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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.

  • Mr Roger CurrieMr Roger Currie is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Ayrshire with sessions at the QE University Hospital in Glasgow. He was elected to Council in 2010 and has responsibility for the Colleges Regional Adviser networks and Trainees. A Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers, he is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow, Clinical Lead for Skin Cancer West of Scotland and Immediate Past Chair of the Scottish Oral and Maxillofacial Society.

  • Ms Victoria DobieVictoria Dobie is an Associate Specialist in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Borders General Hospital in Melrose. Since 2011 she has served on the College SAS and Locum Consultant Committee and has been the SAS representative on the Orthopaedic Surgery Speciality Group since 2012.

  • Professor Simon FrostickProfessor Simon Frostick is Professor of Orthopaedics in Liverpool and Honorary Consultant at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. In 2013, he became an adviser to the College on International Curriculum Development and hopes to bring to Council his experience and knowledge as a practicing clinician with an international reputation as a shoulder and elbow surgeon.

  • 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 Sanjay GuptaMr Sanjay Gupta is a Consultant General Surgeon at Lister Hospital, Stevenage, and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at University College London. He is currently Clinical Sub-Dean at the Cambridge Medical School, University of Cambridge. He was elected to the College Council in 2015 and currently a member of the College Standards and ESSQ Committee. His special interests include upper GI and laparoscopic surgery. He is actively involved in the medical education and training and has been a College examiner since 2010.

  • 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.

  • Ms Clare McNaughtMs Clare McNaught is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon. She was elected to Council in 2014 and was Regional Advisor for Yorkshire for three years. Clare is a College examiner, is on a number of College committees and was Chair of the Younger Fellows' Committee. She is Editor of Surgeons' News.

  • 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 an Orthopaedic Surgeon with a special interest in Paediatric Orthopaedics and works in East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust. He qualified from the University of Glasgow in 1980 and underwent his surgical training in London, Manchester and Stuttgart. He is passionate on training and research: he has been voted the Orthopaedic North West Trainer of the Year twice by NWOTA and was awarded the King James IV Professorship in 2016.

  • 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 David RidingMr David Riding is a vascular surgeon from Chorlton, Manchester, has previously held a post in Mbarara University Hospital, Uganda in 2012 and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester. Mr Riding has led the successful application to HMRC to allow tax exemption for the FRCS examination. Mr Riding was awarded Med Surgical Education (Merit) from Imperial College London in 2016 and completed his HENW Medical Education Fellowship in 2015.

  • Mr Sai Krishna VittalMr Sai Krishna Vittal is a Consultant Endocrine Surgeon based in Chennai, India. His major area of interest is in Parathyroid Surgery. He is one of the International Surgical Advisers from India and Convenor of MRCS(Ed) Examinations in Chennai. He has been a College examiner since 2011 and has worked extensively on behalf of the College, especially in the field of assessment and education. He is actively involved in The Association of Surgeons of India, Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons and International College of Surgeons, Indian Section. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka in 2017.

  • 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.

  • Ms Alison RooneyMs Alison Rooney joined the College as Chief Executive in October 2008. Prior to this, she worked in both the private and public sectors, holding senior management and governance roles in industry, education and the Civil Service. Alison is Company Secretary for each of the College's companies. The Chief Executive attends Council meetings.


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