Council Profiles

Dr Bill Simpson

Dr Bill Simpson is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist and Lead Clinical Lipidologist in Aberdeen. He has been a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists for over 10 years, first joining the Chemical Pathology Committee in 2004. He now Chairs that committee and represents it on Council; additional roles have included Education Committee, Finance Committee and representing the ACP on outside bodies such as the RCPath Specialty Advisory Committee and the National Clinical Biochemistry Audit Committee. He believes that the ACP offers the best national networking and sharing opportunities open to medics new and old.

Dr Simon Knowles
Past President

Dr Simon Knowles is a pathologist in remission, having split his consultant years in perinatal and cellular pathology equally between Australia and the UK. He is now a CCG non-executive director, a specialist adviser to the CQC and a director of Lead2improve, a social enterprise working on leadership and improvement training in healthcare in the UK and sub-Saharan Africa. Simon chaired the Association of Clinical Pathologists’ Junior Council in the 1980s, has been Assistant Postgraduate Education Secretary and an elected member of ACP Council. He was an Editor of the ACP news back when it was the acp News. Simon believes that the Association plays a pivotal role as an advocate and resource for pathologists as practical clinicians and leaders in healthcare. Simon can be contacted by email at:

Dr Kassi Skordilis
Vice President

Dr Kassi Skordilis is a Consultant Histopathologist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham and has been a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists since the late 90s. She is delighted that she has been given the opportunity to join the ACP Council as a member and looks forward to supporting pathologists in West Midlands and beyond. Dr Skordilis can be contacted by email at:

Dr Marion Wood
Chair of Council

Dr Marion Wood is a District General Hospital Consultant Haematologist in Colchester, Essex, where she has sub-specialty interests in thrombosis/haemostasis and paediatric haematology. She has been a member of the ACP since 1990. In recent years she has been a member of the Haematology sub-committee, Honorary Secretary and is currently Chair of the Association. Marion has a deep seated belief in the importance of Doctors involvement in Medical Management and has held a number of local and regional management roles, including that of Medical Director for her Trust (2004 – 08). She is passionate that the ACP is well placed to support pathologists at all stages of their career to practice and develop their management skills alongside their pathology expertise. Dr Wood can be contacted by email at:

Prof Tim Reynolds
Honorary Secretary

Prof Tim Reynolds is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist at Queen’s Hospital, Burton on Trent, and has been a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists since 1993. In that time he has been a member, Deputy Chairman and Chairman of the Clinical Chemistry Specialty Advisory group; the National Scientific Meetings secretary and the President of the ACP. He has worked with the ACP for many years because he believes the ACP can offer benefits other societies cannot. The multi-disciplinary management courses and training days are particularly useful because they are aimed at management across the whole of pathology and not just in one narrow specialty. Professor Reynolds can be contacted by email at:

Dr Pat Twomey
Honorary Treasurer

Prof. Pat Twomey is consultant chemical pathologist in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, the Laboratory Director for Clinical Chemistry within the St Vincent’s Hospital Group and Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Medicine, University College Dublin. He obtained an Intercalated BSc in Biochemistry from University College Cork before being awarded his Medical degree. He is a Fellow of both the Faculty of Pathology at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and of the Royal College of Pathologists where he also is an examiner. He is the Vice Chair of the Joint Working Group on Quality Assessment in Pathology and past Chair of the Chemical Pathology National Quality Assurance Advisory Panel within the Royal College of Pathologists. He is Vice Dean of the Faculty of Pathology, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and Treasurer of the Association of Clinical Pathologists. He has co-authored one text book, several book chapters and over 80 original publications in the fields of clinical biochemistry, metabolic medicine, lipids and nutrition. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical Pathology and of the British Medical Journal Case Reports.

Dr Julian Burton
Education Secretary / Website Content Editor / Website Committee Chair

Dr Julian Burton is the Lead Coronial Pathologist at the Medico-Legal Centre in Sheffield and has been a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists since 2001. In that time he has been Assistant Editor and Editor of the ACP news and is now the ACP Education Secretary and the ACP Website content editor. He believes that the ACP is central to the support and development of pathologists in training and in practice, providing a forum in which pathologists can share their expertise and develop their education. Dr Burton can be contacted by email at:

Dr Iskander H. Chaudhry
Scientific Meetings Secretary / Website Technical Editor / Histopathology Committee Chair

Dr Iskander H. Chaudhry is a consultant histopathologist working at St James’ Hospital, Leeds, specialising in Skin Pathology and Gynaepathology. He previously worked for 7 years at Manchester Royal Infirmary as a Skin and Soft Tissue Pathologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Manchester University. He graduated from Manchester’s School of Medicine in 1996 and then embarked on a career in Pathology, training in the Mersey Deanery. In 2004 he was awarded a Fellowship at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology and trained as a dermatopathologist under Dr Eduardo Calonje and Dr Alistair Robson. In 2005 he received a visiting Fellowship to Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, USA for 3 months and trained under the supervision of Professor Martin Mihm Jr. He has an active role in teaching and is a founding member and on the organising committee of the London Dermatopathology Symposium, which is an International Scientific and Clinical Pathology meeting running in its 6th year. He was recently elected to the national committee of the British Society of Dermatopathology and is secretary of the National Scientific Meeting of the Association of Clinical Pathologists.

