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Executive Committee Members

SVT 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.

 

SVT Past 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

 

 

Vice President & 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.

 

 

Secretary - Sara Causley

Wye Valley NHS Trust 

I am a Clinical Vascular Scientist running a single handed service in the Wye Valley as part of the Hereford and Worcester Vascular network.

I started back in 1995 and in those days I was allowed to use my nursing diploma as entry into AVS training and after much hard work and with no one to teach me physics I became fully qualified in 1999.

Being single handed from the beginning meant it could be hard to make contacts and keep fully involved it what was new in the world of vascular science. So in around 2008 I bravely (for me) decided to stick my head above the parapet and become a non-portfolio member of the SVT Executive Committee.

It’s no exaggeration to say this was the best decision I have made professionally and has benefited me as well as hopefully the members over the years. I have met many wonderful people who have helped me so much and I would like to thank them all for their support.

My first job was as membership secretary, a role which I held for many years eventually relinquishing this when I became President in 2017. I have now taken on the role of secretary to support the committee and hopefully add some useful knowledge of events that have happened since I joined.

I also sit on the National AAA Screening Advisory Board as well as being the Clinical Skills Trainer and QA Lead for my local programme.

Living at home in Worcester we have many popular sports to watch. My husband and are season ticket holders at Worcester Warriors Rugby Club, (can be painful to watch). And also Worcester Wolves basketball which is always a good evening out.

Next year I plan to retire and return to work part time. I think it’s time to take things a bit easier.

 

 

Treasurer – Ben Freedman 

 

 

Newsletter Editor - Daniela Bond-Collins

 

 

Conference Secretary - Carole 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.

 

Membership Secretary - Lynne McRae

 

 

Chair of the Research Committee - Richard Simpson

 

 

Chair of the Education Committee - Heather Anderson

 

 

 

Chair of the Professional Standards Committee - Kamran Modaresi

I work at the Vascular Imaging Unit at Northwick Park Hospital and have been involved in Vascular Ultrasound for some years. I am currently the Chair of the Professional Standards committee and am looking forward to being involved with the external bodies and other PSC members in reviewing and updating our documents in line with current practice.

 

 

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 Sonographer 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 offered the post of Website secretary soon after.

 

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

 

 

 

Non-Portfolio - Steve Rogers