Lay Members of the LC

Mr Robert Thompson
Chairman, Lay Committee, Harrogate 



Rob has worked in and alongside the NHS for over 40 years. Jobs have included Trust Chief Executive and Senior Civil Servant.

He believes that involving people is critical to improving and developing services for patients.

Rob sits on a NHS Research and Ethics Commitee, is a Trustee with the Camphill Village Trust and chairs the local Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Areas of work and involvement

  • RCoA Council
  • Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Award

Declaration of Interests

  • Chair, Harrogate and District Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • Member, Leeds and Bradford NHS Research & Ethics Committee
  • Director of RTC
  • Trustee of Campbell Village Trust

Professor Christine Barrowclough
Retired, Manchester



Christine trained as a clinical psychologist and worked as such in the NHS for many years before joining the University of Manchester. She retired from paid employment in 2015 but retains an Emeritus professorship with the University and continues to live in Manchester.

Dr Stuart Burgess



Stuart has worked as the Rural Advocate to the Prime Minister and Chaired the Commission for Rural Communities. He has co-chaired the LC for the British Medical Association, co-founded the Nottinghamshire Hospice and founded St Andrew’s House for the mentally vulnerable. Presently he serves on the ethical committee for the Department of Work and Pensions, the Board of Passenger Focus for the Department of Transport and Chairs the Directors of an ethical, social enterprise hotel in Euston, ’The Wesley’

He enjoys travelling, music, walking and playing tennis


Areas of work and involvement 

  • FPM Board

Mrs Jennifer Dorey
Retred, Oxford



I have been a practising hospital pharmacist for most of my career, including twenty years as chief pharmacist in a large teaching hospital and pharmaceutical adviser to a strategic health authority.


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


Areas of work and involvement

  • Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG)

Declaration of Interests

  • Lay member of Performance Advisory Group, NHS England South (South Central)

Ms Elspeth Evans
Retired, Buckinghamshire 



General administration in the Civil Service and two Medical Royal Colleges, with particular experience of working in medical examinations, staff management and human resources.


Areas of work and involvement 

  • Revalidation Committee

Declaration of Interests:

  • Small shareholding in GlaxoSmithKline

Mr Robert Evans
Retired, Surrey



A Chartered Town Planner, Bob Evans has spent over 35 years in local government service, the last 15 of which were as a Director of Tandridge District Council in east Surrey. Much of his managerial career has been spent on modernising and making public involvement in local decisions a reality.


Areas of work and involvement

  • LC Lead person on Examinations & Training
  • Trained as a Lay Reviewer for the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) project
  • Member of RCOA Exam Review Group
  • Member of Public Patient Involvement (PPI) Group

The RCoA holds its LC in high esteem and we strive to make our contributions worthwhile. We are seeking more engagement in the exams process. Work on assessing research proposals by the PPI Group is gathering pace. LC Members will also play a part in the review of clinical anaesthesia services in hospitals as part of the Royal College’s accreditation process.

Declaration of Interests

  • President, Rotary Club of Oxted and Limpsfield
  • Secretary, Hurst Green Methodist Church
  • Minute Secretary, Churches Together in Oxted and District
  • Committee Member, Aggies on the Green Community Cafe
  • Speaker Secretary, Probus Club of Oxted and District
  • Anaethesia Category Judge, BMJ Awards 2016

Miss Carol Green
Retired Senior Administrator, University of Oxford  


Areas of work and involvement

  • Faculty of Pain Medicine (FPM) Board and FPM Professional Standards Committee

I spent several years working with anaesthetists, particularly those in training, and I have undergone anaesthetics during my lifetime.  I feel, therefore, that I am in a unique position to bridge the viewpoints of both anaesthetists and patients.

Mr John Hitchman
Retired Chartered Architect, County Durham



Principal of architectural practice for thirty years. For twenty years a non-executive director of the leading residential training college for the disabled. Currently on the boards of various local charities and statutory bodies.


Areas of work and involvement

  • LC lead for ACSA and member of the Quality Management of Services Committee
  • Equivalence Committee ’
  • Patient & Public Involvement in Research Committee
  • National Audit Project 5 - Accidental Awareness during General Anaesthesia

My particular interests are the improvement of the patient experience, informed consent, accidental awareness and paediatric anaesthetic services. As a member of the LC I have the opportunity to contribute a patient perspective to many of the College's initiatives directed at achieving the highest quality of patient care and comfort.  

Mr David Humphreys
Retired Civil Servant, Belfast



I join the LC with first hand experience after having various surgeries over the last 20 years. I still attend the pain clinic on a regular basis. The NHS is going through big changes, waiting lists growing longer especially for specialist treatment i.e Pain Clinics. I feel that I can represent patients and help set aside any fears that they might have prior to surgery.

I am very pleased to have been chosen to work alongside other LC members from across the UK.


Areas of work and involvement 

  • Advisory Board for Northern Ireland

Mrs Irene Leeman
Retired dental surgeon/University Tutor, London



She has worked in the NHS for about 40 years both clinically and as a manger of services. This included general dental practice, community dental services, and hospital dentistry, mainly with children and adults with special needs. Some of this work included treating patients under general anaesthesia and working closely with anaesthetists. In addition she has taught and mentored undergraduates and MSc students in Dental Public Health, and she still does this on an ad hoc basis.


Areas of interest are medical ethics and consent, patient safety and the patient/doctor relationship.


Declaration of interests

  • Public Governor for Harrow on CNWL NHS Foundation Trust
  • Chairman: Kenton United Synagogue

Cllr Adrian Mason
Political and Educational Consultant, Conwy, Wales



Adrian has been in legal and legal practice education for 17 years and was until recently a college principal. He is a Member of the Wales Committee for the College. Adrian is a local councillor and acts as a lay reviewer for the Nursing & Midwifery Council. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, walking and tennis.

Dr Carol Pellowe
Retired, Hertfordshire



Carol is a retired nurse whose career spanned practice, education and research both in the UK and abroad. She specialised in infection prevention and co-authored the first national evidence based infection prevention guidelines for acute care settings in England and Wales and the NICE guidelines for primary and community care. She was an active member of the Infection Prevention Society coordinating the education and professional development committee and serving on the Board.


Areas of work

  • AoMRC
  • Bulletin Editorial Board

Declarations of interest

  • Member of the North London (Stanmore) National Research Ethics Committee

Mr Les Scott
Retired, Lanarkshire



Currently a Curriculum and Quality Manager having formerly been Head of School and Resource Manager in Scotland’s largest FE College.  Previous to this I worked in Facilities Management and have been involved in the design and operation of building services in a variety of building types, including healthcare premises.  As a result of earlier sports injuries I have recently undergone several orthopaedic procedures where one of the more important aspects for me was that of effective communication.  I am particularly interested in highlighting the current excellent service within the NHS but also being able to contribute to improvements in the future, from a patient’s perspective. Having spent 25 years in teaching I am naturally interested in education, training and examinations.


Areas of work and involvement

  • Scottish Advisory Board

Ms Lynne Smith
Retired, Bolton

Lynne was a manager in the NHS for over 35 years, working mainly as a General manager in acute and specialist hospitals. She also worked  in HR in the NHS for a few years.


Areas of work and involvement

  • NELA Project Board
  • CPD

Lynne believes the Lay Committee presents a continuing opportunity to contribute to the continued development of the NHS

Ms Sadia Zouq
Barrister, London

Sadia is the Senior Lawyer (Fitness to Practise) at the General Dental Council. She was previously the Senior Lawyer at the General Optical Council, prior to which she was employed as a Barrister at the General Pharmaceutical Council undertaking the full breadth of fitness to practise hearings before Committees and the High Court. Sadia has an interest in patient safety and in the wider healthcare system, and is keen to bring her knowledge and experience to the various RCoA Committees.
Areas of work and involvement
  • Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group
Declaration of interests
  • Committee member of the Association of Regulatory and Disciplinary Lawyers.


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