Here you will find information about the Association of Breast Surgery's Trustees. If you wish to contact any of the Trustees please do so via the ABS by sending an email to

Mr Mark Sibbering


Mr Sibbering is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for Breast Cancer Screening and Chair of the Public Health England Research Advisory Committee. He was also Chair of the ABS & NHS BSP Screening & Audit Committee from 2013-16. Mr Sibbering has held various roles within the ABS including Trustee, Yearbook Editor and Meetings Secretary and is currently President.

Miss Julie Doughty

Vice President

Miss Leena Chagla

Honorary Secretary

Miss Leena Chagla (MS, FRCS), consultant surgeon, heads the Breast Unit at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospital. She qualified from Grant Medical College, Mumbai, the oldest Indian medical institution, and went on to train at JJ Hospital and Tata Memorial Cancer Centre before training in the UK. She facilitates the Oncoplastic Fellows meeting yearly and advices Public Health England. She is committed to improving and standardising breast cancer care through educating and training both professionals and lay people alike.

Prof Philip Drew

Honorary Treasurer

Mrs Katy Hogben

Meetings Secretary

Professor Malcolm Reed

Chair, Academic & Research Committee

Professor Reed attended school in Birmingham and subsequently qualified in medicine from the University of Sheffield in 1981. He then underwent surgical training in Birmingham, Derby and Bristol before moving to the University of Louisville in the United States to undertake a research MD. He returned to Sheffield and undertook higher surgical training before becoming appointed a senior lecturer and honorary consultant surgeon at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in 1992. He was then appointed to the Foundation Chair in Surgical Oncology at the University of Sheffield, taking up the post in 2000. Subsequent roles included head of academic surgery and head of the university Department of Oncology. Professor Reed was appointed Dean of Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2014. He spends one day a week in clinical work, and the rest of his time in his role as Dean. 

Mr Ashu Gandhi

Chair, Clinical Practice & Standards Committee 

Mr Gandhi works in a very busy breast unit in Manchester. He has research interests in familial breast cancer and the molecular study of mammographic density. He is also involved in breast surgery education and is faculty on live surgery teaching courses and breast cancer family history study courses. Ashu worked for six years as the North West Breast Screening QA surgical representative and has experience and knowledge of the surgical aspects of the NHS Breast Screening Programme.

Miss Anne Tansley

Chair, Education & Training Committee

Mrs Anne Tansley qualified from Liverpool Medical School in 1992; she was appointed as a specialist Breast Surgeon at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital in 2006 having completed training in General Surgery including a National Oncoplastic Breast Surgery TIG Fellowship. Mrs Tansley has developed an extensive local, national and international profile in surgical education throughout her career. Notably, Royal College of Surgeons of England National Tutor in Breast Surgery 2009 – 2013; Founding Lead in Oncoplastic Surgery Module for UEA Masters in Oncoplastic Surgery, 2009 – 2013; Chair National Oncoplastic Breast Surgery TIG Fellowship Program UK 2012 – 2015. She is delighted to be an ABS Trustee.

Mrs Joanna Rowley

Nursing Trustee

Mrs Joanna Rowley is currently the Lead Breast Nurse at a busy breast unit in Cambridge, working to provide high quality and innovative healthcare to patients with breast disease. She will take on the role of ABS Nursing Trustee in May 2017.

Miss Nicola Roche

Ordinary Trustee

Miss Roche is a consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon at the Royal Marsden Hospital. Her main interest is reducing variation in care and ensuring equitable access to best practice for all patients. She is on the breast cancer pathway group of the RM Partners vanguard and a member of the breast CSG. She is also on the appointments panel for the National breast TiG fellowship.

Professor John Benson

Ordinary Trustee

Professor Benson is a consultant breast surgeon in Cambridge and has received doctorates from both Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  He is a Fellow and Director of Clinical Studies, Selwyn College, Cambridge and Professor of Applied Surgical Sciences at Anglia Ruskin University. He has written/edited five books in the field of breast cancer and reconstructive surgery, one of which won a First Prize in the BMA Medical Book Awards (2013). He is also a former member of the Planning Committee for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Miss Fiona MacNeill

Past President

Fiona qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, and was awarded an MD thesis investigating first generation aromatase inhibitors. She has been a specialist breast and oncoplastic surgeon, trainer, educator and mentor for over 20 years.  Awarded the Silver Scalpel ‘Trainer of the Year’ in 2006 and the inaugural Querci Della Rovere Prize for ‘Excellence in Cancer Surgery’, ESSO/BASO 2014. She became a Fellow of the European Board of Surgery in 2010 and President of the ABS from 2015-17.