Committees

Click below for information on ABS Committee members. If you would like to contact a Committee member please do so by getting in touch with the ABS office.

Mr Giles Cunnick

ABS & NHS BSP Screening Committee Chair

Ashu Gandhi

Chair of the NHS BSP/ABS Screening Audit Group

Mr Pud Bhaskar

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Northern Regional Representative

Miss Leena Chagla

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ ABS Trustee

Miss Marianne Dillon

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Miss Sarah Downey

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Trustee

I trained in Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester and Yorkshire. I have been a consultant surgeon at the James Paget Hospital since 2005.  I was an MRCS examiner and Chair of the Court at the time of significant changes to the format. For 5 years, I was Divisional Director which gave me a broader understanding of the relationship between service provision and training. More recently, I have been Chair of the oncoplastic breast Training Interface group, a member of the SAC in General Surgery and appointed as Training Programme Director for the East of England. I am currently a QA surgeon. 

Mr Colm Hennessy

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Mr Hazem Khout

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Mr Khout was appointed as a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast surgeon in 2013. He joined Nottingham Breast Institute in 2015 and introduced the Oncoplastic Forum (OPF) to streamline oncoplastic and reconstruction pathway. 

Mr Khout has special interest in using new technologies to facilitate decision making in oncoplastic surgery. He is also interested in minimising inequality in accessing oncoplastic procedures. 

Mr Brendan McFall

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Mr Seni Mylvaganam

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Sloane Project Represenative

Mr Simon Pain

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Mr Zenon Rayter

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Miss Sheila Stallard

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Sloane Project Representative

Ms Karyn Shenton

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery

Mrs Margaret Casey

Nursing Representative

Mrs Jacquie Jenkins

Member

Mr Ramsey Cutress

Chair

Research interests include breast cancer translational research; breast cancer clinical trials and peri-surgical window studies and nutritional and metabolic determinants of breast cancer outcome.

Miss Shelley Potter

Secretary

Research interests include Improving outcomes in breast reconstruction; Surgical trials methodology; Feasibility studies using mixed (qualitative and quantative) methods; Systematic reviews. Other roles include Chair of the Mammary Fold Academic & Research Collaborative (MFAC) and Trainee member of the NCRI Breast Clinical Studies Group.

Prof John Benson

ABS Trustee

Research interests include investigation of a fluorescent navigation system for sentinel lymph node (SLN) detection and development of a model for assessing fibroblast transformation. Other roles include local Principle Investigator for several national trials including POSNOC and MarginProbe and co-investigator for BUBBLES, PRIMETIME and PIONEER.

Miss Sarah Clark

Member

Sarah Clark has been a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast & Skin Surgeon at Poole Hospital since 2014. She was awarded an MD in 2009 for her work on immunohistochemical profiling of DCIS. The Poole breast unit takes part in multiple national clinical trials in both  the neoadjuvant and adjuvant setting, including recently the POETIC, SERD2 and iBRA 1 and 2 trials and are currently recruiting to Primetime, POSNOC, i-BRA, Nostra and PARTNER.  She has a particular research interest in Nipple discharge and  implant based reconstruction and has set up the NUND Study which is soon to launch. 

Mr Rajiv Dave

Junior SSL representative

Miss Beatrix Elsberger

Member

Ms Pat Fairbrother

Patient Representative

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, Pat became a patient advocate the following year and soon after a board member of a national breast cancer charity. Pat is a founder member of the Independent Cancer Patients' Voice and is now a Trustee. She is engaged in working with several trial management groups looking at patient information for recruitment.

Mr Baek Kim

Member

Research interests include investigation of potential biomarkers in breast cancer patients treated with neoadjuvant systemic therapy. Previously on steering group for the TeaM study. Other previous roles include chair of the Mammary Fold and member of the Mammary Fold Academic & Research committee

Ms Cliona Kirwan

Member

Research interests include clinical trials; academic training and Translational Research.

Mr Daniel Leff

Member

Research interests include surgical technologies for oncological margin controls; surgical education, skills training and simulation and neuroergonomic research.

