Goodacre FRCS (BAPRAS representative)

Tim Goodacre

Tim Goodacre qualified from St Thomas’s Hospital in 1978 following a BSc year in Psychology. After training in General Surgery as Registrar at the Brook Hospital, two years in rural Tanzania led to training in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Appointed to the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1991, he has seen the department grow from 3 to 21 consultants. His specialist interest has been the management of Cleft Lip and Palate, the Oxford team being one of 9 nationally designated centres for cleft care since 2000. Research and lecturing interests include the psychosocial impact of early behaviour on children with facial disfigurement, foetal MR imaging, and the development of a comprehensive outcome measure for cleft care (Cleft Q). He also conceived of a novel self-inflating tissue expander that is now under commercial development (Oxtex). Alongside clinical interests, he is an enthusiastic teacher within the medical school, and has been Regional Specialty Advisor for postgraduate training, President of BAPRAS, and latterly Chair of Professional Standards for the specialty. He has served on numerous advisory groups for plastic surgery (including the Healing Foundation Cleft Collective), and is a member of the Council and Cases Committee of the Medical Defence Union. He is civilian consultant advisor to the Army, and BAPRAS elected representative on UEMS and the EBOPRAS examination board. He is a senior assessor for the Intercollegiate Board in Plastic Surgery examination. He is a Chair of Interface Uganda charity, a trustee of the Semiliki Trust, and member of Restore scientific advisory committee. Elected by BAPRAS Council to serve on the RCS Council in May 2015. He was appointed Vice President in 2020.

Timothy Mitchell MA(Oxon), BM, BCh, FRCS(ORL-HNS)

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell studied medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford before training in Otolaryngology in Oxford, London, Cambridge and Sydney. He was awarded the inaugural Graham Fraser Memorial Fellowship to work with Professor William Gibson in the field of cochlear implantation. He was appointed as Consultant Otolaryngologist in Southampton in 2000 and has a subspecialty interest in cochlear and other auditory implants with the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. He has been a RCS Regional Specialty Professional Advisor, member of Council of ENT UK, Vice Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Ear Services and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Otolaryngology. He has been a MRCS examiner since 2004 and was Chair of the Court of Examiners from 2014 to 2017. He was elected to Council in 2017. He is Chair of the Learning Committee and the Future Surgeons Forum. He was appointed Vice President in 2020.

Faculty of Dental Surgery Dean

Matthew Garrett FDSRCS FFGDP(UK)

Mr Matthew Garrett

Mr Garrett was elected to the role by the Faculty Board in October, and will serve a three year term to 2023. He is a consultant in restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital, and served as President of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry in 2017-18. He was elected to the Board of the Faculty in 2015, having previously sat as its invited representative for trainees between 2006 and 2010, and most recently served as the Faculty’s Senior Vice Dean. Mr Garrett succeeds Professor Michael Escudier, who steps down at the end of his term of office having led the Faculty’s high profile campaigns to improve children’s and older people’s oral health.

Elected and SSA Members

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.

Peter Lamont MD, FRCS, FEBVS, FFSTEd

Peter Lamont

Peter Lamont trained as Senior Registrar at the Westminster Hospital and was appointed Clinical Reader in Surgery, Fellow of Green College and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford from 1989. He took up his current post as Consultant Vascular Surgeon at Bristol Royal Infirmary in 1992. Research and published work includes non-invasive arterial investigations, stroke prevention and exercise therapy for intermittent claudication. He has given numerous invited lectures on vascular surgery and surgical training both in the UK and internationally. Chairman of the SAC in General Surgery 2007–2010 and President of the Vascular Society 2010–2011, he is an honorary Fellow of the European Board of Vascular Surgery, Chairman of the CME Committee of the UEMS Section of Vascular Surgery and a member of the International Advisory Board of Vascular International, a charity devoted to surgical simulator training. He was a key player in the introduction of national ST3 selection for general surgery and the designation of vascular surgery as a separate specialty in the UK. He was elected to Council in 2010, where as Chairman of the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Committee he greatly expanded the role and functions of the College in setting standards for surgical courses, training centres, University degrees and Fellowships. He also represents the College on the Intercollegiate Specialty Examinations Board in General Surgery and is one of two Council Leads for the South of England. He now chairs the Invited Review Mechanism.

