Meet the Advisory Board:



Richard Kerr, Consultant Neurosurgeon, Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Richard Kerr is a consultant neurosurgeon at Oxford University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he specialises in general neurosurgery, skull base surgery and vascular neurosurgery. Mr Kerr is the immediate past president of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons and RCS Council member and trustee. He was Co-Principal Investigator in the MRC-funded International Subarachnoid Aneurysm Trial (ISAT). The publication of this trial has led to a global change in the management of aneurysmal subarachnoid haemorrhage, with invitations to speak to learned societies from all over the world.

Richard Kerr

Hannah Abbott, President, CODP; Head of School, Health Sciences, Birmingham City University

Hannah is the President of the College of Operating Department Practitioners (CODP). She is an Operating Department Practitioner with both clinical and academic experience, having held both teaching and senior leadership roles in Higher Education Institutes. She is currently Head of School of Health Sciences at Birmingham City University where she is responsible for a diverse portfolio including Allied Health Professions, Life Sciences and Sport and Exercise Science. 


Hannah has presented at a number of conferences, published within academic and professional journals and co-edited a number of texts including the perioperative practice case book and the landmark text ‘Foundations of Operating Department Practice: Essential Theory for Practice’.  Hannah’s current professional research interests include non-technical skills in the perioperative environment and patient safety, in addition to her pedagogic research interests.


Dawn Stott, CEO, The Association for Perioperative Practice

Dawn Stott has been the CEO of AfPP for the past ten years.  She has worked in healthcare for around 30 years and has experience within the primary and secondary care environment.  Dawn has led on the reshaping of the organisation and developed educational content, training programmes and strategy to support the growth of the organisation.

Her previous roles have included commissioning new hospital builds, commissioning new GP surgery builds, IT implementation programs, customer care training and quality improvement initiatives.  She has a strong interest in writing and has had many articles published in the trade presses.  She is an active volunteer with the Prince’s Trust.


Mr Nigel Mercer, President, Federation of Surgical Specialty Associations

Nigel is committed to inter-specialty collaboration, encouraging young doctors to enter the profession of surgery, improving patient safety and collaboration between all the Colleges of Surgery in the British Isles.


A lot of the fun seems to have gone from working as surgeon and he hopes that he can help bring some back. He has just been elected as a Founding Fellow of the Faculty of Medical Leaders and Management. He is studying for an LLM in Medical Practice at Cardiff University.


Nigel was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon in 1991, taking up his post after a Fellowship in North America, in 1992.   He has been in NHS practice since and has been the senior cleft surgeon in the Cleft Unit of the South West of England and is the Senior Plastic Surgeon in Bristol for well over a decade.  He is the only cleft surgeon to have presented his accumulated results for growth and speech for all cases.  He is also in active cosmetic surgical practice.  Nigel has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international scientific meetings.


Nigel is the Past President of British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS 2015-16) and has been President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and twice the President of the European Association of Societies of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (EASAPS).

Nigel was the Lead Delegate for the British Standards Institute Mirror at the CEN negotiations on Aesthetic Surgery in Europe and he has been at the core of improving patient safety in Cosmetic Surgery and Medicine in the United Kingdom and Europe.  He was invited to give advice to the Keogh Review into cosmetic surgery after the PIP crisis and advised the Minister of Health in preparing one of the reports.   He is the lead assessor for the Certification Scheme in Cosmetic Surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is a founding member of the board of the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority.  He also chairs the group advising the MHRA about BIA-ALCL, a new form of lymphoma, which can affect breast implants.

Nigel has significant media experience and has given numerous interviews to TV, radio and the print media.  He was invited to debate with ‘Belle du Jour’ at the  ‘How the Light Gets In’ Festival of Philosophy and Ideas at Hay on Wye and he has been a film critic for the Guardian newspaper on one occasion.  In addition, he has been quoted by the BBC on several occasions.  Outside medicine, he loves the theatre and walking with his partner, he also enjoys skiing and flying, but rather more than his partner!  He has three adult children, all of whom went into professional sports.


Suman Shrestha MSc BSc RN

Professional Lead for Acute, Emergency and Critical Care

Royal College of Nursing

Suman Shrestha is the Professional Lead for Acute, Emergency and Critical Care at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). He also works as a Consultant Nurse in Critical Care at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is a qualified Advanced Critical Care Practitioner and Associate Member of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine. He has a wide range of clinical, managerial and academic experiences within healthcare. One of his key roles within the RCN is to support and provide leadership to the RCN Peri-operative Care Forum. He is also a board member of the Centre for Perioperative Care representing the RCN.

Suman Shrestha MSc BSc RN Professional Lead for Acute, Emergency and Critical Care Royal College of Nursing

David Selwyn, MD Sherwood Forest Hospitals, Director of CPOC

David was appointed as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Perioperative Care (CPOC) in May 2019 and tasked with establishing and developing CPOC as a truly cross-organisational, multidisciplinary initiative led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA), facilitating cross-organisational working on perioperative care for patient benefit.  He remains an active clinician, dealing with the competing demands of anaesthesia and adult critical care. 

Prior to becoming Director of CPOC, David was the Chairman of the RCoA Clinical Directors’ Network, a national network of medical leaders in anaesthesia, intensive care and pain management.  He continues to be a representative on a number of the major College quality, safety and professional standards committees and also lectures locally, regionally and nationally on medical leadership.

David was appointed as Executive Medical Director of Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in November 2019, having joined the Trust as Deputy Medical Director in July 2019 on a secondment from Nottingham University Hospitals where he was the Deputy Medical Director. He has also been appointed as Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO).

Before beginning his leadership journey, David was a Regional Advisor for 8 years, an inaugural Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) Training Programme Director (TPD) and a Faculty Tutor.



Key Topics


Creating a culture of change in Surgery

Driving surgical teams forwards in their continued pursuit of improvement and improved patient outcomes, we consider the raft of ways in which the culture of change in surgery is evolving

  • Perioperative Care
  • Patient Safety and The Importance of Human Factors
  • Sustainability
  • The Patient and HCP Experience
  • Health Policy, Government Agency and the Legal and Regulatory agenda

Innovation in Surgery

We explore the huge changes that are happening right across the delivery of surgery, from innovation in techniques, devices and systems, to life sciences research that is changing the way we can personalise treatment for patients, new products and disruptive technologies that are revolutionising patient experience and care, all supported by the adoption of digital first across the healthcare system

  • Product innovation
  • Process innovation
  • Digital innovation
  • Device innovation


  • “Future Surgery Virtual will be the first of its kind in the UK, drawing on the work our Commission on the Future of Surgery has done to predict the transformation in the medical care for millions of patients.”
    Andrew Reed, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • “Driven by changes in digital technologies and our fast-evolving understanding of genomics, innovations are expected to affect how we undertake surgery, and how we train surgeons in future.”
    Andrew Reed, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • "Alongside the conference organisers, CloserStill, we aim to deliver a high-quality event that will provide both professional development and discussion space for surgeons and their teams."
    Andrew Reed, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • "We look forward to welcoming colleagues to what promises to be a very high-quality programme and an exciting two days of thought-provoking training and engagement with medical suppliers."
    Andrew Reed, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Surgeons of England





















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