Committee members

The Executive Committee is elected each year at our AGM.

Henry Ferguson, 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.

Katherine Baker, Past 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.

Deena Harji, Vice 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.

Abigail Vallance, Media Representative

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 ST3 in the Severn deanery.

Lena Ngu, JAG Representative

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.

Matthew Lee, aSSL Representative

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).

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.

Annabelle Williams, Pelvic Floor Society Representative

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. I also sit on the executive committee of The Pelvic Floor Society as the Trainee Representative.

Niroshini Rajaretnam, MMC Representative

I’m currently an ST5 Registrar in General Surgery in the Peninsula Deanery. I graduated in 2011 from Imperial College London and completed both my Foundation and Core Surgical Training in North West Thames before moving down to the South West in 2015 for Higher Specialty Training. I am also the ASIT Representative for Peninsula and have a keen interest in Education and Teaching, wanting to ensure better training for Surgical Trainees.

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.

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