Mr Stuart McIntosh

RCS Surgical Specialty Lead

Research interests include Chemoprevention in high risk patient groups; Biomarker driven studies in the neoadjuvant treatment of breast cancer; Use of three dimensional surface imaging technologies in breast surgery. Other roles include Deputy Director Northern Cancer Ireland Cancer Trials Network and Member, NCRI Breast Clinical Studies Group.

Miss Rachel O'Connell

Junior SSL Representative

Mr Tim Rattay

Junior SSL Representative

Research interests include prediction of local treatment side-effects (toxicity) in the breast using clinical and molecular markers, population-based studies of breast surgery and reconstruction outcomes, and qualitative exploration of patients’ views of breast cancer treatments and clinical decision-making.  As academic surgical trainee, other leadership roles include Member of the international Radiogenomics Consortium, Member of the Mammary Fold Academic & Research Committee, and co-PI on two national trainee collaborative studies.

Mr Laszlo Romics

Member

Research interests includes the oncological outcomes after oncoplastic breast conservations and post-mastectomy breast reconstructions, effect of peritumoural inflammation on recurrence and variations in old age breast cancer treatment. 

Miss Lisa Sheehan

Mammary Fold Academic & Research Committee Representative

I am a Wessex trainee and I am excited to take on the role of Chair of the Mammary Fold Academic and Research Collaborative as of March 2019. As a group we are very ambitious to role out some important national research projects that we expect will make a big impact in day to day clinical practice. On a personal level, I would like to make research and academia less daunting to more trainees at all levels and hopefully encourage greater participation. I look forward to hearing from more trainees about their research ideas and meeting you at our Annual Research and Academic day

Miss Raghavan Vidya

Member

Research interests include new innovations and devices, implant based breast reconstruction, axillary staging and window studies.

Ms Lynda Wyld

Member

Research interests include geriatric oncology, psychooncology, data modelling, mixed methods research (qualitative and quantitative), quality of life research and clinical trials.   She leads the Age Gap study of cancer outcomes in older women with early breast cancer.

Prof Chris Holcombe

Vice President

Research interests include the management of breast cancer in older women and treatment choices for women with breast cancer.

Miss Julie Doughty

ABS President

Mr Lee Martin

Aesthetic Committee Chair

Miss Anne Tansley

Education & Training Committee Chair

Miss Emma De Sousa

Member

Miss Sue Down

Member

Miss Penny McManus

Member

Mr Steven Thrush

Member

Mr Philip Turton

Member

Mr Sherif Wilson

BAPRAS Representative

Mr Simon Smith

Eastern Regional Representative/ Member Aesthetic Committee

Miss Julie Doughty

ABS President

Prof Phil Drew

ABS Trustee

Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro.

 

Mr Ashu Gandhi

Chair

Mr Lee Martin

Aesthetic Committee Chair

Mr Giles Cunnick

ABS & NHS BSP Screening Committee Chair

Mr Pud Bhaskar

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Northern Regional Representative

Miss Leena Chagla

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ ABS Trustee

Mr Seni Mylvaganam

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Sloane Project Represenative

Miss Sheila Stallard

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Sloane Project Representative

Prof Chris Holcombe

Vice President

Research interests include the management of breast cancer in older women and treatment choices for women with breast cancer.

