NIAA Board Members


Monty Mythen

Professor Monty Mythen

Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care, University College London, UK.
Head of the Portex Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Respiratory Unit at the Institute of Child Health; Consultant in Critical Care Medicine and Anaesthesia at University College London Hospitals. General Secretary of the European Shock Society. Elected Council Member of The Intensive Care Society. Qualified RFU Coach and Referee (Ealing Youth Rugby). Recently returned from 3 months in The Himalaya where he was a member of The Caudwell Xtreme Everest Research Team .

Register of Interests
Personal pecuniary interest:

  • National Clinical lead for the Department of Health Enhanced Recovery Partnership
  • Director of R and D UCL / UCLH NHS Trust
  • Smiths Medical Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care UCL
  • Consultant to AQIX (start up company with a novel crystalloid solution - pre-clinical)
  • I have received honoraria for speaking / consultation and / or travel expenses from Baxter, BBraun, Covidien, Fresenius-Kabi, Hospira, LidCo.
  • Director of Medical Defence Technologies LLC - ("Gastrostim" patented)
  • Co-Inventor of "QUENCH" IP being exploited by UCL Business.

Non-personal pecuniary interest

  • Smiths Medical Endow my Chair at the University and thus provide charitable donations on an annual basis.
  • Deltex Medical provide grant funds to my Department
  • I run a number of educational meetings (including the Great Fluid Debate) and these meetings have sponsorship from multiple industry partners declared on a meeting by meeting basis.

Personal non-pecuniary interest

  • Board member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine
  • Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Intensive Care Foundation
  • Council member of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia
  • Board member of Society for Peri-operative and Quality Improvement
  • Co-Chairman of Evidence Based Peri-operative Medicine
  • Co-Director Xtreme Everest
  • Editorial board of Critical Care and the British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Co-Author of the GIFTASUP guidelines
  • Editor in Chief of Peri-operative Medicine
  • Member of the Improving Surgical Outcomes Group
  • Member of the IV Fluids Guideline Development Group, NICE.
  • Member of the Joint RCoA, FPM and FICM Revalidation Speciality Advisory Team


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Dr Tom Clutton-Brock

Dr Tom Clutton-Brock's interests are: critical care medicine; medical device safety and education; point-of-care testing research; simulation training; management of severe respiratory failure; blended learning and teaching methods.

Register of Interests

  • Associate Medical Director, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Clinical Director of The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Trauma Management Healthcare Technology Co-operative (HTC)
  • Senior Medical Officer, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
    Member, CH/210/5 British Standards Institute
  • Medical Advisory Board, Sphere Medical Ltd, Cambridge, UK
  • Some medico-legal work
  • Member of the following national/international committees: Interventional Procedures Committee, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, ISO/IEC JWG4
  • Engaged in research projects sponsored by Sphere Medical
  • Occasionally sponsored by healthcare companies to deliver lectures on educational matters.

Sharon Drake

Ms Sharon Drake

Royal College of Anaesthetists, Director of Education & Research
Sharon is the Director of Education at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is managerially responsible for the development of the College's educational programme and research activities, and provides managerial support to the NIAA. From 2005 to 2009, Sharon was the Deputy Registrar of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) at the Royal College of Surgeons, where she was responsible for the development of the Faculty's postgraduate educational programmes and management of the Faculty's assessments.

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Dr Andrew Hartle

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
Dr Hartle is a Consultant Intensivist and Anaesthetist at St Mary's Hospital, London, part of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, where he is also the Trust Lead for the Mental Capacity Act.

He qualified in 1987 from the University of Leeds and trained in the RAF, London and Duke University, North Carolina, USA. His clinical interests are Critical Care and ENT anaesthesia for adults and children.

He has been Clinical Director of the Department of Anaesthesia and Chairman of the Clinical Ethics and Clinical Risk Committees. He lectures, writes and broadcasts on issues related to Clinical Ethics, in particular Consent and the Mental Capacity Act.

Elected to AAGBI Council in 2006, he has chaired the Joint Informatics and Safety Committees and was Honorary Secretary between 2010 and 2012 before becoming President Elect in 2013. He will take office as President in September 2014.

