Committee members

The Executive Committee is elected each year at our AGM.

Deena Harji, President

I am currently a ST6 trainee in the Northern Deanery. I have completed a PhD in locally recurrent rectal cancer. I have an active interest in research and am one of two appointed aSSL’s by the ACPGBI & RCSEng.

Peter Vaughan-Shaw, Vice President

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.

Henry Ferguson, Past 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.

Abigail Vallance, Media Rep

I graduated from Newcastle University in 2011 and have just completed an MD in metastatic colorectal cancer while working as the clinical research fellow for the National Bowel Cancer Audit. I am now an ST5 in the Severn deanery.

Lena Ngu, JAG Rep

I graduated from the University of Dundee in 2007 and am currently an ST7 trainee in the Northern Deanery. I have completed an MD on devices in colonoscopy to improve adenoma detection rates.

Annabelle Williams, The Pelvic Floor Society Rep

I am currently an ST6 trainee in the Thames Valley Deanery. 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 Pelvic Floor Surgery, especially with regards specialist training and research within this field.

Matthew Lee, Research & Audit Rep

I am appointed as one of two ASSL’s by the ACPGBI & BDRF. I am a trainee in the Yorkshire region. I am completing my PhD in Crohn’s anal fistula management and will be returning to programme in 2018. I am active in research, and have ongoing projects in IBD and emergency surgery (NASBO).

Charlotte El-Sayed, Education & Training Rep

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.

Elizabeth Elsey, Emergency General Surgery Rep

I am an ST6 in the East Midlands North region and recently returned to training after a NIHR doctoral research fellowship. I completed my PhD in surgical training and competency requirements. I work LTFT and have two children.

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).

Guy Worley, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Rep

Trainee representative to the ACPGBI IBD Subcommittee & Clinical Advisory Group. Dukes’ Club IBD Representative 2019-2020. St Mark’s Research Fellow and PhD candidate investigating surgery for ulcerative colitis. General Surgery Registrar in South West London.

Panchali Sarmah , ASIT Representative

I graduated from the University of Warwick in 2010, after completing a BSc in Chemistry. I’m a ST4 in the East Midlands Deanery taking time out of training as a Hope Research Fellow investigating the role of ctDNA in post-operative surveillance.