Introduction:

The BASL main committee is made up of three principal officers - the President, the Secretary and the Treasurer. The chairs of the British Viral Hepatitis Group (BVHG), the BLNA (British Liver Nurses' Association) and the British Liver Transplant Group (BLTG) also sit on the main committee, as do the leads of the four sub-committees covering services, research, education and training and public affairs and external relations.

The work of the Committee:

The Committee works together to promote BASL’s aims within hepatology and to represent the interest of its members. Committee Members are also involved in many areas of work on behalf of BASL including contributing to NICE consultations.

The current BASL Committee Members are as follows:

President (2017-2019)* Professor Matthew Cramp, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth
President Elect (2018-2019) Professor Guru Aithal, Nottingham Digestive Diseases Centre
Secretary* Dr Tim Cross, Royal Liverpool Hospital
Treasurer* Dr James Ferguson, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham
BLNA Co-Chair* Fiona Fry, Lead Hepatology Nurse, RD&E NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter
BLNA Co-Chair Michelle Clayton, University of Leeds
BVHG Chair* Dr Ahmed ElSharkawy, University Hospitals Birmingham
BLTG Chair* Professor Derek Manas, Newcastle Hospitals
Services Sub-Committee Chair* Simon Rushbrook, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals
Research Sub-Committee Chair* Dr Ian Rowe, University of Leeds
Education & Training Councillors* Dr Victoria Snowdon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
  Dr Michael Heneghan, King’s College Hospital, London
Surgery Representative* Professor Brian Davidson, UCL and Royal Free Hopsital, London
Pathology Representative* Dr Tim Kendall, University of Edinburgh and Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Trainee Representative Abhishek Chauhan, University Hospitals Birmingham
Paediatric Representative Mona Abdelhady, Birmingham Children's Hospital
Communications Representative Dr Will Gelson, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge
Scientist Representative Professor Fiona Oakley, Newcastle University
Public Affairs & External Relations President

*Governing Board Members

The Governing Board members are registered with Companies House in the UK as a Trustee (Director) of BASL.

Biographies

Professor Matthew Cramp, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

Matthew Cramp is a Consultant Hepatologist at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and Professor of Hepatology at the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. He is Clinical Lead for the Peninsula HCV Operational Delivery Network and the regional representative on the HPB Clinical Reference Group and NIHR Hepatology Special Interest Group. In the south west, he helped in developing a full range number of specialist liver services and has been closely involved in building and establishing the South West Liver Unit at Derriford Hospital. His major clinical interests are in the fields of viral hepatitis and liver transplantation. In addition to developing clinical services he has established a growing research programme and leads the Hepatology Research Group at the Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry with an active programme of clinical and laboratory research studying mechanisms of protection from hepatitis C virus infection as well as studies on fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis and hepatocellular carcinoma. He has been an active member of BASL for many years having previously served as a BASL committee member and more recently as BASL Treasurer. Matthew has long been an advocate for improving liver services nationally through the model of multi-professional working, the building of strong clinical networks as developed in the southwest, and work with the National Liver Disease Strategy and Lancet Commission on Liver Disease in the UK. 

Dr Tim Cross, Royal Liverpool Hospital

Dr Tim Cross qualified from St. Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School in 1996. He undertook general gastroenterology on the NE Thames rotation and underwent hepatology training, including transplant hepatology, at Kings College Hospital, Cambridge and the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. He then worked as a consultant for three and a half years in the South West Liver Unit in Plymouth before relocating to the North West.

Dr James Ferguson, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

Dr James Ferguson is a transplant hepatologist based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. He is the clinical lead on the IQILS (Improving quality in liver services) project and was a co-author of the recent lancet commission on liver disease in the UK.

Mrs Fiona Fry, Hepatology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

Fiona Fry, BSc (Hons), Independent Non-Medical Prescriber, is the Senior Hepatology Nurse Specialist at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, and has been actively involved in the BASLNF for the past 6 years. She has worked within gastroenterology and emergency medicine for the last 24 years and has been in her current role for 13 years. Fiona sees patients with a wide range of liver disease and has a specialist interest in alcohol related liver disease and viral hepatitis. She is especially committed to highlighting inequalities and ensuring equal access of care for disadvantaged patients, through the establishment of outreach services.

Michelle Clayton RGN, BSc (Hons), MSc, PGC Clinical Education, University of Leeds 

Michelle is a part time Lecturer in Liver Care at the University of Leeds and a part time Liver Nurse Educator at St. James’s University Hospital, Leeds. Michelle has over 25 years of experience in the field of hepatology and liver transplantation.

Michelle is passionate about championing quality care for people with liver disease. She has been integral in launching the British Liver Nurses’ Association (BLNA); she also holds a steering committee position on the RCN’s Gastrointestinal Forum. Michelle has a large portfolio of publications and speaks both nationally and internationally on care considerations for people with liver disease and liver transplantation. Michelle led and successfully launched the “Caring for People with Liver Disease: A Competence Framework for Nursing” in February 2013 and collaborated with Lynda Greenslade to update the framework in September 2015. She has recently been asked to join the EASL concerted action group for nurses to raise the profile of liver nursing across Europe.

In 2012, Michelle won Gastrointestinal Nursing’s “Educationist of the Year” award for her work in advancing liver nurse education and care. She is on the editorial board of Gastrointestinal Nursing and was integral in developing the journal’s Liver Nursing Supplement.

