Our Mentors


The HLA Mentors

The purpose of The HLA mentoring scheme is to provide additional support and guidance in The HLA through a semi-formalised structure. Scholars frequently comment that one of the main benefits and appealing factors of The HLA programme is the opportunity to develop relationships with fellow healthcare professionals, at an early stage in a scholar’s career. For most healthcare students and professionals, this is relatively rare. The mentoring scheme connects scholars with faculty members with
a plethora of leadership experience and skills and across cohorts with peer mentoring encouraged.

The Mentors

Arrash Yassaee

ST3 academic paediatrics
Arrash is an academic paediatric doctor working in London and works for a medtech company specialising in digital biomarkers and remote patient monitoring. His research interests focus on healthcare system design and the effective deployment of technological solutions.
His previous leadership experience includes posts with the Department of Health, NHS Improvement and several think tanks. He also advised UK government departments, parliamentary groups as well as multiple start-ups.
He has been regularly heavily involved in high profile national policy, including the 7-day NHS programme, the junior doctor contract negotiations, and the national child obesity strategy. In recognition of his achievements, he was awarded founding fellow status by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management, the youngest recipient of the award at the time.

Kathryn French

ST3 ACF in Oral Surgery
I have a biological sciences degree from Oxford and a postgrad dental degree from Peninsula. I’m currently an academic clinical fellow in oral surgery in Bristol focussing my research on inflammation, wound healing and the foreign body response. I have a nearly 2 year old little boy. I was a HLA scholar 2019-20 and part of the WIHL team. I focussed on inequalities in clinical academia and would love to continue to support and improve the situation for female clinical academics.

Devina Maru

GPST2
– I was invited to 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister and Health Secretary to celebrate NHS70 Years for my contribution to medical education, training and policy for Junior Doctors
– I won the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) national award for Foundation Doctor of the Year 2019
– Selected to speak in HLA House of Lords event on Women in Leadership
– First GP registrar in the history of the RCGP to be selected as National Clinical Champion. As National Clinical Champion for Deafness and Hearing Loss I am leading on a project with NHS England/Improvement and Action on Hearing Loss Charity, creating resources for GPs, to support the implementation of latest NICE Guidelines and NHS Accessibility Quality Standard and Guidance across the UK
– I co-founded Pathways to Health, where I been involved in widening participation work to help offer opportunities to lower socio-economic and ethnic minorities who are under-represented in Higher Education

Alastair Coulson

Final Year Medical Student
I am a final year medical student, studying at Newcastle University, I graduated with a BSc in Biomedical Science in 2014 and an MSc in Molecular Medicine in 2015. I have been involved in a variety of leadership roles throughout my time at university involving my academic interests within medicine and medical research as well as student support and representation roles. I am particularly interested in Ophthalmology, academic medicine and simulation in medical education and I am one of the founding members of the North East Simulation Teaching Student Interest Group and well as a co-chair of the National Medical Education in Simulation Society. I was a part of the 2019/20 cohort of HLA scholars and I am now involved in the development of the mentoring programme in the HLA as well as being an editor on the HLA live series.

Jessica Court

GPST1
I am a GP trainee based in the East Midlands. I developed an interest in medical leadership and management early in medical school and I am an advocate for improving medical leadership and management training for students and junior clinicians. This included creating the FMLM medical student leadership elective scheme and supporting the development of the leadership intercalation at the University of Birmingham.
I am also closely involved with the British Medical Association Junior Doctor Committee as a local and national representative, currently sitting on the executive committee as an elected member of the Terms & Conditions of Service committee.

