NIAA Board Members


Mike Grocott

Professor Mike Grocott

Mike is the Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Southampton and a consultant in Critical Care Medicine at University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust. Mike is the director of the NIAA Health Services Research Centre at the Royal College of Anaesthetists. Mike also leads the Xtreme Everest program of hypoxia research and is head of the Respiratory Critical Care Research Area within the UHS/UoS NIHR Biomedical Research Unit. His research interests include human adaptation to hypoxia, measuring and improving outcome following surgery, exercise physiology and fluid therapy. He was recruited to the role of NIAA Board Chair in May 2018.
Register of Interests
Personal pecuniary interest:

  • Professor of Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine, University of Southampton
  • Consultant in Critical Care Medicine, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • R&D Lead for Division A, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
  • Director, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre
  • Specialty Group Lead (Critical Care and Anaesthesia), Hampshire and Isle of Wight Comprehensive Local Research Network, NIHR Comprehensive Research Network.

I have received honoraria for speaking and / or travel expenses from:

  • Baxter
  • Fresenius-Kabi
  • BOC Medical (Linde Group)
  • Ely-Lilly Critical Care

Non-personal pecuniary interest:
I lead the Caudwell Xtreme-Everest hypoxia research consortium and the group have received unrestricted grant funds from:

  • John Caudwell
  • BOC Medical (Linde Group)
  • Ely-Lilly Critical Care
  • Smiths Medical
  • Deltex Medical
  • London Clinic
  • Rolex
  • Royal Free Hospital Charity
  • University College London Hospitals Special Trustees
  • With others, I run a number of educational meetings and these meetings have sponsorship from multiple industry partners declared on a meeting-by-meeting basis.

Personal non-pecuniary interest:

  • Director, Caudwell Xtreme Everest
  • Board and Research Council member of the National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia
  • Co-Chairman of Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-Chairman of Current Controversies in Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-chairman of National Perioperative CPET Meeting (annual scientific meeting)
  • Co-chairman of KnO2wledge (annual scientific meeting)
  • Member organising group, UK Perioperative Clinical Research Forum (annual scientific meeting)
  • Faculty, Perioperative CPET course
  • Executive faculty of UK-UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine
  • Editor in Chief of Extreme Physiology and Medicine
  • Editorial board of Perioperative Medicine
  • Member of the Improving Surgical Outcomes Group

Executive Members

Jenny Dorey

Mrs Jenny Dorey

Lay Representative, Royal College of Anaesthetists Lay Committee

Mrs Dorey was a practicing hospital pharmacist for most of her career, including twenty years as chief pharmacist in a large teaching hospital and pharmaceutical adviser to a strategic health authority. She has been a member of the NIAA Board since July 2016.

Register of interests

  • Lay member of Performance Advisory Group, NHS England South (South Central)

Kathleen Ferguson

Dr Kathleen Ferguson

Association of Anaesthetists, President

Dr Ferguson is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and became the Association of Anaesthetists' first female President when she took office in September 2018.

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Judith Hall

Professor Judith Hall OBE

Royal College of Anaesthetists, Council Member

Prof Hall is a Trauma Anaesthetist at University Hospital of Wales, and a Final FRCA Examiner. She has been a member of the NIAA Board since July 2018.

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Dr Andy Klein

Dr Andrew Klein

Anaesthesia Editor-in-Chief
Dr Klein is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Chair of the Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridge. His special interests are the management of patients with pulmonary hypertension, blood conservation (particularly pre-operative anaemia and cell salvage) and the impact of technological developments on anaesthesia and surgery. He has edited two books, on Transplantation and Cardiothoracic Critical Care. He is currently an editor of the journal Anaesthesia, and is on the Board and Council of the Association of Anaesthetists. He is currently working on a project assessing the causes of and impact of preoperative anaemia at Papworth, and is the Principal Investigator for a randomised controlled trial of Fibrinogen Concentrate in aortic surgery. A regular tweeter for Anaesthesia, he also looks after the ACTA website and ACTA News. His hobbies are West Ham United, England Cricket, and actually sport of any description.

Register of Interests

  • Unrestricted educational grant for a project from Fresenius (CATS cell salvage) >honoraria for speaking from Covidien (INVOS)
  • Editor of the journal Anaesthesia

Prof Lambert

Professor David Lambert

British Journal of Anaesthesia, Board Chair
Professor Lambert trained as a Biologist and then did a PhD in the Diabetes Research Unit at Aston University (1987). He went through a post-doctoral 'conversion' to pharmacology in Leicester under Professor Stefan Nahorski, and then moved to the Anaesthesia Department in Leicester in 1991 where he has been a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and in 2005 was promoted to a personal chair.
Professor Lambert's research interests are in G-protein coupled receptors, predominantly those for peptides. His career emphasis has been on opioids, and lately the cardiovascular peptide urotensin II and endocannabinoids. He has had 200 peer reviewed publications (h-index 33) and one patent. He was awarded the Humphry Davy medal, an eponymous chair and Fellowship by election by the RCoA.
Professor Lambert is currently the Chairman of the British Journal of Anaesthesia Board, Pharmacology Editor for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine and Editor of Trends in Anaesthesia and Critical Care.

Register of Interests

  • BJA Director and company secretary
  • Editor and Board Member for Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Editorial Board Member for Trends Anaesthesia & Critical Care
  • Consultancy with Grünenthal Ltd

Co-opted Members

Sharon Drake

Ms Sharon Drake

Royal College of Anaesthetists, Director of Clinical Quality & Research
Sharon is the Director of Clinical Quality & Research at the Royal College of Anaesthetists and is managerially responsible for the development of the College's clinical quality programme and research activities, and provides managerial support to the NIAA. From 2005 to 2009, Sharon was the Deputy Registrar of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) at the Royal College of Surgeons, where she was responsible for the development of the Faculty's postgraduate educational programmes and management of the Faculty's assessments.

