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.

Bernard Chang

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Bernie Chang is President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He is a Consultant Ophthalmologist with a special interest in Oculoplastics, Lacrimal and Orbital Surgery in Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Arriving in the UK for his secondary education in 1986, Bernie attended medical school in Bristol before embarking on a career in ophthalmology in the South-West of England. He went on to registrar training in Yorkshire and Fellowship training in Dublin before appointed consultant in 2003.

He has been a serving College officer in a number of roles in the last 16 years, from a regional representative for Yorkshire, Honorary Secretary, Vice President and Chair of the Professional Standards Committee; also chairing the College’s External Reviews Committee and a subsection editor for the Eye journal for over four years.

Bernie’s clinical experience includes serving as expert advisor (devices) for MHRA, BOPSS (British Oculoplastics Surgery Society) committee and the BMA Ophthalmic Group Committee; past member of the Training Interface Group on Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and continues with links with Malaysia (Visiting Professor of Ophthalmology in UNIMAS) and Trinidad.

Read Bernie’s Declaration of Interest Policy and Form

Melanie Hingorani

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Melanie is a consultant ophthalmologist specialising in paediatric ophthalmology at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. She has a particular interest in disorders of the front of the eye in children and also in clinical governance, safety and clinical leadership in ophthalmic care.

Melanie was Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Moorfields for six years and is now their Clinical Director for External Engagement and Policy. She founded and chairs the UK Ophthalmology Alliance, with more than 95 hospital eye unit members across the UK working together to drive service transformation nationally and provide practical support to regions and hospitals to improve care.

Melanie is Joint Honorary Secretary and sits on the Clinical Council for Eye Health.​

Read Melanie Hingorani’s Declaration of Interest Form

Manoj Parulekar

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Manoj Parulekar is Joint Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. He chairs the remuneration committee and co-chairs the membership committee. He currently serves on the paediatric and international medical graduates sub-committee of the college.

He has previously served as Annual congress secretary, and member of the scientific committee and academic sub-committee.Manoj is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and the Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust. He graduated in medicine from Mumbai, India and trained in Oxford and Toronto. His clinical and academic practice includes most aspects of paediatric eye disorders, and adult squint surgery.

Manoj and his colleagues provide a national service for paediatric ocular oncology serving UK and Ireland. He runs an active fellowship programme training UK and overseas fellows, and is less than full time training lead for West Midlands deanery.

Manoj is a trustee of Sightsavers International, a vision related charity working in developing countries, and also trustee and treasurer of the Oxford Ophthalmological Congress.

Manoj is actively involved in overseas projects through Sightsavers, and the Vision 2020 links programme in India and Africa. He has an active clinical academic practice with over 10 grants, 60 peer reviewed publications, several book chapters and text books.

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Declan Flanagan

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After completing his training in Southampton and Moorfields, Declan went on take up a consultant post in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge and Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon in 1984. Here he established a comprehensive medical retinal service and was appointed as Medical Director of Hinchingbrooke Hospital from 2001 to 2004.

In 2004, Mr Flanagan joined the Medical Retinal Service of Moorfields Eye Hospital, where he became Deputy Medical Director in 2007 and then Medical Director in 2010. At the end of his 9 years as Medical Director Moorfields, he was rated Good overall and Outstanding for clinical effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission.

Declan retired from the post of Medical Director in 2018 but remains in active NHS and private medical retinal practice. His current management responsibilities include Clinical Quality & Safety in Moorfields Private, Chairman of the Joint Research Governance Committee between Moorfields and the Institute of Ophthalmology in UCL as well as overseeing Clinical Quality and consultant recruitment in Moorfields in the United Arab Emirates.

In May 2019 he was appointed to the post of Vice President of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists with specific responsibility for policy, communications with membership and the NHS as well as ophthalmic workforce development.

Christopher Liu

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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.

Read Christopher Liu’s Declaration of Interest Policy and Form

Fiona Spencer

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Chair of the Training Committee

Garry Shuttleworth

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Chair of the Examinations Committee

Rebecca Ford

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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

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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.

Read Sobha Sivaprasad’s  Declaration of Interest Form

Bill Newman

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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.

