School of Surgery Board


The aims of the School are:

  • To prepare and equip surgeons to meet the challenges of surgical practice and deliver the highest standard of care for patients
  • To deliver surgical education programmes within Health Education North East that meet GMC quality standards and embrace College guidelines and ethos
  • To recognise and respond to the needs of our trainees, trainers and their employers

Board Membership

Role Name
HRO LET Helen Grogan
Head of School Paul Gallagher
Lay Representative Patricia Bottrill/Bernadette Wallis
STC Chair OMFS Andy Burns
STC Chair ENT Sean Carrie
STC Chair Plastics Tom Collin
TPD Vascular Surgery Mike Clarke
TPD, Urology Mark Johnson
Human Factors Lead Jeremy French
TPD General Surgery Kath Grant
School Manager Nicola Robinson
TPD Cardiothoracic Jonathan Ferguson
Quality Lead STC Chair T&O Rob Gregory
HEE NE Senior Business Manager Julie Khan
RCSEng Regional DPA Leslie Hamilton
RCS Council Rep JCUH Maurice Hawthorne
Human Factors Lead Gareth Hosie
Specialty Recruitment Manager Angela Johnson
Trainee Rep Michael Jones
Deputy Head of School/Core Surgery TPD Ian Nichol
Postgraduate Dean Namita Kumar
TPD Paediatric Surgery Alok Godse
RVI Tom Leonard
Higher Training Rep Iain McCallum
Deputy TPD Core Surgery Venkat Kanakala
TPD Neurosurgery Claire Nicholson
TPD OMFS Anthony Patterson
STC Chair General Surgery  
TPD Plastic Surgery Susan Stevenson
TPD T&O Stephen Aldridge
TPD ENT Sujata Kundu
STC Chair Cardiothoracics Sasha Stamenkovic
STC Urology FRH David Thomas
Specialty Programme Coordinator Kate Cockbain
Director Specialty Training Richard Bellamy
STC Chair General Surgery Mike Wyatt
RCS Regional Rep  


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