Committee members

The Executive Committee is elected each year at our AGM.

  • Katherine Baker, President

    I am an ST6 in Colorectal Surgery based in Severn Deanery and am in my fourth year on the committee. I completed an MD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Bristol, with my thesis investigating Aspirin’s role as an adjunct to neo-adjuvant radiotherapy in colorectal cancer.

    Henry Ferguson, Vice President

    I graduated from Cardiff University in 2006, then moved to the West Midlands for my Core Surgical Training. I am currently an ST8 trainee in the West Midlands Deanery, having completed my MD investigating the development of a therapeutic anti-angiogenic vaccine in colorectal cancer.

    Katie Adams, Past President

    I am an ST6 colorectal trainee in South East Thames, having completed my basic surgical training at King’s College Hospital. My PhD is from King’s College London. I’ve been involved in research and MRCS teaching.

    Fernando Yuen Chang, Media Representative

    I graduated from Liverpool University in 2011, having completed an intercalated BSc in Anatomical Sciences in 2010 at Bristol University. I am currently an ST4 in the South West Deanery.

    Steve Ward, JAG Representative

    I am currently an ST8 trainee in the West Midlands Deanery. My PhD project concerned the immunology of colorectal cancer, but during this time I developed an interest in endoscopy training.

    Peter Vaughan-Shaw, Research Representative

    Currently ST5 in General Surgery in with a specialist interest in coloproctology, I have recently finished my PhD at the Edinburgh Colorectal unit in colorectal cancer genetics.

    Jennie Grainger, Pelvic Floor Society Representative

    I am a post CCT colorectal trainee, currently doing a pelvic floor fellowship at St Mark’s Hospital. I have a special interest in pelvic floor and benign coloproctology. I am involved in research looking at quality of life after faecal incontinence and at low anterior resection syndrome.

    Charlotte El-Sayed, Education Representative

    I’m an ST4 in the West Midlands deanery. I graduated from University of Birmingham in 2011. I have a keen interest in education and training and particularly in simulation training. I run several courses in the West Midlands with a specialist interest in laparoscopic training.

    Abigail Vallance, Multidisciplinary Representative

    I graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 and have just spent two years at the RCS as the clinical fellow for the National Bowel Cancer Audit. I’m now an ST3 in the Severn deanery.

    Vanessa Cubas, ASIT Representative

    I am currently a general surgery trainee in the West Midlands deanery with a keen interest in colorectal surgery.