I have been a Consultant Vascular Surgeon for 10 years and, therefore, understand the physical, emotional, and practical impact of the pathologies we deal with. This is why I believe it is hugely important to have a strong, visible, flourishing charity to, primarily support our patients, but also to raise awareness, fund research, and fund development for our colleagues.
I have previously been involved in the Vascular Society through co-creating and then running the VSGBI Twitter Site for 3 years. More recently I spoke about my personal journey as part of the VSGBI and Rouleaux Club Joint Symposium on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at the 2021 ASM. My leadership skills developed through being Regional Clinical Director of the West Yorkshire Vascular Service, and formerly an Associate Medical Director at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.
I have charitable experience, being a Trustee of a The Cricket Asylum Foundation charity, which works to improve the mental and physical wellbeing of disadvantaged and vulnerable individuals through cricket, award scholarships for underprivileged players to allow them to fulfil their potential, and contributes to increasing community cohesion.
I look forward to joining the brilliant Circulation Foundation team, building on the great work they have done, to create a future strategy collaboratively between healthcare professionals and patients, broaden the reach of our charity by linking with our partner organisations who care for patients with the same conditions, see how we can contribute to reducing health inequalities, and improve our fundraising streams and awareness through many avenues including social media. Ultimately I hope this will lead to improving patient care, experience and outcomes for our patients.