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Council Members 2020

Cyrus Kerawala President

Cyrus Kerawala graduated with honours degrees in both medicine and dentistry from the University of London, passing the Intercollegiate Examination in Maxillofacial Surgery in September 1998.  He worked as a Consultant in Guildford and Basingstoke for eight years before joining the head and neck unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital in 2008.  He now conducts an exclusive head and neck oncology practice with research interests focussing on microvascular reconstruction, marginal control of disease and trans-oral robotic surgery.     

Cyrus is author of a textbook on Maxillofacial Surgery and has written numerous chapters in other books.  He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed publications and has contributed to the fourth edition of the UK National Head and Neck Cancer Multidisciplinary Management Guidelines. He devotes a significant amount of time to teaching, professional training and continuing medical education.  He has presented over 120 papers at international and national meetings, and has been invited to lecture throughout Europe, the Middle East, America, Asia and Australia.    

Cyrus was the Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons for six years until December 2012.  He is currently a clinical advisor for NCEPOD, an associate advisor for the Health Service Ombudsman and Chair of the Intercollegiate Board in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.  He was the Clinical Lead for the NICE guidelines on head and neck cancer which were published in February 2016 and Chair of the NICE guidelines on oesopho-gastric cancer published in January 2018.

Cyrus was Honorary Treasurer of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists for three years before assuming the two-year term of the office of its President in May 2019


Hisham Mehanna  Past President

Professor Hisham Mehanna is the Chair of Head and Neck Surgery, and Director of the Institute of Head and Neck Studies and Education, at the School of Cancer Sciences, University of Birmingham.

He is the Past President of the British Association of Head Neck Oncologists (BAHNO), and the past Chair of the UK’s National Cancer Research Institute’s head and neck group, responsible for all head neck cancer research in the UK.

Hisham’s clinical interests are recurrence head and neck cancer surgery and thyroid and minimal access parathyroid surgery. Hisham has a keen interest in clinical and translational research, heading a research team of 20 researchers, and holding over £12million in research grants. The main areas of his research are Human Papillomavirus-associated head and neck cancer and thyroid cancer. His research themes are biomarkers of treatment response and early and late phase clinical trials in head and neck cancer. He is chief investigator of several multicentre and multinational clinical trials, including the PET NECK trial, published in the NEJM in 2016, and the De-escalate study, published in Lancet 2018.


Peter Brennan  Honorary Administrative Secretary

Professor Peter Brennan is a NHS Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon in Portsmouth, UK with an interest in head and neck and salivary gland cancers.  He has a personal chair in surgery in recognition of his research and education profile, publishing over 570 papers with many on cancer biology. He is editor of 5 major textbooks including the 2 volume definitive textbook for OMFS, Maxillofacial Surgery 3rd Edition, Operative OMFS, Oxford Handbook of OMFS and is also lead editor for forthcoming and much anticipated Gray’s Surgical Anatomy due out in November 2019.

Peter is recent past Chairman the Intercollegiate Committee for Basic Surgical Examinations (MRCS and DONHNS) and current research lead for MRCS for the 4 Surgical Colleges, and has formally validated the MRCS.  His extensive work on human factors (HF) collaborating with airline pilots, National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and the Red Arrows has resulted in many changes to theatre practice, improvements in patient safety for other medical teams and a change in the MRCS exam delivery nationally and he has just been awarded a PhD on HF and safety


Ceri Hughes  Honorary Conference Secretary

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon with a specialist interest in Head & Neck cancer including thyroid disease.

Trained predominantly in South West of England with a one year fellowship at Sydney Head & Neck Cancer Institute under the auspices of the late professor Chris O’Brien.

Has been involved in the centralisation of Head & neck services within Bristol.


James O'Hara  Honorary Treasurer

James O'Hara is a consultant otolaryngologist, in Newcastle upon Tyne, with a specialist head and neck surgical onocology practice.

He has a large transoral robotic surgical practice offering minimal access cancer treatment, and a growing interest in surgery for dysphagia.

He has led the Northern head and neck MDT until 2019, and has recently taken on a new role within the Northern Cancer Alliance, leading on the urgent referrals pathway.

He has a developing research portfolio and is a co-applicant on 4 large multicentre randomised controlled trials.


Andrew Schache  OMFS rep

Andrew is a Clinical Academic Head & Neck Surgeon (OMFS) based in the Liverpool Head & Neck Centre (LHNC).

His academic interests are broad and cover both HPV positive and negative Head & Neck malignancy, with a focus towards development and delivery clinical trials. He is an active member of both the NCRI H&N Clinical Group and its surgery and localised therapies (S<) subgroup. He is also a young investigator on the EORTC H&N group.
Andrew is the lead for education within the LHNC, a remit which spans undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate education in Head & Neck surgery and more broadly in OMFS.

