Council Members

The RCOphth Council debates and makes decisions on the development of eye services, the profession and care of patients. The Regional Representatives are responsible for representing the views of members across the UK. Council Members are elected by the Fellows and Members of their region.

Ben Burton


Ben became President on 24 May 2023.  He is a full time NHS consultant ophthalmologist at James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth. Ben has an interest in medical retina, uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology and underwent subspecialty training in Moorfields Eye Hospital, St Thomas’ Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.

He is actively involved in research studies for Age Related Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy and Retinal Vein Occlusions and runs the Macular Degeneration service at the James Paget University Hospital.

Stephen Kaye


Stephen Kaye is a Professor of Ophthalmology at The University of Liverpool and Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Liverpool University NHS Foundation Trust where he leads the corneal and external eye disease service.  He holds an Honorary Professorship at Queens University, Belfast. He is the Editor-in-Chief of BMJ Open Ophthalmology.

He co-Chairs the Bowman Club and Microbiology Ophthalmic Group.  He was Chair of The Ocular Tissue Advisory Group to NHS Blood and Transplant (2007-13). He was elected to represent Merseyside on The Council of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (2013-19), appointed to The Board of Trustees and chaired The Scholarships and Awards Subcommittee. He is a member of the Specialised Clinical Reference Group for NHS England.

He was awarded The National Institute of Health Research and The Royal College of Ophthalmologists Researcher of the Year in 2018, The British Ocular Surface Society and MCLOSA Kersley Medal Lecture in 2019 and the invited visiting Professorship Lectures, Harvard Medical School in 2011 and 2021.


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Christopher Liu


Christopher was appointed as consultant with an interest in Cornea, External Eye Disease and Cataract in Brighton at the Sussex Eye Hospital. He is a world leading expert in the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis (OOKP), with patients seeking his expertise from across the globe. He also serves as an Honorary Clinical Professor and Undergraduate Ophthalmology Lead for the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and has designed the curriculum as well as supervising medical students, registrars and fellows in research. His research interests are in the anterior segment of the eye with over 250 publications, over a dozen inventions and a number of patents.

Christopher is an active member in the scientific field, having served as president of The Medical Contact Lens and Ocular Surface Association, British Society of Refractive Surgery, Southern Ophthalmological Society and is the current president of Brighton and Sussex Medico-Chirurgical Society. He is also a past Honorary Secretary of United Kingdom and Ireland Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, holds a Silver National Clinical Excellence Award and was made honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

Christopher’s passion for education has continued throughout his career, he is frequently invited as an international speaker at conferences and runs training courses for ophthalmologists.

Andrew Lotery


Andrew is Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southampton and is the medical retina lead for University Hospital Southampton.
He looks forward to engaging with members to improve their relationship with the College. He was Editor of the journal Eye for 10 years and previously Chair of the Scientific Committee of the College and an active clinician scientist.

He and his team have performed over 100 clinical trials and published over 400 papers in high impact journals including Nature Genetics, Nature Communications, the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. He currently leads a £4 million Wellcome Trust Collaborative Award assessing the role of artificial intelligence in understanding the aetiology of age related macular degeneration.

Sarah Maling


My life in Ophthalmology has somewhat mirrored my slightly peripatetic undergraduate career. I was privileged to attend university in Scotland, England and Switzerland and as an Ophthalmologist, I started at the Tennent Institute in Glasgow, transitioned through London and ended up in Buckinghamshire.

If you already know me it is probably because you have heard a podcast about recruitment, seen a bad video on how to benchmark recruitment stations or watched me deliver and facilitate any number of Training the Trainers courses. In my spare time, I am a consultant Ophthalmologist Lead for Paediatric and Strabismus and Co-Lead for Cataract services at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust.

I am excited that after finishing my tenure at Recruitment I am being given the opportunity to start as Chair of Training. It is going to be an exciting journey with a new curriculum starting in 2024, huge capacity and workforce challenge for us all and any new virus that wants to appear. We know as Ophthalmologists we punch above our weight making up 0.03% of the NHS consultant body in the UK and delivering 10% of all NHS Out Patient Activity and 6% of all surgery. I have to say this is a reassuringly exemplar group of colleagues to have for the challenges we face in the coming 4 years.