Register of Interests

  • Medicolegal work (HM Coroner only since 2006, none since 2012)
  • Previous sponsorship from B. Braun (none since 2012)
  • Member, the Obstetric Anaesthetists' Association (OAA)
  • Member and Committee Member, Society for Ethics and Law in Medicine
  • Member, the Labour Party
  • Co-opted Council Member, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Undertaken Consultancy work JensonR+ Ltd
  • Undertakes independent practice
  • Has received travel, accommodation and subsistence funding from CLS Surgical Ltd in order to be trained to use the TwinStream ventilator (Carl Reiner, Vienna, Austria).

My Civil Partner is:

  • A Consultant Anaesthetist
  • A member of the AAGBI
  • A member of the Intensive Care Society
  • A member of SEA(UK)
  • A Training Programme Director
  • Undertakes independent practice
  • Undertaken paid Consultancy work for JensonR+ Ltd

Dr Andy Klein

Dr Andrew Klein

Andrew Klein is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. His special interests are the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension, blood conservation (particularly pre-operative anaemia and cell salvage) and the impact of technological developments on anaesthesia and surgery. He has edited two books, on Transplantation and Cardiothoracic Critical Care. He is currently an editor of the journal Anaesthesia, and is on the committee of the Association of Cardiothoracic Anaesthetists (ACTA). He is currently working on a project assessing the causes of and impact of preoperative anaemia at Papworth, and is the Principal Investigator for a randomised controlled trial of Fibrinogen Concentrate in aortic surgery. A regular tweeter for Anaesthesia, he also looks after the ACTA website and ACTA News. His hobbies are West Ham United, England Cricket, and actually sport of any description.

Register of Interests

  • Unrestricted educational grant for a project from Fresenius (CATS cell salvage) >honoraria for speaking from Covidien (INVOS)
  • Editor of the journal Anaesthesia

Prof J Robert Sneyd

Professor Rob Sneyd

National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia, Chairman
Professor Sneyd was brought up in Cornwall and one of his first jobs was as a Nursing Auxiliary in Devonport Hospital, Plymouth - now long since demolished! He graduated from Cambridge University in 1981 and continued his medical training in London. Half way through he undertook a research degree and then spent a period working full time in the pharmaceutical industry before returning to work in the NHS.

After completing his UK anaesthetic training he worked at the University of Michigan Medical School at Ann Arbor, USA. In 1993, he returned to the South West as a Consultant Anaesthetist and after a few years moved to the University as Reader in Anaesthesia and then Professor. In 1998 he took over the running of the Plymouth Postgraduate Medical School, first as Acting Dean and then as Dean. He led the Plymouth team in the successful bid for a new Peninsula Medical School and served as Vice-Dean of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry. The first medical graduates have been working as NHS doctors since 1st August 2007 and the dental graduates have been doing so since 2011. He does his clinical work as a Consultant Anaesthetist at Derriford Hospital, mostly in neuro-anaesthesia and is very familiar with the interface between universities and the NHS.

Professor Sneyd's research interests focus on drugs, pharmacology and pharmacokinetics with related projects based on signal processing. Having worked in the pharmaceutical industry he has a special interest in drug development, especially in Intravenous Anaesthesia. He now works as Dean of the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry in Plymouth, UK and lead programmes in medicine and dentistry.

In anaesthesia he has engaged nationally through AAGBI (Council 2006-9, Vice-President 2009-11) and the Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK where he was Vice-President (2011-2012) and internationally with the European Society of Anaesthesiology, ESA as a Director. In each case he has tried to represent the interests of patients and clinicians with an emphasis on sound strategy and common sense.

Register of Interests

  • Dean, Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.
  • Consultant to Maruishi Pharmaceutical Company, Japan.