Register of interests

  • Deputy Chief Executive, Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Trustee of the British Institute of Radiology (unpaid) with effect from 1 October 2017

Dan Martin

Dr Dan Martin OBE

NIAA Academic Training Coordinator
Dr Martin is a Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at University College London (UCL) and the Royal Free Hospital. He is also Director of the UCL Centre for Altitude, Space and Extreme Environment Medicine at the Institute of Sports Exercise and Health. His research interests include hypoxic adaptation, exercise physiology and perioperative medicine. He was recruited to the role of NIAA Academic Training Coordinator in December 2016.

Ramani Moonesinghe

Professor Ramani Moonesinghe

NIAA-Heath Services Research Centre, Director
Prof Moonesinghe is a Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) where she is Director of the NIHR funded UCLH Surgical Outcomes Research Centre. She has been a Board member of the NIAA since 2009 and was NIAA's academic training advisor between 2012-2016; she is also the academic Training Programme Director for the London Academy of Anaesthesia. She has been the Director of the NIAA-HSRC since April 2016. Ramani was a Council member of the Royal College of Anaesthetists between 2008 and 2012. She has also previously been a Faculty tutor in Intensive Care Medicine and a Trust Clinical Lead for Organ Donation. She is the local NIHR clinical research network lead for Anaesthesia, Perioperative Medicine and Pain in North Thames (2015-present). In 2016 she was appointed as Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care at NHS England; she is also a member of the RCoA's Perioperative Medicine Leadership team.

Ramani's academic interest is Health Services and Improvement Research in perioperative medicine, in particular, risk stratification and outcome measurement with a view to improving the quality of care for patients undergoing major surgery. In 2015 she began a 3-year fellowship in Improvement Science with the Health Foundation and is leading the development of the RCoA/HSRC national Perioperative Quality Improvement Programme which will measure and improve morbidity and patient reported outcome after major non-cardiac surgery.

Ramani is married to Ed, an inventor, and lives in the Sussex countryside surrounded by sheep.

Declaration of Interests

  • 2016 - present: Associate National Clinical Director for Elective Care, NHS England
  • 2014 - present: Editorial Board, Postgraduate Medical Journal (BMJ Publishing Group)
  • 2016 - present: Section Editor, Perioperative Medicine Journal (Biomed Central)
  • 2014 - present: Co-Director, Elegant Design and Solutions Ltd. (EDaS) - a design consultancy supporting humanitarian innovation and development
  • 2015 - present: Co-Director, Bloomsbury Innovation Group (BIG) - a community interest company which supports developing sustainable medical technology at lowest possible cost to the healthcare system
  • 2016 - present: Co-Director, Evidence Based Peri-Operative Medicine (EBPOM) - a community interest company which aims to improve the outcome of patients undergoing surgery through research and education
  • 2012 - present: Co-Chair, UCL Centre for Anaesthesia's annual conference in Dingle, Ireland, which receives unrestricted industry sponsorship negotiated annually

Grant funding received
National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia (AAGBI project grant)
The Health Foundation
NIHR Biomedical Research Centre's funding scheme

Rupert Pearse

Professor Rupert Pearse

Perioperative Medicine Clinical Trials Network, Director
Rupert Pearse graduated in 1996 from St George's Hospital Medical School, before training in anaesthesia and intensive care medicine in the south-west Thames region. In 2006, Rupert was appointed Senior Lecturer in Intensive Care Medicine at Queen Mary University of London and was promoted to Professor in 2013. His clinical duties are based on the busy intensive care unit at the Royal London Hospital, part of Barts Health NHS Trust. Rupert's main research interest is in improving outcomes for patients following major surgery and his work is supported by a number of major grants from public and industry funders. In 2014, he was awarded the prestigious NIHR Research Professorship to support his research in perioperative medicine. Rupert plays a leading role in many large multi-centre studies including ISOS, PRISM and EPOCH. He has experience in a wide range of research methods including translational laboratory and clinical research, multi-centre observational and randomised trials and large epidemiological studies.

Register of Interests

  • Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Queen Mary University of London
  • Honorary Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust
  • Director, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Clinical Trials group
  • Member, executive board, National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia Health Services Research Centre
  • Associate editor, British Journal of Anaesthesia
    In the past five years I have received grants, equipment or consumables to support my research from:

  • National Institute for Health Research
  • British Journal of Anaesthesia / Royal College of Anaesthetists
  • Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland
  • Nestle Health Sciences
  • LiDCO
  • Brainscope
  • European Society of Intensive Care Medicine
  • European Society of Anaesthesiology

In the past five years I have received honoraria for speaking and / or consultancy from:

  • Nestle Health Sciences
  • Massimo
  • Edwards Lifesciences


Dr Mike Nathanson

NIAA Research Council Chair 2018-19

Bernadette Ratnayake

Dr Bernadette Ratnayake

Specialist Society Representative 2019-20

Dr Matthew_Wilson

Dr Matt Wilson

NIAA Grants Officer
Dr Matt Wilson is based at the Sheffield School of Health & Related Research, University of Sheffield and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. He took a scholarship to read natural sciences at Oxford.

After acute medicine, he completed specialist training in anaesthesia in the Midlands. He acquired skills in clinical trials & applied health research with Birmingham University Department of Public Health & Epidemiology as a Clinical Lecturer.

He has worked as a Consultant, or equivalent, in tertiary units since 2000, including Birmingham, Seattle, USA and Sheffield. He was appointed to a NIHR Clinician Scientist Fellowship in 2011, and was elected to the RCoA Macintosh Professorship in 2016. He has been the NIAA Grants Officer since January 2017.