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Executive Committee Members

SVT President  - Emma Waldegrave

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 

I continue to work clinically and thoroughly enjoy my professional role, while also raising my two children aged 11 and 12.  

Having spent almost nine years on the Executive Committee in various roles such as Conference Secretary, BMUS representative and Vice president, I now step into my two-year tenure as President of the SVT. 

It is a great honour to undertake the role and I hope to make it a successful term with increased access to education and training for both junior and advanced practitioners alike among other goals.

I would like to thank my fellow committee members across all four committees for the role they undertake and their consistent hard work. Without the voluntary work of our committee members the SVT would not be the esteemed professional voice it is today. 

 

 

 

Vice President - Kamran Modaresi

London Northwest University Hospitals Trust

I have been involved in Vascular disease / Ultrasound since 1988 and have been a member of the SVT since the very beginning.

I currently work in the Vascular Imaging Unit at LNWUHT. Our unit falls under the same umbrella as Vascular Surgery and Interventional Radiology.  This interdisciplinary collaboration and work environment enables our Clinical Vascular Scientists to be an integral part of the decision making and treatment process for our patient group. I believe that this is the way forward for our combined societies.

I have previously held the post of treasurer and I am part of the Professional Standards Committee. I am honoured to be able to step into the Vice President’s role and look forward to supporting our Society with the help of all the Executive Committee members.

Outside of work I enjoy restoring and showing classic cars as well as gardening.

 

SVT Past 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.

 

Treasurer – Ben Freedman 

 

 

Newsletter Editor - Daniela Bond-Collins

 

 

Conference Secretary - Dr Steven Rogers

The University of Manchester & Manchester University NHS FT

Steven is the UK’s first NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Science and is hosted by The University of Manchester with honorary Senior Clinical Vascular Scientist status at Manchester University NHS FT where he sees patients two days per week.

Steven has completed a PGCert and gained AVS in 2014 before completing a PhD in 3D ultrasound. Steven was a founding member of the SVT Research Committee, joined the Executive Committee in 2020, became Conference Secretary in 2021 and has previously organised the vascular stream of the BMUS ASM twice.

Steven’s research focuses on all aspects of vascular ultrasound, but in particular 3D and contrast-enhanced ultrasound and their role in prevention and surgical planning. He currently co-supervises 3 PhD and 1 MPhil students with grant income >£3 million. Steven regularly reviews potential manuscripts and grant applications for leading international Journals and the BHF having previously advised NICE and industry.

As visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, Steven teaches on and examines for the MSc (STP) and DClinSci (part of HSST) awards and is part of the court of examiners for the ESVS Certificate in Ultrasound Competency. In 2016, Steven was awarded Ann Donald Scientist of the year, has achieved Certificate of Merits at Charing Cross Symposium in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and has previously been awarded best scientific presentation at two SVT ASM’s.

Outside of work, Steven enjoys sailing and rock climbing.

 

 

Membership Secretary - Lynne McRae

 

 

Chair of the Research Committee - Richard Simpson

I am currently a Clinical Scientist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH), and I am the Chair of the SVT Research Committee.  I previously sat on the SVT Education Committee.

I started my training in vascular science in 2001 in Nottingham and became an Accredited Vascular Scientist in 2004.  I have completed a PGCert in Vascular Ultrasound, an MSc. in Health Services Research and a PhD investigating the role of ultrasound and MRI in carotid plaque morphology and stroke.

I am also Healthcare Science Clinical Academic co-Lead at NUH.  In this part-time role, I work with the trust’s Chief Scientist to develop clinical academic careers and encourage HCSs to become more research active for patients benefit.  I also hold an Honorary Assistant Professor post at the University of Nottingham and am research active.

 

Co-Chair of the Professional Standards Committee - Jo Walker

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

I work full time as Chief Clinical Vascular Scientist & Vascular Studies Unit Manager at the Leicester Vascular Institute. I enjoy the variety clinical work, management and developing our specialist services in our IQIPS accredited VSU.  I started working in 2001 University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust as a Vascular Technician, and gained full AVS accreditation in 2005 working as a Clinical Vascular Scientist.

I have been involved with the SVT since 2008 on the Education Committee, 2010-13 on the Exec Committee (President in 2011), and have now happy to returned to SVT by accepting a role on the PSC in 2021. I am very honoured to take on a co-chair role of the Professional Standards Committee. I have a keen interest in quality and standards and hope to share this with the PSC and membership.

Since 2014 I have worked with UKAS as an assessor for IQIPS Service Accreditation, and with the National School for Healthcare Science as an Equivalence Assessor for a number of years.

Outside of work I enjoy riding my pony, mountain biking with my family, and snowboard holidays.

 

 

 

Chair of the Education Committee - Hannah Lines

University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust
 

I am a Clinical Vascular Scientist employed in the Vascular Studies Unit at University Hospitals Leicester where I work full time. I am part of the George Davies Research Group and have an interest in limb salvage. I completed the Scientist Training Programme in 2014 and hold HCPC registration as a Clinical Scientist. I gained my SVT AVS qualification in 2018. 

I became involved in the SVT Education Committee in 2016 and was previously co-officer for continued professional development (CPD) before I became Chair of the Committee in 2020. I have a fantastic dedicated committee who work tirelessly to run the education side of the SVT including the production and organisation of the theory and practical exams, running various study days and training courses, monitoring and audit of CPD and provision of online CPD questions. We have regular input into various external national courses and curricula and provide advice and networking for trainees and training staff. 
Outside of work I enjoy trail running and hiking. 

 

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 joined the SVT Executive Committee in 2018.

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 - Janine Fletcher

Originally from Northern Ireland I completed my undergraduate degree in Physiology at the University of Glasgow in 2010.  After various (non-scientific!) jobs I decided to go back to study for an MSc in Medical Diagnostics at Cranfield University, Bedfordshire. 

During this time I was accepted onto the STP as a trainee vascular scientist going straight on from my masters to start my vascular career at Royal Bournemouth Hospital in September 2013.  I was in the 3rd cohort of STP trainees so it was still a fairly new programme and not widely known about.

I became a fully-fledged vascular scientist in 2016, staying on in my department in Bournemouth where I still am today.  I am very passionate in my role as a vascular scientist taking an active part in the training of subsequent STP trainees and getting involved in departmental quality meetings.

After some delay (due to motherhood and Covid!) I finally passed my SVT practical exam in April 2021.  I am excited to be involved with the committee and learn the ropes as a non-portfolio member.

When I’m not at work I like to spend time with my husband and little boy.  I also enjoy playing netball and cooking when I get the chance!