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 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.

  • Majid MukadamMajid Mukadam MBE joined RSCEd SASLC in May 2016 and is also member of Cardiothoracic Surgical Specialty Board. He is the SAS lead at the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust since 2011. He has a keen interest in teaching and training, did PGCE in Health Education from the University of Birmingham and is a GMC accredited Clinical Supervisor and an Appraiser for the Trust. His qualifications include MCh(CVTS) from Bombay, India and FRCS(C-Th) from United Kingdom. He works as an Associate Specialist in Cardiothoracic Transplantation and leads the cardiothoracic Retrieval service at the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham. He was recently awarded MBE by Her Majesty the Queen for his services to transplant patients. His vision is to increase representation of SAS doctors to examination boards.

  • 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 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.

  • Miss Amanda McCabeMiss Amanda McCabe FRCS(paeds) is a consultant paediatric surgeon for 13 years, based at Ninewells Hospital Dundee and Royal Hospital for Children and Young Adults, Edinburgh. Her practice specialises in lower GI (Hirschsprungs disease and anorectal anomalies). During her career she has taken a keen interest in surgical training, with particular focus on basic skills and fine motor development. She examines for MRCS (UK and overseas) and FRCS(paeds) and chairs its question writing group. She is a member of the SAC for paediatric surgery and is current chair of Surgical Speciality Board (paed surg) at RCSEd. A keen gardener and dog walker with 2 teenage sons and a very understanding husband.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Professor Krishnakumar MadhavanProfessor Krishnakumar Madhavan is a Professor of Surgery at the National University of Singapore. Senior Consultant Surgeon and Head of Department, National University Hospital , Singapore. Group Director - Surgery, National University Health System After advanced surgical training in the East of Scotland Higher Surgical Training Scheme, he was appointed as Consultant Surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, specializing in Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery and liver, kidney, and pancreas transplantation. While he held this position, he got deeply involved in RCSEd activities – mainly as Examiner for the FRCS examinations both in UK and overseas. He was also a regular tutor at the Basic Surgical Skills Course organised by RCSEd and was later sent as the College Convener for the same course in Oman. After joining the National University of Singapore, he represented RCSEd as a College Examiner until he reverted to a Singapore examiner. After having been appointed the College Auditor, he has stopped examining and taken part as auditor in the FRCS examinations of General Surgery, Neuro Surgery and Orthopaedics Surgery.

  • Alistair MountainAlistair Mountain trained at the University of Birmingham Medical School from 1987-1994. He commenced his surgical training at the Royal Hospital Haslar in 1998 and his higher training took place in the Northern training program in the NE of England. He gained the FRCS Ed (T&O) in 2009 and on award of CCT, he was appointed as a consultant @ the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine at QE UHB in 2010. He has an active passionate interest in non-technical skills and CRM within trauma teams. He is the National Clinical Director of the European Trauma Course (2015- current) and is the current International Chair of the ETCO Course Management Committee. He is also a military Regional Surgical Adviser for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

  • Michael SilvaMichael Silva is a Consultant Hepatobiliary, Pancreatic (HPB) and General Surgeon at the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Mr Silva is the Training Programme Director for Higher Surgical Trainees (General Surgery) in the Oxford Deanery and Director of the Surgical Advisory Network in the UK for RCSEd. Previously he was a Regional Surgical Advisor for Oxfordshire from 2013-2017. In these roles he organised and led the #LetsCycleIt traveling surgical symposium and set up the Foundation Trainees Surgical Societies, located throughout the UK providing a portal for foundation trainees to the College and a platform for training opportunities and career progression. He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Surgical Trainers and in recognition of exceptional service to training, received the Faculty of Surgical Trainers Medal in 2021. He is Clinical Lead for HPB surgery in Oxford and has established the Oxford Pancreas and Liver Fund (OPAL Fund) within the Oxford University Hospitals Charities that helps fund research and development for liver and pancreatic diseases. He is a Clinical Lecturer for Worcester College, Oxford University. Mr Silva has over 80 publications and has written several book chapters.

  • Katie HurstKatie Hurst is a General Surgery Registrar (ST4) in the Thames Valley deanery, with an interest in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery. During completion of her academic foundation programme and academic clinical fellowship in Oxford, she sat on the RCSEd Trainees committee for 3 years. Katie is extremely passionate about improving trainee morale, as well as teamwork in the workplace. She orchestrated the RCSEd roadshow 'Lets Cycle It', and is currently chair of the RCSEd Sustainability Champions. Outside work, Katie enjoys cycling, running and spending time with friends.

  • Sai VittalMr Sai Krishna Vittal is a Consultant Endocrine Surgeon based in Chennai, India. His major area of interest is in Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgery. He is an Adjunct Professor of the Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University based in Chennai and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Edge Hill University, UK and Honorary Senior Lecturer of RCSI & UCD Malaysia Campus. He was an International Surgical Adviser of the College and is currently Convener 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 was President of Indian Association of Endocrine Surgeons in 2019-2020. He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of College of Surgeons of Sri Lanka in 2017.


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