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 then the Divisional Clinical Director of Neurosciences, Cardiovascular & Thoracics, Trauma & Orthopaedics and Radiology until 2019. I was subsequently appointed Deputy Medical Director at University Hospital Southampton, a position I held until 2021, when I was appointed Chief Medical Officer. I was appointed chair of NHS England Clinical Reference Group for CNS tumours in 2013 and was Vice-Chairman of the Adult Neurosciences CRG from 2016 to 2022. I led the Stereotactic Radiosurgery Expert Reference Group through national procurement in 2015 and remain active in this group as the service specification is re-written in 2023. I am now immediate Past-President of the British Neuro-oncology Society having been president from 2021-23. My term as Honorary Secretary of the Society of British neurological Surgeons ends in 2023 after 6 years on council.
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, which was then re-awarded in 2019. I also work with a number of Brain Tumour charities and am one of the patrons for the charitable organisation Brainstrust and I am a Trustee of Smile4Wessex.
I am married to Suzy and have three children, Callum, Millie and Leo. I enjoy the outdoor life, keeping fit, travelling and various sports including motorsports and skiing, as well as walking our dog in Winchester where we live.