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The Committee

Hannah Baird

Co-Chair
FMLM/GMC

Hannah Baird

ST4
North West

Hannah is currently OOPE undertaking a National Medical Directors Clinical Fellowship, placed with the Education team at the GMC. She has interests in education, leadership and QI having completed a master’s in medical leadership. She chairs the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management (FMLM)’s trainee committee and was part of the EMLeaders national faculty. Hannah co-chaired the EMTA Conference 2021 and took up the position of Co-Chair in Oct 2022.

Joanna Quinn

Treasurer
Global EM Rep

Joanna Quinn

ST6
West Scotland

Jo is a LTFT trainee. After completing undergrad and core training in East London, she took two years out of training to pursue her interest in global health. She was recently appointed as the new EMTA Global Emergency Medicine Rep. Her other interests are public health, health inequalities, and medical education. Jo took on the Treasurer role in 2022.

Frances Balmer

EMTA Website Lead
Environmental SIG Rep

Frances Balmer

ST4
North West England

Frances joined EMTA in 2022 as the rep to the Environmental Specialist Interest Group, aiming to integrate Sustainable EM into our everyday practice to help tackle the impact of climate crisis on health and inequality. In July 2022 she took on the role of Website Lead to improve communication and discussion between EMTA and EM trainees.

Bex Talbutt

ACCS Rep

Bex Talbutt

ST2
North West England

Bex is one of two EMTA reps sitting on the Intercollegiate Commitee for ACCS Training, responsible for the delivery of the ACCS programme. She also sits on the TSC

Vacant

Devolved Nation Rep - Northern Ireland

Vacant

The position of Northern Ireland Rep is currently vacant. To apply contact emta@rcem.ac.uk

Emma Cox

Sustainable Working Practices Rep

Emma Cox

Emma is a LTFT and works as the Chief Product Officer at Medics.Academy, a digital medical education start-up. She is passionate about improving working conditions, training and healthcare systems. She is also an honorary lecturer for UCLan, a NHS England Clinical Entrepreneur and a Governor for the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

Eleanor Syddall

Frailty SIG Rep

Eleanor Syddall

Eleanor is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM Frailty Specialist Interest Group

Thomas Shanahan

Research Rep

Thomas Shanahan

ST3
North West England

Thomas is a NIHR academic clinical fellow with an honorary clinical research fellow contract at the University of Manchester. Thomas is NIHR Associate PI for the RECOVERY trial at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Research interests are major trauma and global emergency care. Before medicine, Thomas worked in international development for the United Nations.

Trisha Gupta

PEM PAG

Trisha Gupta

ST4
South East England

Trisha is a LTFT EM trainee and EMTA Rep to the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Professional Advisory Group

Lucie Cocker

Service Design & Configuration Rep

Lucie Cocker

Lucie represents EMTA on the Service Design & Configuration Committee (SDCC)

Ashna Agarwal


EMTA App Rep

Ashna Agarwal

Ashna joined EMTA as the EMTA App Rep in June 2023

Lara Somerset

Co-Chair
Safer Care Committee Rep

Lara Somerset

ST5
South West England

Lara is an ST5 in Severn, having moved to the Southwest after training in Sheffield. She was one of the trainee representatives to the EMLeaders National Faculty and Steering Group with the programme completing in 2021. Having been on the EMTA committee for a time she moved into the Secretary role in March 2021 with the aim of focusing on compassionate leadership. She now sits on the RCEM Safer Care Committee and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. She is working on publicising the RespectED campaign and collaborating with other specialities, professionals and wider NHS organisations to do this. Lara took up the role of Co-Chair in Oct 2022

Dale Kirkwood

Survey Lead, Co-chair QA&I
ATDG Rep

Dale Kirkwood

ST4
North West England

Dale was the first EMTA Secretary focusing on improving EMTA’s internal governance, communications, and transparency. He has interests in quality improvement, education and leadership and is current Co-Chair of the Quality Assurance and Improvement subcommittee, part of the Quality in Emergency Care Committee (QECC). Dale is currently leading the development of the next iteration of the EMTA survey 2021-24 using GMC data and past Survey results to inform it for greater granularity. He also developed the EMTA fellowship app to improve access to fantastic educational opportunities around the UK. Previously Dale has been the Chair and Deputy Chair of the BMA North-West Junior Doctors Committee during the height of the dispute, part of the National committee of Sexpression:UK (Charity) leading communications and branding and established a highly active local branch teaching Leicester pupils and fundraising for local LGBT/HIV charities

Rob Hirst

Curriculum Rep (HST)
TSC, Exams and Education

Rob Hirst

ST4
Bristol

Rob is the outgoing Trainee Emergency Research Network (TERN) Fellow, and during this time worked with EMTA to redevelop the EMTA Survey. He is the EMTA representative to the Curriculum Sub-committee. Rob has an interest in education (currently battling through an MMed dissertation), research, and technology. Additionally, you may hear him hosting the RCEMLearning podcast.