Scarlett McNally BSc, MB, BChir, FRCS(Tr&Orth), MA, MBA

Scarlett McNally

Qualified in 1989, Scarlett McNally trained under the old system, becoming an Orthopaedic Consultant at Eastbourne in 2002, specialising in hand surgery and initially also in Trauma. She was elected to Council in 2011, the ninth woman ever and the youngest at the time. She was Director of Medical Education for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust from 2008 to 2011 and was previously on the BMA Equality & Diversity committee and other committees. She completed an MA in Education in 2008 and an MBA in health management in 2013. Scarlett is passionate about supporting people and services to be the best that they can be, which often needs education, communication and pathways that respect each team-member's skills. Surgical thinking gives clarity and simplicity to decision-making. Scarlett McNally feels that the surgical profession and training should acknowledge that the years of child-rearing coincide with surgical training and that if we want the best quality surgical care, everyone within surgery needs high quality education and support. She has led Opportunities in Surgery and the College SAS committee (for Staff Grade, Associate Specialist and Specialty Doctors in surgery). She has also provided surgical input to the Academy Health Inequalities Forum and is lead author of "Exercise: the miracle cure".

Paul O' Flynn FRCS

Paul O'Flynn

Professor Paul O’Flynn FRCS, is a Consultant ENT/Head and Neck Surgeon at London’s University College Hospital. After qualifying in medicine 1982 from University College London he trained in Otolaryngology, becoming a Consultant Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Royal National Throat, Nose and Ear Hospital in 1993. In 2005 he joined the staff of University College Hospital becoming ENT Head and Neck lead and subsequently Chair of the Head and Neck Tumour Board for North Central London Cancer Network. A former Chair of Education and Training at ENT-UK, and the first ENT Tutor in the Raven department of Education of The Royal College of Surgeons of England. He is a Visiting Professor at the Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India and has published more than 50 papers. He is President elect of the Section of Laryngology and Rhinology at The Royal Society of Medicine. In 2012 he was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. In his spare time he is a keen tennis player.

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.

Richard Kerr BSc, MBBS, MS, FRCS

Richard Kerr

Richard Kerr qualified from The London Hospital, and trained in surgery and neurosurgery in London, Northampton, Oxford and Melbourne. Based at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, he has been consultant for 24 years. With a wide cranial and spinal practice, he has subspecialty interests in skull base tumours, oncology and vascular disease. He devised and runs the Oxford Skull Base Practice and is a member of the NFII clinic, a nationally co-ordinated regional service. Research has led to publication of over 40 peer reviewed articles and 15 book chapters. He was Co-Principal Investigator in the MRC funded International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). The publication of this trial has led to a global change in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, with invitations to speak to learned societies from all over the world. Active in management, and a recently trained civil and commercial mediator, he has been Lead Clinician of the Neurosurgical Department, Clinical Centre Chairman of the Radcliffe Infirmary and Chairman of the Relocation Steering Committee of Services to the John Radcliffe Hospital. Elected to the Council of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS) in 2003, he was appointed Treasurer of the SBNS in 2010 and Member of the Neurosurgical SAC in 2011. He is President-Elect of the SBNS, taking up office of President of the SBNS from September 2014. With interests in co-operation between the specialist surgical associations, audit and surgical outcome data, he was elected to council of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013.

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.

