|20 Feb 2017|
|Alumni In the News|
After leaving West Buckland I trained at Oxford University and Guy’s Hospital Medical School. I did my house jobs at Guy’s before undergoing surgical training at Guy’s, St. Mark’s, Great Ormond Street and other hospitals in and around London. I was appointed General Surgeon with an interest in gastroenterological surgery to Great Yarmouth and Waveney Health District when the future James Paget University Hospital was rising from its foundations. I developed the departments of colorectal and breast surgery and introduced laparoscopic surgery to the hospital.
I was Regional Advisor and examiner for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and served on the Council of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland. I was general surgical advisor to the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) in 2000 and 2001.
Since retiring in 2005 I continued to teach and examine until recently and have written two books: “James Paget University Hospital – The first 25 years” and “Sir James Paget - Surgeon Extraordinary and His Legacies”. I was Lead Governor of the James Paget University Hospitals Trust for over eight years. I am Vice Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Minster Preservation Trust, a trustee of St. George’s Theatre Trust, a member of the Cultural Education Partnership and Chairman of the Great Yarmouth Borough Cultural Heritage Partnership.
In 2012 I organised the first Great Yarmouth Arts Festival and introduced the Carnival in 2014. Both of these are annual events of which I remain chairman. I enjoy the theatre, classical music, walking and look after 2 acres of garden and a field. In June I was honoured to be awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for services to health and the community.