Trustee Board

Trustee Board

  • Dr Mike Osborn


    Dr Mike Osborn studied medicine at Guys & St Thomas Hospitals, London qualifying in 1995. He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2004.

    Currently he works as a consultant histopathologist for North West London Pathology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London were he is clinical lead. His working time is divided between post mortems, diagnostic gastrointestinal histopathology, bowel cancer screening and teaching. He runs a BSc “Humanities, Philosophy & Law” at Imperial College, London.


  • Professor Sarah Coupland

    Vice President, Communications

    Prof. Sarah Coupland is a senior Consultant Histopathologist at the Liverpool University Foundation Hospital Trusts with expertise in Ophthalmic Pathology, Haematopathology, Molecular Pathology, and Biobanking. She leads one of the 4 supraregional NHSE Eye path services.

    Sarah is also the current (and first female) ‘George Holt Chair of Pathology’ at the University of Liverpool, and leads the ‘Liverpool-Ocular-Oncology-Research-Group’, focussing on ocular melanomas and lymphomas. From 2014- 2019, she was also Director of the ‘North West Cancer Research Centre@University of Liverpool’. She is also General Secretary of the ‘Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland’, and actively promotes academic pathology. She contributed significantly to TNM/AJCC and WHO tumour volumes.

    Sarah undertook her undergraduate medical studies in Sydney, Australia (UNSW) before completing her PhD (University of Sydney). She moved to Germany where she did her Pathology training, and worked as a Consultant pathologist in the Charité University Hospital Benjamin Franklin in Berlin. In 2005, Sarah moved to the UK with her husband (Ophthalmologist) and three children. Outside work, she enjoys sports, music and photography.


  • Dr Angharad Davies

    Vice President, Learning

    Angharad Davies is a clinical associate professor and honorary consultant medical microbiologist at Swansea University Medical School. She qualified in medicine from the University of Cambridge in 1993 and after gaining MRCP undertook her specialist training in medical microbiology and virology at the Royal Free Hospital, London. She went on to an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship at University College London, gaining a PhD in aspects of dormancy in tuberculosis.

    Angharad is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an elected member of Council of the Academy of Medical Educators. In 2018 she was appointed Royal College of Pathologists' joint lead for Undergraduate and Foundation Education with special responsibility for Foundation. In this role she established the RCPath Foundation Fellowship scheme and a number of other Foundation initiatives. She is also Infection Specialty Lead for Health and Care Research Wales. At Swansea, she is consultant microbiologist for the national Cryptosporidium Reference Unit and theme lead for infection and immunity at the medical school, where she also leads a number of BSc and postgraduate modules.

    Angharad is co-deputy Chair of the BMA Women in Academic Medicine group and a member of the UK REF2021 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel, the RCPath Diversity and Inclusion group and a number of other national equality initiatives.


  • Professor Peter Johnston

    Vice President, Professionalism

    Professor Peter Johnston is a Consultant Histopathologist (NHS Grampian) and Depute Postgraduate Dean (Scotland Deanery, North Region).  Diagnostic work includes cellular pathology with a special interest in haematopathology.  An Aberdeen graduate, he has a long commitment to undergraduate and postgraduate medical education, coordinating and innovating in undergraduate teaching over many years.  Current postgraduate roles include Director of Medical Education Research in the Scotland Deanery, Chair of the Scottish Diagnostics Specialty Training Board, and part of the Centre for Health Education Research and Innovation in the University of Aberdeen.  He is interim Director of the Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium involving the Deanery and the five Scottish Medical Schools.  Professor Johnston is a member of the GMC Curriculum Advisory Group.  Pedagogic research is in medical careers decision making, including novel methods to study how students and trainees value generic characteristics of training posts.  Clinical learning environments, educational culture, human factors in educational and clinical settings and doctors’ wellbeing in COVID-19 and beyond are other areas of study. 


  • Dr Lance Sandle


    Dr Sandle was born in Leeds and educated at Leeds Grammar School and Leeds University. After pre-registration posts at St James’s Hospital he trained in general and chemical pathology in Manchester and was appointed as the first Consultant Chemical Pathologist at Trafford General Hospital in 1986. Since that time he has developed an outpatient lipid clinic service running two clinics a week for patients with high cholesterol and other related disorders. Patients who attend benefit from the reduction in risk of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease.