Vivien Lees MB, BChir, MD, FRCS, FRCS(Plast)

Vivien Lees

Consultant Plastic Surgeon Professor Vivien Lees was elected to College Council in 2014. She is Professor of Plastic Surgery at Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester where she is specialty lead and has clinical interests in hand surgery including wrist, rheumatoid and children’s hand disorders. Her principal scientific interests are in functional anatomy of the distal radioulnar joint and forearm biomechanics. She gave the Hunterian Oration at the College in 2010 on this work. She is past Editor of the European Journal of Hand Surgery. Professor Lees was an undergraduate in Oxford and undertook clinical studies in Cambridge qualifying in 1985. She underwent plastic surgery training in Billericay and Leeds/Bradford before undertaking an overseas fellowship in Louisville, Kentucky. Having previously served as Chair of the SAC Plastic Surgery, Professor Lees has been an active member of the Councils of BAPRAS, BSSH and BAAPS. She has also acted as Examiner for the Intercollegiate Specialty examination in Plastic Surgery. Professor Lees is President British Society for Surgery of the Hand for 2014/15. She has particular interests in the development of educational programmes and led the development of the Postgraduate Diploma in Hand Surgery and the rewriting and reconfiguration of the Plastic Surgery Curriculum in its current modular format. Duties on College Council include Academic & Research Committee, Patient Safety Committee and International Committee. She is particularly concerned with issues of access to surgical careers of the UK in the face of rising costs of training. Recreations include hill walking, PPL, history and pottery.

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

Fiona Myint

Fiona Myint is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon based at the Royal Free Hospital in London. Having qualified at Guy’s Hospital, she trained in General and Vascular Surgery in London. She has a keen interest in surgical education having been a Surgical Tutor, Trust Divisional Director of Education, Trust Undergraduate Teaching Lead, Core Surgery Training Programme Director, General Surgery Training Programme Director and General Surgery SAC member. Fiona has been involved in undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum development and has been an examiner for MB BS and the MRCS for many years. She has sat on the National Selection Boards for both Core Surgery and General Surgery and holds a Masters in Clinical Education and SFHEA. She is keen to encourage undergraduates into surgical training and is the patron of the UCL Surgical Society. More recently she has developed the Harvard Surgical Leadership Program for Harvard Medical School. She was most honoured when the late Professor Jerry Kirk asked her to update his book ‘Basic Surgical Techniques’ and was pleased that he lived to see the book win the BMJ Book Prize for Surgery in 2019. Above all she is a full-time practicing Vascular Surgeon serving the populations of the Royal Free and the Whittington Hospitals.

Timothy A Rockall MB BS FRCS MD

Timothy Rockall

Tim Rockall qualified in Medicine at Guys Hospital London in 1988. He undertook a period of research at The Royal College of Surgeons of England and trained predominantly in the North West Thames region. He was appointed Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London in the department of Surgical Technology and Oncology and Honorary Consultant at St. Mary's Hospital in 2000 and then Consultant Surgeon at The Royal Surrey County Hospital Guildford in 2003. He was appointed Professor of Surgery at Surrey University in 2004. He specialises in laparoscopic gastrointestinal surgery and has a particular interest and expertise in laparoscopic colorectal surgery. He has held the position of Director of the Minimal Access Therapy Unit (mattu) in Guildford since 2003 and also has an active research programme within the fields of minimally invasive surgery, new technology and enhanced recovery after surgery. He is a past President of The Association of Laparoscopic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. Tim Rockall was elected to Council in 2015.

Nick Phillips FRCS (SBNS representative)

Nick Phillips

Nick Phillips has been a neurosurgeon in Leeds since 1997. He previously trained in molecular biology in London with an interest in neurochemistry. He trained in Medicine in Edinburgh and Surgery in Leeds under the old system. His postgraduate training has been in Melbourne, Pittsburgh, Marseille and Stockholm. In Leeds he was Clinical Director of neurosurgery for seven years and is currently the training program director for neurosurgery in Yorkshire and Humberside. His specialist clinical interests are endoscopic surgery for pituitary tumours and radiosurgery for benign intracranial tumours. He is a council member of the Society of British Neurosurgeons with a special interest in national audit and outcomes. Appointed to Council of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2015 he is proud to represent neurosurgery. He is neurosurgical lead for the GIRFT program.

