Our Executives

Along with the ACPGBI office bearers, the Executive Committee includes chairs of the Education and Training, External Affairs, Multidisciplinary Clinical and Research and Audit committees, and a BDRF representative*.

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Miss Nicola Fearnhead

Miss Nicola Fearnhead


Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, Chair of NBOCA Clinical Advisory Group, Honorary Secretary of IBD Clinical Advisory Group and member of NCRI Colorectal CSG Surgical Subgroup. Executive Lead for Clinical Outcome Publication for Bowel Cancer from 2014-16. Chair of ACPGBI Research & Audit Committee 2013-17. Convenor of ACPGBI IMPACT initiative.

Steven Brown

Steven Brown


Consultant in Coloproctology in Sheffield since 2002. Previous Honorary Secretary to the ACPGBI Previous Secretary to the RSM section of coloproctology Reader in Surgery Sheffield University Specific interests in Pelvic Floor (incontinence and constipation) colonoscopy and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease).

Professor Peter Sagar

Professor Peter Sagar


Consultant Surgeon St James's University Hospital, Leeds. Main interests include surgery for advanced primary and recurrent colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and laparoscopic surgery.

Mr Charles Maxwell-Armstrong

Honorary Secretary

Mr Maxwell-Armstrong is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at Nottingham University Hospital.

Mr James Wheeler

Assistant Honorary Secretary

James Wheeler is a Consultant Colorectal and General Surgeon, and Specialty Lead for Colorectal Surgery, at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.

Mr Seamus Kelly

Honorary Treasurer

Areas of specialty are coloproctology, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease and colonoscopy. He is also a senior lecturer in surgery

Athur Harikrishnan

Assistant Honorary Treasurer

Mr Harikrishnan is a Consultant Laparoscopic Colorectal Surgeon and trained in East Anglia, working as a consultant in Doncaster for 4 years before moving to Sheffield in 2014

Ciaran Walsh

Multidisciplinary Clinical Committee (MCC) Chair

Consultant colorectal and general surgeon at Wirral University Teaching Hospitals since 1998.

Mr Austin Acheson

Mr Austin Acheson

Research and Audit Committee Chair

Mr Acheson is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon and Associate Professor at Nottingham University. Main interests include Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Anaemia and Clinical Trials.

Laura Hancock

Education and Training Committee Chair

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (Wythenshawe). I graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine, London and surgical training was undertaken in London, Oxford and the Northwest. This was followed by a National ALSGBI/RCS Eng Laparoscopic Colorectal Fellowship in Leeds in 2015.

Shahab Siddiqi

External Affairs Committee Chair

Mr Shahab Siddiqi is a General Surgeon at Springfield Hospital in Essex and Rivers Hospital in Herfordshire