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).


Jon Bower is an ICM Trainee 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.

Vice Chair (ICM): Jon Bower
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: Yolande Squires
Local Lead Liaison: Swati Gupta
IT & Social Media Lead: Alex Jones
Membership Secretary: Inthu Kangesan
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: Tabitha Campbell