Professor Nigel Webster

Professor Nigel Webster

British Journal of Anaesthesia
Professor Webster joined the University of Aberdeen in 1994 as the first established Chair in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care. His PhD was from Leeds in the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and he worked as MRC Scientist at the Clinical Research Centre, Harrow. His research interests involve the study of inflammation and infection in the critically ill patient. He has an international research and teaching reputation in the area of intensive care medicine. He has significant experience of national and international collaborative clinical trials as researcher, principal investigator and chair of data and safety monitoring committees. He has had a long-standing interest in the ethics of research trials having been chair of the Grampian Joint University and NHS Research Ethics Committee and currently is a member of the Scottish Multicentre Research Ethics Committee. He joined the Board of the British Journal of Anaesthesia in 1993 and was its Secretary for 10 years. He is now Chairman of the Board of the BJA and chairs the Directors of the BJA. The BJA, along with the RCoA is a major contributor to the research funds used to support UK Anaesthesia and it is the aim of the BJA to be in a position to provide grants in total exceeding £500,000 each year.

Register of Interests

  • Chairman and Director, British Journal of Anaesthesia
  • Director, ROLIM Ltd
  • I have had grants within the last 5 years from MRC, Chief Scientist's Office Scotland, Intensive Care Society and NIAA

Co-opted Members

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Dr Tom Clark

Research and Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT), Chair
Tom is currently a post-CCT fellow in Paediatric Intensive Care at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow. In March 2015 he will start as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at Torbay hospital in Devon. Tom trained in the South West Peninsula deanery and during this time co-founded the regional trainee research and audit collaborative SWARM (South West Anaesthesia Research Matrix) and the national trainee research group RAFT (Research and Audit Federation for Trainees) of which he is the current Chairman. Current research interests include peri-operative oral hygiene packages, cardio-pulmonary exercise testing and peri-operative / critical care echocardiography.

Register of Interests

  • No interests to declare

Prof Mike Grocott

Professor Mike Grocott

Health Services Research Centre Director; Faculty Intensive Care Medicine Representative; NIHR CRN Specialty Lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine & Pain Management
Mike is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton and a consultant in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Mike is the director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Mike also leads the Xtreme Everest program of hypoxia research and is head of the Respiratory Critical Care Research Area within the UHS/UoS NIHR Biomedical Research Unit. His research interests include human adaptation to hypoxia, measuring and improving outcome following surgery, exercise physiology and fluid therapy.

Register of Interests
Personal pecuniary interest:

  • Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southampton
  • Consultant in Critical Care Medicine, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • R&D Lead for Division A, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre
  • Specialty Group Lead (Critical Care and Anaesthesia), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network, NIHR Comprehensive Research Network.

I have received honoraria for speaking and / or travel expenses from:

  • Baxter
  • Fresenius-Kabi
  • BOC Medical (Linde Group)
  • Ely-Lilly Critical Care

Non-personal pecuniary interest:
I lead the Caudwell Xtreme-Everest hypoxia research consortium and the group have received unrestricted grant funds from:

  • John Caudwell
  • BOC Medical (Linde Group)
  • Ely-Lilly Critical Care
  • Smiths Medical
  • Deltex Medical
  • London Clinic
  • Rolex
  • Royal Free Hospital Charity
  • University College London Hospitals Special Trustees
  • With others, I run a number of educational meetings and these meetings have sponsorship from multiple industry partners declared on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

Personal non-pecuniary interest:

  • Director, Caudwell Xtreme Everest
  • Board and Research Council member of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia
  • Co-Chairman of Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-Chairman of Current Controversies in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-chairman of National Perioperative CPET Meeting (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-chairman of KnO2wledge (annual scientific meeting)
  • Member organising group, UK Perioperative Clinical Research Forum (annual scientific meeting)
  • Faculty, Perioperative CPET course
  • Executive faculty of UK-UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine
  • Editor in Chief of Extreme Physiology and Medicine
  • Editorial board of Perioperative Medicine
  • Member of the Improving Surgical Outcomes Group

David Hepworth

Mr David Hepworth

Lay Representative, RCoA Lay Committee
David has worked overseas for the majority of his career - always in the Developing World. His postings have included Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, Nigeria, Pakistan and Egypt. He retired in 2009 and is now enjoying a variety of volunteer work in central London.

