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Council Members

There are 16 members of Council who come from a range of surgical disciplines and who represent 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 is also elected to Council by the Membership of the College.

The following are current members of the RCSEd Council:

  • Mr Charles AuldMr Charles Auld is a Consultant General Surgeon at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. He has served on several College Committees and is a past Chairman of the General Surgery SSG. He has an interest in the provision of safe emergency general surgical services throughout the UK in an era of increasing specialisation and how this might be achieved.

  • Mr Roger CurrieMr Roger Currie is a Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Ayrshire with sessions at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow. He was elected to Council in 2010 and has responsibility for the Colleges Regional Surgical Adviser nework.

  • 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 Alastair GibsonMr Alastair Gibson is a Consultant Spinal Surgeon practising in Edinburgh, elected to Council in 2012. A College examiner for eight years, he has diverse interests in Clinical Research and Training with specialist expertise in minimally invasive surgery.

  • 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.

  • Professor S Michael Griffin OBEProfessor S Michael Griffin OBE is a full-time NHS Consultant Surgeon with an Upper GI interest. He developed the Northern Oesophago-Gastric Cancer Unit which is now the largest in Europe and North America. He is also Chair in Surgery at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • Miss Elaine GriffithsMiss Elaine Griffiths is a Cardiothoracic Surgeon, elected to Council in 2006 and re-elected 2011. Formerly on professional standards committee and currently on finance and development; resource and monitoring; and remunerations committees. She authored the College Single Equality Scheme.

  • Mr Sanjay GuptaMr Sanjay Gupta Consultant General Surgeon, Lister Hospital, Stevenage, and Clinical Sub-Dean, Cambridge Medical School.

  • Ms Clare McNaughtMs Clare McNaught is a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon based at Scarborough Hospital. 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 is Chair of the Younger Fellows Committee.

  • 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 Rowan ParksProfessor Rowan Parks is a Consultant HPB Surgeon. Serving on the Council since 2009, he has been the lead for revalidation and organised the Lister Centenary Meeting 2012 and President's Meeting 2013 - 2015. He has a significant interest in medical education & training and is currently Deputy Medical Director of NHS Education for Scotland.

  • Mr Simon Paterson-BrownMr Simon Paterson-Brown is Consultant General and Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. A Council member since 2011, his main interests are in emergency, laparoscopic and upper gastro-intestinal surgery and in surgical training/assessment and patient safety issues in surgery.

  • Mr Pala B RajeshMr Pala B Rajesh is a Consultant Thoracic Surgeon at the Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham. He was elected to Council in 2012. He is presently the Chairman of the SSG in Cardiothoracic Surgery and Lead Convenor of the Overseas Examinations in Cardiothoracic Surgery.

  • Mr Stephen WigmoreMr Stephen Wigmore Professor of Transplantation Surgery, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and Clinical Director, General Surgery and Transplantation, NHS Lothian 2009–2015.

  • 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.

  • Ms Alice HartleyMs Alice Hartley is an ST5 in Urology in the North East of England, currently in her second year of a PhD looking at prostate cancer biomarkers. She has been a member of the College Trainees' Committee since 2013 and is actively involved with various College educational activities, including the Urology training project in Myanmar. From November 2015 she is the Trainee member of Council and will chair of the Trainees' Committee during her term.

  • 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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