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Board of Trustees


Neil Mortensen MA, MBChB, MD, FRCS Eng, Hon FRCPS Glas, Hon FRCS Ed

Neil Mortensen

Neil Mortensen is Professor of Colorectal Surgery in the University of Oxford Medical School and has been on the staff of the Oxford University Hospitals since 1987. He is Fellow of Green Templeton College.

He trained in Birmingham, Bristol and St Mark’s Hospital and has clinical and research interests in a wide range of colorectal diseases. He has published over 300 original papers, 30 book chapters and has edited 8 books. He is Past Chair of the British Journal of Surgery Society, President of the Ileostomy Association, and has been Past President of the Association of Coloproctology GBI and the Coloproctology Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. He is Editor in Chief of the journal Colorectal Disease.

He has given a number of named lectures including Arris and Gale, Goligher, Sir Alan Parks, Honeyman-Gillespie and Bryan Brooke (UK); Duran Smith, Harry Bacon, Charles Buie, Greenstein and Frykman-Goldberg (USA); Edward Wilson Memorial and CSSANZ Oration (Australia), Gimbernat prize (Spain); Fritz de Quervain (Swiss), Gerhard Buess Memorial Lecture (Norway).

Since his appointment in Oxford he campaigned for the recognition of colorectal surgery as a specialty and created the present department.

He founded the first patient association for those with ileoanal pouches the Kangaroo Club, and in 2004 the charity OCCTOPUS – Oxford Colon Cancer Trust which supports education, research and new technology in colorectal diseases.

He became a member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2013.

Vice Presidents

Cliff P Shearman FRCS

Cliff Shearman

Cliff Shearman is Emeritus Professor of Vascular Surgery at the University of Southampton and a Non-Executive Director on the Trust Board at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust. After postgraduate training in Birmingham he was appointed as a senior lecturer at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in 1990 before moving to Southampton in 1994. Cliff Shearman has had a number of roles in training and was the Head of the Wessex Postgraduate School of Surgery (1997-2012) and established the new Vascular SAC (2012-2015) which rolled out the new Vascular Training Programme in the UK. He has served on the Vascular Society Council as Chair of the Training and Education Committee and President (2009-10). Cliff Shearman’s research interests are factors that cause and promote the development and progression of atherosclerosis particularly in people with diabetes. He is Associate Medical Director in Southampton with responsibility for Research and Development. In 2015 he was selected to represent the Vascular Society on the Royal College of Surgeons of England Council.

Timothy Goodacre FRCS (BAPRAS representative)

Tim Goodacre

Tim Goodacre qualified from St Thomas’s Hospital in 1978 following a BSc year in Psychology. After training in General Surgery as Registrar at the Brook Hospital, two years in rural Tanzania led to training in Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. Appointed to the Radcliffe Infirmary in 1991, he has seen the department grow from 3 to 21 consultants. His specialist interest has been the management of Cleft Lip and Palate, the Oxford team being one of 9 nationally designated centres for cleft care since 2000. Research and lecturing interests include the psychosocial impact of early behaviour on children with facial disfigurement, foetal MR imaging, and the development of a comprehensive outcome measure for cleft care (Cleft Q). He also conceived of a novel self-inflating tissue expander that is now under commercial development (Oxtex). Alongside clinical interests, he is an enthusiastic teacher within the medical school, and has been Regional Specialty Advisor for postgraduate training, President of BAPRAS, and latterly Chair of Professional Standards for the specialty. He has served on numerous advisory groups for plastic surgery (including the Healing Foundation Cleft Collective), and is a member of the Council and Cases Committee of the Medical Defence Union. He is civilian consultant advisor to the Army, and BAPRAS elected representative on UEMS and the EBOPRAS examination board. He is a senior assessor for the Intercollegiate Board in Plastic Surgery examination. He is a Chair of Interface Uganda charity, a trustee of the Semiliki Trust, and member of Restore scientific advisory committee. Elected by BAPRAS Council to serve on the RCS Council in May 2015. He was appointed Vice President in 2020.