  • Dr Esther Youd

    Assistant Registrar

    As Assistant Registrar I have specific responsibility for leading the College's focus on workforce. Our Workforce Department maintains standards in pathology by reviewing and approving consultant level job descriptions and monitoring appointments. This is vital to enable the College to advise accurately on the planning of efficient, high quality pathology services.

  • Dr Andrew Boon


    Andy was born in Congleton, Cheshire and went to Birmingham Medical School in 1976. After junior doctor training in Central Birmingham he was appointed Lecturer in Pathology at Birmingham University in 1983. After passing his Final MRCPath exams (but not at the first attempt!) he carried out neuropathology research in Birmingham for his MD thesis. He became Consultant Histopathologist and Cytopathologist at St James’s University Hospital Leeds in 1990. Subsequently, he sub-specialised in dermatopathology, gynaecological pathology and cytopathology.  He now works part-time for the NHS.

    He has variously served the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in a number of roles, including Chair of Diagnostic Services in Cellular Pathology, Deputy Clinical Director and Deputy Medical Director. At a regional/national level he has previously been Chairman of the Yorkshire Histopathology Network, IH Inspector/Assessor for CPA (UK) Ltd, Examiner for the NHS CSP, RCPath College Examiner, Northern Regional RCPath Chairman (2004-2007) and Director of Professional Standards for the RCPath (2011-2015).

    As College Treasurer, Andy is responsible for the College's finances, including; budgeting, preparing the annual accounts, and providing general finance advice in conjunction with the Finance Department.



  • Dr Bernie Croal

    Chair, Scotland Regional Council

    Dr Croal is Chair of the Scotland Regional Council. The Council acts as a conduit for communication between the regions' members and the College headquarters. It also reviews and approves local career-grade job descriptions in pathology specialties and monitors local medical and scientific workforce statistics to keep these up to date. 


  • Jill Gauntlett

    Lay Trustee

    Jill Gauntlett is a solicitor and is currently a Senior Consultant with international law firm, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP.

    Having graduated from Oxford University where she studied law, Jill has been with Norton Rose Fulbright for over 30 years, more than 20 years of which have been as a corporate transaction partner based in the firm’s London and Singapore offices. Whilst a senior partner, Jill also served as an elected member of both Norton Rose Fulbright’s EMEA Partnership Committee and the firm’s Global Supervisory Board.

    Jill brings to the position of lay trustee a background of leading and coordinating complex transactional projects whilst also advising on good corporate governance practices.


  • Dr Jonathan Kell

    Chair, Wales regional council

    Dr Kell is the Chair of the Wales Regional Council. The Council acts as a conduit for communication between the regions' members and the College headquarters. It also reviews and approves local career-grade job descriptions in pathology specialties and monitors local medical and scientific workforce statistics to keep these up to date. 


  • Prof Ken Mills

    Chair, Northern Ireland regional council

    Professor Mills undertook his degree in Biomolecular Science at Portsmouth University and his Ph.D. at the University of Southampton. He has been the professor of experimental haematology at Queen’s University Belfast since 2007.  He has also worked at the Cardiff and Glasgow Universities. He has a research interest in myeloid malignancies and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles as well as being a registered clinical scientist with an extensive translational portfolio. He has been a member of the Haematology and Molecular Pathology Clinical Scientist examination boards for the College and also coordinate two undergraduate teaching modules on pathobiology and cell & molecular haematology in Belfast.


  • Robert Smith

    Lay Trustee

    Robert Smith is Director of Business Compliance and Ethics at Serco.  Serco specialise in the delivery of essential public services, with over 50,000 people working in healthcare, defence, transport, justice, immigration and other citizen services. Over his 28 years with Serco he has gained broad and solid business experience both within operations developing strategy, business planning, risk management and resourcing; and latterly at the corporate centre with particular focus on internal governance, policy and risk management.  More recently his focus has been on business integrity, compliance, culture and values and the impact this has on internal governance and behaviours. Robert is a Chartered Director and has actively supported the Institute of Directors (IoD) where he became an Honorary Life Fellow in 2017.  He was a member of IoD Council for six years, Chaired the Chartered Director Committee and designed and drove a new governance structure creating an Assessment and Standards Committee of which he is a member.  Over recent years he has actively shaped the current curriculum for the IoD Certificate in Company Direction as well as the IoD Diploma in Company Direction.