Ananda Nanu FRCS


Ananda Nanu trained in the north-east of England and Liverpool, completing a masters degree in Orthopaedic surgery. He led the reconstruction of the pelvic and acetabular service in Sunderland, providing a surgical service for the management of this complex traumatic injury until the establishment of the MTC in Newcastle. He was a Council Member of the British Orthopaedic Association from 2013 to 2018 and president of the association for 2017-2018. He has contributed to a number of reputable publications, and is a chapter author of the Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedics (2011). He runs a private practice from Spire Washington Hospital.

Stella Vig BSc (Hons), MBBCh, FRCSEng, FRCSEd, MCh, FRCS(Gen Surg)

Stella Vig

Stella Vig is a Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon at Croydon University Hospital. She was born in Bangor, North Wales and trained at the University of Wales College of Medicine, undertaking an intercalated BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and qualifying in 1991. She undertook research culminating in an MCh at St Georges Hospital, London. She was appointed as a consultant in 2006. Stella has a strong interest in training and encouraging medical students and foundation years to pursue a career in surgery. She is keen to ensure that all trainees, whether male or female, are able to develop a harmonious balance between family and career. She has been the Foundation Program Director at Croydon Univesity Hospital for 10 years and holds many roles including those of Core Surgery and Higher Surgery Training Programme Director, JCST Chair for Core Surgery and General Surgery SAC member. Stella was awarded the NHS Leadership Academy London Mentor of the Year in 2015. She was also named as one of the Women of the Year. She is one of three Clinical Directors for Croydon and is keen to see efficiency and excellence in patient care within the NHS. She is passionate about foot problems in patients with renal and diabetic disease and won the BMJ Leadership Award in 2010. She Co-Chairs the London Diabetic Foot Network within the Diabetes Strategic Clinical Network and is a trustee for the College of Chiropodists and Podiatrists. She was elected to Council in 2016.

Bill Allum FRCS

William Allum was elected to Council in 2017. He is Consultant Upper GI surgeon at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London. Following undergraduate and postgraduate training in Birmingham, he spent time at MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Houston, Texas. His main area of clinical interests is in oesophageal and gastric cancer, with a focus on perioperative multimodality therapy and has written and lectured extensively on upper GI cancer. He is the past President of the Association of Upper GI Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (AUGIS). He is currently Chair of NHS England Specialist Cancer Surgery Clinical Reference Group. He is a member of the Board of the European Society of Surgical Oncology and Council member of the International Gastric Cancer Association as joint coordinator of the European chapter. He has had a career long interest in training and has been Chair of the General Surgery SAC, Director of the Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP) and latterly Chair of the Joint Committee on Surgical Training. He is the Council lead for the Improving Surgical Training pilot project. He has recently been appointed visiting Professor at the new Kent and Medway Medical School. He has also worked with the GMC Education division and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, jointly chairing the working group on the implementation of the GMC Generic Professional Capabilities and currently chairing the Flexibility and Transferability in postgraduate medical training working group.

Peter Friend FRCS


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Richard Page FRCS (SCTS representative)


Consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital since 1994  General Thoracic Surgery Special Clinical Interests Organizational aspects of general thoracic surgery Thoracic surgery standards and service development Research Interests: National variations in lung cancer surgery Monitoring of thoracic surgical outcomes National Responsibilities: President, Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB and Ireland Joint College Representative, SAC in cardiothoracic surgery Examiner and examiner assessor Intercollegiate Board of Royal Colleges of Surgeons, NICE specialty advisor Cardiothoracic Lead, Invited Review Mechanism, Royal College of Surgeons of England Thoracic Surgical Lead Reviewer, Parliamentary Ombudsman Thoracic Surgery Specialist Adviser, CQC

Farah Bhatti FRCS


Professor Farah Bhatti is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon at Morriston Hospital, Swansea and the Equality and Diversity Director and Careers Lead for Graduate Entry Medicine at Swansea University Medical School. She read Medicine at Somerville College, Oxford and completed her clinical training at Jesus College, Cambridge. She trained at a number of prestigious units including The Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals, and has an MD in Transplantation from Cambridge. She is passionate about teaching, training and equality. She is an Examiner for the FRCS(CTh) and Chair of the Women in Surgery Forum at the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Eric Nicholls FRACS, FRCS (BAPS representative)