Timothy Mitchell MA(Oxon), BM, BCh, FRCS(ORL-HNS)

Tim Mitchell

Tim Mitchell studied medicine at Brasenose College, Oxford before training in Otolaryngology in Oxford, London, Cambridge and Sydney. He was awarded the inaugural Graham Fraser Memorial Fellowship to work with Professor William Gibson in the field of cochlear implantation. He was appointed as Consultant Otolaryngologist in Southampton in 2000 and has a subspecialty interest in cochlear and other auditory implants with the University of Southampton Auditory Implant Service. He has been a RCS Regional Specialty Professional Advisor, member of Council of ENT UK, Vice Chair of the Clinical Reference Group for Specialised Ear Services and a member of the Specialist Advisory Committee for Otolaryngology. He has been a MRCS examiner since 2004 and was Chair of the Court of Examiners from 2014 to 2017. He was elected to Council in 2017. He is Chair of the Learning Committee and the Future Surgeons Forum. He was appointed Vice President in 2020.

Faculty of Dental Surgery Dean

Matthew Garrett FDSRCS FFGDP(UK)

Mr Matthew Garrett

Mr Garrett was elected to the role by the Faculty Board in October, and will serve a three year term to 2023. He is a consultant in restorative dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital, and served as President of the British Society for Restorative Dentistry in 2017-18. He was elected to the Board of the Faculty in 2015, having previously sat as its invited representative for trainees between 2006 and 2010, and most recently served as the Faculty’s Senior Vice Dean. Mr Garrett succeeds Professor Michael Escudier, who steps down at the end of his term of office having led the Faculty’s high profile campaigns to improve children’s and older people’s oral health.

Faculty of General Dental Practice Dean

Ian Mills BDS (Glasg.), FFGDP (UK), FDS RCPS (Glasg.), FHEA, MJDF RCS (Eng.), Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng.)

Ian Mills

Ian qualified as a dentist in Glasgow in 1987 and spent the early part of his career working in Maxollofacial surgery. He relocated to North Devon in 1994 and three years later set up Torrington Dental Practice, where he continues to work on a part-time basis. Ian’s clinical work has been limited to implant dentistry since 2008 but he continues to have an active role in education and research within general dental practice. Ian was previously an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow in General Dental Practice and his practice has been involved in various research projects in collaboration with Plymouth University and Peninsula Dental School. His particular research interests are in the delivery of person-centred care in dentistry and environmental sustainability in general dental practice. Ian has been involved with Peninsula Dental School since it was established in 2007 and is currently undertaking a part-time PhD at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. Ian has been actively involved in local and national dental politics for many years and was an elected member of the General Dental Practice Committee of the British Dental Association (BDA) from 2006 to 2018. He has previously been Chairman of the North Devon Section of the BDA, Chair of the North Devon Oral Health Steering Group and a member of the Professional Executive Committee of North Devon PCT. Ian has been a member of the FGDP (UK) since 1992 and was previously the Divisional Research Facilitator for the Southwest. He has been a member of the FGDP (UK) Board since 2013, served two terms as Vice-Dean and took up the office of Dean in June 2018. Ian was awarded Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) in 2012, Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2013, and Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2015.

Elected Members

John Abercrombie MB, BS, FRCS

John Abercrombie

John Abercrombie was born in St Bartholomew’s Hospital and subsequently qualified from that institution in 1985. He was awarded FRCS in 1989. He has been a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham since 1998. His areas of specialist practice are in bowel cancer screening colonoscopy, inflammatory bowel disease, abdominal wall reconstruction and the surgery of intestinal failure.

He was Core Training Programme Director and then Head of the School of Surgery in the East Midlands (North). He has provided specialist advice to the NHS ombudsman and to the coroner’s court. He currently sits on the CRG for specialised colorectal services and was elected to the College Council in 2013.

