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Trustee Board

Michael Burdon

Mike Burdon Vice President Chair Scientific

Mr Michael (Mike) Burdon is a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in neuro-ophthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He underwent subspecialty training in Brisbane, St Thomas’ Hospital, Moorfields Eye Hospital, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Mike was chair of the RCOphth Scientific Committee and remains chair of the British Isles Neuro-Ophthalmology Club. He has an established reputation as a teacher of neuro-ophthalmology, speaking at numerous national and international meetings, and co-authoring “The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide” with Anthony Pane and Neil Miller and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management (including surgical correction) of adult motility disorders. His main research interests are papilloedema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

Mike took over as President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists on 24 May 2017.  He is committed to RCOphth maintaining the high standards of education, training and assessment to ensure that the development and delivery of world-class eye care for all patients is at the heart of the ophthalmology profession.

Gordon Cropper


Gordon Cropper is a solicitor and has spent more than thirty years in the courts’ service as a justices’ clerk and a justices’ chief executive in London. Since 2004 he has been an adjudicator on traffic penalties with what is now London Tribunals. He has undertaken a number of voluntary roles, notably as a member, and chair, of the Independent Monitoring Board of HM Prison, Pentonville. He was also a trustee of a mental health charity and of the Association of Members of Independent Monitoring Boards. He is a firm believer in the representation of lay people in medical institutions. For five years he was a member of the Lay Advisory Committee of the Royal College of Pathologists, and from 2009 to 2015 a member of the Lay Advisory Group of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. A member of the MCC, he is a keen cricket follower.

Mohit Gupta

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Mohit Gupta is working as a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinical Director at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS trust. His special interest is Glaucoma. He has over 40 publications in Peer Review journals. He is also actively involved with the Clinical services development and strategy in his trust.

His association with the college includes two terms as Regional Representative for Trent. He also sits on the Professional standards and Scientific committees of the college. He has recently been elected the Honorary Secretary of the college and chairs the Equality Diversity and Inclusion committee of the college. He has also represented the college on the Clinical council for Eye Health commissioning.

Phillip Hunt

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Lord Hunt has been a member of the House of Lords since 1997. He is currently Shadow Deputy Leader of the House. He also speaks for the Opposition on Health, Cabinet Office and Lords reform. He was Deputy Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change from 2008-2010 and also served as a Minister in the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Ministry of Justice.

He was the first Chief Executive of the NHS Confederation, and previously Director of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts (NAHAT) from its formation in 1990. Phillip Hunt was made a Privy Counsellor in 2009. Lord Hunt holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Aston, Birmingham and Birmingham City and was awarded the OBE in June 1993.

Stephen Kaye

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Stephen Kaye is a Professor of Ophthalmology and a Consultant Ophthalmologist at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital and Department of Eye and Vision Science at The University of Liverpool.  He leads the Cornea and Ocular Surface Disease Service.

He is the regional representative for Merseyside on The College Council and chairs The Scholarships and Awards Sub-Committee.

He Co-Chairs The Microbiology Ophthalmic Group and The Bowman Club and is the Northern representative on The Specialised Ear and Ophthalmology CRG. He has been Chair of The Ocular Tissue Advisory Group, Chair of The Audit and Research group of NHS BT and a member of The Standing Advisory Committee on Tissues.

Christopher Liu


Christopher Liu is a senior cornea consultant and clinical director of the head and neck directorate in Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a world-renown scientific clinician in the field of cornea and artificial keratoplasty; especially the osteo-odonto-keratoprosthesis. Christopher already holds many honorary appointments at home and abroad including the long-standing professorship at the Kindai University Medical School in Osaka, Japan. He is a Council Member of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists serving on the Training Committee. He is also very successful in ophthalmic research with more than 200 publications and has focused on improving techniques and education of OOKP, DMEK and cataract surgery.
Nicholas Wilson-Holt

Nicholas Wilson-Holt is the Honorary Treasurer of the RCOphth and chairs the Finance Committee. He is a consultant ophthalmologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Truro where he has a special interest in diabetic retinopathy.

He has been chair of the Quality and Safety group and involved with numerous projects including updating of the CVI form and the revised College cataract surgery commissioning guidance. He represented the College on the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning and was a member of the recent NICE adult cataracts management guideline committee.

Nicholas has examined for the College for many years, including as senior examiner for the Diploma exam. He has a strong commitment to support training and professional standards for both ophthalmologists and allied health professionals and has been an education visitor for the General Optical Council.

David Miller

David Miller is a Specialist Registrar in ophthalmology in the West of Scotland Deanery and Chair of the RCOphth Ophthalmologists in Training Group.

David has previously represented ophthalmologists in training in the RCOphth Training Committee, the Quality of Assessment subcommittee, ePortfolio Steering Group and RCOphth Council. In his current role David chairs a very active group of 19 registrars who represent the interests of trainees in all aspects of College business, contributing to college strategy and informing decisions affecting training grade ophthalmologists. He leads the trainees’ representation in the SHAPE of training curriculum review.

He is vice chair of the Scottish Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group, NHS Education for Scotland Quality Improvement Trainee Associate, RCSEd Ophthalmology Surgical Specialty Board Trainee Representative and has previous experience working for an international scientific publishing house.

He represents the interests of training grade ophthalmologists within the Trustee Board.

Brian Smith


Brian Smith is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants.  After studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Oxford, his early career was in manufacturing industry. He subsequently spent over 20 years in life insurance, working, inter alia, for Aviva and Legal and General. He then became Finance Director of a pensions company which became independent from the Alexander Forbes Group following a management buyout. His particular interests lie in management information and business planning.

Brian lives near Colchester and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Diocese of Chelmsford and Treasurer of the Deanery of Witham in the Church of England.

Fiona Spencer


Fiona Spencer has been a consultant ophthalmologist at Manchester Royal Eye Hospital for 16 years and provides a tertiary referral service for the North West for adult glaucoma. She has been instrumental in service redesign, developing an in-house optometric-led glaucoma assessment (OLGA) unit and a community-based glaucoma nurse practitioner role and was responsible for setting up a referral refinement service for glaucoma in 2000.
Robert Taylor



Robert Taylor has worked as a consultant (general and paediatric ophthalmology) in York, for 20 years, specialising in general and paediatric ophthalmology and adult motility. He has published 53 peer review papers, made 65 oral/poster presentations at scientific meetings, and given 83 lectures, in York, nationally and internationally. He has also published 2 books (Key Topics in Ophthalmology) plus a chapter in a Taylor/Hoyt’s Paediatric Ophthalmology text book (on vision and reading). Research interests include refraction accuracy, reading and maximising visual potential in cataract patients. Robert is also interested in various models of healthcare delivery. His most recent publication is a large systematic review on the practice of using colour (overlays or lenses) for those with reading difficulty.
Stephen Vernon



Stephen Vernon is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Nottingham and trained in Bristol Oxford and Baltimore (USA) and his sub-specialty interests are in glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and neuro-ophthalmology. Research interests include ophthalmic epidemiology and glaucoma detection and management.

Steve has published over 170 papers and a number of textbooks and chapters in textbooks as well as educational articles for ophthalmologists and optometrists. He has organised and chaired many scientific symposia, is a regular speaker at international meetings and was an early pioneer of shared care in glaucoma. In 2008 the University of Nottingham bestowed upon him the title of Honorary Professor and in 2009 the College of Optometrists awarded him an honorary fellowship in recognition for his research into glaucoma and for his work for their College. In May 2016 he was appointed as Vice President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists (Policy and Communications).