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 2022–23
( ) Signifies period of office
Dr Katharine Halliday (2022–2025)
Medical Director, Membership and Business
Dr Julian Elford (2020–2023)
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 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 Roques trained as a clinical oncologist in London and Vancouver before becoming a consultant in Norwich in 2004. He specializes in head and neck, thyroid, upper gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary cancers as well as lymphoma radiotherapy. He has particular interests in technical radiotherapy and in doctor-patient decision-making.
From 2018 to 2021 he was Medical Director for Professional Practice for Clinical Oncology at the Royal College of Radiologists. He was oncology service director in Norwich from 2010-2016. He has been chair of the Anglia East head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer multidisciplinary teams since 2005, radiotherapy lead for Norwich and was chair of the Anglia Alliance Radiotherapy Board from 2013-19. He is one of the four authors of the ‘red book’ (Practical Radiotherapy Planning) and has written many other book chapters as well as the 2017 RCR guideline on radiotherapy target volume definition and peer review.
Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Radiology
(Warden of the Faculty)
Dr Suresh completed her undergraduate training in India, followed by her MRCP in Manchester. Her radiology training was in Manchester and Plymouth, followed by a fellowship at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH), Stanmore.
Her work with RCR started in 2011 when she initiated READ and served as the Programme Director. Dr Suresh has also sat on several RCR committees including the Curriculum Committee, Specialty Training Board and Faculty Board. She has chaired the FRCR 2a MSK SBA and is currently the Lead for MSK module of RITI and SIG Lead for the i-Refer MSK guidelines. She is the Academy Lead for the Peninsula Radiology Academy, Training Programme Director and Teaching Lead for imaging and Honorary University fellow.
Medical Director, Education and Training, Clinical Oncology
(Warden of the Faculty)
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)
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)
Nicky Thorp trained in Medicine at the University of Leicester and completed her specialist oncology training at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. She was appointed as a consultant clinical oncologist in 2001 at Clatterbridge with subspeciality interests in breast, paediatric radiotherapy and late effects. In 2019 she took up a post at the Christie Hospital in Manchester specialising in photon and proton beam therapy for children. 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 Co-Lead for Wellbeing at the RCR.
She is a past member of the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Executive and past chair of the CCLG Radiotherapy and Neuro-oncology Groups.
Outside of medicine, Nicky sits on the Foundation Board of the National Museums of Liverpool, having been a member of the NML Trustee Board between 2011 and 2020. She lives on Wirral with her husband and their three children.
See the members of the RCR's Senior Leadership Team and the roles of the Senior Management Team