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Executive Committee Members

SVT President - Dominic Foy

Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Trust

I graduated with a BSc in Pure & Applied Physics from University of Salford in 1983 and started in Medical Physics Bristol in 1984. Initially worked in Electronics / Ultrasonics. My boss was Jon Evans, now senior engineer at Huntleigh (the CW Doppler manufacturers). I went through the basic grade physicist’s training, ending up in Vascular Studies at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. I really enjoyed that; working with vascular surgical research registrars and starting to look at what you could do with a duplex scanner (other than scan carotids).

I got married and soon after in 1988 we moved for a promotion to Poole, Dorset. I had a great early days at Poole/Bournemouth working on research into what would become new applications of duplex including leg arterial scanning, venous reflux imaging and plethysmography as well as other Clinical Measurement stuff. I joined SVT early on and was at the inaugural meeting.  I have had two stints on the committee, both as conference secretary but this time I moved on to take on the President’s job.

Our service was permanently moved to Royal Bournemouth Hospital in 1995 where most of the Vascular Surgery was then based. The service has grown from there. We now have 8 staff and are pretty busy. I completed an MSc in Advanced Vascular Ultrasound at Kings College London in 2009. I run the GI physiology service at Bournemouth but 80% of our work is vascular. We are a Vascular hub hospital with a growing number of Consultant Vascular surgeons and have spokes in Salisbury & Dorchester. I have been acting Manager of Medical Physics since 2014.

Outside of work I’m a keen sailor, try to keep fit,  like cycling (sometimes to work along the seafront) and keeping pigs. We have 2 sons and a daughter, all now in their 20s


SVT Past President - Sara Causley

Wye Valley NHS Trust

I currently work for Wye Valley NHS Trust  in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, qualifying as a Clinical Vascular Scientist in 1999. I work as a single handed practitioner supported by a Health Care Assistant. I am also Clinical Skills Trainer and QA lead for the National Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening Programme in Hereford.







Vice President - Lee Smith

South Manchester University Hospital Trust - Independent Vascular Services Ltd

I gained my BSc (hons) in Medical Science at Leeds University in 2005 before I joined Independent Vascular Services Ltd in 2006 as a Trainee Clinical Vascular Scientist. During my training with IVS Ltd I studied for a PgC in Medical Ultrasound at Leeds University before qualifying as an Accredited Vascular cientist through the SVT in 2009.

Since becoming accredited I became manager of the Vascular Ultrasound Department at Fairfield Hospital in Bury where we gained both CQC registration and UKAS accreditation for our service. In 2014 I moved to Wythenshawe Hospital (South Manchester University Hospital Trust) where is am the assistant manager.

I joined the SVT committee in 2015 as the website secretary where I look forward to helping the SVT develop its new website to both aide its members and promote Vascular Science to the wider community.

Outside of work I enjoy running and playing a variety of sports ranging from football to crown green bowls. I am also a keen supporter of my local rugby union side Sale Sharks.


Non-Portfolio Member & BMUS rep - Emma Waldegrave

Vascular Solutions - Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust

Founder and Managing Director of Vascular Solutions, I began my career in vascular technology in Dublin, Ireland as a trainee vascular technologist, in James Connolly Memorial Hospital while concurrently undertaking a PgC in Medical physics and Physiological measurements at Kevin Street D.I.T.

Gaining my accreditation through the Society for Vascular Technology of GB & Ireland in 2004 I moved to the UK to begin working as a Clinical Vascular Scientist in January 2005. On commencing work in London, I decided to further my academic career with an MSc in Medical Ultrasound at KCL, and graduated in September 2008.

Having worked in many NHS and private sector hospitals throughout London I ventured into setting up a high quality, specialised vascular imaging company to supplying vascular laboratory services to the NHS and private sector.

In 2012, I volunteered for the position of non-portfolio Executive Committee member, and in 2013 I was given the role of Conference Secretary, organising the SVT AGM and ASM in Manchester, November 2013 and in Glasgow, 2014.  

As Conference Secretary my role was in leading the planning and organisation of the event, arranging for specialist guest speakers to present at the meeting, accepting abstract submissions and presenting these to the Executive Committee for selection into the ASM and developing the meetings program. I arranged an advanced ultrasound workshop Renal artery and AVF scanning to be held at AGM for SVT members with the assistance of the Education Committee and Executive Committee, the day was very successful and the format was taken forward in planning 2015’s AGM. I am a mother to two young boys and love spending every spare moment out of work time with them and my husband, usually playing sport of some kind, be it tennis, cricket, football or cycling.