Dr Ahmed Alsarkawy, University Hospitals Birmingham

Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy was appointed as a Consultant Hepatologist in March 2012. He qualified from Southampton in 1999 before doing his core medical training in Nottingham followed by registrar training on both the Wessex and Northern Deanery schemes. His PhD was in the pathogenesis of the liver inflammation-fibrosis-cancer axis. His clinical interests include all aspects of hepatology, liver transplantation and how to improve management of patients pre and post-transplant. He is particularly interested in the potential role of nutritional interventions in patients with liver disease. He also has an interest in acute liver failure as well as viral hepatitis and regularly sees complex tertiary referrals. He is also developing an interest in liver disease in pregnancy and live related liver transplantation.

Professor Derek Manas, Consultant Hepatobiliary and Transplant Surgeon, Newcastle Hospitals

Professor Manas is a Consultant HPB and Transplant Surgeon, Newcastle upon Tyne. He is a Professor of Transplantation Surgery and Director of the Institute of Transplantation at the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. Professor Manas trained in Cape Town, Johns Hopkins and Paris. He is President Elect of the British Transplant Society and Chair of the Transplant Surgeons Chapter. His interests cover the Management of HCC, Surgical Management of Hilar Cholangiocarcinama, Ablative therapies for Liver and Pancreas Tumours and the use of Marginal organs for Transplantation. 

Dr Ian Rowe, University of Leeds

Dr Ian Rowe trained at the University of Glasgow and, following general medical training at Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, specialised in Gastroenterology and Hepatology in Birmingham.  He was awarded a Medical Research Council Research Training Fellowship in 2009 and subsequently an NIHR Clinical Lectureship at the University of Birmingham and the Liver and Hepatobiliary Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  In 2015 he was appointed as a University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant at the Leeds Liver Unit.  His main research interests are in improving the outcomes of patients with liver disease and those following liver transplantation.  His clinical practice is in hepatocellular carcinoma and liver transplantation.

Dr Victoria Snowdon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Victoria was appointed as a Consultant Hepatologist at Addenbrookes in 2018. She qualified from Nottingham University in 2003. Her first exposure to Hepatology was working with Matthew Cramp in the Southwest in her medical house job, which enthused her to pursue a career in Hepatology. In 2010 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Scottish Translational Medicine and Therapeutics Initiative (STMTI) to complete a PhD investigating renal dysfunction in cirrhosis and the role of Relaxin as a therapeutic modulator in liver disease at the University of Edinburgh, with Prof John Iredale, Prof Jonathan Fallowfield and Prof Peter Hayes. During these three years she worked in the Scottish Liver Transplant unit as a clinical fellow. She undertook her advanced liver year in Addenbrooke’s in 2014-15.  She pursued further research and clinical training at Royal Free before finishing her training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  Her academic and clinical focus is Hepatocellular carcinoma, Portal hypertension, Renal dysfunction in cirrhosis and education.

Professor Michael Heneghan, Clinical Director for Liver Services, Consultant Hepatologist & Reader in Hepatology, Institute of Liver Studies, King's College Hospital (Elected October 2014)

Dr Heneghan graduated from University College Dublin in 1992 and trained in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at University College Hospital Galway, Kings College Hospital London, and Duke University Medical Centre. He also was an AASLD sponsored Advanced Fellow in Hepatology in 2000. Dr Heneghan was appointed as an Assistant Prof in Gastroenterology at Duke University in 2001 and served as Medical Director of Liver Transplantation until 2003. He returned to Kings College Hospital London as a Consultant Hepatologist with an interest in autoimmune liver disease and liver transplantation in 2003. His research interests have focused around Autoimmune Liver Disease, Liver Transplantation, Pregnancy Related Liver Disease and aspects of Chronic Liver Disease. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and over 25 book chapters. He has a strong commitment to education having acted as a supervisor for postgraduate trainees, MD students and Ph.D. students. Dr Heneghan has also been an active participant in local and national recruitment of trainees.

Professor Brian Davidson, Royal Free Hospital, London

Professor Davidson is a consultant surgeon with a major interest in HPB surgery and liver transplant. He is UK editor of the Cochrane HPB group for evidence based healthcare and director of the UCL MSc in evidence based medicine. He works closely with patient groups on research advances in the HPB field and leads a research programme involving evidence based healthcare, organ preservation and tissue engineering, image guided surgery and novel approaches to the treatment of HPB cancers.

Dr Tim Kendall, Senior Clinical Fellow in Pathology, University of Edinburgh and Honorary Consultant Liver Pathologist, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Dr Kendall's research interests are liver fibrogenesis and primary liver cancer but he provides histopathological support for many other preclinical, translational and clinical studies. He is a member of the UK Liver Pathology group research subcommittee, and he promotes histopathological involvement in trials through membership of the CM-Path Clinical Trials workstream, the NCRI Hepatobiliary CSG subgroup, and his role within the Lothian NRS Human Annotated Bioresource. Dr Kendall graduated from Southampton University Medical School, and trained in pathology in Southampton and Edinburgh.

Dr Will Gelson, Consultant Hepatologist, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge

Dr Gelson is a Consultant Hepatologist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He is Clinical Director of the Eastern Hepatitis ODN and Secretary of the BVHG. His main interests are viral hepatitis and liver transplantation.

Professor Fiona Oakley, Newcastle University

Fiona has an academic background in Physiology and Biochemistry having trained at Southampton University in Biological Sciences (BSc and Ph.D.). In 2000 she joined the Liver Group at Southampton University as a postdoctoral Research Scientist to study the role of NF-kappaB signalling in hepatic myofibroblast biology and liver fibrosis. In 2006 she was appointed to Lecturer at Newcastle University and was promoted to Professor of Fibrosis Biology in 2016. Her primary research interests focus on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms regulating liver fibrosis, regeneration and cancer.