Geeth Silva

FY2 – AFP Leadership
Healthcare informatics has catalysed a rapid rate of growth in medical innovation, and this is where I want to be. Therefore, I envisage myself as a future leader in the NHS, driving transformational change through the effective implementation of technology. My career has given me a lot of experience in both leadership, management and healthcare technology. I have degrees in both medicine and management and applied these skills when improving junior doctors fatigue facilities as part of my HLA project last year. Further to this, I also launched the Respect Empowers campaign and spoke on the HLA Live seminar. I have a keen interest in orthopaedic surgery and achieved the university prize in the speciality. I have much experience in research, but my highlight is a publication in the journal of healthcare management on the review and improvement of organ donation committees in England. I have also had the pleasure of working with Deepmind, Virtual Medics and Medical Realities during my time in university, and this year I will be studying Healthcare Informatics at Cambridge alongside my clinical work.

Carol Chan

FY1
I am currently an Academic Foundation Year 1 doctor at Ipswich Hospital. I am passionate about medical education. During medical school, I was elected to be the Education Lead Representative (Years 1-3) for the medical student union. I also worked with the medical school and the UCL Arena Centre for Research Based Education to develop and review medical curricula. In 2016, I also founded the Hong Kong Medical Society of the United Kingdom, which aims to connect all Hong Kong medical students and doctors in the UK. The society hosts regular academic and social events for 500+ members alongside with the Hospital Authority in Hong Kong and other asian societies.

Caroline Heuschen

Psychiatry Trainee Second Year
I am specialising in psychiatry with a focus on global mental Health and adolescent mental Health. I am doing research next to my clinical work and I love to go abroad. During my HLA year I collaborated with medical aid films to create educational films for adolescents in low and middle income countries.

Katherine Maskell

FY2
I graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2019, where I also intercalated in MSc Public Health. I was in the 2nd cohort of HLA scholars and I sat on the FMLM medical student group. I’m currently an FY2 in Manchester and planning to apply for IMT.

Liam Carr

Specialty Trainee in Major Trauma
I am a 29 year old highly motivated, conscientious and forward-thinking junior doctor with interests in Emergency Medicine, Anaesthetics and Pre-Hospital Care. Currently working as a Specialty Trainee in Major Trauma at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Completed UK Foundation Programme – FY1 in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness, FY2 in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. BSc Hons in Infectious Disease. Looking to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. I have a variety of leadership experience in a wide range of contexts including the ambulance service and international humanitarian work. Completed one year as a HLA Scholar 2018-2019. Particularly interested in leadership in acute and emergency situations. Keen to mentor others who are enthusiastic about Emergency Medicine and humanitarian work.

Pedra Rabiee

Final Year Medical Student
– Interned at WHO EMRO where I was working on UHC
– Host of a global health themed podcast (the Guide to Global Health)
– Lead the organization of the MEDCOVID conference
– Advocacy Lead for the Gender Equity for Global Surgery Team 20-21
– HLA Live Lead

Jade Okene

FY1
I am a newly qualified Doctor with an interest in healthcare management, palliative care and medical education. I’m an EIT Health Alumni, HLA Alumnus and a Medics.Academy Fellow. Voluntarily, I am a Board Member and Director at Melanin Medics Non-Profit Organization where I am responsible for the overall strategic leadership and sustainability of the charity. Currently, I also serve as the Mind Us Project Lead within Melanin Medics which is a comprehensive year-long programme that is an innovative programme which consists of a blend of mentorship, clinically-led training and expert support to mitigate the long-term impacts of COVID-19 upon the current and future BAME workforce.
As an undergraduate, I was heavily involved in leadership positions such as academic committees and the coordination of teaching programmes and campaigns through national organisations such as The International Federation of Medical Students Association. During medical school, I was also a Founding Member of Melanin Medics, which is a non-profit organization that specializes in widening participation and the support of socially-disadvantaged medical applicants. During my tenure, my expertise has played an integral role in leading the former social media platform into a renowned UK-based non-profit organization in under 2 years. As of 2020, Melanin Medics has supported over 3000 students and has facilitated a 90% success rate for medical applications with a socially disadvantaged background in the UK. Additionally the organization is supported and commended by The GMC and BMA.

