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BCIS Council


David Hildick-Smith

President (January 2023-January 2026)

Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Professor Hildick-Smith is a Cardiologist in Brighton with an interest in Clinical Research and Structural Heart Disease

Gerald Clesham

Honorary Secretary (January 2023-January 2026)

Basildon Hospital

Consultant Cardiologist, Essex Cardiothoracic Centre

Dan McKenzie

Treasurer (January 2022-January 2025)

Royal United Hospital, Bath


Mamas Mamas

Audit Secretary and DMAG Lead (January 2023)

University Hospital of North Staffordshire

Douglas Muir

Training and Education Group Lead (January 2022-January 2025)

James Cook University Hospital

Appointed to JCUH in 2004. Main sub-speciality interest in structural heart disease. TAVI lead. Previous Ordinary BCIS council member then AHP working group Lead. Currently Training and Education Group (TEG) Lead

Vijay Kunadian

Research and Development Group Lead (January 2023-January 2026)

Freeman Hospital

Professor Vijay Kunadian
MBBS, MD, MRCP (Edin), FRCP (Edin), FACC, FESC, PG Dip Clinical Trials (LSHTM), WTL* (Oxford)

Professor Kunadian is a Professor of Interventional Cardiology holding a Personal Chair at Newcastle University and Honorary Academic Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. Professor Kunadian completed all her cardiology and interventional cardiology training in the North East of England. She undertook an international academic fellowship in cardiology at the TIMI/PERFUSE Study group, Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston MA. Professor Kunadian has an international reputation in interventional cardiology and cardiovascular research, making her a sought-after and respected speaker at prominent national and international meetings. She has championed diversity in her specialty as a role model; only 5% of interventional cardiologist are female in the UK, <1% are clinical academics/researchers and only female interventional cardiologist holding a University Personal Chair.

Helen Routledge

Clinical Standards Group Lead (June 2022-June 2025)

Worcestershire Royal Hospital

CSG Chair
Stroke Thrombectomy Focus Group

Daniel Blackman

Structural Cardiac Intervention Working Group Lead (January 2023-January 2026)

Sarah Carson

Allied Health Professionals Working Group Lead (January 2022-January 2025)

Royal United Hospital Bath

As a senior cardiac nurse, I have a particular interest in complex angioplasty, and also a passion for team education and training. In particular, human factors, crisis management and dealing with complications rate high on my list of training that should be available for all the cath lab MDT. In this way we empower the team not only to understand everyone’s role, but also to create an open learning environment in which to work. My interests also include cath lab efficiency and improvements, as not only do we improve the patient experience, but we can generate greater staff engagement and satisfaction.

Suneil Aggarwal

Communications Lead (June 2023-June 2026)

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

Interventional Cardiologist with a specific interest in Structural and Congenital Heart Disease


Abhishek Kumar

Non-Surgical Centre Representative (January 2023-January 2026)

Royal Albert Edward Infirmary & Manchester Royal Infirmary

Jon Byrne

Member Without Portfolio (January 2020-January 2023)

Vinoda Sharma

Member Without Portfolio (August 2023-August 2026)

Birmingham City Hospital

Shrilla Banerjee

Member Without Portfolio (January 2021-January 2024)

East Surrey Hospital

Dr Shrilla Banerjee is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist at Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, UK. She has a particular interest in Coronary artery disease (prevention and complex intervention) in Women, and also in Aviation Cardiology.

She was invited to Chair the BCIS Focus Group for Women which has resulted in change-drivers and campaigns to shape a more equitable future in Interventional Cardiology.


Sam McGrath

BJCA Representative (January 2023-January 2026)

St Thomas Hospital

I am a KSS intervention trainee who has just finished ST6 in Brighton in October 2022. I am currently out of program carrying out a BHF funded PhD in Cardiac Biomarkers based at St Thomas Hospital.

Ellie Gudde

Allied Health Professionals Representative

Basildon Hospital


Fiona McDonald

BCIS Secretariat

Millbrook Medical Conferences