- To provide robust governance to ensure that the Association is fulfilling its charitable aims.
- To receive and approve an annual statement of accounts ahead of its presentation at the AGM.
- To ensure a timely return to the Charities Commission.
- To review and agree the Association’s strategy and assist the Executive Committee of Council with its development.
- To formally approve recommendations from Council, ahead of their presentation at the AGM, for changes to the Constitution of the Association.
Appointment of the Board of Trustees
- Executive members are Trustees by virtue of their post within the ACPGBI.
- Non-Executive members – These were appointed at the Extraordinary General Meeting held on 9 October 2017 at which the revised Articles of Association and the revised Constitution of the Association of Coloproctology of Great Britain and Ireland were adopted.
- In the future, additional or replacement Trustees will be appointed by the Board of Trustees as they see fit.
Composition of the Board of Trustees
Current President, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer
The Chair is elected from their membership by the Board of Trustees
Medical – at least five and ideally to include at least one nurse
(note: to avoid conflict of interest, non-Executive membership of the Board of Trustees would debar that member from sitting concurrently on the Council of the ACPGBI or on any of its committees. In the event that a non-Executive member of the Board of Trustees wished to sit on the ACPGBI Council or one of its committees, a period of one year would have to elapse after demitting office from the Board of Trustees before that member could do so.)
Lay (i.e. non-medically qualified individuals) – to include a minimum of two patient representatives, a lawyer, a trustee from a financial background and a non-medical academic.
Duration of appointment
- Executive members – for the duration of their appointment on the Executive Committee
- Non-Executive medical members – three years, renewable for a further three years.
- Non-Executive lay members – three years, renewable for a further three years.
Chair (ACPGBI Past President)
Graham Williams is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at the Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals Trust.
Jon is the Chief Financial Officer of London North West Healthcare NHS Trust, a large integrated acute and community organisation that runs St Marks, Northwick Park, Ealing and Central Middlesex hospitals.
ACPGBI Patient Trustee
Maria Bentley is a project manager from the North West of England. She lives in Manchester and has spent the last 8 years working for the General Medical Council, the UK’s medical regulator. Maria has Ulcerative Colitis and underwent a colectomy in 2017, which has left her with an ileostomy.
Matron for Elective Surgery
Jay has been working in the Trust since 2003, initially with the colorectal team and more recently as Matron for Elective Surgery. Her role mainly involves ensuring quality and safety for patients and her staff across the wards and specialist teams that she manages.
AnneDemick, who is from Northern Ireland, is a recently retired director of a sales and marketing business.
ACPGBI 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
ACPGBI Past President
John Northover was a surgeon at St Mark’s, retiring several years ago and was Past President of ACPGBI in 2007-08
ACPGBI Past President
Colorectal surgeon with an interest in pelvic floor disorders and anal cancer. She works as an Honorary Consultant at Southampton General Hospital where she is runs a tertiary referral service for constipation and incontinence. She is also the regional lead for anal cancer.
Peter has been working in the charity sector for 20 years. For ten of those years, he was working in fundraising and marketing roles for hospices in Sussex and the Cotswolds. He was previously CEO of Bowel Disease Research Foundation and has worked for Arthritis Care and KIDS the disabled children's charity. Peter is also a Trustee at Single Homeless Project (SHP) a charity that works to prevent homelessness and transform lives across London.
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.
ACPGBI Legal Trustee
Jan was a partner at international law firm Ashurst LLP for 24 years working in M&A and projects including in healthcare, education waste and energy and was responsible for departmental HR. She sits as a Magistrate on the adult and youth benches and is a Trustee of Common Purpose Charitable Trust, a global leadership organisation working to develop leaders who can cross boundaries. Currently Jan chairs their audit and risk committee.
ACPGBI Past President
Nigel Scott is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust. His published work includes approximately 100 peer reviewed papers, 200 invited lectures, 20 invited chapters and editor of two books including a recent textbook on Colorectal Surgery. National roles have included Examiner (General Surgery) for the Intercollegiate Board Examination between 2005 and 2010. He was 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 positions held with the Association of Coloproctology include Chairman of the Education Committee, Honorary Secretary and finally President of the Association between 2011 and 2012. Nigel Scott was the Clinical lead for the National Bowel Cancer Audit between 2012 and 2015.
Robert J C Steele
ACPGBI Past President
Professor Robert Steele obtained his initial surgical and academic training in Edinburgh, Hong Kong and Aberdeen and was appointed as Senior Lecturer in Surgery at the University of Nottingham in 1990.He was then appointed Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Dundee in 1996 and as Professor of Surgery and Head of Academic Surgery in 2003.
ACPGBI Honorary Secretary
James Wheeler is a Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, and Divisional Director for Surgery, at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge.
Professor Howard Young Trained as a surgeon in colorectal surgery. Retired from consultant surgeon post in September 2009. Was also Vice Dean, School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education from 1992 until retirement - responsible for hospital medical practice section