Register of Interests

  • No interests to declare

David Highton

Dr David Highton

Trainee Representative
David is a specialty registrar in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine based in the Central London School of Anaesthesia. Following completion of an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Anaesthesia he is undertaking a PhD at the Institute of Neurology, University College London supervised by Professor Martin Smith and Professor Clare Elwell. His research investigates cerebral ischaemia following acute brain injury, leveraging novel non-invasive optical techniques and computational physiology. He is also trainee lead for the London trainee quality improvement and research network PLAN. David's interests include neuroanaesthesia, critical care, teaching and skiing.

Register of Interests

  • No interests to declare

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Professor Phil Hopkins

Chair, Anaesthetic Research Society & NIAA sub-committee
Professor Hopkins graduated Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, University of London in 1984. In 1996 he was awarded an MD by thesis by the University of Leeds. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Professor Hopkins holds the post of Professor of Anaesthesia and Director of the Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences at the University of Leeds, is an Honorary Consultant Anaesthetist to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is Director of the UK National Malignant Hyperthermia Investigation Unit based at St James's University Hospital, Leeds.

Professor Hopkins' major clinical and research interest is malignant hyperthermia (MH) and this includes its relationship with exertional heat stroke. The UK Malignant Hyperthermia Investigation Unit has investigated more than 6000 patients at risk of MH, making it the largest of its kind in the world.

Over the past 20 years Professor Hopkins has published more than 200 papers, abstracts, articles and book chapters, and three books. He has given invited lectures in the United States, Europe, Asia and South Africa. He is a Director of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, President of the Anaesthetic Research Society and was formerly an Editor of the British Journal of Anaesthesia.

Register of Interests

  • Director & Trustee of British Journal of Anaesthesia

Professor  Dave Lambert

Professor David Lambert

NIAA Grants Officer
Professor Lambert trained as a Biologist and then did a PhD in the Diabetes Research Unit at Aston University (1987). He went through a post-doctoral 'conversion' to pharmacology in Leicester under Professor Stefan Nahorski, and then moved to the Anaesthesia Department in Leicester in 1991 where he has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and in 2005 was promoted to a personal chair.
Professor Lambert's research interests are in G-protein coupled receptors, predominantly those for peptides. His career emphasis has been on opioids, and lately the cardiovascular peptide urotensin II and endocannabinoids. He has had 200 peer reviewed publications (h-index 33) and one patent. He was awarded the Humphry Davy medal, an eponymous chair and Fellowship by election by the RCoA.
Professor Lambert is currently the Director of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Grants Officer of the NIAA, Pharmacology Editor for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and Editor of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

Register of Interests

  • BJA Director and company secretary
  • Editor and Board Member for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Editorial Board Member for Trends Anaesthesia & Critical Care
  • Consultancy with Grünenthal Ltd

    Ramani Moonesinghe

    Dr Ramani Moonesinghe

    NIAA Academic Trainee Coordinator & HSRC Director
    Dr Moonesinghe is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) where she is Director of the NIHR funded UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. She has been a Board member of the NIAA since 2009 and the NIAA's academic training advisor since 2012; she is also the academic Training Programme Director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia. Ramani was a Council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She has also previously been a Faculty tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a Trust Clinical Lead for Organ Donation. She is the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-present). In 2016 she was appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care at NHS England; she is also a member of the RCoA's Perioperative Medicine Leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015 she began a 3-year fellowship in Improvement Science with the Health Foundation and is leading the development of the RCoA/HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which will measure and improve morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery.

Ramani is married to Ed, an inventor, and lives in the Sussex countryside surrounded by sheep.

Declaration of Interests

  • 2016 - present: Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care, NHS England
  • 2014 - present: Editorial Board, Postgraduate Medical Journal (BMJ Publishing Group)
  • 2016 - present: Section Editor, Perioperative Medicine Journal (Biomed Central)
  • 2014 - present: Co-Director, Elegant Design and Solutions Ltd. (EDaS) - a design consultancy supporting humanitarian innovation and development
  • 2015 - present: Co-Director, Bloomsbury Innovation Group (BIG) - a community interest company which supports developing sustainable medical technology at lowest possible cost to the healthcare system
  • 2016 - present: Co-Director, Evidence Based Peri-Operative Medicine (EBPOM) - a community interest company which aims to improve the outcome of patients undergoing surgery through research and education
  • 2012 - present: Co-Chair, UCL Centre for Anaesthesia's annual conference in Dingle, Ireland, which receives unrestricted industry sponsorship negotiated annually