Garry Shuttleworth


Chair of the Examinations Committee

Rebecca Ford


Rebecca Ford is a consultant ophthalmologist with a special interest in oculoplastic and orbital surgery at Bristol Eye Hospital. After studying at Cambridge & Oxford, she worked in general medicine before discovering a fascination for ophthalmology and pursuing specialist training in London, followed by oculoplastics fellowship training in Birmingham.

Rebecca has a special interest in medical education; she was a London Deanery Fellow in Medical Education and completed her Masters degree in surgical education at Imperial College London. Her past experience includes being lead examiner for the International Council of Ophthalmology Oculoplastics Subspecialty Exam, and external examiner for the College of Optometry independent prescriber exam. She has also served as clinical director of Bristol Eye Hospital and represented the South West on the BOPSS committee. She joined the RCOphth education committee in 2017.

Rebecca is the current chair of the Thyroid Eye Disease Charitable Trust, a charity dedicated to supporting patients with thyroid eye disease and promoting research into this condition. She loves travel and scuba diving, and her charitable ophthalmology work has taken her as far afield as China, Indonesia and Cambodia.

Sobha Sivaprasad


Sobha Sivaprasad is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a Professor in Retinal Clinical Research in University College London.

Her special interest is Medical Retina and she has completed a two year fellowship in medical retina and clinical trials in Moorfields. Her higher degree was on the link of age related macular degeneration to markers of atherosclerosis. She has over 300 peer-reviewed publications to her credit. Her main research interests are clinical trials, imaging and risk prediction. She has been the Editor-in-Chief of Eye from January 2018. She is one of the theme leads in the Moorfields BRC. She is also the lead for the Clinical Study Group in Retina within the UKCRN Ophthalmology Specialty.

Sobha has received a few UK accolades including the NIHR RCOphth Researcher of the year, the Macular Society Rising Star in 2017 and BMJ best paper runner-up in 2018. She also received the RCOphth Nettleship Medal in 2019, an award that was given for the first time in 10 years. Sobha is also a UKRI Global Challenge Research Grant holder and in this post, aimed to increase diabetic retinal research capacity and capability in India and the UK.

Bill Newman


Bill is a consultant paediatric and neuro-ophthalmologist with particular interests in the effects and treatment of visual disorders following eye or brain injury either congenital or acquired, and the ocular management of craniofacial disorders. He has been a longstanding appointed member of the Secretary of State for Transport’s Honorary Advisory Panel on Driving and Visual Disorders of which he was appointed chair in 2019.

Bill started his consultant career in 2002 at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and St Paul’s Eye Unit in Liverpool. In 2016 he was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Paedaitrics and Child Health and that same year moved to Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, becoming Medical Director in 2018.

Bill has been involved with the College variously as chair of the Ophthalmic Trainees Group, regional representative on council, and from 2013 – 2017 Honorary Secretary.

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Swetha Maddula-Batambuze


Dr Swetha Maddula Batambuze MBChB is the new Chair of the RCOphth subcommittee for SAS doctors as of November 2021.

 I am a Specialty Doctor at Northwest Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, Peterborough. Specialist interests include Glaucoma, Paediatrics, and Cataract surgery.  She started her career in Ophthalmology in 2009, entering OST run-through training in the West Midlands Deanery until 2015.  Having transitioned to the SAS, I have not looked back!  I encourage our speciality, specialists, associate specialists and locally employed trust doctors to join us for college news articles, conferences, and collaboration- Please contact us at [email protected]

Matt Broom


Chair of Lay Advisory Group

Jugnoo Rahi


Rhianon Reynolds


 Rhianon Reynolds grew up in South Wales. She studied Optometry at Cardiff University and obtained a PhD looking into ocular blood flow in type 2 diabetes.  

