His medical training was initially in Manchester qualifying as a medical graduate in 1979 followed by surgical training in the Northwest of England. He spent two years at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota – first as an Oncology Research Fellow leading to his MD thesis on Colorectal cancer and then a Clinical Colorectal Fellow. His surgical training was completed by 3 years as a Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Wales School of Medicine in Cardiff.
His clinical work has always encompassed Colorectal Surgery and General Surgery including the Emergency Surgical Take and abdominal trauma.
He was the senior surgeon on the Intestinal Failure Unit at Salford Royal Hospital dealing with tertiary referrals secondary to catastrophic complications of abdominal surgery. He developed and continued a regional practice in Crohns surgery and ileoanal pouch surgery for ulcerative colitis.
A move to LTHTR in 2006 allowed him to continue a practice in colorectal cancer resection as well as complex multidisciplinary pelvic resections and act as Lead Clinician for the Colorectal MDT and Chair the Lancashire Colorectal Cancer Network.
National roles have included Examiner (General Surgery) for the Intercollegiate Board Examination between 2005 and 2010. He has been on the Council of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland for the most part of 20 years between 1992 and 2012.
Executive offices held in the Association of Coloproctology include – Chairman of the Education Committee, Honorary Secretary and finally President of the Association between 2011 and 2012. He was the Clinical lead for the National Bowel Cancer Audit between 2012 and 2015.