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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.


Taner Shakir - East Anglia

I am an ST6 currently undertaking a PhD to improve colorectal robotics training.  Having completed both foundation and core training within the deanery, I have built strong links and am aware of training issues faced regionally.

Noshin Saiyara – East Midland

I am currently an ST3 having completed my undergraduate degree and foundation training in Bangladesh. I have a special interest in academic and leadership activities besides clinical training. I have 5 national presentations including a prize and a first author publication. By taking the regional representative post, I aim to build a strong trainee network nationwide.

James Wyatt – Mersey

I am a ST6 colorectal trainee in the latter half of my time out programme completing my PhD research. I look forward to furthering the work of the Dukes' club in the Mersey region and nationally

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.

Khaldoun Nadi – North Wales

I am one of the Welsh general surgical trainees with colorectal interest. I am currently working in Bangor in the north of Wales. I am happy to work with The Dukes’ Club as the North Wales representative and am looking forward to expanding the colorectal community locally and promoting the activities of The Dukes’ Club and ACPGBI.

Nauman Ahmed – North West

I am currently ST4. I have done Fellowship In General Surgery from Pakistan (FCPS) and European Board (FEBS). My main interests are rectal cancer & minimally invasive surgery. I have a special interest in medical education. I endeavour to represent my peers to best of my abilities.

Orestis Argyriou - North West Thames

I am an ST4 in General Surgery, in North West London, with an interest in Colorectal Surgery. Also, I have been quite enthusiastic about Medical Education, and I am currently completing my MSc in Medical Education at the University of Liverpool. Following this, and prior to my final surgical training years, I plan to undertake my research, leading to a higher degree, with Imperial College London.

Hazim Eltyeb– Northern

I am currently an ST6 in the North East of England, finishing an MReS researching the role of robotic resections for diverticular disease. I have an interest in robotic surgery, and ventral abdominal hernia, as well as education and training.

Sarah Small – Northern Ireland

Sarah is a ST6 in the Northern Ireland deanery with a subspecialty commitment to Colorectal Surgery. Finalising a masters in Clinical education focusing on training and postgraduate examinations. Enjoying formal roles in mentorship in surgery and healthcare leadership; completing a leadership fellowship and innovative Pilot in Cancer Prehabilitation in NI.


Nikhil Lal - Oxford


Lauren O’Connell – Republic of Ireland

Lauren is currently a Higher Surgical trainee (ST5) in the Republic of Ireland, having graduated from University College Dublin in 2014. She has recently returned from OOP, completing an MD on adenosine signalling and mucosal defence in inflammatory bowel disease. She is also currently one of the ASiT regional representatives for the Republic of Ireland. Her particular interests include robotic colorectal surgery, surgical training and education, and digital surgery.

Ramy Shaalan – Scotland

Ramy is an ST6 trainee in the East of Scotland with special interest in Advanced colorectal cancer, robotic surgery, and surgical training. He graduated in 2009 from Ain Shams University in Cairo, where he became a lecturer of surgery after completing his PhD degree in minimally invasive surgery in 2017

Sayed Eldesouky - South East Thames


Sue Chandler - South Wales

I am ST6 in Wales deanery, having graduated from Cardiff University. I am currently completing an MD at Swansea University on serum Raman spectroscopy and disease status monitoring during treatment for colorectal cancer. I have an interest in the management of early rectal cancers as well as education and training

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.

Tom Grove - South West Thames


Rachel Smyth – Wessex

I am an ST7 in Wessex deanery having trained in Southampton University. I completed my foundation training in KSS deanery and then moved back to Wessex for surgical training. I have an interest in minimally invasive colorectal surgery

Rob Tyler – West Midlands

I am currently an ST6 in the West Midlands deanery, having previously trained in Glasgow and Cambridge.  I have just completed a PhD in sarcoma cancer genomics.  I am interested in the management of early rectal cancer and improving trainees’ exposure to minimally invasive surgery techniques

Rohana Mir - Yorkshire

Rohana is an ST5 in Yorkshire and a University of Leeds graduate.  Alongside her medical degree, she intercalated in International Health and has worked with the UN, planning healthcare delivery to refugees. Her interests include surgical training and using virtual/augmented reality in preoperative planning for complex surgery. She looks forward to representing trainees’ views and delivering regional and national ACPGBI and Dukes’ Club activities.