Rachael Palmer

Newly Registered Nurse – Haematology
Rachael is a newly Registered Nurse working in Haematology at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. As well as oncology/haematology, her interests are in global health and health policy. Since starting her nursing career, Rachael has chaired the Plymouth branch of Students for Global Health for 2 consecutive years, setting up links with the refugee and asylum seeker community in Plymouth to facilitate students teaching English and running successful global health short-courses. For this work, Rachael was shortlisted for the Student’s Union Leadership Award and the branch for the contribution to the community award.
An alumnus of both the Council of Deans of Health Student Leadership Programme and HLA, Rachael was shortlisted for the Council of Deans Top #150Leaders Nurse (Adult) for her work supporting students as a course rep and RCN student ambassador within University.
Rachael’s HLA project is the curation of @BloggersNurse, a Twitter platform celebrating the Year of the Nurse and Midwife by creating monthly blogging challenges for Nurse Twitter, bringing people together through writing.

Joseph Battle

FY2
FY2 in the North East who has lead the creation of the surgical strand to the non-profit teaching organisation Medisense. I also am secretary for the National Committee for We Are Donors, a charity aiming to increase the number of organ and blood donors across the UK through student led education at schools and universities.

Melody Redman

Clinical Genetics ST3
– Academic Foundation Programme (Medical Education)
– Academic Clinical Fellowship (Paediatrics)
– Out of Programme Leadership Fellowship (Child Health Workforce Planning)
– Clinical Genetics training pathway
– Medico-political – various roles within the BMA, including chairing two subcommittees, and sitting on the Board of Science
– Research – Academic training pathway and small research projects (mainly paediatric oncology & medical education)

Timothy Chu

Final Year Medical Student
– Aspiring academic ENT surgeon
– Central academic Team Member at the UCL Ear Institute for the National SeaSHeL cohort study
– Honorary Research Assistant – Department of ENT, CUHK
– Research lead for the British Foundation for International Reconstructive Surgery & Training Medical student committee
– RCSEng Future Surgeons Forum Newcastle representative
– JASME Regional Lead (Newcastle)

Olamide Dada

Final Year Medical Student
Olamide Dada is a final year Medical Student and the founder of Melanin Medics, a charity that supports the present and future African and Caribbean doctor. Olamide is an advocate for racial equality in Medicine and has actively led the charity in promoting diversity in Medicine, widening aspirations and aiding career progression.

Olamide is an alumnus of the Healthcare Leadership Academy and sits on the GMC Equality and Diversity advisory board as a member. Her interests lie in utilising opportunities to bring about change and put forward solutions to benefit the health sector. She is also passionate about widening participation and empowering young people. Olamide has been the recipient of multiple awards including the We are the City Rising Star in Healthcare 2020 award.

Hannah Gillespie

Junior Doctor (Post Foundation Training)
Hannah has recently completed the Academic Foundation Programme in Northern Ireland. As a medical student she led a national student body, founding an award winning widening participation society and organising charitable events. As a foundation trainee, she pursued her interests in medical education, leading the implementation of educational projects and winning ASMEs ‘Research Paper Award’. She is now embarking on a PhD in Medical Education, focusing on undergraduate education and students’ involvement in clinical placements.

Laurence Buckman

“Retired GP”, National Covid Assessor for NHS 111, Psychotherapist (both private and for NHS Professionals)
Former Chairman BMA’s UK GP Committee 2007-2013, GP for 36 years, Medical Adviser to RCGP Practice Improvement (helping struggling practices), GP undergraduate tutor UCLMS 1985-2014, Joint RCGP-BMA Education Committee 1990 – 2012.