I have been a consultant paediatric surgeon and BAPS Council member for over 20 years and have endeavoured to make a contribution not only towards the care of children, but also towards the excellence and development of the Profession. My wife is a GP partner in Putney. We have 4 children at university and an old yellow Labrador who needs two walks a day. For over 4 years, I was training/education lead and STC representative at St George’s Hospital. I was lead clinician for almost 6 years and was chairman of the SGH Children’s Surgery Group for over 7 years. I remain a full time paediatric surgeon at St George’s Hospital and also operate at the Royal Marsden and Royal Surrey County Hospitals. I have represented BAPS on the Children’s Committee of the BMA and on the Intercollegiate Specialty Exam Board for almost 5 years. I have been an examiner and most recently, have been privileged to have been the Chairman of the ISB. During my time as Chairman I sat on the JCIE and I also attended the SAC meetings. The role of Specialty Representative to the Royal College of Surgeons of England is a significant one and I welcome the opportunity to continue representing BAPS in a communicative and insightful manner.

Peter Sagar FRCS


Professor Pete Sagar qualified from Leeds Medical School with Honours, after initially gaining a First Class Honours degree in Pathology. He trained in Leeds completing an MD in IBD surgery, for which he won the Patey Prize at the Surgical Research Society, Liverpool and the Mayo Clinic where he was Chief Resident before joining the staff at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds where he has enthusiastically developed laparoscopic surgery as well as a tertiary practice in advanced/recurrent colorectal cancer. He has previously been Hon. Secretary of ACPGBI, Director of Emergency Surgery ASGBI, Regional Director for Royal College of Surgeons of England and on the Specialist Advisory Committee for General Surgery. He is currently President-in Waiting for ACPGBI and the Specialist Society (ASGBI) Council Member at the Royal College of Surgeons. He is a Consultant Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Professor of Colorectal Surgery at The University of Leeds and has published over 200 papers and 30 book chapters.

Paul Spraggs FRCS (ENT UK representative)


Paul Spraggs qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1987 and trained in Otolaryngology at the Middlesex Hospital and Royal National ENT Hospitals, Charing Cross and the Royal Marsden Hospitals with fellowships in Helsinki and Miami. He was appointed as Consultant ENT surgeon at Hampshire Hospitals NHSFT in 1998 and as Head and Neck surgeon at Royal Surrey County Hospital in 2007. He has been Clinical Director for Head and Neck services in Hampshire Hospitals since 2012. He has held the positions of Training Programme Director and served on the SAC for Otolaryngology during which time he was integral in the rewriting of the Otolaryngology Curriculum. He is Chair of the Reconstructive and Aesthetic Training Interface Group (TIG). Moreover, he has been an examiner for the JCIE since 2011 and been on the question writing and standard setting committee

Stephen Dover FDSRCS, FRCS (BAOMS representative)


Stephen Dover qualified in medicine and dentistry from the University of Birmingham. He undertook training in Liverpool and London, passing his Fellowship in Dental Surgery in 1984 and his FRCS in 1992, both from RCS England. Stephen completed specialist training in oral and maxillofacial surgery and following cleft and craniofacial fellowships was appointed as a consultant to both the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s Hospitals in 1996. He continues to work in both of these centres where his practice is based on the management of complex paediatric and adult facial deformity. Stephen was a former Chair of the SAC in OMFS and a past President of both the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and the European Society of Craniofacial Surgery.

John Skinner FRCS, FRCS(Orth) (BOA representative)


John Skinner qualified at King’s College Hospital School of Medicine in 1988. He was appointed a senior lecturer at the Institute of Orthopaedics in 1999 and Consultant at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, before becoming Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2004 he was awarded the ABC travelling fellowship to the United States of America. He is a member of the International Hip Society (100 members worldwide). His research interests have included DVT prevention, metal on metal hips and aspects of reconstruction and implant design after lower limb surgery. At the RNOH Stanmore he has chaired the Infection Control Committee and the Medical Staff Committee. He chaired the MHRA Expert Advisory Committee advising on metal bearing hips for 10 years and has been the advisor to the British Hip Society and the BOA on metal hips for the last 15 years. He is a co-director of the London Implant Retrieval Centre. He has served as President of the British Hip Society. He is a Trustee and Vice President of the British Orthopaedic Association and a Trustee of ARMA (Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance). He sits on the NICE guideline committee on joint replacement surgery. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Bone and Joint Journal and reviews papers for seven journals worldwide.

