RCR Officers

The Officers of the RCR are: 

The President  Leads the College and is its primary spokesperson. The President is elected by the UK Fellows in good standing of both Faculties and serves a three-year term. The Presidency rotates such that every third appointment is a clinical oncologist.
Medical Director, Membership and Business (MDMB)Leads the strategic financial development of the College and is responsible to Council for the financial governance of the charity. The MDMB can be a Fellow from either Faculty and is appointed following a selection process.
Officers for each Faculty:The Faculty Officers can only come from their relevant Faculty. 
Vice-President  Responsible for leading the Faculty and speaking on its behalf on Council 
Medical Director, Education and Training (MDET)Responsible for specialty training matters for each Faculty 
Medical Director, Professional Practice (MDPP)Responsible for professional and workforce issues for each Faculty 

The roles of the honorary Officers are set out in broad terms in the Regulations.

Officers of the RCR 2021–22

( ) Signifies period of office


Dr Jeanette Dickson (2019–2022)
Details of the role of the President  

About Dr Dickson

Dr Jeanette Dickson

Medical Director, Membership and Business

Dr Julian Elford (2020–2023)
Details of the role of the Medical Director, Membership and Business 

Dr Julian Elford trained in Medicine at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, graduating in 1990. He obtained the MRCP following a medical rotation in Bath, before undergoing radiology training in Plymouth and Truro. He was appointed as a consultant radiologist in Winchester in 2001. His subspecialty interests are gastrointestinal radiology and body CT.

Julian was Lead Cancer Clinician in Winchester from 2005 to 2012, and was Treasurer of the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR) from 2016 to 2020. He was a member of RCR Council from 2016 to 2019, and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee from 2017 to 2019.

Vice-President, Clinical Radiology

(Dean of the Faculty)
Dr William Ramsden (2020–2023)
Details of the role    

Dr William Ramsden has been a consultant paediatric radiologist in Leeds since 1994, initially at St. James’s University Hospital and subsequently at Leeds Children’s Hospital. His undergraduate medical training was undertaken at the University of Southampton, and he trained in radiology in Manchester and Leeds, passing the FRCR in 1993.

He was Medical Director, Education and Training at the RCR from 2016–19. Prior to that, he co-led the development of the Leeds and West Yorkshire Radiology Academy (2003–07), was Training Programme Director for The Leeds/Bradford radiology training scheme (2008–12) and Head of The Yorkshire and The Humber School of Radiology (2012–16). He holds a Doctorate in Education, awarded by the University of Leeds in 2014 and is an honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the same institution.

Vice-President, Clinical Oncology

(Dean of the Faculty)
Dr Hannah Tharmalingam (2019–2022)
Details of the role   

Dr Hannah Tharmalingam trained in medicine at the University of Oxford graduating in 2009 with a First-Class Honours degree. She trained in Clinical Oncology in North London within which she completed an MD (Res) degree evaluating advanced radiotherapy techniques in high-risk prostate cancer. She was appointed a Consultant in Clinical Oncology at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in 2019 where she specialises in gynaecological and urological malignancies with an interest in HDR brachytherapy.

She has a strong interest in medical education and was awarded an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy as a trainee.  At the RCR, since 2017, she has been a Clinical Fellow in education leading on the re-write of the curriculum and the new joint training pathway model with Medical Oncology as well as an associate member of the FRCR Part 2A Examination Board. During this time, she was also vice-chair of the Oncology Registrars’ Forum representing trainees on various RCR boards and committees.

Dr Hannah Tharmalingam

Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Radiology

(Warden of the Faculty)
Dr Stephen Harden (2019–2022)
Details of the role  

Dr Harden trained in medicine at the University of Cambridge and St Thomas’ Hospital in the University of London, graduating in 1993. He trained in clinical radiology on the Wessex training programme and was appointed as a consultant in cardiothoracic radiology at University Hospital Southampton in 2005. His areas of particular specialist interest are cardiac imaging including cardiac MRI and cardiac CT, imaging respiratory disease including interstitial lung disease and PET-CT in patients with known or suspected lung cancer.

He has had a number of national roles including President of the British Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (2012-2015), during which he led the joint Collegiate development of standards of departmental practice in cardiac CT. He was Vice President of the British Institute of Radiology from 2015-2017.

Dr Harden has had a long interest in education and training and was Radiology Training Programme Director in Southampton from 2009-2012 and Head of the Wessex School of Radiology from 2013-2019. This interest is reflected in his previous RCR roles including serving on the FRCR Part 2a Examining Board, the Curriculum Committee, the Specialty Training Board and as chair of the Clinical Radiology Professional Learning and Development Committee.

Dr Stephen Harden

Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Oncology

(Warden of the Faculty)
Dr Rachel Cooper (2020–2023)
Details of the role

Dr Rachel Cooper studied medicine at Birmingham University and trained in clinical oncology at the Christie Hospital, Manchester and Cookridge Hospital Leeds. She did a Doctor of Medicine (MD) in the measurement of tumour hypoxia in cervix cancer, under the supervision of Dr Catherine West and Dr John Logue. Having completed her training she moved to Turkey, where she worked as a visiting assistant professor of radiation oncology in Dokuz Eylul University Izmir for nearly four years before she moved back to the UK to work at Cookridge Hospital, and now The Leeds Cancer Centre. She specialises in lower GI and gynaecological cancer with a special interest in image guided brachytherapy for cervix cancer.

Rachel is head of service and was head of training in Leeds. She has been a Part A FRCR examiner and chaired the First FRCR exam board until stepping down to take on the role of MDET. She has been a member of the RCR Clinical Oncology Specialty Training Board and the Clinical Oncology Curriculum Committee.

Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Radiology

(Registrar of the Faculty)
Dr Raman Uberoi (2021–2024)
Details of the role   

A consultant interventional radiologist, Dr Raman Uberoi is a graduate of Cambridge University and has been a fellow of the RCR since 1992. He was clinical lead at John Radcliffe Hospital from 2003 to 2010, and clinical director from 2010 to 2012. 

He has published over 150 journal articles and is deputy editor of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, as well as serving as a senior editor on the boards of Clinical Radiology and the British Journal of Radiology.

Raman has served on several RCR committees over the last 20 years including e-standards, Head of Regional Chairs, Faculty Board, the Professional Support and Standards Board and the interventional radiology (IR) committees. 

Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Oncology

(Registrar of the Faculty)
Dr Nicky Thorp (2021–2024)
Details of the role

Nicky Thorp trained in Medicine at the University of Leicester and completed her specialist oncology training at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, where she was appointed as a consultant clinical oncologist in 2001 with subspeciality interests in breast cancer and paediatric radiotherapy. After relinquishing her breast practice in 2019, she now focuses on paediatric radiotherapy and late effects, combining her role at Clatterbridge with an honorary consultant post at the Proton Beam Therapy Centre at the Christie Hospital. Her research interests are in paediatric brain tumours and radiotherapy quality assurance.

Nicky was Associate Medical Director at Clatterbridge between 2010 and 2016. She has served two terms on the RCR CO Faculty Board, and is a past member of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group Executive.

Outside of medicine, Nicky sat on the Board of the National Museums of Liverpool between 2011 and 2020. She lives on Wirral with her husband and their three children.

Dr Nicky Thorp

See the members of the RCR's Senior Leadership Team and the roles of the Senior Management Team