Grant funding received
National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (AAGBI project grant)
The Health Foundation
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre's funding scheme

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Dr Andrew Owen

NIAA Academic Trainee Representative
Dr Owen is a dual Anaesthetic and Intensive Care Medicine Trainee based in the West Midlands Deanery. Following an undergraduate degree in Computer Science at the University of Manchester Andrew decided to pursue medicine and completed his undergraduate medical training at the University of Birmingham. After then completing the ACCS programme Andrew was appointed as an Academic Clinical Fellow in Intensive Care Medicine, adding in Anaesthetic Training as a dual specialty after the first year. During his ACF he completed an MRes, the research being basic science orientated and focussing on prospective isolation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSC) using cell sorting and cell therapy for immunomodulation in models of acute liver injury. This allowed him to achieve funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) for his appointment as a Clinical Research Training Fellow looking at the use of MSC in models of DCD liver transplantation. Dr Owen is currently undertaking a PhD at the Centre for Liver research at the University of Birmingham. Andrew is also involved in Resuscitation and Medical Education research and supports a group of medical students in undertaking research and public engagement, as well as delivering BLS training to school pupils across the West Midlands, a scheme supported by the British Heart Foundation and Healthcare Education England. He has a keen interest in getting trainees involved in research and sits on the West Midlands Trainee Research Committee (WMTRAIN).

Register of Interests

  • No interests to declare

Rupert Pearse

Prof Rupert Pearse

CTG Director
Rupert Pearse graduated in 1996 from St George's Hospital Medical School, before training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the south-west Thames region. In 2006, Rupert was appointed Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and was promoted to Professor in 2013. His clinical duties are based on the busy intensive care unit at the Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust. Rupert's main research interest is in improving outcomes for patients following major surgery and his work is supported by a number of major grants from public and industry funders. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious NIHR Research Professorship to support his research in perioperative medicine. Rupert plays a leading role in many large multi-centre studies including ISOS, PRISM and EPOCH. He has experience in a wide range of research methods including translational laboratory and clinical research, multi-centre observational and randomised trials and large epidemiological studies.

Register of Interests

  • Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
  • Honorary Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Director, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Clinical Trials group
  • Member, executive board, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre
  • Associate editor, British Journal of Anaesthesia
    In the past five years I have received grants, equipment or consumables to support my research from:

  • National Institute for Health Research
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia / Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Nestle Health Sciences
  • LiDCO
  • Brainscope
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology

In the past five years I have received honoraria for speaking and / or consultancy from:

  • Nestle Health Sciences
  • Massimo
  • Edwards Lifesciences

Jairaj Rangasami

Dr Jairaj Rangasami

Difficult Airway Society
Specialist Society Representative

  • Dr Rangasami graduated from India in 1979. He has gained worldwide experience in anaesthesia in India, Kenya, Austria, Saudi Arabia, Ireland and the UK

  • Co-chaired the organising committee for the successful 18th DAS Annual Scientific Meeting at Ascot in 2013
  • Presided the fantastically successful DAS2014 ASM held at Stratford upon Avon, Nov 12- 14, 2014
  • Organiser and leader for several international airway workshops in Europe, Africa and Asia
  • Widely published and co-authored three chapters of the NAP4 report
  • Active participation on the NAP4 Review Panel and managed the secure online data management process
  • Special interest and expertise in Difficult Airway Management in theatres and the intensive care unit and regional anaesthesia
  • Previous Webmaster for the DAS website
  • First Elected President of the Difficult Airway Society, 2013.

    Register of Interests
  • No interests to declare

Tom Woolley

Lieutenant Colonel Tom Woolley

Royal Centre for Defence Medicine
Lieutenant Colonel Woolley's interests are in trauma anaesthesia and trauma resuscitation with a particular interest in coagulation and transfusion. He has completed 3 operational tours in Afghanistan, 3 tours of Iraq and 2 tours of Kosovo.

Register of Interests

  • NATO Blood Panel
  • Chairman of the Defence Transfusion Committee