Conference Secretary - Grant Robinson

Glan Clwyd Hospital, North Wales

Originally from New Zealand, having an imaging background, training there firstly as a Diagnostic Medical Radiation Technologist, then gaining the Australasian DMU in 1992.

After moving to the UK in 1995, I trained as a Vascular Scientist in Newport, South Wales, and was accredited in 1999.

Since late 2003 I have worked in North Wales at Glan Clwyd Hospital, establishing a Vascular Laboratory there from early 2004.

I'm a returner to the SVT executive, having had non-portfolio, Conference and Newsletter roles previously.

Out of work I enjoy the outdoors- that's why I've lived in Wales for most of the time I've been resident in the UK. I do still keep a casual eye on the All Blacks.......


Treasurer – Kamran Modaresi

London North West Hospitals Trust – Northwick Park Hospital

I am a Clinical Vascular Scientist and I work in the Blood Flow Laboratory at Northwick Park Hospital. Our unit provides a scanning service for our Stroke Unit as well as the West London Vascular & Interventional Centre (WLVIC).  The Stroke Unit is one of the eight HASUs (Hyper Acute Stroke Units) in London and the WLVIC is one of the few combined Vascular Surgery & Interventional Radiology Units in the UK


Non-Portfolio Member - Carol Tennison

I am the senior Clinical Vascular Scientist in the Vascular lab at HEY Hospitals NHS trust. I started in 2001 as a University of Hull research technician performing ABPI’s/TBPI’S/treadmill tests and tcpo2 for the NHS patients and helping the research fellows with the various clinical trials. I progressed to co-ordinating two of our largest commercial research trials (at the time) and began to learn to scan AAA’s. I passed the Burwin Institute course in non-invasive Vascular Technology in 2006 then I migrated to work 100% for the NHS and to become a trainee Vascular Scientist. I found the physics quite difficult so I empathise with those that also struggle with it. But I persevered and passed both my theory exams. I was diagnosed with cancer in April 2010 and for the next two years the majority of my time was taken up with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and numerous operations. In early 2012 I passed the SVT practical exam. I am the Clinical Skills Trainer for the North Yorkshire and Humber AAA Screening Programme, QA lead and I am CAVA qualified.



Website Secretary - Carlos Pinho

Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust - London

Originally from Portugal, where I qualified as a Cardiovascular and Respiratory  physiologist in 2011, I moved to UK in January 2013 to work as a Vascular Technologist  at University Hospital Southampton. Having qualified as an Accredited Vascular Scientist and completed a PgCert from Kings College London, I applied for a position at Imperial College London, where I currently work and share clinical and managerial duties. I volunteered to join the SVT Executive Committee in 2018 as a Non-Portfolio member and was recently offered the post of Website secretary.

I am responsible for uploading content on the SVT website and monitoring our email account ( I will always aim to reply to your queries in the shortest possible time. 



Newsletter Editor - Dan Harding

I graduated with a BSc (Hons) Sports Science Physiology in 2008, following on with postgraduate study in Physiology 2009-10 both at Liverpool John Moores University. Thereafter I joined Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as a Trainee Vascular Scientist in October 2010, studying a PgC in Medical Ultrasound at University West of England (UWE).

Since qualifying as an Accredited Vascular Scientist in 2014, I returned to UWE to top up to PgDip in 2015 studying General Abdominal and Testicular Ultrasound; I’m able to practise these areas of ultrasound within our radiology department at Worcester Royal.

In January 2017 I became Vascular Lab Manager and have since taken on the role of SVT Newsletter Editor in January 2019.

Outside of work, I enjoy keeping fit playing football and road cycling.



Chair of the Education Committee - Heather Anderson


Chair of Professional Standards Committee - Siobhan Meager

I am curreprofilepicntly a Senior Clinical Vascular Scientist based at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE). I joined the team of Vascular Scientists based at the RIE as a trainee in December 2006.

I gained my Accreditation with the SVT in June 2010. Previous to becoming a trainee I was a   Research Associate with Edinburgh University. In December 2014 I achieved STP  equivalence.

I have a special interest in teaching and training and once accredited I joined the SVT  Education Committee as Theory Exam Co-Coordinator and later combined this role with  setting the quarterly newsletter CPD questions, I became Chair of the SVT Education  Committee in 2014 for a period of two years. After a short break I resumed my SVT  committee work as Chair of the professional standards committee (PSC) in 2018.  In this  role  I have enjoyed working with past and present PSC committee members.  This is a challenging and exciting role and I look forward to increasing my experience with developing professional standard documentation.



Membership Secretary - Lynne McRae


Chair of Research Committee - Richard Simpson