Swetha Maddula-Batambuze

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Dr Swetha Maddula – Batambuze (MBChB), SAS Chair, Specialty Dr, Northwest Anglia NHS Trust.

Having graduated from Dundee Medical School in 2006, I have had a keen interest in Ophthalmology since my early medical school years.  I commenced Foundation training in Manchester, 1 year at Aintree NHS Trust for Ophthalmology (FTSTA1), then run-through training until 2015 when I commenced my current position in the hometown of Peterborough, joining the Northwest Anglia NHS Trust.  Since my arrival the clinical lead and management team have welcomed me to their department, allowing me to grow from strength to strength by using my past and present Ophthalmology experience to increase my portfolio skills where possible. 

I have a keen interest in Glaucoma, and Paediatrics and am now a competent cataract surgeon. 

I have a keen interest in making our SAS Doctors feel worthy of their positions and respected in their roles.  They are the key footprint to the NHS providing stability for their patients in a department.  I would hope the future of our SAS workforce can be encouraged in a positive light for those wishing for alternative career paths in Ophthalmology wishing to have a work-life balance.  I hope to give our SAS Ophthalmology doctors some insight into how to be assertive yet accommodative to respective departments, as we all know there needs to be a shared balanced approach to improving the experience and well-being of our doctors.

Outside of work, I keep busy with our family, two children and helping my husband (of Ugandan background) as we are the founders of #blindianproject.  This online platform helps and supports couples of mixed South Asian and black heritage…I enjoy swimming, travelling, playing the piano and duets with our kids!”

Sunil Mamtora

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Sunil Mamtora obtained his medical degree from Newcastle Univeristy and worked in the North-East as a foundation doctor before commencing training in Ophthalmology. He is currently an Ophthalmology Registrar in the South-West of England and is the Chair of the Ophthalmologists Training Group (OTG) as well as the OTG representative for the Severn deanery. He is an Academic Clinical Fellow at the Bristol Eye Hospital and holds the post of Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Bristol University.

Sunil’s is particularly interested in technology and its application within Ophthalmology. His previous publications and ongoing research have explored the utility of smartphone-based technology in imaging, something that has become particularly relevant in light of COVID-19.

As Chair of the OTG, Sunil hopes to work with the committee and other college members to improve the accessibility to simulation training, support less than fulltime trainees, improve access to resources for wellbeing and ensure the maintenance of opportunities for surgical training; something which has been significantly impacted upon by the pandemic.

Sunil founded and hosts the Eye to Eye podcast for the college, something he very much enjoys to do. In his spare time he enjoys playing badminton, travelling to warm destinations and trying new food.

Matt Broom

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Chair of Lay Advisory Group

Jugnoo Rahi

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Murtuza Mookhtair

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Council Regional Representative – Yorkshire

Robert Petrarca

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Council Regional Representative – South West Thames

Pankaj Puri

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Council Regional Representative – Trent

Ben Burton

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Council Regional Representative – East Anglia

Michael Adams

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Council Regional Representative – Oxford

Mohamed Elalfy

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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.

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Parwez Hossain

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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.

Alison Blake

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Council Regional Representative – Eire

Richard Best

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Council Regional Representative – Northern Ireland

Sajjad Mahmood

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Council Regional Representative – North Western

Vina Manjunath

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Council Regional Representative – North

Graham Duguid

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Council Regional Representative – North West Thames

Ashwin Reddy

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Council Regional Representative – North East Thames

Gwyn Williams

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I am honoured to have been chosen to represent Welsh Ophthalmologists and am deeply thankful for the chance to improve eyecare in Wales.

Dwi’n ddiolchgar iawn am y cyfle i helpu wella gwasanaethau offthalmolegol Cymru er mwyn golwg pobl ein gwlad.

Clare Bailey

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Council Regional Representative – Clare Bailey

Saaeha Rauz

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Council Regional RepresentativeWest Midlands

Aravind Reddy

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Council Regional Representative – Scotland East

David Miller

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Council Regional Representative – – Scotland West regional rep

Dilani Siriwardena

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Council Regional Representative – Moorfields

Ian Pearce

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Council Regional Representative – Mersey