Dr Bridget Wilkins
Leadership Skills Co-ordinator

Dr Bridget Wilkins is a consultant histopathologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and an honorary Senior Lecturer at King’s College, London. She specialises in haematopathology, particularly the pathology of myeloproliferative neoplasms in the bone marrow, and splenic pathology. She was a member of the ACP for many years in her early career and recalls enjoying a number of excellent branch meetings while training in Leeds. She particularly remembers one unforgettable presentation on the ‘Lloyds Bank Turd’, delivered by an archaeologist from the Jorvic settlement in York! After a period of lapsed membership, she re-joined to become a member of the ACP Haematology Committee some years ago and has greatly valued the opportunity to contribute as an honorary haematologist with a histological perspective on the topics addressed by that committee. She was invited to give the ACP’s Dyke Foundation Lecture in 2009 – and still has the medal to prove it! She feels that to have been asked in 2013 to become President-Elect and subsequently President (2014-15) of this society was a huge privilege and honour; she greatly valued her time in those roles. In recent years, she has become increasingly interested in the value of leadership and interpersonal skills to support happier and more effective working. Her vision for the ACP is for the society to build on its established strengths in management and leadership education to develop a focus on leadership and service improvement in pathology. Supported by Council to pursue this, in June 2015 the ACP held its first National Leadership Skills Meeting, which was well received and provided a foundation upon which a substantive programme for leadership and improvement skills development is now being built. At a time when increasing specialisation makes the value of retaining membership of a multi-speciality society less obvious, a focus on leadership and service improvement skills will have relevance to all professional groups within pathology. It is a theme highly aligned with the diversity of ACP membership and our links to other organisations such as the IBMS and ACB. The ACP aims to make a substantial contribution to disseminating leadership and improvement skills widely and sustainably throughout all branches of pathology. Bridget can be contacted by email at:

Dr Shirley Bowles
Chemical Pathology Chair

Dr Shirley Bowles is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist, a Clinical Lipidologist, and the Director of Blood Sciences at the Countess of Chester Hospital, in Chester. Since joining the ACP in 2013, she has served on the Chemical Pathology Committee, first as Vice Chair, and now as Chair, representing it on Council. She is firmly of the view that the ACP is an invaluable resource for both trainee and established Chemical Pathologists, providing opportunities for professional development and networking, as well as encouraging links between those working in different Pathology specialties. Dr Bowles can be contacted by email at:

Dr Richard Herriot
Immunology Committee Chair

Dr Richard Herriot has been an NHS consultant immunologist in Aberdeen for 25 years and has served as Chair of a number of national specialist immunology committees and groups for various Royal Colleges, clinical networks, government agencies, guideline development bodies, patient support groups and, previously, for the ACP itself. He has been a member of the ACP since 1994 and is currently Chair of the Association’s Immunology Committee. He is a firm believer that organisations such as the ACP perform vital professional, advisory, academic, training and educational roles in UK healthcare and scientific structures. Dr Herriot can be contacted by email at:

Dr Matt Lyall
Forensic Pathology Committee Chair

Dr Matt Lyall is a Home Office Registered Forensic Pathologist whose practice area covers West Yorkshire and Humberside. He has been a member of the ACP since 2005 and a member of the forensic pathology committee for some years. He currently serves as the committee Chair and a member of Council. He considers the ACP to be a great source of educational opportunities for both trainees and senior pathologists across the various sub-specialities. Dr Lyall can be contacted via email at:

Dr Helen Bourne
Dr Helen Bourne is a Consultant Clinical Immunologist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne. She completed her training in Manchester, Oxford, Sydney and Newcastle upon Tyne before being appointed as a consultant in 2007. She has organised the ACP Management course since 2012. She is a member of the education and immunology committee as well as the ACP council. After attending the ACP management course as a trainee, she has continued to find the ACP to be a key organisation in supporting the educational needs of pathologists at any stage in their career. Dr Helen Bourne can be contacted by email at:
Dr Ian Frayling
Dr Ian Frayling is the only Consultant Genetic Pathologist in NHS service, at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He was awarded the ACP’s Dyke Foundation Medal in 2017 and became a member of ACP Council in 2017 in order to promote the education and support of pathologists. Ian is an expert in predisposition to cancer, in particular Lynch syndrome and colorectal polyposis, and has an especial interest in the interpretation of mutations and systematic testing of incident cancers to find those cases which are hereditary. He sits on the RCPath’s Interdisciplinary Committee on Molecular Pathology and Specialty Advisory Committee on Genetics & Embryology; is a UK representative on the Union of European Medical Specialists Section of Laboratory Medicine; a member of Council of the International Society for Gastrointestinal Hereditary Tumours (InSiGHT); and sits on the UK Cancer Genetics Group steering committee.
Ian can be contacted by email at:
Dr Abbie Pugh
Dr Abbie Pugh is a Consultant Histopathologist at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and has been an ACP member since 2009. As a trainee member, she was the Chair of the Trainee Members Group and has since enjoyed roles on the Communications and Histopathology Committee. As one of the most junior consultants within the ACP, she has a particular interest in training and education. Abbie can be contacted by email at:
Dr Kelvin St.Pierre Robson
Dr Kelvin St.Pierre Robson is a Consultant Cellular Pathologist with interests in haematological and renal pathology and medical education and is Clinical Lead for Education in pathology in his NHS Trust. He has been a member of the ACP since 2008 and a member of council since 2016. He teaches on a number of courses for FRCPath exam preparation and is involved in developing part of future National Scientific Meetings with the ACP. He believes that developing networks within pathology is crucial and sees his role and the role of the ACP as central to this in pathology. Dr St.Pierre Robson can be contacted via email at:
Haematology Committee Chair


Non-voting members

Dr Marina Morgan
Microbiology Committee Chair

Dr Marina Morgan is Consultant Medical Microbiologist at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospitals Foundation NHS Trust, and Trainee Programme Director for Severn and Peninsula Deaneries. Having had the fortune to undergo a thorough ‘old fashioned’ histopathological and general pathology grounding in the ’90s, she laments the lack of better education and higher profile for pathology in student curricula. She has been a member of the Association of Clinical Pathologists since 1993, starting as Severn regional ACP Secretary, and latterly Education Secretary. She is currently chair of the ACP microbiology committee. She believes the ACP provides a vital forum for matters of general pathology interest, and forging links with other Pathology specialties. Since ‘knowledge is power’, and whilst ‘mushroom management’ thrives on lack of awareness among those it’s managing, working together and sharing knowledge and ideas has to be mutually beneficial. Dr Morgan can be contacted by email at:

Professor Mohammad Ilyas
Molecular Pathology Committee Chair

Professor Mohammad Ilyas is the Professor of Pathology at Nottingham University and deputy director of the Nottingham Molecular Pathology Node. His diagnostic expertise is in gastrointestinal pathology and is research interests are molecular diagnostics and the biology of cancer. He has been a member of the ACP since 1992 and is the chair of the ACP Molecular Pathology and Diagnostics (AMPAD) committee. He believes that the ACP provides a unique forum for interdisciplinary connectivity as well as promoting professional development. Through AMPAD, Prof Ilyas aims to provide guidance documents and educational opportunities in molecular diagnostics. Prof Ilyas can be contacted by email at:

ACP news Editor

Dr Ed Carling is the current Editor of ACP news, and is currently a Consultant Histopathologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he specialises in Dermatopathology, Cardiothoracic Pathology and Autopsy Pathology. He takes pathology very seriously, but pathologists less so. He believes a strong, independent ACP is vital to the future of our professions. Dr Carling can be contacted directly by email at:

Dr Ade Oriolowo
Dr Ade Oriolowo is a consultant histopathologist and lecturer University of Plymouth Peninsula Medical School. He is Based at Plymouth hospitals NHS Trust. He has been a member of the ACP since 1995. In that time has been member of the trainee members group, member of council, meetings secretary and Honorary treasurer.
                                           Trainee Members Group Chair

                                                      Dr Graeme Watson

Dr Lance Sandle


Co-opted member
Dr Lance Sandle is a chemical pathologist at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, starting at Park (now Trafford General) Hospital in 1986. At Trust level, he has worked as Clinical and Deputy Medical Director and for an interim period as Medical Director. He has held a number of roles at the Royal College of Pathologists for over 30 years, initially as College Tutor, then Regional Specialist Adviser and Regional CPD Adviser, Director of Professional Standards and Vice-President for Professionalism. He is currently Registrar at the College. He wishes to use his experience in governance to ensure that the College sets and maintains the highest standards for public benefit. He can be contacted by email at: