Lay Members of the LC

Dr Carol Pellowe
Chair

 

 
 

Dr Stuart Burgess

Jennifer Dorey

Robert Dudgeon

 

Bob Evans

Elspeth Evans

Irene Leeman

 

Cllr Adrian Mason

Bal Patel

Dr Ann Shearer

 

Lynne Smith

Barbara Webster

Pauline Elliott


Dr Carol Pellowe
Chair, Lay Committee

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. In 2018 she was presented with the Brendan Moore for her contribution to the society and infection prevention nationally and internationally.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AoMRC).
  • Bulletin Editorial Board.

Declaration of interests

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

 

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Dr Stuart Burgess
London 

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 RCoA work and involvement

  • Faculty of Pain Medicine Board.

Declaration of interests

  • None.

 

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Jennifer Dorey
Oxford 

Jennifer has been a practising hospital pharmacist for most of her 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 her priority.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • Safe Anaesthesia Liaison Group (SALG).

Declaration of Interests

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

 

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Robert Dudgeon
Kent

A fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers now largely retired, Robert recently worked for the Highways Agency (now Highways England) project managing large road construction projects and was responsible for their UK highway engineering specifications. He is a member of British and European Standards committees and remains Chairman of a European Technical committee. His is coming to the end of his sixth and final year as Public Governor at the Queen Victoria NHS Trust Hospital at East Grinstead. He has been treasurer and is now President of the local Rotary Club.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • Member of the Patient Information Group.
  • Member of the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) Group.
  • Lay Member of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) Board.

Declaration of interests

  • Public Governor of Queen Victoria NHS Hospital East Grinstead.
  • Director of Kent Beekeeping Association.
     

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Elspeth Evans
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 RCoA work and involvement

  • Education Committee.
  • PSED Compliance Group.
  • Quality Working Group.
  • Revalidation Committee.

Declaration of interests

  • Voluntary administrative role with The Patients Association.

 

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Bob Evans
Surrey

A Chartered Town Planner, Bob 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 RCoA work and involvement

  • Lay Committee Lead person on Examinations and Training Committees.
  • Trained as a Lay Reviewer for the Anaesthesia Clinical Services Accreditation (ACSA) project.
  • Member of Examination Review Group.
  • Member of Public Patient Involvement (PPI) Group.
  • The RCoA holds its Lay Committee 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. Lay Committee 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.

 

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Irene Leeman
London

Irene 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 RCoA work and involvement

  • Medical ethics and consent.
  • Patient safety.
  • The patient/doctor relationship.

Declaration of interests

  • Public Governor for Harrow on Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Chairman: Kenton United Synagogue.

 

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Cllr Adrian Mason
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.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • To be confirmed.

Declaration of interests

  • None.

 

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Bal Patel
Leicester

Torn between a career in physics or geology, Bal was fortunate to join the oil industry in the late seventies where he was able to combine the two disciplines. A brief stint in the Yorkshire Dales looking for dangers to coal mining, led to a career involving short stays around the globe looking for oil and gas. Progressing (?) to middle management confirmed his preference for a technical career which involved some teaching and a lot of mentoring. Having spent the last 15 exciting years in a specialist mergers and acquisitions team and having endured several boom and busts cycles in the oil business, Bal decided to take early retirement in 2015. Volunteering as a teacher/mentor/lay person has been a great privilege allowing him to give something back to the community.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • To be confirmed.

Declaration of interests

  • None.

 

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Dr Ann Shearer
Edinburgh

Ann retired as a dentist in 2018 and is now a jewellery designer and maker.  During her dental career she held posts in dental schools and hospitals in London, Newcastle, Bristol, Manchester and Dundee.  Latterly she worked for NHS Education for Scotland with responsibility for dentists in training and for the funding for dental undergraduate programmes.  Throughout her dental career she was actively involved in the development of curricula, examinations and assessments at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • To be confirmed.

Declaration of interests

  • None.
     

 

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Lynne Smith
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 RCoA work and involvement

  • National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) Project Board.
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Board.
  • Lynne believes the Lay Committee presents a continuing opportunity to contribute to the continued development of the NHS.

Declaration of interests

  • None.

 

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Barbara Webster
Milton Keynes

Semi-retired with 29 years experience in the financial industry working mostly in the personal and SME market.

Barbara was also a Magistrate for 9 years working on the Thames Valley Bench.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • To be confirmed.

Declaration of interests

  • None.

 

 

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Pauline Elliott
Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Pauline worked in the NHS as a nurse and manager for 27 years specialising in intensive care and neurosciences.  She worked in hospitals and NHS trusts in Cardiff, Derby, Nottingham, Cambridge and Oxford.  In 2005 she moved to the Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman where she focused on high risk and high priority investigations into complaints about the NHS and government services.  During her final two years at PHSO she held two roles simultaneously: Assistant Director - Complex Casework and Head of Clinical Advice. She retired in December 2018. Pauline enjoys travel and learning about the history of art.  She is a volunteer for the National Trust.

Areas of RCoA work and involvement

  • To be confirmed.

Declaration of interests

  • None.