His clinical practice covers both ablative & reconstructive H&N surgery including providing support for the reconstructive component of the regional skull base service. He contributes to the Sentinel Lymph Node service at Aintree Hospital and has a clinical interest in expanding assessment and/or use of surgical technology.


Michael Nugent  OMFS rep

I’m a Maxillofacial surgeon based at Sunderland Royal Hospital.

I studied Dentistry in Liverpool then Medicine in Manchester. My surgical training started in the Northwest rotation before transferring to the Nothern Deanery. I completed a TIG Head and Neck fellowship in Newcastle and Sunderland prior to starting as a consultant.

I have an interest in reconstruction and research. I’m currently CI for the Litefrom trial.


Stuart Winter  ENT rep

Consultant Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon, Oxford. Senior Lecturer, University of Oxford.

 Current positions: BAHNO – Chair Guidelines and Protocols Committee ENT-UK Head and Neck Council National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Head and Neck Clinical Studies Group Oxford Head and Neck Surgical lead

 Previous positions: NICE: Updating Cancer of the upper aero digestive tract: assessment and management in people aged 16 and over (NG36). Guidance development group.


Jarrod Homer  ENT rep

Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery/ Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon

Manchester Head and Neck CentreManchester Academic Health Sciences Centre

Manchester University Foundation Trust/ University of Manchester

Professor Jarrod Homer is a consultant surgeon at The Manchester Head and Neck Centre, Manchester University Foundation NHS Trust and also has a chair in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at The University of Manchester.

He leads the Manchester H&N cancer service. He has published >100 research papers and has supervised several MD/PhD’s in H&N cancer. He introduced surgeon performed neck ultrasound scanning in 2003 and runs an international course in neck ultrasound. His clinical practice encompasses all of head and neck /thyroid cancer, with a particular interest in conservation laryngeal surgery, sinonasal and antero-lateral skull base cancers. He is currently editor of the next (6th) UK Multidisciplinary Guidelines for Head and Neck Cancer.


Omar Ahmed  Plastic Surgery rep

Omar A. Ahmed has been a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne, since February 2005. He has extensive experience in reconstructive surgery, specialising in Head and Neck Cancer, Facial Paralysis, and Skin Cancer, He is a core member of the Head and Neck Cancer and Skin Cancer multidisciplinary teams in the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and is a past chairman of the Head and Neck Special Interest Group of BAPRAS.  In 2006 he was instrumental in setting up the Northern Facial Nerve Centre, the first and only one-stop clinic for the management of patients with facial paralysis in the Northeast of England. 

 Mr Ahmed is currently a plastic surgery representative on BAHNO Council and a medical advisory board member of Facial Palsy UK. He has published extensively and remains actively involved in clinical research. He is an Associate Editor of PRS, and a regular journal reviewer for PRS, JPRAS, Head and Neck, and Clinical Otolaryngology.


Sinclair Gore  Plastic Surgery rep

Sinclair Gore is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon based in Oxford, UK. After graduating from Cambridge University he trained in Plastic Surgery in Sydney, London & East Anglia with numerous visits to specialists in Europe and North America. Thereafter he completed four specialist fellowships in reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery including an international head & neck surgery fellowship in Sydney, Australia. His NHS practice has a specialist focus on Head & Neck cancer surgery and complex facial reconstruction including nasal reconstruction and partial laryngeal reconstruction. 

He has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and as well as a Masters degree (MD) in skin cancer molecular biology, he has completed postgraduate diplomas in aesthetic surgery and medical education. His current research interests include the role of sentinel node biopsy in melanoma, functional outcomes in complex H&N reconstruction and aesthetic outcomes in reconstructive rhinoplasty.


Bernadette Foran  Oncology rep

I am a Consultant Clinical Oncologist based at the Weston Park Cancer Centre, Sheffield, specialising in the non-surgical management of H&N, skull base and skin cancers.

My particular interests are in the clinical application of technological developments in radiotherapy and systemic anti-cancer therapies to improve oncological outcomes.

I have been active in clinical research for over 20 years.

I hold multiple educational and managerial roles including:

·         NCRI Head & Neck Group member

·         Head and Neck Cancer Sub-Specialty lead for the Yorkshire & Humber CRN

·         British Association of Head & Neck Oncologists Council (BAHNO) Oncology Representative

·         Lead for the Weston Park Cancer Centre Head & Neck Oncology group

·         Royal College of Radiologists Regional Specialty Adviser (Clinical Oncology) for the Yorkshire & Humber Deanery

·         Royal College of Radiologists (CO) part II clinical examiner

·         Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Sheffield (2003)                                          


Mehmet Sen  Oncology rep 

Dr Mehmet Sen completed his medical school training in Izmir and specialist training in radiation oncology in Istanbul, Turkey. He later subspecialised in head and neck cancer and set up a multidisciplinary academic unit in 1991 in Dokuz Eylul University Medical School. He was appointed as Professor of radiation oncology in 2001and was clinical lead for the head and neck cancer unit until he left his post.