Jonathan Glass FRCS (BAUS representative)


Jonathan Glass qualified from St Mary’s Hospital medical School, London in 1989. He became a fellow of this college in 1993, and in 1999 was appointed as a consultant urologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals. He has a special interest in kidney stone disease, particularly stone disease in patients with complex neurological disorders and operates on children with kidney stones at the Evelina Children’s hospital. He has been a training programme director for South Thames, has sat on the Surgical Advisory Committee in urology, and has been a committee member of the Section of Endourology of the British Association of Urological Surgeons (BAUS), holding the position of chair of that committee from 2017-2019. He is a member BAUS council and was elected by BAUS membership to be the representative of BAUS to the Council of the RCS in 2019. As well as publishing on various aspects of urinary tract stone disease, Jonathan also writes opinion pieces for the British Medical Journal and other journals.

Victoria Pegna MRCS


Victoria Pegna is an ST6 LTFT general surgery registrar at Brighton & Sussex University Hospital. She has a Biology BSc from UCL and MSc in Neuroscience, then carrying out her medical degree at Imperial College. She completed her junior years at St Mary’s, leaving to work in trauma in Sydney, Australia before returning to core training in Bristol. She took her registrar post in KSS and has an interest in trauma; having carried out a 3 month and 6 week placement in Cape Town and at HEMs The London respectively. She is a member of and sits on the charitable panel for the McNee awards to medical students at the Worshipful Company of Barbers. She gives career lectures to A-Level students at inner city state schools to promote medical school applicants.

Stephen Porter FDSRCS


Professor Stephen Porter is Institute Director and Professor of Oral Medicine of UCL Eastman Dental Institute and a past President of the European Association of Oral Medicine and the British Society for Oral Medicine. He is a past Senior Vice Dean of the Regional Advisor of the Faculty of Dentistry of RCS England and is presently the Regional Advisor of the Faculty for North London. His clinical interests are the medical management of disorders of the oral mucosa, salivary glands and abnormalities of orofacial sensation. His research interests include the diagnosis and management of potentially malignant disease of the mouth and the treatment of immunologically mediated disease of the mouth and salivary glands.

Ahmed Ahmed PhD FRCS

Ahmed Ahmed

Mr Ahmed Ahmed is a Consultant Bariatric Surgeon at St Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT). After qualifying from UCL Medical School, he trained in general and upper GI surgery in London and at Stanford University (surgical resident) and the University of Rochester (MIS Fellowship) in the US. His main areas of interest are in complex revisional bariatric surgeries. He trains other surgeons in the field of bariatric surgery, runs the RCS senior clinical fellowship in bariatric surgery at ICHT and is on the faculty of numerous courses on bariatric surgery. Ahmed is actively involved in bariatric surgery research having completed a PhD degree in mechanisms of complications after gastric bypass surgery at Imperial College London. He is a clinical senior lecturer at Imperial College London and has more than 200 publications in peer reviewed journals. His research interests include bariatric embolisation (EMBIO trial), low pressure surgery, the OR Black Box, tele-monitoring of patients post discharge and internal hernias. He was recently awarded a NIHR EME grant for his EMBIO trial. He is the clinical specialty lead for surgery for NW London and is a member of council of the British Obesity and Metabolic Surgery Society (BOMSS).

