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Trustee Board


Bernard Chang, President

Bernie 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.

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. He supervises Masters and Doctoral degrees. Mohamed is a Clinical Researcher/Lecturer in The Research Institute of Ophthalmology in Cairo, Egypt.

Mohamed 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.

Declan Flanagan


Declan is Vice President Policy & Communicationsof The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

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. 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.

At the end of his 9 years as Medical Director Moorfields was rated Good overall and Outstanding for clinical effectiveness by the Care Quality Commission.

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.

Melanie Hingorani
Melanie is Joint Honorary Secretary at The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

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.

She 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 Clinical Lead for the NHS England and Improvement National Eye Care Recovery and Transformation programme. She also sits on the Clinical Council for Eye Health.

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.

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.

Christopher Liu


He 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.

He 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.

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

Sunil Mamtora

Sunil Mamtora- Chair of OTG



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.

Sunil Mamtora 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.

Bill Newman

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Bill Newman is Chair of the Professional Standards Committee at the College.

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.

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.

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.
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.

Andrew Welchman

Andrew Welchman

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