RCR Officers

The Officers of the RCR are: 

The President  Leads the College and is its primary spokesperson  
Medical Director, Membership and Business   Leads the strategic financial development of the College and is responsible to Council for the financial governance of the charity 
For each Faculty:
Vice-President  Responsible for leading the Faculty and speaking on its behalf on Council 
Medical Director, Education and Training  Responsible for specialty training matters for each Faculty 
Medical Director, Professional Practice  Responsible for professional and workforce issues for each Faculty 

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. The Treasurer can be a Fellow from either Faculty and is appointed following a selection process. The Faculty Officers can only come from their relevant Faculty. Further information about the role of the Officers can be found below. The roles of the honorary Officers are set out in broad terms in the Regulations.

Officers of the RCR 2020–21


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 

About Dr Elford

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    

About Dr Ramsden

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   

About Dr Tharmalingam

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  

About Dr Harden

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    

About Dr Cooper

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)
Professor Mark Callaway (2018–2021)
Details of the role   

About Professor Callaway

Mark Callaway took his primary degree in Southampton and trained in radiology in Manchester and Bristol. While in Manchester he was one of the founding members of the Society of Radiologists in Training.

He was appointed as Consultant in gastrointestinal (GI) radiology in University Hospitals Bristol in 1998 and has developed his subspecialty interest in HPB imaging and intervention. He has been Clinical Director of the department and Head of School of radiology for the Northern South West Deanery. In addition, he has been Deputy Medical Director and more recently Interim Medical Director of the trust.

He has been involved with the RCR since being appointed to Professional Support and Standards Board in 2009, he served on this board until 2015. He was a member and then subsequent Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee from 2011-2017, with responsibility for five Annual Scientific Meetings during this period, he was also an elected member of Council between 2014-2017.

In 2015 he was appointed as a visiting Professor of the University of the West of England recognising his work in the field of imaging and robotics. He has also served as the radiological expert on projects for both NICE and NCEPOD

 Professor Mark Callaway

Medical Director, Professional Practice, Clinical Oncology

(Registrar of the Faculty)
Dr Tom Roques, Norfolk and Norwich (2018–2021)
Details of the role

About Dr Roques
Tom Roques trained as a clinical oncologist in London and Vancouver before becoming a consultant in Norwich in 2004. He specialises in head and neck, thyroid, upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cancers. He was service director in Norwich from 2010–2016. He is radiotherapy lead for Norwich and has chaired the Anglia Alliance radiotherapy board since 2013. He has written and spoken about target volume definition in head and neck and other cancers at national and international meetings and is part of the quality-assurance team for two international head and neck trials. 

He has particular interests in technical radiotherapy and in doctor–patient decision-making. He was a member of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) head and neck cancer guideline committee and was chair for the NICE brain tumour guideline published in 2018. He is one of the four authors of the ‘red book’ (Practical Radiotherapy Planning) and has written many other book chapters.

He has been a regular contributor to RCR Heads of Service meetings since 2010 and was the Governance Lead on the Clinical Oncology Professional Support and Standards Board (PSSB) from 2012–2016. In 2017 he was lead author for the RCR guideline on radiotherapy target volume definition and peer review.

 Dr Tom Roques

Senior Leadership Team

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