Speaker biographies by 48YM6JC2


									                                  The Royal College of Surgeons of England
                                  Regional Representatives Meeting
                                  Wednesday 10th November 2010

                                    Speaker Biographies

Mr John Black
President of The Royal College of Surgeons of England
John Black was elected as President of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2008 and
appointed for the subsequent three years, subject to annual re-election by the College Council.
He qualified from Cambridge University via St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in 1968 and
obtained the Fellowship in 1973, with an MD (Birmingham) in 1978. He was the second
President of ASiT. In 1978 he was appointed Consultant General Surgeon in Worcester, with
an interest in vascular surgery but became a “first-wave” laparoscopic surgeon in 1990. He
served as the first Medical Director of Worcester Royal Infirmary and chairs the charity that built
and runs the Charles Hastings Education Centre. He was Training Programme Director in
General Surgery in the West Midlands Region during the change to the Calman system and
joined the SAC in 1998, and was Chairman from 2004 to 2007. He was elected to the Council
of The Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2003 and served as Honorary Treasurer from
2006 to 2008.

Mr Humphrey Scott
Head of School of Surgery, Kent, Surrey & Sussex (KSS) Deanery
Humphrey Scott has been a Consultant General Surgeon at Ashford and St Peter’s Hospital,
Chertsey since 1996 and has a specialist interest area in colorectal surgery. He has also
special interests in oncology and inflammatory bowel disease. Humphrey is currently the Head
of the School of Surgery at KSS deanery as well as an Educational supervisor. He was
awarded an MA in Clinical Education in 2009 and has a major passion for medical education;
he has held previous roles as a Surgical Tutor, Chair of Medical Staff Committee and Deputy
Clinical Tutor. He also sits on the JCST as a Head of School liaison. His constant efforts to
improve the infrastructure for education delivery on the frontline, led to the early establishment
of surgical faculties within KSS with designated and funded administrative support in every trust
in the region. These structures have greatly facilitated data gathering, quality management and
improvement. He was also instrumental in getting dedicated time in the job plans for surgeon
educators in the region. He is currently leading on national recruitment plans for Core Surgery
with the Department of Health.

Miss Vicky Ridley-Pearson
Recruitment Manager, Kent, Surrey, Sussex (KSS) Deanery
Vicky Ridley-Pearson has been working for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Deanery (KSS) since
July 2009 as the (Interim) Medical Workforce Project Manager to establish and manage the
recruitment for local and national recruitment campaigns led by KSS. Vicky is the Project
Manager for National Recruitment into Core Surgical Training (CT1), ST3 Clinical Oncology
and ST3 Medical Oncology in 2011 as well as being responsible for all local recruitment into
training programmes within KSS.
Miss Helen Fernandes
Consultant Neurosurgeon Addenbrookes & Chair, WinS (Women in Surgery)
Helen Fernandes is a Consultant Neurosurgeon at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge and
Chair of the Women in Surgery Committee. She was the first female surgeon to be appointed
to Addenbrookes at the time. Helen performs a lot of general neurosurgical work, but also sub-
specialises in paediatric neurosurgery and complex spinal neurosurgery. She has been in the
post for almost three years, having transferred to Cambridge from a Senior Lecturer/Honorary
Consultant post in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, where she trained. During her training Helen took 18
months out as a Research Registrar and completed a doctorate of medicine, researching intra
cerebral haemorrhage. She was awarded a Louis Alexander Fellowship from the College as
part of the funding for her research, and used this as a stepping stone to secure a Medical
Research Council grant to fund the STITCH trial (Surgical Trial of Intra Cerebral Haemorrhage),
which has subsequently been published in 'The Lancet'. Helen has 3 children and was the first
ever Royal College Fellow to take maternity leave. She has been the Chair of WinS since

Mrs Hyun-mi Carty
Teaching & Research Registrar General Surgery, Queens Medical Centre Nottingham
Hyun-mi Carty moved to the UK from Spain for her A-level studies and graduated from The
University of Birmingham Medical School in 2002. She completed her PRHO year in
Birmingham and obtained the Certificate of Completion of Basic Surgical Training (CCBST) in
New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. Further general surgical experience was gained in
Frenchay Hospital, Bristol, during which she attained competency in performing laparoscopic
cholecystectomy. This experience in laparoscopic surgery led to the interest in her current
surgical aptitude research. She is currently working as a teaching fellow undertaking a
postgraduate degree in Medical Education and is due to commence ST3 General Surgery
training in February 2012.

Mr Robert Gilliland
Deputy Head of School, Northern Ireland
Robert Gilliland is a general surgeon with a sub speciality interest in colorectal surgery. He
undertook his initial medical training at Queen's University, Belfast and completed his MD in
1996. He completed surgical training in Northern Ireland and was a research fellow at
Cleveland Clinic Florida for 20 months. He was appointed as a Consultant Surgeon to
Altnagelvin Hospital in 1997 and moved to the Ulster Hospital Dundonald in 2008. He has
been actively involved in regional training since 1998. He was Chair of Basic Surgical Training
from 2002 until appointed as Deputy Head of School and Core Program Director in 2007.
During this time he has served on a number of intercollegiate committees in addition to the
Hospital Recognition and BST Committee of the RCSI and the Core Surgical Training Forum of
the RCSE. Robert has been actively involved in clinical and more recently educational

Mr Richard Mayes
FTSTA3 / LAT General Surgery Causeway Hospital, Northern Ireland
Richard Mayes was born in Portadown, Northern Ireland and graduated from The Queens
University of Belfast in 2004. He completed his medical elective in Jos, Nigeria and has
returned to Africa on many charitable events since. He completed his Basic Surgical Training in
the Northern Ireland Deanery and is currently training in the Causeway Hospital, Coleraine. He
wishes to pursue a career in general surgery with an interest in laparoscopic surgery.

Mr Chris Butler
Chair, Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) Part B (OSCE)
 Chris Butler is a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at Medway Hospital (North Kent).
He qualified from Westminster Hospital in 1976 after basic surgical training at St Georges,
Royal Marsden and Kingston Hospital he obtained his Fellowship in 1980 and the MS
(University of London) 1985. Middle grade and higher surgical training was in the South West
Thames region with two years spent in research in the Biomedical Engineering Department of
Kings College Hospital. He was appointed as a Consultant General Surgeon with an interest in
Vascular Surgery in 1990. He was RCS surgical tutor for Medway from 1992-2003 and a
member of the Higher Surgical Training Committee for Surrey, Sussex and London Deaneries
from 2002-2007. He was appointed to the Court of Examiners in 2001 joined the Court
Executive in 2003 as Chairman of Clinical Examinations, serving in this role until 2008 when
appointed Executive Lead for OSCE examination. Represented the College on the ICBSE
clinical group which developed the 2004 clinical examination. Member of ICBSE from 2006 and
Chairman of ICBSE Part B OSCE Committee. He has extensive experience as an examiner for
MRCS and latterly as an examinations supervisor in many centres in the UK and abroad. At
Medway Trust he is Lead Clinician and Patient Safety Lead for General Surgery.

Mr David Ward
College Council
David Ward is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Leicester Royal Infirmary. He qualified at King’s
College Hospital in 1976 and did his general surgical training in London and Brighton, and was
awarded his Fellowship in 1980. He then trained in plastic surgery at East Grinstead and in
London, being appointed as a consultant in Leicester in 1990. He has extensive experience in
examinations from the Court of Examiners and the Exit Examination, in training as a College
tutor, BST and HST chairman, and programme director, and on hospital recognition and SAC
duties. He was elected to the College's Council in 2006. His particular role is the lead for
policy, developing policies for debate and approval by Council. Between 2006 and 2008 he
chaired the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (ICBSE) which runs the
MRCS for all four surgical royal colleges. In 2008 he became the chairman of the Joint
Committee of Intercollegiate Examinations (JCIE) which is responsible for the FRCS.

Professor Brian Rowlands
DPA, East Midlands SHA
Brian Rowlands graduated from University of London/Guy’s Hospital Medical School in 1968.
He has held consultant posts in Houston, Texas, Belfast and latterly in Nottingham. He has had
a highly successful clinical practice in Hepatico-pancreatico-biliary (HPB) surgery based at the
Queen’s Medical Centre. He has been Chairman of two clinical academic departments of
surgery in the UK and also an academic division in the United States. His research interests in
surgical immunology, sepsis and nutrition have international recognition. Professor Rowlands
was the Training Programme Director (TPD) for General and Vascular Surgery in East
Midlands (North) Deanery between 2006-09. He was President of the Association of Surgeons
of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) during 2007-08. His extensive involvement with the
College has included Chairing the Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP) Working
Party and Committee and a non-trustee member of Council. He has served as UK
representative to the Board of Governors of the American College of Surgeons for six years

Mr Graham Venn
Cardiothoracic Surgeon Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London and Cardiothoracic
Graham Venn qualified from the Middlesex Hospital, University of London in 1977. He trained
in Cardiothoracic Surgery at the Brompton, Harefield, Hammersmith and Middlesex Hospitals
and was appointed at St Thomas’ Hospital in 1989. He served as clinical director for the newly
merged Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Brook units from 1993 to 1997. He co-founded the
Cardiothoracic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine in 1992. He has been a executive
member of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeon of Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS GB&I) for
two 3 years terms and was past Treasurer of the Society. He has chaired a number of sub-
committees for the SCTS GB&I and currently chairs the unified job planning committee for the

Dr Clare Gerada MBE
Chair, Royal College of General Practitioners
Dr Clare Gerada is a London-based GP and Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners
– the first female Chair of the College in 50 years. Dr Gerada has been a GP since 1992, when
she became a partner for the Hurley Clinic in South London. The practice started life in 1969 –
and remains on its current site – on the ground floor of a 19-storey housing estate in Lambeth.
She has held a number of local and national leadership positions, including Director of Primary
Care for the National Clinical Governance Team and Senior Medical Advisor to the Department
of Health. She is Medical Director of the PHP Programme and has published a number of
academic papers, articles, books and chapters. Prior to general practice, she worked in
psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital in South London, specialising in substance misuse. She
was awarded an MBE in the Millennium Birthday Honours for services to medicine and
substance misuse. Dr Gerada has a long involvement with the RCGP; she was previously Vice
Chair of College Council and immediate past Chair of the Ethics Committee. She currently
Chairs the First5 Committee, established the RCGP’s groundbreaking Substance Misuse Unit
and also leads on the strategic and logistical delivery of the RCGP Annual National
Conference, which this year takes place in Harrogate. She will use her time as RCGP Chair to
ensure that patients remain at the centre of health service and that the principles of the NHS
are maintained.


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