Peter Brennan FDSRCS FRCS

Peter Brennan

Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Portsmouth, specialising in head and neck oncology with a personal chair for his research and education achievements. He is a committed trainer and educator, collaborating across specialties and disciplines. Peter is Lead Editor of the new Gray’s Surgical Anatomy textbook and supervises important MRCS predictive validity and differential attainment research for the four Surgical Colleges. He has been Surgical Specialty Association (BAOMS) President, Chairman of the English College Court of Examiners and Intercollegiate Committee Chair for MRCS and DOHNS. He has recently led the MRCS major review. Peter is interested in human factors (HF) and patient safety, establishing unique collaborations with airline pilots, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team (Red Arrows). His work improves practice across surgical and medical specialties and includes reducing hierarchy, enhancing team working and raising awareness of many personal factors to reduce medical error. In 2019, he was awarded a PhD entitled ‘Applying HF to Improve Patient Safety.’ He promotes equality, women in surgery, trainees and SAS grades at every opportunity. Peter says that he 'is humbled, honoured, slightly daunted but excited at this great opportunity to join College Council'.

Rachel Hargest

Rachel Hargest

Rachel Hargest is an academic colorectal surgeon at the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative. Her clinical interests include anal cancer and AIN, advanced colorectal cancer, polyposis and other familial cancers and intestinal failure, for which the team in Cardiff won the BMJ Gastroenterology Team of the Year Award 2015. She is an expert teacher and trainer of students and junior surgeons. In 2019 she was awarded the inaugural FST Medal by the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of RCS Edinburgh in recognition of exceptional and long-standing contribution to surgical training. In 2017 she was presented with the Silver Scalpel Award, given by ASIT to the best surgical trainer in the UK. Her research interests include genetic changes in colorectal, gastric and lung cancer metastases, early diagnosis of colorectal cancer, gene therapy, anal fistula and the role of guidelines in controlling surgical practice. She supervises both MD and PhD students in Cardiff and Beijing. She is a trustee of SARS, and a member of many professional associations, including ACPGBI, ASGBI, BSG, Royal Society of Medicine (Past President of Surgery Section 2016-17, and former Trustee 2012-19) and The British Society of Gene and Stem Cell Therapy.

Ian Loftus FRCS

Ian Loftus

Professor Ian Loftus was trained as an academic vascular surgeon in Leicester and moved to London to help develop a regional complex aortic surgery programme. He is now Professor of Vascular Surgery at St George’s, University of London. He is Past-President of the Vascular Society of Great Britain and Ireland and the British Society for Endovascular Therapy. He has been involved in the development of the UK National Vascular Registry (NVR) including publication of outcomes, and is Chair of the NVR Programme Board. He is currently Deputy-Chair of the National Clinical Reference Group for vascular surgery. Other roles include Regional Director of the National Aneurysm Screening Programme, past Clinical Tutor for Critical Care at the Royal College of Surgeons of England, past Chair of the UK Vascular Society Committee for Audit and Quality Improvement, and member of the Department of Health working party on peri-operative care. Professor Loftus has published over 250 articles, is co-author of the 2018 European guidelines for the management of aortic aneurysms and co-editor of the Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice, ‘Vascular and Endovascular Surgery’. He cares passionately for the profession of surgery and the wellbeing of those that work within it.

Frank Smith FRCS

Frank Smith

Professor Frank Smith is Professor of Vascular Surgery and Surgical Education at the University of Bristol. He trained in Vascular Surgery in the West Midlands, Edinburgh and the South West, undertaking travelling fellowships to Boston, Denver, Los Angeles and Seattle. He was a recipient of an RCS England research pump-priming grant and College Tutor for Basic Surgical Skills. He has been a member of the Vascular Society Council and Training Committee, both General and Vascular SACs, Lead for National Vascular Trainee Selection, and President of the Section of Surgery at the Royal Society of Medicine. He chaired the South West (Severn and Peninsular) Regional Surgical Training Committee. In 2006 he was appointed Programme Director for CORESS. His interests in surgical safety have since included roles with NCEPOD; NHS England Never Events Task Force; developing the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs); and as editorial advisor to RCS England Safety Bulletins. He is currently Chair of ICBSE on behalf of the four Royal Colleges of Surgeons, and a member of the NICE Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee. His interests away from surgery include his family and triathlon. He has over 1,000 hours as a private pilot, and around 1.800 skydives.

