Council Profiles President 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. 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. Honorary Chair of Council 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, Website Committee Chair, Website Content Editor and Education Secretary, and is now Honorary Chair of Council. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. . 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. 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. Communications Committee Chair 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. 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. Dr Ian Frayling is the only Consultant Genetic Pathologist in NHS service, at the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff. He 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 became a member of ACP Council in 2017 in order to promote the education and support of pathologists in such molecular work. ACP news Editor Dr Eric Watts As a normal 12 year old I had no intention of a career in medicine but I spent the next 3 years in and out of hospital being treated for metastatic neuroblastoma. By the age 15 I had learned a lot and the insights I gained through the experience have been invaluable. I was attracted to pathology at Glasgow by the teaching of Tom Symington who went on to lead the ICRF Chester Beatty Labs.I chose haematology as the perfect blend of science and humanity and enjoyed the process of modernising the labs and developing new techniques, particularly in anticoagulant management and transfusion. I saw the potential for computers to transform medicine in the 70s and have had some success in developing new practices, as far as anyone with a busy DGH job could!I took over the role of Clinical Director in troubled times and was able to introduce much improvement over my 10 year term of office. My interest in transfusion led me to study human error in detail and then to chair a National Patient Safety Agency working group. It has been an education to see how easily human error as been used as an excuse for accepting poor standards which is why I have featured it in the ACP News.As someone who has survived cancer I welcome the interest in cancer survivorship as a subject in its own right. For myself I have found cancer support groups to be an excellent resource for patients and I have published a short report Ref Self Help Groups: a personal and professional view, European Journal of Cancer 2000 Vol. 36 11 P1340.I joined the ACP in the early 80s and I have always enjoyed the spirit of camaraderie and cooperation which is has fostered. I aim to promote the spirit in editing the newsletter.