Chair – Ms Hema Sekhar
The Chair is responsible for overseeing the running of the collaborative and for leading the committee and collaborative meetings. They will act as liaison for the other research collaboratives and organisations, and feed back to the members updates from around the country, and also liaising with the Deanery regarding trainee involvement for interim review and ARCP to maintain probity of its members. The chair will also lead the development of NWRC policies and protocols by the committee, and act as liaison to steering groups for projects being run through the NWRC.
Associate Chair – Mr Nick Heywood
The role of the associate chair is to support the chair of the NWRC, overseeing collaborative meetings when they are absent. They will act as liaison to the Northwest Surgical Trials Centre and establish and maintain links to enable development of future trials. The associate chair will be involved in the development of NWRC policies and protocols, and act as liaison to steering groups for projects being run through the NWRC.
BMedSci, BMBS, MRCS
I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2008 and have spent my postgraduate training in hospitals in the Northwest of England. I am currently a Pelvic Floor Research Fellow at University Hospitals of South Manchester having recently taken time out of programme half way through ST5 General Surgery with a subspecialty interest in Colorectal Surgery. From January 2014 I was associate chair of the NWRC and from October 2014, I took over the position of Chair from Jennifer Smith. My aim as chair is to implement changes in the structure of the collaborative, to ensure that we generate high quality research projects and encourage involvement from trainees of all levels from around the region.
Secretary – Ms Corrina Slawinski
The secretary of the NWRC is responsible for taking minutes during meetings and disseminating these to members of the collaborative after each meeting. The minutes will include agreed agenda for the following meeting and be published prior to the subsequent meeting. They are responsible for manageing the NWRC email account and delegating relevant emails for action by each committee member. In addition, they will execute treasurer duties in respect to the collaborative finances. Along with other committee members, they will be involved in the development of NWRC policies and protocols, and act as liaison to steering groups for projects being run through the NWRC.
Associate Secretary – Ms Anca-Miheala Nedea
The role of the Associate secretary is to support the secretary of the NWRC, overseeing minutes when the secretary in absent. They will be responsible for ensuring the location of each meeting and keeping the register of member attendance and involvement in each of the projects being run through the NWRC. They will act as a liaison for sponsorship generation of fundraising for the collaborative to support the running of each meeting. Along with other committee members, they will be involved in the development of NWRC policies and protocols, and act as liaison to steering groups for projects being run through the NWRC.
Webmaster – Ms Rebecca Fish
The Webmaster is responsible for updating and maintaining the NWRC website, Facebook and Twitter accounts. They will upload documents for reference for collaborative members and they will generate template designs for presentations and policy documents. Along with other committee members, they will be involved in the development of NWRC policies and protocols, and act as liaison to steering groups for projects being run through the NWRC.
BSc, MBChB, FRCS, PhD
I am an ST8 colorectal surgery trainee. I was a founder member of the NWRC and have continued to provide support as the group’s webmaster since its inception. I graduated from the university of Manchester medical school in 2003. I have trained in hospitals throughout the Northwest and also spent 6 months as an anatomy demonstrator at the University of Manchester. I am taking the ‘scenic route’ though training having had two children, worked less than full time for several years and completed a period of out of programme research for a PhD, developing a core outcome set for anal cancer (CORMAC project). I hope to encourage more junior surgical trainees to get involved with our projects to and to encourage mentorship between senior and junior trainees.