Dr Lisa Wilde – Director of Research and External Affairs at Bowel Cancer UK

Lisa is a research scientist by training and, since leaving the lab, has spent the last 15 years leading on research management for cancer research charities. Lisa’s expertise lies in research strategy, science communications and science policy. She oversees Communications, Research, and Policy & Campaigns functions.

Professor David Jayne – Clinical Director

David Jayne is Clinical Director for the Surgical MedTech Co-operative. He is Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds and Honorary Consultant Surgeon at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. He is a NIHR Research Professor and brings expertise in the identification of unmet needs related to colorectal disease, the development of surgical technologies through interdisciplinary working, and clinical translation through early and late phase clinical trials.

His clinical interests include minimally invasive and robotic colorectal surgery. His research interests include the development, application, and evaluation of new technologies for surgical application. In 2012 he was awarded an NIHR Research Professorship to promote the translation of novel technologies into clinical practice for patient benefit. He is CI on several NIHR portfolio clinical trials:

  • NIHR HTA FIAT (anal fistula plug v surgeon’s preference)
  • NIHR EME ROLARR (robotic v laparoscopic surgery for rectal cancer)
  • NIHR EME GliSten (next generation fluorescent lymph node mapping in colon cancer)
  • NHIR HTA Fenix (magnetic anal sphincter for faecal incontinence)

Professor Giles Toogood – HPB Lead

Giles Toogood is Professor of Hepatobiliary Surgery at Leeds University and has been a Consultant at St James’s University Hospital, Leeds since 1998. He trained at Oxford University and completed his hepatobiliary and transplant training in Oxford, Cambridge and Australia. He also completed his Doctor of Medicine at Oxford University. He performs liver cancer and liver transplantation surgery and works in one of the largest Units in Europe.

He has published over 160 peer reviewed publications and has supervised several post graduate fellows towards PhDs and MDs.
Giles is currently Principal external examiner for Oxford University Medical School and examines for the Intercollegiate Specialty Board in General Surgery and also for the Union Européenne des Médecins Spécialistes in HPB Surgery.

He was on the NICE guidelines group for gallbladder disease. He is President Elect of the Association of Upper Gastrointestinal Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland and was the Founder President of the Great Britain and Ireland Hepatopancreatobiliary Association, (2009). He is also a member of the European and African HPB Association Training Committee.

Giles played cricket for Worcestershire CCC between 1978 and 1982. He played first class cricket and rugby for Oxford University in the 1980s and played Minor Counties Cricket for both Shropshire and Cambridgeshire. He is currently a member of the MCC main Committee and captained MCC on two major tours.

Professor Julian Scott – Vascular Lead

Professor Scott trained in Leicester, Peterborough, Bristol, Exeter, Gloucester and Melbourne and was appointed as a consultant vascular surgeon in November 1993.
He has a large NHS practice based at the LGI and takes part in the major trauma centre. He was appointed as an honorary professor of vascular surgery at the University of Leeds in 2004 and manages a large academic research group, focused on abdominal aortic aneurysms, based within the Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine.
He has extensive experience of the management of arterial and venous disease.
He works closely with colleagues in interventional radiology, and offers minimally invasive approaches to arterial and venous disease.
He is an advisory member of the BHF, Past Chairman of the European Board of Vascular Surgery and the current FRCS Vascular Examination Board and the lead for Academic Foundation and INSPIRE at the University of Leeds.
He is also President Elect of the Union Européenne des Medécins Spécialistes (UEMS) Section and Board of Vascular Surgery and a Past-President of the Vascular Society of GB and Ireland (2012-13).

Mr Aaron Quyn – Deputy Director

Aaron Quyn is Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the University of Leeds. He obtained his MB ChB from the University of Edinburgh in 2001 and PhD in cell biology from the University of Dundee. He was clinical Lecturer to Professor Bob Steele at the University of Dundee until 2016 developing an interest in Bowel Cancer Screening. He undertook fellowships in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Sydney and St James’s Hospital Leeds. He has a clinical interest in locally advanced primary rectal cancer and recurrent pelvic disease and is developing a research portfolio in aligned to this interest. He was appointed Associate Clinical Professor in 2017