Trustees

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 office@absgbi.org.uk.

Elections are currently taking place for a new Honorary Treasurer and a call for nominations has been circulated for a Nursing Trustee.  Further information will appear here in due course.

Miss Julie Doughty

President

Prof Chris Holcombe

Vice President

Chris is a consultant breast surgeon in Liverpool with a particular interest in breast reconstruction and Oncoplastic surgery. He is Cancer Lead at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, and Chair of the Medical Board, and Deputy Chair of the National Breast Clinical Expert Group.His main research interests are in the evaluation of new techniques of breast reconstruction and applying ‘IDEAL’ research principles to the introduction of new surgical devices and techniques.Chris is also actively involved in recruitment to pre-surgical ‘window of opportunity’ studies and has an interest in the psychology of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.At home Chris is actively involved in his local church, and enjoys spending time with his family and growing number of grandchildren, and heads for the mountains when possible.

Mr Mark Sibbering

Past President

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 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

Consultant Breast Surgeon at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro.

He has published several books and over 100 scientific articles with his main interests being in the molecular biology of breast cancer, reconstructive breast surgery, trans gender chest surgery, cosmetic breast surgery, gynaecomastia and benign breast disease.

His non-clinical work includes advising the Parliamentary Ombudsman, the GMC and MDU as well as a medicolegal practice including civil litigation for negligence and he was recently an expert witness for the Crown Prosecution Service in the Paterson trial.

He is an examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of England and for higher medical degrees several other Universities at home and aboard.

Miss Nicola Roche

Meetings Secretary

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.

Prof Ramsey Cutress

Academic and Research Committee Chair

Ramsey Cutress is Professor of Breast Surgery in Southampton.  Ramsey was Secretary of the Academic and Research Group of the Association of Breast Surgery prior to appointment as Chair of the Committee. He was a member of the NICE NG101 Early and Locally Advanced Guideline Committee and a member of the writing group of the ABS and BAPRAS Oncoplastic breast Reconstruction Guidelines for best practice. Ramsey is course director of the ABS Advanced skills in breast disease management course. He is a member of the NCRI breast clinical studies group (CSG) and has active clinical research interests investigating patient and host determinants of breast cancer outcomes including genetic predisposition, immunological and lifestyle factors and is involved in various national research studies including POSH and iBRA

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.

Prof 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 Sarah Downey

Ordinary Trustee

I trained in Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester and Yorkshire. I have been a consultant surgeon at the James Paget Hospital since 2005, and I have also had the privilege of serving on a number of national and regional leadership committees. I have had a keen interest in training at all levels and across professions. 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. Out of work, I am a keen gardener.

Miss Michelle Mullan

Ordinary Trustee

Michelle qualified from the University of Bristol with both Medical and Psychology degrees.  She worked as the Medical Research Council ALMANC Fellow in Guildford, before moving to Ann Arbor, Michigan to further her surgical training. She returned to the West Midlands to complete her Higher Surgical Training and took up her role as a Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon in Worcestershire in 2008. Michelle is Lead Breast Surgeon for Worcestershire and sits on the West Midlands Breast Expert Advisory Group. She is actively involved in training the next generation of breast surgeons and represents the Royal College of Surgeons as the College representative at Breast Consultant interview appointments.

Mr Sankaran Narayanan

Ordinary Trustee

Mr Narayanan leads breast services at University hospital of North Midlands Stoke; he has been a breast screening director for the North Staffordshire breast screening program for three years. He graduated from Stanley Medical College, Chennai, India. He did his post graduate training in Brighton and London (UCL, Royal Free and the Royal Marsden Hospital) and Breast Surgery Fellowship at Perth, Western Australia.

He has a keen interest in breast education and training in the UK and improving the standard of care in breast services in the developing countries.

Mrs Sue Holcombe

Nursing Trustee