Mr Matthew Barber

Scotland Regional Representative

Miss Maria Bramley

North West Regional Representative

Ms Karina Cox

South East Coast Regional Representative

Mrs Clare Fowler

South West Regional Representative

Mr Amit Goyal

East Midlands Regional Representative

Miss Ellie Gutteridge

Yearbook Editor

Mrs Claudia Harding-Mackean

Merseyside Regional Representative

Mr Kieran Horgan

NABCOP Audit Representative

NHS England Breast Cancer SSCRG Representative

Ms Jennifer Hu

London Regional Representative

Miss Tracey Irvine

GiRFT Representative

Mr Richard Johnson

Wales Regional Representative

Miss Fiona MacNeill

GiRFT Representative

Miss Michelle Mullan

Trustee

Ms Kathryn Rigby

Yorkshire & Humberside Regional Representative

Miss Nicola Roche

ABS Trustee

Miss Pankaj Roy

South East Central Regional Representative

Miss Elizabeth Shah

Newsletter Editor

Miss Sam Sloan

Northern Ireland Regional Representative

Mr Simon Smith

Eastern Regional Representative/ Member Aesthetic Committee

Mr Soni Soumian

West Midlands Regional Representative

Mr Maurice Stokes

Society of Irish Breast Surgeons Representative

 

 

Mr Ash Subramanian

Communications Working Group Representative

Mr Subramanian is a consultant oncoplastic surgeon based on the south coast. He has a particular interest in patient communication and delivering patient choice in an effective way. He is currently Director of Communications for the ABS.

Miss Ruth Waters

BAPRAS Representative

Ruth Waters is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital of the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Trust. She has specialised in all aspects of breast reconstruction but with a particular interest in microsurgical reconstruction and the surgical management of lymphoedema. She is the West Midlands representative on BAPRAS council and the breast TIG representative on the SAC

Miss Gina Weston-Petrides

Mammary Fold Representative

Miss Julie Doughty

ABS President

Miss Anne Tansley

Education & Training Committee Chair

Miss Sarah Downey

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ Trustee

I trained in Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester and Yorkshire. I have been a consultant surgeon at the James Paget Hospital since 2005.  I was an MRCS examiner and Chair of the Court at the time of significant changes to the format. For 5 years, I was Divisional Director which gave me a broader understanding of the relationship between service provision and training. More recently, I have been Chair of the oncoplastic breast Training Interface group, a member of the SAC in General Surgery and appointed as Training Programme Director for the East of England. I am currently a QA surgeon. 

Prof Chris Holcombe

Vice President

Research interests include the management of breast cancer in older women and treatment choices for women with breast cancer.

Mr Amit Agrawal

Member

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon, Cambridge University Hospitals

Miss Rachel Bright-Thomas

Member

Rachel has been a consultant breast surgeon in Worcestershire since 2006. Within the breast surgery community Rachel has been a faculty member of the MS in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery Course and the Advanced Breast Disease Management course. More widely, she has been a clinical and educational supervisor for all levels of junior doctors, the college tutor for surgery, the director of the West Midlands’ core surgical teaching programme and she has recently become the area TPD for General Surgery in Coventry, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Mr Henry Cain

Member

Ms Anushka Chaudhry

Member

Miss Julie Doughty

ABS President

Prof Phil Drew

ABS Trustee

Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro.

 

Mr Muhammed Haider

SAS Representative

Miss Alex Humphreys

Mammary Fold Representative

Alex is a senior Breast Trainee in the Severn region and has a particular educational interest in simulation and non-technical skills training having completed a fellowship in this area.

Miss Suzanne Joharchi

Nursing Representative

Mr Yazan Masannat

Member

Mr Sankaran Narayanan

Member

Mrs Ann Pearson

Nursing Member

Mr Rathinasabapathy Rathinaezhil

SAS Representative

Mr Dick Rainsbury

Chair

Dick Rainsbury was Foundation Breast Tutor then Director of Education at The Royal College of Surgeons and President of ABS. A strong advocate of comprehensive NHS breast and reconstructive services, he secured funding for the National Oncoplastic Fellowship programme, now training >100 consultants. He chaired the UK National Mastectomy and Breast Reconstruction Audit, and subsequent Guidelines for Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction. He currently co-chairs the ABS International Forum with Leena Chagla, which aims to improve training in Low and Middle Income Countries.

Miss Leena Chagla

Clinical Advisor in Breast Surgery/ ABS Trustee

Mr Sankaran Narayanan

Member

Ms Lis Grimsey

Member

Mrs Janet Hicks

Member

Mr Mike McKirdy

Member

Prof Jerome Pereira

Member