Board Members

Members of our Board Members

Below is a list of the current UK Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Board members.

The CTN Board oversees our strategic direction and is responsible for leading all of the CTN activities. The board meets formally three times a year with a variety of meetings and tasks in between.

Joyce Yeung

Joyce Yeung

CTN Director
Associate Clinical Professor in Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
Honorary Consultant in Critical Care
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

I am an Associate Clinical Professor at University of Warwick and Honorary Consultant in critical care.

My research interests are in the field of anaesthesia, critical care and resuscitation. My current research focuses on improving quality of anaesthesia to improve patient outcomes, cognitive function, high risk patients such as the older patient and development of chronic pain post-surgery.

Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

CTN Deputy Director
Consultant in Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

University Hospital Southampton

Mark is an anaesthetist/perioperative physician and researcher at University Hospital Southampton. His clinical activities include anaesthesia for major adult surgery, preoperative assessment/optimisation and developing clinical services within perioperative medicine. He completed his higher degree in perioperative immunology and postoperative morbidity at University College London before moving to Southampton in 2013. He is now Chief Investigator of the NIHR-funded FLO-ELA (FLuid Optimisation in Emergency LAparotomy) trial, Deputy Chief Investigator of the OPTIMISE II trial and a collaborator on the GAP Gabapentin trial. Research support roles within Wessex include NIHR CRN Specialty Group Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain, and Wessex School of Anaesthesia academic training lead. He is an Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Southampton.

Rupert Pearse

Rupert Pearse

NIHR Research Professor & Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine
Queen Mary University of London

I am an active researcher in perioperative medicine, with experience of leading several international projects to completion as chief investigator. I have a major interest in perioperative medicine, but am active in various fields in intensive care medicine and anaesthesia. My clinical work is all in Intensive Care Medicine.

Michael Gillies

Michael Gillies

Clinical Director for Intensive Care,
Consultant and Honorary Reader in Intensive Care

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

I am a Consultant and Honorary Reader in Critical Care Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and hold a Chief Scientist’s (Scotland) NRS Clinician Award.

My clinical and research interests are: perioperative critical care, echocardiography, respiratory failure and health services research.

Jaimin Patel

Jaimin Patel

Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and ICM
University Hospitals Birmingham

I am a Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and ICM at University Hospitals Birmingham. My research interests are focused around improving outcomes following major abdominal and emergency surgery, as well as sepsis. I am lead for Perioperative Research at University Hospital Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth and am the deputy specialty lead in Anaesthesia for the West-Midlands NIHR CRN.

Tamas Szakmany

Tamas Szakmany

Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

I am a Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. I graduated at the University of Pecs, Hungary, where I then went on to gain a PhD in Critical Care.

My research interests have always encompassed a broad spectrum of critical care practices: from monitoring and modulation of inflammatory response in sepsis and after major surgery to long-term outcomes following critical care discharge and also participating actively in large randomized controlled trials.

I have always been passionate to work with medical students, to help them realizing their potential: my last few publications are all collaborations with medical students at Cardiff University with whom I developed an award-winning research programme on the epidemiology of sepsis on the general wards.

Martha Belete

Anaesthetic registrar, RAFT Chair
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust

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Jenny Dorey

Lay Representative
Patient, Carer & Public Involvement & Engagement (PCPIE) Group

I was a practising hospital pharmacist for most of my career, including 20 years as chief pharmacist in a large teaching hospital and pharmaceutical advisor to a Strategic Health Authority.

High quality safe, effective and patient focused care delivered through collaboration and sharing has always been my priority.

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Ben Shelley

Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Golden Jubilee National Hospital

Ben Shelley is a Consultant in Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Golden Jubilee National Hospital and has been working with the Academic Unit of Anaesthesia at the University of Glasgow since 2009. He completed his MD thesis on ‘acute lung injury after lung resection’ in 2015 and is currently principal investigator on several collaborative studies examining acute lung injury and right ventricular dysfunction after thoracic surgery. Dr Shelley was awarded an NRS/CSO Career Research Fellowship in April 2017 for his work on ‘Stratified perioperative medicine to improve outcome after lung resection’.


Iain McCullagh

Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
Freeman Hospital

Iain trained in anaesthesia and Intensive care in Edinburgh and Toronto. He was appointed as a Consultant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2012. After undergoing some local research training, he began leading portfolio studies in Intensive care and anaesthesia as PI and then went on to develop his own work in the field of postoperative delirium with a regional multi-centre study completing in 2018. This work is being further developed with the help of contacts he has made after joining the chief investigator scheme. He is currently completing a masters in research in Newcastle and is engaged in developing grant applications with POMCTN and with Newcastle based intensive care researchers.

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Jonathan Silversides

Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia
Belfast Health and Social Care Trust

Jon Silversides graduated in medicine from Queens University Belfast in 2003, and undertook specialty training in anaesthesia, and critical care in Northern Ireland, gaining FRCA, MRCP, EDIC and FFICM qualifications. He completed a fellowship in critical care in Toronto before being appointed as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust in 2013. Jon has active research interests in both critical care and anaesthesia, and is nearing completion of a PhD on fluid therapy and deresuscitation in critical illness.

Dr Ronelle Mouton

Ronelle Mouton

Consultant Anaesthetist
Southmead Hospital

I am a consultant anaesthetist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol and an honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol. I have a special interest in vascular anaesthesia and am the chair of the Vascular Anaesthesia Society of Great Britain & Ireland (VASGBI). My research interests include the effect of mode of anaesthesia on perioperative outcomes, collaborative perioperative clinical trials and ischaemic preconditioning.

Shaman Jhanji

Shaman Jhanji

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics / Honorary Senior Lecturer Division of Cancer Biology
Royal Marsden Hospital / Institute of Cancer Research

Shaman Jhanji qualified from Birmingham University Medical school and subsequently completed postgraduate training in general medicine, anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in London. He was awarded a PhD from the University of London following research into microvascular abnormalities associated with major surgery and critical illness undertaken at the William Harvey Research Institute.

He is a Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthetics at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Division of Cancer Biology at the Institute of Cancer Research. His research interests relate to the care of the high risk surgical patient and in particular the impact of the perioperative period on cancer biology and outcomes. He is co-Chief Investigator for the POMCTN-led VITAL trial.



Iain Moppett

HSRC Director


Sarah Hare

HSRC Deputy Director

Dr Ben Creagh-Brown

UK Critical Care Research Group

Mr Ahmed Ahmed

RCSEng Council
Consultant Upper GI and Bariatric Surgeon
Clinical Lead - Bariatric Surgery
St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare