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The Association of Surgeons in Training


The ASiT Executive Committee is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting from existing council members.

Please get in touch if you'd like to get involved with ASiT or are considering standing for a committee position.

For any general inquiries, please contact Kristina Gloufchev (ASiT General Manager) at


President Lola Giwa

I am a trainee in Plastic Surgery based in London. I graduated from King's College London and undertook my Foundation and Core Surgical Training in London also! I joined the ASiT council as the South London Regional Representative back in 2016 and was recently elected as ASiT President. I am very passionate about improving surgical training for everyone and providing courses and resources to enable trainees to fulfil their potential. It is important that surgery as a career is as accessible as possible to everyone, no matter their background, and that will be a focus of ours for this year.



Immediate Past President Josh Burke

Josh is an ST3 in General Surgery In Yorkshire and is currently completing his PhD investigating gastrointestinal anastomotic leak through an RCSEng and Bowel Cancer UK funded clinical research fellowship at The University of Leeds. After graduating from The University of Manchester in 2015 he completed his Academic Foundation Training in East London through an honorary research fellowship at The National Institute of Bowel Research. Prior to coming out-of-programme, he completed an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Leeds and a post-graduate certificate in Medical Education and Health Research. His interests include gastrointestinal anastomotic leak, abdominal wall reconstruction and trauma surgery. He is the current postgraduate lead for the NIHR MedTech Foundation, Associate Trainee Editor for the RCSEng Bulletin, Vice-Chair of the White Rose Surgical Research Collaborative and former steering committee member of STARSurg UK.

Past President Deirdre Nally

I am a trainee in General and Colorectal Surgery from the Republic of Ireland. I am passionate about surgical education and improving the training experience and have completed a Masters in Clinical Education on this theme. I believe that ASiT is perfectly placed to address the challenges that trainees experience and enhance the quality of training. It was a huge honour to be elected President. With a fantastic team, we had a very successful year, supporting trainees at the individual level, delivering high-quality educational content at the local level and advocating for all trainees nationally. We maintained and built collaborative relationships with key educational bodies and industry partners. I am looking forward to working for Lola with this year’s executive and council to further advance these activities.

Vice President Martin King

Martin has recently been appointed as an ST3 General Surgery Trainee in Northern Ireland. He played a key role in the early adoption of augmented reality for training within ASiT. Martin is also completing a six-month Postgraduate Medical Education Fellow role at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. In that role, he has worked closely with the Medical Director’s office and Director for Medical Education in developing training opportunities. Speaking on his appointment as ASiT Vice President: “it is an honour to be elected Vice President of ASiT. Over the last two years, I served as Honorary Secretary. ASiT continues to grow and diversify how we connect to you, our members. I look forward to working with our executive and wider council to continue promoting the highest standards in surgical training. If there is anything I can be of assistance with, please do not hesitate to get in touch.”


Vice President Natasha Keates

Natasha is a Peninsula Medical School graduate who is currently based in Exeter in the Peninsula Deanery.  Natasha was elected to the council position of Peninsula Rep in 2019 and recently to the role of Vice President.  Natasha is an ENT ST4 and NIHR ACF with an interest in Medical Education.  She is passionate about surgical training and championing excellence within training at every opportunity.  “I look forward to working with and for our membership over my two-year tenure”.


Honorary Secretary Anna Rose

Anna is a Core Surgical Trainee based in Glasgow with an interest in plastic and reconstructive surgery and global surgery. Having completed her foundation training, she was elected as the regional representative for the West of Scotland in October 2019 before joining the ASiT Executive Committee in March 2020 as Associate Honorary Secretary. Anna is also a national committee member of the global surgery organisation GASOC (Global Anaesthesia Surgery and Obstetric Collaboration). Working with both organisations, she hopes to promote excellence in surgical training both locally and worldwide.


Associate Honorary Secretary Ryan Laloo

Ryan is an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow ST2 in Vascular Surgery based in Yorkshire at the Leeds Institute for Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine. After graduating from the University of Birmingham Medical School in 2017, he completed his Academic Foundation Programme in Birmingham before moving to Leeds to commence academic vascular surgery training. In 2020, he graduated from the University of Leeds after completing a PGCert in Health Research. His research interests include studying the role of vascular smooth muscle cells in abdominal aortic aneurysm growth. During his time as ASiT Yorkshire and Humber Regional Representative, he actively collaborated with medical students from Leeds, Sheffield and Hull-York to deliver regional surgical skills courses, networking, and teaching events. In the coming year, he will be involved in leading ASiT council recruitment and working alongside the Honorary Secretary in establishing partnerships with industry representatives to design and deliver educational content to surgical trainees nationwide.

Treasurer John Mason

John is a Specialty Trainee in General & Colorectal Surgery in the Oxford & Thames Valley Deanery. After graduating from medical school in Cardiff, he completed the Academic Foundation Programme in Bristol and an Academic Clinical Fellowship in General Surgery in Oxford, where he undertook a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research. He has recently completed a DPhil at the University of Oxford, which explored the molecular biology of extracellular vesicle signalling in colorectal cancer. John has held multiple roles on the ASiT Council since 2012, including Foundation Doctors and Regional Representative (for Oxford & Thames Valley), and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2020 as Director of Education (2020-2021) then Treasurer (from March 2021).


Director of Education Sophie Lewis

Sophie is currently a Core Surgical Trainee in Bristol and will be starting as an ST3 in Paediatric Surgery in the North West Deanery in February 2022. She graduated from the University of Southampton in 2016 and decided to return back home to complete her Foundation Training in the Wales Deanery. Sophie joined ASiT last year as the Severn Regional Representative and was elected as Director of Education in March 2021. Through this role she is responsible for overseeing the delivery of 17 regional courses throughout the year; careers and speciality training recruitment events and the delivery of various pre-conference courses. She also sits as trainee representative on the ICBSE, RCS Learning Committee and JCST National Selection Committee meetings. Outside her ASiT role, Sophie is currently completing an MSc in Medical Education at Cardiff University. Her dissertation is looking at the use of reflective learning diaries within surgical training. Through her ASiT she hopes to continue to promote high-quality surgical training.


Webmaster & Bursary Liaison Walid Mohamed

Walid is a Cardiothoracic Surgery StR based in Southampton, having completed his Core Surgical Training with the East Midlands Deanery and his Foundation Programme with the North West Thames Foundation School. He was elected to the ASiT Council as East Midlands Representative in 2018 and joined the Executive Committee in March 2020 as Webmaster & Bursary Liaison. Walid has a keen interest in medical education, having previously organised and taught on several national courses. As part of his ASiT role, he manages the ASiT website as well as the various bursaries, grants and prizes that ASiT has to offer, working in close collaboration with the education and communications teams. He is keen to hear from members and trainees on how ASiT can further improve its website user experience and delivery of educational events and grants. Any feedback or questions are welcome!


Yearbook Editor Srinivas Cheruvu

Srin is an ST4 in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery currently in the Oswestry/Stoke Rotation. In September 2019, Srin was elected to the Council as the ASiT West Midlands Representative and in March 2020 he was elected to the Executive Committee. Srin graduated from Imperial College London in 2016 where he also completed a BSc in Surgery and Anaesthesia. He returned to the West Midlands as an Academic Foundation Trainee, where he greatly enjoyed involvement in surgical education and is currently an Honorary Clinical Teacher at Keele University. In addition to surgery, Srin is a current LLM Law student at the University of Edinburgh, specialising in Medical Law. During his tenure, he will be developing the mobile app to become an integral communication platform with our membership and will also represent ASiT at affiliated council meetings.

Conference Coordinator Emma Barlow

Emma is currently a Core Surgical Trainee based in South Wales due to start Higher Surgical Training in General Surgery in August 2021. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2016 and completed her Foundation Programme in Cardiff. Emma first joined the ASiT Council as the Wales Regional Representative in October 2019 and was elected to the Executive Committee in March 2020 as Communications Officer. She has a keen interest in improving surgical training and has recently completed a PGDip in Medical Education. As a Foundation Doctor, she founded the South Wales Foundation Surgical Society with the aim of promoting surgery as a career and ensure high-quality training. This society continues to grow and provides extra-curricular educational opportunities and MRCS revision for trainees. Emma was elected as the ASiT Conference Coordinator in March 2021 and looks forward to continuing to work with the ASiT Council to organise and deliver an educational and highly beneficial conference for trainees of all grades and specialities. If there is something you believe would enhance your experience at #ASiT2022, Emma would love for you to get in touch!


Communications Officer Georgia Layton

Georgia is a Specialty Trainee in Cardiothoracic Surgery in the East Midlands Deanery. She studied at the University of Birmingham and then remained within the West Midlands region to complete her early years' training. In 2019, she defected to the opposite side of the Midlands to undertake speciality training and has represented the East Midlands region on the ASiT council since 2020. In 2021, she took up the role of ASiT Communications Officer. Within this role, she oversees regular communications with ASiT members and council, runs the ASiT social media feeds and undertakes leadership responsibilities shared across the executive committee. Georgia is passionate about inclusivity and diversity within surgery and is working closely with all members of our Equality and Diversity working group to promote this.  She is also a proud Mancunian with a keen interest in indie music, dogs and cycling.


Social Media Officer Amy Fowler

Amy is currently an ST5 in Vascular Surgery currently based in Galway, Ireland. She graduated from the National University of Ireland Galway in 2014 and undertook Core and Higher Surgical Training across the Republic of Ireland. Following a 2-year tenure as ASiT ROI Regional Representative, Amy was elected to the Executive Committee as Social Media Officer in March 2021. She also represents ASiT on the Irish Surgical Training Group committee. Amy is due to commence an MD characterising the biomechanics of venous tissue in inherited and acquired venous pathology in July 2021. She is passionate about surgical training, accessibility to education and advocating for trainee needs. Her vision is to promote awareness of ASiT to as many students, foundation, core and senior trainees as possible through social media platforms and ensure accessibility of ASiT benefits to as all budding surgeons. She looks forward to continuing to champion excellence in surgical training within her role.


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