Council Members

The College’s Members of Council come from a range of surgical disciplines and represent the diverse interests across the profession. Members of Council are elected by the breadth of the College membership and serve a five-year term. They are eligible for a second consecutive term of office. A Trainee representative and an SAS representative are also elected to the College’s Council by their respective membership of the College. The Chief Executive also sits on the College Council.

The following are current members of the RCSEd Council:

  • Mr Stuart ClarkMr Stuart Clark is a full time NHS Consultant in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Central Manchester. He was elected to Council in 2016. He is actively involved in examinations, education, the Regional Advisory Network and International Medical Graduates.

  • Ms Claire EdwardsMs Claire Edwards is a Consultant Hand and Trauma surgeon at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital since 2010. She is Chair of the Trauma and Orthopaedics Surgical Specialty Board and sits on the Research and Awards Committee of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Claire is Director of Core Surgical Education for HEEoE, a member of the Trauma and Orthopaedics ST3 National Selection Design Group, and is active in research.

  • Professor Nirmal KumarProfessor Nirmal Kumar is President for ENT UK and Consultant ENT surgeon at WWL Teaching NHS Foundation Trust where he is also Director of Medical Education. Regionally, he leads the ENT North West research network (GM CRN) for NIHR in addition to being Honorary Clinical Professor at Edge Hill University Medical School. He is FRCS (ORL) examiner of the Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers Edinburgh, Fellow of the Indian Academy of ORL-HNS, and Fellow of Academy of Medical Educators. He is MD, MCh, PhD examiner for several Universities in the UK and abroad, delivered invited and key note lectures around the world and has published extensively in the medical literature.

  • Professor Philip TurnerProfessor Philip Turner has been a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon based at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, UK since 1990. He is the Senior Surgeon in the department and specialises in all aspects of knee surgery. He was elected to Council in 2019. He has previously been the North West Orthopaedic Training Programme Director, Head of the HENW School of Surgery, Chair of the Confederation of Post-Graduate Schools of Surgery and Chair of the BOA Training Standards and Curriculum Committee. He has been involved in surgical education throughout his career and was awarded the Fellowship of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers of the RCS Edinburgh in 2016.

  • Mr Tim GrahamMr Timothy Graham is a Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon and Senior Lecturer in Clinical Surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, University of Birmingham and Royal Centre for Defence Medicine UK and a Civilian Consultant Cardiac Surgeon to the British Army. He’s a joint founder of the National Birmingham Review course in Cardiothoracic surgery and the National Birmingham Professional Development Course. He’s also a joint founder and convenor of the Asian Cardiothoracic Surgery Specialty Update Course (ACSSUC). Received Honorary Fellowship of Indian Association of Cardiothoracic and Vascular surgeons in 2011 and Distinguished Surgeon Award from Academy of Medicine Singapore in 2013.

  • Mr Haroon RehmanMr Haroon Rehman is the Trainee Committee Representative on RCSEd Council and a Specialty Registrar (ST8) in Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary where he sits on the department’s clinical governance and training committees. Haroon has a special interest in patient safety, teaching, and training, and is a trainee lead for NHS Grampian. Haroon has a subspecialist interest in lower limb trauma and arthroplasty, and will start a Fellowship at Wrightington Hospital in August 2021.

  • Mr Ian HawthornMr Ian Hawthorn is a Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon at the University Hospital of North Durham. He has been heavily involved in examinations for the College for many years and was RSA for the Northern Region for five years. He is the Convener of Examinations for the College (2017 to 2020) and sits on numerous College committees and represents the College on national examination committees.

  • Dr Sunil KumarDr Sunil Kumar is a Senior Consultant and HOD Surgery in Tata Main Hospital, Jamshedpur, India, and an FRCS/MRCS examiner for the College. In 2015, he was awarded the Excellence in Medical Education prize from India’s National Board of Examinations.

  • Mr Ahmed NassefMr Ahmed Nassef Consultant Vascular Surgeon/Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust.

  • Ms Anna PaisleyMiss Anna Paisley is a Consultant General and Upper GI Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. She has a particular interest in surgical recruitment, training and assessment. She was Regional Surgical Adviser for South East Scotland for 4 years, is current Year One Director of the Edinburgh Surgical Sciences Qualification and was elected onto Council in 2015.

  • Professor Robin PatonProfessor Robin Paton is is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (with a special interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics) and is based at the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital. He holds an honorary chair at UCLAN and was awarded the King James IV Professorship in 2016. He has active involvement in the Intercollegiate and International FRCS (T & O) examinations, undergraduate/postgraduate education and research. A Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, he has twice been voted the North West of England, Orthopaedic Trainer of the Year.

  • Professor Angus WatsonProfessor Angus Watson is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and Caithness General Hospital, Wick. He has been Director of Research, Development and Innovation in NHS Highland since 2010 and holds honorary chairs at the Universities of Aberdeen, Stirling and the Highlands and Islands. He is a national Clinical Advisor for Health and Social Care Innovation. He has over 170 peer reviewed publications and a grant income of over £8.7 million.

  • Professor Janet WilsonProfessor Janet Wilson is Professor of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. Her subspecialty interests include voice, swallowing and patient reported outcomes development. She is an experienced College Examiner and Examiner Assessor, and a past adviser to women in surgical training.

  • Mr Bassam Al-KariMr Bassam Al-Kari has been a consultant HPB and laparoscopic surgeon at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary since 2008. He specialises in complex liver, pancreas and biliary surgery with a specialist interest in advanced laparoscopic surgical techniques. Mr Al-Kari contributed to the establishment and development of the HPB MDT, the introduction of a one-stop gallstone clinic and the chronic pancreatitis clinic at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Mr Al-Kari holds an academic appointment at the University of Aberdeen as a senior lecturer and is on the board of examiners at the RCSEd. Mr Al-Kari has a special interest in education and training for undergraduates and postgraduates and holds a role of clinical and educational supervisor for post-graduate surgical trainees and the regional lead for IST CST pilot.

  • Mr Christopher CaddyMr Christopher Caddy is a Consultant Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He was elected to Council in 2019. An Edinburgh graduate with international training in South Africa, Australia, and USA. His interests include Education and Training, Leadership and Quality Improvement. He is a Fellows Representative on the Advisory Board, Faculty of Surgical Trainers and a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Educators. He is involved with NOTSS training, FLOW and individual coaching.

  • Mr Zahid Raza Mr Zahid Raza is a Consultant Vascular Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. His particular interests include vascular access and open aortic surgery. He is the past Deputy Convenor of RCSEd Exams as well as the Regional Surgical Advisor for Edinburgh. He has an interest in postgraduate exams and teaching. He runs the Edinburgh MRCS prep course nationally and internationally and has been an examiner for the college since 2004.


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