Committee members

The Executive Committee is elected each year at our AGM.

Peter Vaughan-Shaw, President

I am a clinical lecturer and ST8 in Edinburgh Colorectal unit. I undertook a PhD at Edinburgh MRC IGMM in colorectal cancer genetics and vitamin D as a CRC chemopreventive agent.

Deena Harji, Past President

I am a Post-CCT fellow in Bordeaux. I have completed a PhD in locally recurrent rectal cancer. I have an active interest in research and was previously RCSEng/ ACPGBI aSSL.

Panchali Sarmah, Vice-President

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010, after completing a BSc in Chemistry. I’m a ST6 in the East Midlands Deanery

Philippa Orchard, Secretary

I am a General Surgical Spr South West. I was a previous Simulation & Non-technical Skills Fellow 2018, Lead Trainee.

Nigel D’Souza, JAG Rep

I am an ST8 trainee at Southampton General Hospital. I set up the national NICE FIT Study with Muti Abulafi, alongside my PhD in sigmoid colon cancer imaging. During my time in research, I gained JAG accreditation in colonoscopy. I see colonoscopy as a fundamental part of UK colorectal practice.  The current deficiencies in surgical endoscopy training must be corrected, and I hope to help solve this problem with the Dukes Club and our partner organisations.

Annabelle Williams, The Pelvic Floor and Proctology Rep

I have recently gained my CCT and am undertaking a Fellowship in Pelvic Floor and Intestinal Failure at St Marks Hospital.  I am in the process of writing up my MD on novel cell-based technologies for the prevention of anastomotic leak. I have an interest in benign colorectal disorders including Pelvic Floor, Intestinal Failure and Proctology especially with regards specialist training and research within these fields.

Jordan Fletcher, Education and Trainee representative

My medical education MEd degree has given me a strong understanding of educational theory. As a leadership fellow, I set up and ran the Yorkshire and Humber deanery advanced cadaveric simulation programme CADSIM. I hope to build on the fantastic Duke’s educational programme and aim to 1) expand video-based content 2) produce FRCS podcast episodes 3)  establish a digital library of anatomical specimens using 3D photogrammetry and 4) offer a wider range of cadaveric training courses.

Charlotte El-Sayed, ASiT representative

I’m an ST5 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 was Dukes’ E and T rep for 2 years and now look forward to driving training standards forward in collaboration with ASiT.

Niamh Foley, Emergency General Surgery Rep

I am currently a year 7 SpR in the RoI Deanery with an interest in EGS. I have helped with drafting a section of the ACPGBI guidelines on emergency colorectal surgery. How we can best support trainees and consultants to maintain an appropriate balance between emergency and elective work is one of the main challenges, which will require innovative solutions.

Helen Mohan, Advanced Cancer Rep

I am a General and Colorectal Surgery ST7 in Dublin, Ireland currently on maternity leave with newborn twins and a toddler. My research and clinical interests include inflammatory pathways in cancer, advanced colorectal cancer and surgical training. I am a past-president of the Association of Surgeons in Training (ASiT).

Kapil Sahnan, Inflammatory Bowel Disease and abdominal wall rep

Currently ST7 in General Surgery in the North-West Thames deanery. I have recently finished my PhD at St Mark’s, Imperial College in Crohn’s disease.