President- Rachel Harwood
Rachel studied medicine at Newcastle University and, after a brief hiatus as a paediatric trainee, followed a career in paediatric surgery. She is currently undertaking a PhD looking at regenerative medicine therapies for acute and chronic kidney disease at the University of Liverpool. Alongside this Rachel is involved in studies being run by Alder Hey Children’s Hospital looking at long term patient reported outcome measures for Hirschsprung’s disease and anorectal malformations, the incidence of vesicle-ureteric reflux disease in children with anorectal malformation and the impact of COVID-19 in children.
She has undertaken a collaborative Delphi consensus process for the management of paediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome (PIMS-TS) and helped to write consensus guidance for the recovery of children’s surgical services from the COVID-19 pandemic for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Outside of work Rachel enjoys chasing after her two little girls and going for walks in the countryside (often accompanied by complaints from the girls!)
Vice President- Patrice Eastwood
Patrice is a paediatric surgery trainee in Belfast. She graduated from Edinburgh medical school in 2009. Between core surgical training and getting her training number she completed a PhD in congenital diaphragmatic hernia supervised by Professor Jan Deprest in Leuven, Belgium. She also spent research time in Barcelona (Professor E Gratacos) and Manitoba (Professor R Keijzer). Her interests are fetal intervention, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and translation research.
Past President/ Advisory Committee- Hannah Rhodes
Hannah is a senior trainee in paediatric surgery, and past president of PSTRN. During her time as president she has been involved in numerous regional, national and international projects. She first undertook research on a series of expeditions to the Andes and Himalaya with the high altitude physiology research group BMRES.
During her training, with funding secured from the Kidney Research UK Clinical Training Fellowship and the Royal College of Surgeons Fellowship, she undertook a PhD at Bristol University to study renal stone disease. She devised and ran a multicentre NIHR portfolio study on cystinuria, and meanwhile in the lab developed expertise in cell culture, cloning, gene sequencing and molecular biology.
She has a special interest in rare diseases and genetics, and aims to improve patient outcomes by accelerating the understanding and treatment of rare diseases through translational research and collaboration. Outside of work she likes skiing, gardening and spending time with her family.
Secretary- Felicity Arthur
Felicity is a paediatric surgery trainee in Glasgow, having completed her core surgery and the first 18 months of her training number in Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool before the pipes called her home! She graduated in Glasgow in 2013, having previously gained a BSC Hons in Anatomy from the same University. She has an interest in epidemiological health care and in colorectal surgery. She lead on the PSTRN publication "Lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic: impact on infants with pyloric stenosis". She is passionate about teaching and runs the local HST programme in Glasgow. She is also passionate about the role of women in surgery, equality and diversity . Outside of the hospital, Flic enjoys exploring Scotland's lochs by paddleboard with her fellow water enthusiast pals and slightly less enthusiastic husband and dog!
Social Media Coordinator- Lucinda Tuille
Lucinda is a paediatric surgical trainee, and a doctoral clinical fellow at the Crick, and UCL Child health. She is passionate about regenerative medicine and fetal medicine
Webmaster- Sesi Hotonu
Sesi is a trainee in paediatric surgery based in Scotland. She has an interest in paediatric oncology, and has been involved in various projects on the diagnosis and treatment of neuroblastoma. She is currently embarking on a Masters in Clinical Research with Newcastle University and is a current Scottish Clinical Leadership Fellow.
Data manager/ statistician- George Bethell
George is a trainee based in Southampton, with a wide and varied surgical research portfolio. He is currently a NIHR academic clinical fellow in paediatric surgery, and is passionate about collaborative working
Data manager/ statistician- Ben Allin
Ben is a trainee in paediatric surgery based in the South of England. He is currently an academic clinical fellow in paediatric surgery in Oxford, working closely with the Nuffield Department of Population Health