Omar Risk

FY2
Outside of clinical medicine I am interested in closing the gap on health inequalities. I am an Honorary Research Fellow with UCL and Research Associate with Aceso Global Health Consultants. These roles overlap; I am a member of the Childhood Infections and Pollution (CHIP) Consortium that takes a One Health approach to reducing the burden of infections and AMR in urban slums worldwide. I successfully sought funding to lead a feasibility study in Sierra Leone focusing on perinatal infections in Kroo Bay. I have experience in Sierra Leone as a research assistant with Welbodi Partnership where I supported implementation of the CRADLE device for management of maternal sepsis and preeclampsia. As an elective student with King’s Sierra Leone Partnership I contributed to Quality Improvement in surgery & anaesthesia in the post-conflict post-Ebola Health Systems Strengthening setting. I represent junior doctors as a BMA rep locally in my trust and as a temporary step-in on JDC, building on experience in representation as a student association president.

Chiara Cattra

ST2 Psychiatry (ACF CAMHS)
Diverse background, entering medicine via English Literature and MSc Anthropology, long-standing work in well-being & carers’ support, completed postgraduate qualifications in MedEd & Leadership. Now on national RCPsych committees. LGBTQ+. Ceramicist and cat owner.

Ahmed Kerwan

F1
AFP Med Ed @ The Lister (EBH)

Jim Determeijer

Final Year Medical Student (NL)
I am a medical student based in Amsterdam and was part of the second HLA cohort in London. Together with Ilse Blomberg and Emma Oostenbroek we started and now run the HLA Amsterdam cohort and together with Onik Chowdhury I am working on the international expansion strategy of the HLA. Besides the HLA I have done different things, but I think it boils down to that I like to create opportunities for others, empower people and create inclusive communities. I am always open for a chat, so feel free to send me a message!

Riddhi Shenoy

FY1
I am going to be doing an AFP public health and primary care next year. I completed a Management BSc from Imperial College. Interested in ophthalmology and have been involved in research and presentation within this. I’m really interested in teaching and have got AFHEA status and planning on progressing further this year with teaching.

Eva Boomstra

Junior physiotherapist (2 years experience) + Junior researcher
I am working in a hospital with neurological oncology patients as a physiotherapist. I really enjoy the day-to-day job, and I am also very interested in setting up projects and connecting research to practice. (For example: coordinating a rehab programme for geriatric oncology patients, participating in value-based health care groups).

Claudi Bockting

Professor in Clinical Psychology
Previous WHO fellow, Global Mental Health Studies, and director of Centre of Urban Mental Health (University of Amsterdam). See also www.claudibockting.com

Yousef Eltuhamy

FY2
FY2 interested in emergency medicine and public health
Co-founder of the Razi Jenner Project – a community basd public health initiative
COVID-19 Liaison Officer at Newham University – facilitating communication and feedback between frontline junior doctors and the medical director/SLT
Co-founder of Newham Welfare Ambassador Program – a proactive well-being programme designed to offset burnout and improve resilience
Head of student affairs at KCL Islamic Society

Matthew Prior

Consultant Reproductive Medicine (Gynaecology)
I’m a doctor in Newcastle, and an NHS consultant. I work at Newcastle Fertility Centre at the International Centre for Life. Reproductive medicine is my specialty. I help people with fertility problems using a holistic approach.

Onik Chowdhury

Academic FY2
Academic doctor in Medical Education, with interests in Paediatrics and Public Health. Co-founder of The Razi-Jenner Project, a community impact project that empowers communities to take an active role in their health. Managed multiple election campaigns and awareness campaigns during University.

Mala Hawkin

Digital health/Startups
Featured on Forbes 30 Under 30, Vogue 10 Rising Female Stars and UK Women of the Future Awards Finalist. Host of Digital Health Podcast for The Royal Society of Medicine Digital Health Council.

Bo van den Berg

Final Year Medical Student
After obtaining my bachelors degree, I became a board member of my student committee. I worked dedicatedly to get the new masters curriculum started as smoothly as possible, by collaborating with our education directors. After that, I founded a working group of students to make the faculty more inclusive, which is now an integral part of our faculty.

Jess Leighton

Academic FY2
Research in hepatology. PGcert in palliative care this year. Extracurricular interest in meded, undergrad lead for Medisense.