BM(Hons) MD FRCS(SN)
I'm the lead consultant neurosurgeon for adult neuro-oncology (brain tumours) and my clinical practice is now entirely dedicated to the management of this patient population.
I qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 1992 and was awarded my Bachelor of Medicine degree with Honours and Distinction in Medical Sciences. Thereafter, I undertook a general surgical SHO rotation in Oxford before entering full-time neurosurgical positions at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol in 1996 after completing the FRCS(Eng) examinations.
In 1998 I was appointed Specialist Registrar in Neurosurgery in Bristol and passed the specialty board examinations in Neurosurgery (FRCS(Neurosurg)) in 2004. During my time in Bristol I took two years out for a full-time research position sponsored by the Royal College of Surgeons and PPP Healthcare and was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine (MD) by Bristol University for this work in 2003. My interests in teaching neurosurgery were reinforced by the completion of a Certificate in Medical Education at Bristol University in 2004. My neurosurgical training was then completed with a fellowship working with Professor Andrew Kaye in Melbourne, an internationally renowned leader in the field of brain tumours, until my appointment as consultant neurosurgeon in Southampton in 2005.
I was the clinical director of Neurosciences at University Hospital Southampton between 2011-14 and since that time have been the Divisional Clinical Director of Neurosciences, Cardiovascular & Thoracics, Trauma & Orthopaedics and Radiology. I was appointed chair of NHS England Clinical Reference Group for CNS tumours in 2013 and am also a member of the adult Neurosurgery CRG. Since 2015 I have led the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Expert Reference Group through national procurement. I am also secretary of the British Neuro-oncology Society.
In 2012 I was voted by HSJ awards as the UKs Clinical Leader of the year and in 2013 was listed as one of the top 100 most influential medical leaders in the UK. In 2014 I was awarded a national bronze clinical excellence award for my clinical work and leadership. I also work with a number of Brain Tumour charities and am one of the patrons for the charitable organisation BrainsTrust.
I am married to Suzy and have two children, Callum and Millie. I enjoy the outdoor life, keeping fit, travelling and various sports including motorsports as well as walking our dog in Winchester where we live.