Executive Committee

Executive Chair: Katie Samuel

Katie is an anaesthetic registrar based in the Bristol school of Anaesthesia. She chairs both STAR group and RAFT (Research and Audit Federation of Trainees), as well as Trainees with an interest in Perioprative Medicine (TRIPOM). Katie is on the RCoA Trainee committee as well as the RCoA Exams and Recruitment committees, and is editor for the RCoA GAS newsletter and sits on the Bulletin Editorial Board. Her career interests lie in perioperative medicine, clinical research and education. She has undertaken a fellowship and MSc in perioperative medicine at UCLH, and is lead educator for the UCL/RCoA MOOC 'Perioperative Medicine in Action'.

Vice Chair (Anaes.): Helen Williams

As Vice Chair (Anaesthesia), Helen coordinates the Group’s involvement in National/International anaesthesia projects. Helen also serves as STAR's liaison to the Research & Audit Federation of Trainees (RAFT).

Aggie is an NIHR academic clinical fellow (ACF) in Intensive Care Medicine. She moved to Bristol in 2015 having completed Core Medical Training and Core Anaesthetic Training in London. 
Her research experience includes developing and running an observational NIHR portfolio study which investigated ROTEM and platelet function post cardiac arrest. Aggie also managed the bi-regional audit of tracheostomy care in the South West, which is now being developed into a national RAFT 
research project – ATOMIC2. This will be the first ICU project RAFT will undertake and is supported by ICNARC. Regional quality improvement is also ongoing for patients who have a tracheostomy. 
When not working, Aggie can be found in the kitchen baking, usually with a glass of wine in hand. 

Vice Chair (ICM): Agnieszka Skorko
Secretary: Aravind Ramesh

Aravind is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow training in Intensive Care Medicine. He moved to Bristol in 2017 having completed core medical training in Newcastle upon Tyne. He has developed and is currently running an NIHR portfolio study investigating Hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis function post brain injury, and is involved with other portfolio studies at NBT. When not working, he can be found running, cycling, watching wildlife or drowning his sorrows following Newcastle United.

Treasurer: Sarah Heikal

As Treasurer, Sarah is responsible for filing the annual report to Companies House, managing the Group’s bank account, settling invoices and assisting in obtaining funding for STAR’s activities.

Local Lead Liaison: Sethina Watson

Sethina is a former STAR Research Clinical Fellow and local lead based at Southmead Hospital. She has worked as Trainee Lead for FLO-ELA, undertaken work as part of the GALORE trial and set up a research collaboration within NBT. Sethina is also active in QI and is a member of the Q Community. She started her anaesthetics training in Wales, moving to Severn in 2017. Her home life is very busy with four children and married to Paul Watson. Keen drinker of tea when she has the time!

IT & Social Media Lead: Paul Watson

Paul is an anaesthetic registrar in Severn deanery. He has a keen interest in medical checklist and app development. He developed and produced the best selling medical app for junior doctors - PocketDr. He also developed the Blood Codes app for the National Blood Transfusion Committee (re-released as Blood Components). He lives in a very busy house with his wife Sethina Watson and their children.

Membership Secretary: Jon Bower

Jon Bower is a Clinical Fellow in anaesthetics based in Bristol. He was STAR's Regional Lead for the DALES study and worked on the IHypE study and is a former Research Fellow for the obstetric education charity PROMPT. He also has interests in medical education, is a Medical Director for the ALS course, Director of the BMSC's Train the Trainers course and he is an honorary lecturer at Bristol University. He has a family with two young children who keep him busy the rest of the time.

Events Lead: Suzie Harrogate

Suzanne is an ACCS anaesthetics trainee currently working at Southmead Hospital. She moved to Bristol in 2018 after training in Oxford and London. She is a proud, if somewhat undercover, Geordie who loves Sci-Fi and open-water swimming.

STAR Fellow: Tom Clements

Tom is the current STAR Fellow based at Southmead Hospital. He qualified from Bristol in 2014 and completed his Core Anaesthesia in Wessex, followed by a Fellowship in Paediatric Intensive Care Medicine. Academic interests include cardiovascular physiology, paediatrics and clinical simulation. 

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