Fiona Myint MB BS, FRCS, FRCSEd, FRCS(Gen Surg), LLM, MA (Clin Ed)

Fiona Myint

Fiona Myint is a consultant vascular and general surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital. She trained at Guy's Hospital Medical School, intercalating a BSc(Hons) in anatomy and qualifying in 1987. She undertook postgraduate surgical training in London having been awarded the FRCS in 1992. She was appointed as a consultant in 2000, initially as a joint appointment between the North Middlesex University Hospital and the Royal Free.

Holding an MA in clinical education, she has a keen interest in the acquisition and maintenance of surgical skills. She has held roles including those of College Tutor, Core Surgical Training Committee Chair, Training Programme Director, SAC member and Member of the Court of Examiners. She was elected to Council in 2014.

Peter Kay FRCS

Peter Kay

Peter Kay was born in Ruthin North Wales in 1958, and educated at Lancaster Grammar School and Dr Challoners Grammar School Amersham. He has degrees in medicine from Manchester University (1981) and Mathematics Open University (1985). He gained his surgical training in North West England, including fellowships in joint replacement at Stuttgart and Wrightington, and was awarded European (1992) and American, British and Canadian travelling fellowships (1998).

He was previous President of British Orthopaedic Trainees association (1992), British Hip Society (2007) and President of the British Orthopaedic Association (2011).

Clinically, he specialises in hip and knee surgery at Wrightington Hospital Lancashire and is Honorary Clinical Professor at Manchester University. He politically chaired the 18-week MSK group at the DH for 4 years, and sat on the National Boards for Enhanced recovery, Patient Reported Outcomes Measures, Fragility Fractures and Shared Decision Making.

He was appointed as National Clinical Director for Musculoskeletal Services in March 2013. He currently sits on the National Nice Guideline Development Group for Osteoarthritis and leads work with MHRA in the introduction of new implants “beyond compliance”.

He has previously been Clinical Director, Divisional Chairman and Associate Medical Director and Trust board member of Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust.

His personal aim is to achieve more effective representation for the surgical patient and UK surgery.

Lay Members

Amyas Morse

Sir Amyas Morse

Sir Amyas has worked in finance both in the private and public sector and was Comptroller and Auditor General of the National Audit Office between 2009 and 2019. Prior to this Sir Amyas qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Arthur Young and has worked for Coopers and Lybrand, reforming as PricewaterhouseCoopers where he held a global role. He joined the Ministry of Defence in July 2006 as the Defence Commercial Director. Sir Amyas is currently a lay member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee.

Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey

Mike Hussey is currently the CEO of Almacantar – a property and investment development company – and a member of the Board of Trustees at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Mr. Hussey is also Non-Executive Director of Taylor Wimpey and Cushman & Wakefield.

Before founding Almacantar, Mike spent seven years at Land Securities plc, the largest property company in the UK, where he was an Executive Board Director with responsibility for the London portfolio, valued between £3.3bn and £9.4bn.

Mike is recognised as an expert in the Central London property market. He is well regarded in the public capital markets. He ran a team of over 200 people at Land Securities.

Prior to Land Securities, Mike was responsible for all property transactions at the Canary Wharf Group as head of Leasing and Marketing, where his team transacted 9.3m sq. (900,000 sq.m).

Pankaj Davé


Pankaj Davé is a Chartered Certified Accountant and has worked internationally as a senior executive leading large multi-disciplinary teams whilst working for globally recognised companies including BP and Amoco in CFO, strategy, commercial, transformation, planning & performance management and oilfield operations roles. He also ran his own strategy consultancy business.

Most recently Pankaj worked in Mumbai, for five years, for Reliance Industries Ltd, a conglomerate and India's largest company. As a direct report to the Managing Director, Pankaj led the design and implementation of the Reliance Group Management System and successfully led a major business transformation program to integrate processes, systems, data, organisation and governance.

Pankaj is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is also a non- executive director for the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust and has previously worked as a trustee for Kidney Research UK.

Mr Robert Greig