 While following the training programme in Wales, she was the trainee lead for the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) in Wales. Following completion of her training and fellowship at Bristol Eye hospital, working with the medical retina and Uveitis teams, Rhianon took up her consultant post at Aneurin Bevan University Health board. 

 She has remained research active and is a senior lecturer at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences at Cardiff University, with research interests in macular translational research and eyecare pathway work. Rhianon has a wide range of collaborative links across Wales, the UK and internationally. 

Murtuza Mookhtair


Council Regional Representative – Yorkshire

Robert Petrarca


Council Regional Representative – South West Thames

Michael Adams


Council Regional Representative – Oxford

Mohamed Elalfy


Mohamed is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Queen Victoria Hospital and Eye Bank NHS Trust, and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Hospital NHS Trust. His main interests are Cornea, Cataract, Ocular Surface and Refractive Surgery.

He is active in research, holding both Masters and Doctoral degrees in Ophthalmology. He worked previously as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology in The University of Nottingham. He has more than 30 peer reviewed publications and supervises Masters and Doctoral degrees.

Mohamed is a Clinical Researcher/Lecturer in The Research Institute of Ophthalmology in Cairo, Egypt. He teaches and trains fellows in UK and overseas. He is regularly invited to international meetings to give talks and courses. He is the current Fellowship Director in Corneoplastic Unit, Queen Victoria Hospital. He travels overseas to deliver lectures and live surgery.

Mohamed is a current College Council member as the Regional College Representative for South East Thames.

Parwez Hossain


Professor Parwez Hossain is a King James IV Professor, Consultant Ophthalmologist & Head of Corneal Service, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust & University of Southampton, UK. Parwez Hossain is Professor and Consultant Ophthalmologist at University Hospital Southampton NHS Trust. He has been a post for 16 years. Parwez is also the Appraisal Lead for Ophthalmologists and the SAS lead. He previously was the Clinical Director for Ophthalmology Services, resulting in a significant expansion of eye services for the South Coast.

In addition to his leadership roles, Parwez is Principal Investigator of the Cornea Disease Research Programme at the University of Southampton and is an Associate Editor for the corneal section for ‘Eye’.Professor Hossain’s primary research interests include ocular surface diseases focusing on ocular surface inflammatory diseases, including microbial keratitis and dry eyes. He has led & completed several clinical trials, authoring over 100 peer-reviewed articles & books with prizes from NHS Innovation and multiple awards from UK Research Councils & Charities.

Professor Hossain is the deputy chair of the ocular tissue advisor for NHS Blood & Transplant, a council member and trustee for the Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

Read Parwez Hossain’s Declaration of Interest Policy and Form

Alison Blake


Council Regional Representative – Eire

Sajjad Mahmood


Council Regional Representative – North Western

Vina Manjunath


Council Regional Representative – North

Ashwin Reddy


Council Regional Representative – North East Thames

Clare Bailey


Council Regional Representative – Clare Bailey

Saaeha Rauz


Council Regional RepresentativeWest Midlands

Aravind Reddy


Council Regional Representative – Scotland East

David Miller


Council Regional Representative – – Scotland West regional rep

Dilani Siriwardena


Council Regional Representative – Moorfields

Nardine Menassa


Council Regional Representative – Mersey

Ricardo De Sousa Peixoto


Council Regional Representative – Trent

Niten Vig


Council Regional Representative – North West Thames

Julie Silvestri


Council Regional Representative – Northern Ireland

Jignesh Patel


Council Regional Representative – East Anglia

Mandeep Sagoo


Chair of Global Ophthalmology Subcommittee

Adonis El Salloukh


Adonis El Salloukh is a ST6 trainee in Wales. He is the current OTG chair and OTG representative of Wales. His subspecialty interests include vitreoretinal, cataract and refractive surgery. Adonis is active in research, academia and teaching and has organised national and international courses. He is passionate about providing free healthcare in less developed countries and has volunteered in multiple charity missions across the world.