Council

Council is the body responsible for the professional aspects of the specialty of anaesthesia, with responsibility for developing and implementing the College's policies on clinical and professional matters, and responding to the current issues affecting professional practice and professional matters, and responding to current issues affecting professional practice and standards.

The role of the Council is to provide clinical leadership to the specialty, setting standards for education, learning and examinations and ensuring adherence to evidence-based practice. 

Members of Council are elected and co-opted from all groups, from Anaesthetists in Training to Consultants and SAS Doctors, as well as regional Boards and specific stakeholder groups. It’s the role of the Council members to make sure the College represents the needs of members and the profession. 

Elected Members of Council

Dr Fiona Donald

President, elected Consultant representative 

Dr Helgi Johannsson

Vice-President, elected Consultant representative

Dr Claire Shannon

Vice-President, elected Consultant representative

Dr Russell Perkins

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Professor Mike Grocott

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Chris Carey

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Claire Mallinson

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Sarah Ramsay

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Felicity Plaat

Elected Council Member and Clinical Quality Advisor

Dr Mike Swart

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Ros Bacon

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Professor Jonathan Thompson

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Sri Gummaraju

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Ramai Santhirapala

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Ashwini Keshkamat

Elected Council Member, SAS Doctor representative

Professor Andrew Smith

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Sarah Thornton

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Satya Francis

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Toni Brunning

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Elisa Bertoja

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Dr Rashmi Rebello

Elected Council Member, Anaesthetist in Training representative

Dr Sunil Kumar

Elected Council Member, SAS Doctor representative

Dr Catherine Bernard

Elected Council Member, Anaesthetist in Training representative

Dr Chris Taylor

Elected Council Member, Consultant representative 

Co-opted Members of Council

Dr Lorraine de Gray

Co-opted Council Member, Dean of the Faculty of Pain Medicine 

Dr Daniele Bryden

Co-opted Council Member, Dean of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine 

Dr Will Donaldson

Co-opted Council Member, Chair of the RCoA Northern Ireland Board

Dr Simon Ford

Co-opted Council Member, Chair of the Welsh Board of the RCoA 

Dr Daphne Varveris

Co-opted Council Member, Chair of the Scotland Board of the RCoA 

Dr Sandeep Lakhani

Co-opted Council Member and member of ACSA committee 

Jenny Westaway

Co-opted Council Member, representing PatientsVoices

@RCoA 

Dr Simon Howell

Co-opted Council Member, representing the British Journal of Anaesthesia 

Dr Dave Selwyn

Co-opted member of Council, representing Centre for Perioperative Care 

Dr Matthew Davies

Co-opted Council Member, President Association of Anaesthetists

Dr Roger Sharpe

Co-opted Council Member representing FRCA Examinations 

Dr Simon Maguire

Council Member elected for Co-option, representing Regional Advisers

Dr Matthew Tuck

Co-opted member of Council representing Anaesthetists in Training

Dr Giovanna Kossakowska

Council Member elected for Co-option, representing Anaesthetists in Training

Colonel James Ralph

Co-opted member of Council representing Defence