College Council

Meeting four times a year, the primary focus of Council is on the practice of pathology as a profession, including all the professional, clinical and educational functions of the College.


  • Dr Bernie Croal


  • Professor Marta Cohen

    Vice President, Learning

  • Dr Noha El Sakka

    Vice President, Communications; Scottish Virology and Microbiology Network (SMVN)

  • Dr Laszlo Igali

    Vice President, Professional Practice

  • Dr John Ashcroft

    Treasurer; Chair of the Intercollegiate Committee on Haematology

  • Professor Sarah Coupland


  • Dr Stephen Morley

    Assistant Registrar

  • Dr Gareth McKeeman

    Chair, Northern Ireland Regional Council

  • Professor Peter Johnston

    Chair, Scotland Regional Council

  • Dr Anu Gunavardhan

    Chair, Wales Regional Council

  • Mr Vince Voon

    Lay Trustee, Chair of Trustee Board

Nationally Elected Members

  • Dr Guy Hannah


  • Dr Arthi Anand


  • Dr Sayed Bukhari


  • Appointment pending


Regionally Elected Representatives

  • Dr Alex Haragan

    England, North Region

  • Appointment pending

    England, Midlands & East Region

  • Appointment pending

    England, London Region

  • Appointment pending

    England, South Region

Observers by invitation

  • Dr Adrian Bateman

    Chair, Cellular Pathology SAC

  • Dr Ian Godber

    Chair, Clinical Biochemistry SAC

  • Dr Sian Morgan

    Chair, Genomics and Reproductive Science SAC

  • Dr Darren Treanor

    Chair, Digital Pathology Committee

  • Dr Jan Klapwijk

    Chair, Toxicology SAC

    I originally trained as a veterinarian at Liverpool University and practiced small animal medicine for 6 years before moving into laboratory animal medicine at Smith Kline Beecham in 1989.

    In 1994 I joined Glaxo Wellcome to retrain as a toxicological pathologist. Since then I have gained 30 years’ experience in regulatory toxicology / safety assessment and discovery support across a range of therapeutic areas (including inhaled medicines, CNS, oncology) and modalities (small molecules and biopharmaceuticals) within large Pharma in the UK and Italy. From 2005 I worked at GlaxoSmithKline, including a number of years as Head of Pathology. In the last 15 years my experience has expanded to include cell and gene therapies for rare diseases, oncology, CNS and auto-immune disease. I was the nonclinical project team member for Strimvelis (for treatment of ADA-SCID) which achieved a successful marketing application in 2016 - the first licensed ex vivo gene therapy anywhere in the world.

    After retiring from GSK in March 2021 I have been working as an independent pathology consultant in my own company (Cornelis Consulting Ltd). I have been a Member / Fellow of the RCPath for 25 years and currently chair the Toxicology Specialty Advisory Committee. I am also a former President of the British Society of Toxicological Pathology.

  • Dr Shruthi Narayan

    Medical Director of SHOT, Serious Hazards of Transfusion, UK and Consultant Donor Medicine, NHS Blood and Transplant; Chair of the RCPath Transfusion Specialty Advisory Committee

  • Dr Patrick Yong

    Chair, Immunology SAC

  • Dr Ralph BouHaidar

    Chair, Forensic Pathology SAC

  • Professor Roberto La Ragione

    Chair, Veterinary Pathology SAC

  • Dr David Turner

    Chair, Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics SAC

  • Dr Srinivas Annavarapu

    Chair, Pre/Perinatal/Paediatric Pathology SAC

  • Professor Sebastian Brandner

    Chair, Neuropathology SAC

  • Dr Paul Craig

    Chair, Dermatopathology Sub-committee

  • Dr Natasha Ratnaraja

    Chair, Joint Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology SAC

    Dr Natasha Ratnaraja is a Consultant in Infection at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire. She is the Chair of the Medical Microbiology and Medical Virology SAC in RCPath. She has an interest in TB, sepsis and infection prevention and control.

  • Professor Paul Cross

    Chair, Cytopathology Sub-committee

  • Professor Mary Keogan

    Dean, Faculty of Pathology RCPI

  • Dr Sophie Roberts

    Chair, Trainees Advisory Committee

  • Professor Keith Hunter

    Chair, Research Committee

  • Dr Esther Youd

    Chair, Death Investigations Committee

  • Dr Golda Shelley-Fraser

    Chair, Medical Examiners Committee

  • Professor Ronan McMullan

    Clinical Director of Training & Assessment

  • Dr Nicki Cohen

    Clinical Director of Examinations

  • Dr Mike Eden

    Clinical Director for Safety and Quality; Chair of Quality Assurance in Pathology Committee

  • Professor Ismail Matalka

    Clinical Director of International Activities

  • Professor Angharad Davies

    Clinical Director of Publishing and Engagement

  • Professor Jo Martin

    National Specialty Advisor for Pathology NHS England/Improvement

  • Ms Jennifer Phillips

    Lay Trustee

  • Ms Lesli Flinn

    Lay Trustee

  • Lt Col Dr Emma Hutley

    Military Observer

  • Debra Padgett

    IBMS Past President

  • Professor Ronan McMullan

    Clinical Director of Training & Assessment

  • Appointment pending

    Chair, Healthcare Science Committee

  • Appointment pending

    Chair, Informatics Committee

  • Daniel Ross

    Chief Executive

  • Nigel Pollard

    Director of Corporate Services

  • Jo Brinklow

    Director of Learning

  • Diane Gaston

    Director of Communications

  • Katherine Timms

    Director of Professionalism