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The Herrick Society Committee

The Herrick Society Committee are voted for by members at the annual meeting, held at the British Transplant Society congress each year. Committee members must be members of the Herrick Society. Posts generally last for 2 years.

Tom Nieto


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Tom is a ST7 General Surgical Trainee with a specialist interest in Renal Transplantation based in the West Midlands deanery. He has completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham and his ongoing research interests include rapid beside HLA genotyping and next generation sequencing in assessment for transplantation.

Mekhola Hoff


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Mekhola is an ST7/8 in transplant surgery in Cambridge, where she also completed her PhD in transplant immunology. Her clinical interests are kidney and pancreas transplantation, vascular access and multi-organ retrieval. Her research interests include cell therapy, organ resuscitation and regeneration. She is a former winner of both the Medawar Medal and the Patey Prize.

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Ruth Owen

Ruth Owen

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Ruth is an academic foundation doctor in Newcastle University, undertaking research in transplantation. She has formerly been the President of the Newcastle University Surgical Society and has an interest in the impact of BMI on pancreas transplantation. Prior to medical school, she worked for the accounting firm Ernst and Young

Rachel Thomas

ASIT representative

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Rachel is an StR7 Transplant Surgery in Edinburgh and looks forward to joining the Herrick Society committee as ASIT rep and to work supporting transplant trainees. Rachel has worked in Glasgow and Edinburgh transplant units and recently gained my FRCS qualification to join the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. Her clinical interests are in renal and pancreas transplant and research interests are in ischaemia reperfusion injury and she is currently an investigator for the HOT2 study looking at ways to ameliorate IRI in deceased donor renal transplant.

In addition, Rachel is a mother of two children and train less than full time. From this experience, Rachel is well placed to speak for trainees with additional commitments and offer advice on prioritisation and development of surgical skills using available opportunities. As with so many of us, Rachel is very understanding of the hours demanded by transplant surgery and the importance of promoting good work-life balance for healthy lifelong working and avoid burnout. Rachel looks forward to meeting many of you all at meetings and conferences and working together.

Emily Thompson

Research Lead

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Emily is an ST4 surgical ACF trainee in Newcastle. She is currently undertaking a PhD in Newcastle researching the delivery of cell-based therapeutics to kidney transplants, using and ex-vivo normothermic perfusion model. She is the recipient of the Leonard da Vinci Transplant Research Innovation Award at ESOT 2019

She is looking forward to continuing the excellent work of the research collaborative and would welcome ideas or questions.

Sam Tingle

Training representative

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Sam is a General Surgery ACF in Newcastle with an interest in HPB and Transplantation.

Charlotte Brown

Training representative
Charlotte Brown

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Charlotte Brown in an ST5 Surgical Trainee in Wales, with a specialist interest in Renal Transplantation and Vascular Access Surgery. She completed her PhD at Cardiff University investigating renal ischaemia reperfusion injury.

Sushma Shankar

ESOT representative
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Sushma is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Transplant Surgery based in Oxford.

Matthew Byrne

Core Training Representative

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Matt is an academic clinical fellow in Oxford, and completed an academic foundation program in transplantation in Cambridge. He is most passionate about organ donation and founded an educational charity called We Are Donors to help promote informed choices in school children. As part of the Herrick Society, Matt hopes to improve access to learning and career development opportunities in transplantation for junior trainees.

Gillian Hardman

Cardiothoracic Representative

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Gill is an ST7 in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the North West. Her clinical interests include adult Cardiac surgery and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. She is the NHSBT Clinical Research Fellow in Cardiothoracic Transplantation, based at the Freeman Hospital and is a PhD candidate at Newcastle University with work aiming to improve organ utilisation in UK lung transplantation. Her research interests include surgical psychology, behaviour change and Human Factors.

In 2018 she completed her MSc in Medical Education at the University of Manchester. She is a faculty member of the RCSed Non-technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) course and is keen to develop Human factors training within transplantation. She has recently been elected to the RCSed Trainees’ committee and plays an active role in the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland (SCTS).

Gill is looking forward to working with the Herrick society to improve the representation of Cardiothoracic surgery in transplantation, grow the cardiothoracic membership and, more importantly, increase collaborative working between the transplant specialties.

Aditya Borakati


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Adi is an academic clinical fellow in London, with an interest in HPB and Transplantation, and completed an academic foundation program in HPB at the Royal Free Hospital. He is interested in data science and clinical informatics and has significant experience in coding and web development.

James Ashcroft

Social Media Officer

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James is an Academic Clinical Fellow in Surgery and Transplantation in Cambridge.

Victoria Banwell

Kidney Advisory Group Representative

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Vicky is an ST7 transplant trainee based in Edinburgh and has clinical interests in kidney and pancreas transplant and abdominal retrieval surgery. She completed her PhD in 2020 at the University of Edinburgh with Professor Marson. Her ongoing research interests include use of novel technologies in retrieval surgery and kidney transplantation.

Vicky was appointed the first Kidney Advisory Group (KAG) transplant trainee representative in 2021. This is a novel 2-year post created by NHSBT with the aim to represent the interests of transplant trainees at a national level and allow dissemination of information that directly relates to training. She looks forward to working with transplant trainees in the futures and representing their interests in this new role.