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The aim of regional trainee representatives is to develop a national network of trainees who will represent regional colorectal trainee views.

The regional trainee representatives work alongside the ACPGBI chapter representative to help promote and deliver regional and national ACPGBI and Dukes’ Club activities.

Rachel Clifford – Mersey

As I come to the end of my PhD focusing upon biomarkers for locally advanced rectal cancer, as an RCS research fellow, I will return to training as ST5. I have represented the Mersey deanery as the Dukes’ rep for the last 2 years, and look forward to continuing to contribute to building a strong trainee network across grades

Ioanna Drami – North East Thames

Ioanna is a higher surgical trainee (ST5) in the North East and Central London deanery, with a special interest in colorectal cancer. Her academic background includes a BSc in Biomedical Sciences at QMUL and an MSc at Imperial College in Reproductive and Developmental Biology. Ioanna elected to take time out of training to undertake a PhD at St Mark’s Institute and Imperial College, under the supervision of Mr Ian Jenkins and Professor Stella Knight, as part of the BiCyCLE research group.

Amy Lord – Wessex

I am currently an ST8. I have recently carried out research at the Royal Marsden/Imperial looking at tumour deposits in rectal cancer. I have an on ongoing research interest in staging and multidisciplinary management of rectal cancer and am involved in several international collaborative groups continuing the research I started in my PhD

Adam Rees- North West

I am currently an ST8 in General and Colorectal Surgery in the Northwest Deanery. I have completed a PhD investigating the relationship between colorectal cancer and thrombosis at the University of Manchester

Vicky Proctor- Yorkshire

I am currently ST7 in Yorkshire and the Humber. I have recently led the Management of Acutely Symptomatic Hernia (MASH) study.

Abigail Vallance- South West

Abigail is an Academic Clinical Lecturer in colorectal surgery and honorary ST6 colorectal registrar in the Seven Deanery. She is the RCS associate sub-speciality lead for colorectal research and a member of the ACPGBI research and audit committee.  She was a member of the Dukes’ Club executive committee for 3 years and is now looking forward to working with the Dukes’ Club in the South West.

Althea Tang- South Wales

I am a ST5 in the Wales Deanery currently out of programme completing my MD in early detection of colorectal cancer at Swansea University.

Duncan Scrimgeour – Scotland

I am an ST8 with an interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery, abdominal wall reconstruction and surgical education. I was the first intercollegiate research fellow of the four UK and Ireland surgical royal colleges and have completed an MSc on ‘High throughput molecular profiling of colorectal cancer’ and a PhD on ‘Predicting performance in UK surgical training’. As the newly appointed regional trainee representative of Scotland I endeavour to represent my peers honestly, impartially and without bias.


Emer O’Connell – Republic of Ireland

I am a HST Trainee in General Surgery and Colorectal Surgery, currently undertaking MD by research in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Iannish Sadien – East Anglia

I am an ST5 in General Surgery in the East of England deanery. I did my undergraduate and clinical degrees at the University of Cambridge, followed by foundation and core surgical training in the East of England. As such, I am familiar with several of the Trusts in the region and know some of the issues faced by colorectal trainees locally. I am passionate about academia, and I am currently undertaking a PhD. My research interest is genetic heterogeneity in colorectal cancer. Outside of work, I like home-brewing and going on long walks with our dog.

Nollaig O’Donohoe- SE Thames

Nollaig is just finishing ST7 General and Colorectal surgery in South East London. Her interests include advanced endoscopy, benign colorectal and emergency surgery. She holds a Masters in public health and spent two years working as rural surgeon in Uganda. She maintains a keen interest in global surgery


Thomas Barnes- Oxford

Tom trained in Liverpool Medical School and spent his Foundation and Core Training years in Merseyside and moved to the Oxford Region in 2014 to start Higher Surgical Training. After completing ST3, he went out of programme to complete a PhD at the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences, Oxford University in the use of fluorescence in gastrointestinal surgery completing this in 2018.