Lasantha Wijesinghe FRCS

Lasanthe Wijesinghe

Lasantha Wijesinghe (known to friends and colleagues as Wije) was born in Sri Lanka and graduated from Cambridge University in 1989 where he was awarded the Lewin Prize in Surgery. His House jobs were in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds. He went on to work at the Accident Hospital in Birmingham followed by a year as Demonstrator under Prof. Harold Ellis. An SHO rotation in Addenbrooke’s Hospital led to his FRCS in 1994, followed by a Calman Registrar rotation in Yorkshire. Here he cemented his interest in vascular surgery having worked in York, Scarborough, Hull and the two major centres in Leeds. He subsequently won the Gold Medal of the ASGBI in the FRCS (Gen) examination and was awarded his MD Thesis from Leeds University. In 2002 he was appointed to his post as Consultant Vascular Surgeon in Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Wije has served on the Council of the Vascular Society, as Regional Professional Advisor for the RCS and examines for the FRCS and FEBVS examinations. Wije is married with three adult children, none of whom have the remotest interest in surgery. He has a strong interest in the training and education of junior doctors, physician’s associates, nurses, and is a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University. In his spare time he is a volunteer and sponsor of several Christian and secular organisations, an enthusiastic cricketer and a fair-weather walker.

Invited Members

Bryony Lovett (Chair of the Court of Examiners)

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Vinita Shekar MFDS (SAS representative)


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Josh Burke (ASIT President)

Josh is an ST3 in General Surgery In Yorkshire, and is currently completing his PhD investigating gastrointestinal anastomotic leak through an RCSEng and Bowel Cancer UK funded clinical research fellowship at The University of Leeds. After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2015, he completed his Academic Foundation Training at in East London through an honorary research fellowship at The National Institute of Bowel Research. Prior to coming out of programme, he completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Leeds and a post-graduate certificate in Medical Education and Health Research. His interests include gastrointestinal anastomotic leak, abdominal wall reconstruction and trauma surgery. He is the current President of The Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT), postgraduate lead for the NIHR MedTech Foundation, Associate Trainee Editor for the RCSEng Bulletin, Vice-Chair of the White Rose Surgical Research Collaborative and former steering committee member of STARSurg UK.

Tricia Campbell (BOTA representative)

Tricia Campbell

Tricia Campbell is an orthopaedic registrar in the North East. She is currently out of programme, working as a Leadership and Management Fellow at Health Education England (HEE). In this role she has chaired her local Trainee Executive Forum, quality assessed the Foundation Programme locally, sat on ARCP appeals panels, and been a part of national programmes of work focused on improving trainee experience and wellbeing. Tricia was elected BOTA President in November 2019. Prior to this she was BOTA Secretary and also their BMA representative. Medical education is an area that Tricia is passionate about. She is currently working on her Master’s dissertation which will explore the reasons for different attainment among surgical trainees.

John Brecknell FRCS (Heads of Schools representative)


After acting as the deputy head of school since 2015, John Brecknell took up the head of school role in Aug 2017. He is a Neurosurgeon working in Romford and has had various roles in other areas of medical education including leading the final MBBS year of Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, and co-editing the 2017 core surgical curriculum. He currently chairs the Core Surgical Training Advisory Committee of the JCST.

Nigel Mercer FRCS, (FSSA President)


Nigel was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, in 1991. He is the President of the Federation of the Surgical Specialist Associations (FSSA) and chairs the Surgical Forum of Great Britain and Ireland. He is the first International Board Member for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Past President of British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS 2015-16) and has also been President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and twice the President of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS). Nigel also chairs the group advising the MHRA (British Government) about BIA-ALCL and sits on the Breast Implant Registry Steering Group. He chairs the steering group of the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England and also the European Cleft Organization. Nigel is the lead assessor for the Certification Scheme in Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and a founding member of the board of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority (CPSA).

Sue Denmark (PLG Chair)

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