Charlotte Taylor

ACCS Careers Rep

Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte is one of two EMTA reps sitting on the Intercollegiate Commitee for ACCS Training, responsible for the delivery of the ACCS programme.

Jamie Pope

Devolved Nation Rep - Scotland

Jamie Pope

ST5
West Scotland

Jamie is the Devolved Nations Rep for Scotland. He has worked in Western Australia, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

Olivia Villegas

Public Health SIG Rep

Olivia Villegas

Olivia is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM Public Health Specialist Interest Group

Aidan McIvor

Ambulatory SIG Rep

Aidan McIvor

Aidan is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM Ambulatory Specialist Interest Group

Celestine Weegenaar

RCEM Learning Rep

Celestine Weegenaar

Celestine is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM Learning Group, a relatively new position created to increase EMTA representation across RCEM groups and committees

Mathu Santhakumar

PEMISAC

Mathu Santhakumar

ST6
East of England

Mathu is an international medical graduate and EM/PEM dual trainee in the East of England. She joined EMTA as the PEMISAC rep in July 2023.

Thomas Ludlow

Social Media Officer

Thomas Ludlow

HST
North West England

Tom is a North West trainee who joined EMTA as our Social Media Officer in Nov 2022

Kuldeep Kaur

Secretary
Service Design & Configuration

Kuldeep Kaur

Kul joined EMTA as the TSC and RCEM Education & Exams Rep. In Oct 2022 Kul took up post as the EMTA Secretary. In May 2023 she became the Service Design & Delivery Rep

Rebecca Yates

Training Standards Rep
(HST)

Rebecca Yates

ST4
Yorkshire

Rebecca joined EMTA as one of the EMTA ACCS representatives sitting on the ICACCST and RCEM Exams and Education committees, before becoming TSC Rep in 2022. Rebecca completed foundation training in Wales and was awarded Best Foundation Trainee 2018. During her junior clinical fellow year in Leeds she was co-creator of the Leeds ED positive feedback and Leeds ED fight club projects. Rebecca has been a scholar with the Healthcare Leadership Academy and is currently Vice President of the Yorkshire Society of Emergency Medicine. She is currently taking an OOPT year in Medical Education

Josephine Mo

Mental Health Rep
Conference Rep 2024

Josephine Mo

HST
North East England

Jo is a born and bred Geordie; she graduated from Newcastle University after obtaining previous degrees in Psychology, a Masters in Neuroscience, where her research was centred around cognitive bias and perceptions of body image and eating disorders, and a Diploma in Medical Sciences. During her medical school years, she was the first president and co-founder of the ‘Mind The Gap’ society at Newcastle University, which strived to promote knowledge, understanding and wellbeing of mental health. As well as this, she organised national conferences with this society, working closely with mental health charities and the RCPsych. She has also previously been awarded and completed a three-year fellowship with the Royal College of Psychiatrists. Her interests include raising awareness of mental health in EM, bridging the gap between psychiatry and emergency medicine, research and education and the wellbeing of EM trainees.

Matthew Williams

Devolved Nation Rep - Wales

Matthew Williams

Matthew joined EMTA in 2023 as the Devolved Nations Rep for Wales.

Pete Lynas

Best Practice Rep

Pete Lynas

Pete is the EMTA Rep to the Best Practice sub-committee, working to develop consensus and best practice guidance

Chris Wheeler

Major Trauma SIG Rep

Chris Wheeler

Chris is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM Major Trauma Specialist Interest Group

Nishant Cherian

POCUS SIG Rep

Nishant Cherian

ST5
North West England

Nish is an EM/ICM trainee and passionate about improving the quality of POCUS training in EM. He completed a PgDip in Medical Ultrasound in 2020 and more recently obtained a Certificate of Clinician Performed Ultrasound (CCPU) whilst working in Australia. He is also a FAMUS supervisor and faculty on various ultrasound courses. He has contributed FOAMed content via Twitter (@NishCherian), Life in The Fast Lane and RCEMLearning. Outside of POCUS, his interests include music, coffee and the outdoors... but mostly POCUS.

Chelcie Jewitt

Women in EM SIG Rep

Chelcie Jewitt

ST3
North West England

Chelcie is the EMTA Rep to the RCEM WEM SIG. She is the co-founder of Surviving In Scrubs, a group set up to raise awareness of sexism and sexual assault in healthcare.

Charlotte Ashworth

PHEM PAG

Charlotte Ashworth

Charlotte is the EMTA Rep to the Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Professional Advisory Group

Kiran Ravichandran

EDI Rep

Kiran Ravichandran

ST4
North West England

Kiran is an EM trainee based in the North West of England. He joined EMTA as the EDI representative in 2023.
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