He chaired the Turkish Oncology head and neck cancer studies group between 2001 -2003 and also contributed to ESTRO teaching courses as a teacher in the Evidence Based Oncology course between1999-2004.

He moved to the UK in 2004 joining Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist and Honorary senior lecturer and was the lead for the nonsurgical head and neck team (2008-2019).

He contributed to the NCRI head and neck clinical studies group as a member (2006-2015) and then chair of the systemic treatments and radiotherapy subgroup (2006-2011). During this time notable achievements included establishing links between national and international research groups and chaired the EORTC Head and Neck - radiotherapy subgroup (2011-2015)

His research interest includes improving outcomes by combined treatments and evaluation of recurrence patterns. He is currently contributing to on-going national randomised clinical trials as local PI, National lead, TMG member and safety chair. He is chair of the steering committee of the annual York head and neck cancer one day educational event. He became chair of BAHNO International committee in 2019.


Adam Jones  Pathology rep


Arun Takhar  Associate Members' rep

Arun graduated from the University of Leicester with Honours in 2009 and undertook an academic foundation programme that led to a distinction award for postgraduate studies in clinical leadership. After completing core surgical training in London, he was appointed as an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in surgery at St George’s University, before commencing ENT higher specialist training in South London in 2014. During his time in training he has been actively involved in research and quality improvement projects focusing on referral to diagnosis times for suspected cancer referrals and improving the outpatient experience, for which he won a regional award. He has also presented research work both nationally and internationally. 

Arun has numerous peer-reviewed publications including research validating a patient reported outcome measure for nasal surgery as well as leading and contributing to both multi-centre and national audits. In addition to this he has a strong passion for teaching having been both faculty and organiser on a number of national ENT courses as well as participation in curriculum development, examinations and surgical skills training. In 2017 he undertook the National Medical Director’s clinical fellow scheme, spending a year working at NHS England. During this time he worked with the National Cancer Policy team on the development of new pathways of care for cancer diagnostics as well as the Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) programme for ENT, contributing to the upcoming national report.

He is currently working as a senior registrar in head and neck surgical oncology at Guy’s Hospital


Justin Roe  AHP rep

1.       Consultant/ Joint Head – Department of Speech and Language Therapy: The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

2.       Clinical Service Lead (Airways/ Complex ENT):  Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

3.       NIHR Imperial BRC/ Imperial Health Charity Post-Doctoral Fellow: Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London

Justin is a clinical-academic and service lead, specialising in dysphagia in benign and malignant head and neck disorders. He is the Clinical Service Lead at the National Centre for Airway Reconstruction/ ENT Service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Consultant Speech and Language Therapist/ Joint Head of Service at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. His academic base is at the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. 

Justin completed his first degree, majoring in psychology, in 1993. He qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1999 from City University, London. He was awarded his MSc in dysphagia research with distinction from Newcastle University in 2015 and his PhD from the Institute of Cancer Research in 2013.

In 2019, Justin commenced a post-doctoral research fellowship awarded by the Imperial Health Charity and Imperial NIHR Biomedical Research Centre. He has published a number of peer-reviewed papers on head and neck cancer, lung cancer, palliative care, airway stenosis, co-design and ethics and spoken at scientific meetings and conferences internationally. Justin is a Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT) Specialist Advisor for head and neck cancer and palliative care. In 2019, he was elected as a member of the Council of the British Association of Head and Neck Oncologists. He was made a Fellow of the RCSLT in 2018.


Florence Cook  AHP rep

Florence underwent her dietetic training at the University of Nottingham, where she graduated in 2013. She is currently completing her MSc in Clinical Nutrition at University College London.

Florence has worked as a Head & Neck Dietitian at University College London Hospital for the last 5 years and she sits on the British Dietetic Association Head & Neck Oncology sub-group committee.

Florence’s research interests lie in decision  making for enteral feeding in head and neck oncology service-users, including patients experiences with home enteral tube feeding. Florence is also interested in the impact of nutrition on body composition and treatment outcomes.


Sarah Orr   BAHNON rep

Chair & Treasurer BAHNON

Base: East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust

Sarah is the Macmillan Cancer Lead Nurse for East Suffolk and North Essex Foundation Trust. She is responsible for strategic development of cancer services across the Trust working closely with the STP, CCGs and Cancer Alliances.

Prior to this role Sarah worked in H&N Cancer as a CNS for many years in two major London Trusts. She has extensive experience of all aspects of H&N cancer and has led on a number of service developments, including establishing the first truly MDT pre-treatment clinics.

Sarah is a regular presenter/speaker at conferences and has written articles and comment pieces for the nursing press. She was a member of the NICE guidance group for the Cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract guidance published in 2016 and its subsequent update in 2018. She is active in Macmillan Cancer support sitting on a number of working groups to influence strategy in cancer. 

Her passions are patient experience and patient advocacy. She believes that all clinicians are privileged to be able to work with and care for people at their most vulnerable.