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Trainees’ Committee

Announcement of new Trainees’ Committee Chair

22 March 2021

Following the election for the new Chair of the Trainees' Committee we are pleased to announce that Heidi Stelling is the successful candidate who will take on her new role from 1 May 2021. Congratulations, Heidi.

Sue Ward, Vice President Education said: "The College is delighted to announce that Heidi Stelling has won the election and is the new Chair of the National Trainees’ Committee. Congratulations Heidi and we all look forward to working closely with you."

The outgoing Chair of the Trainees' Committee, Adalina Sacco, said: "I am very pleased to announce that Heidi Stelling has been elected as Chair of the National Trainees' Committee. During my time as Chair over the last three years there have been a number of changes that have affected trainees, such as the new curriculum, ePortfolio and exam system. I’m sure that Heidi will do an excellent job in representing trainees across the RCOG and in navigating future changes."


Meeting dates (13:30 start)


  • 18 March 2021
  • 15 July 2021
  • 18 November 2021



Reporting mechanism

The Trainees’ Committee reports to Education Board.


The Trainees’ Committee is a forum for discussion of issues relevant to training in obstetrics and gynaecology as well as wider issues relevant to the profession. The Committee acts as a channel for communication between Trainees and Council and other relevant committees, including outside organisations such as the Academy Trainee Doctors’ Group and the British Medical Association’s Junior Doctors’ Committee. The Trainees’ Committee organises an annual meeting for Trainees, contributes to College newsletters, elects Trainees to sit on Council and asks members to take responsibility for certain areas from time to time.

Additional information

Definition of a Trainee Representative on the Trainees’ Committee

A Trainee who wishes to be elected onto the Trainees’ Committee must be a doctor resident in the British Isles who:

  • Has an NTN and is on the Trainees’ Register; and
  • Has a minimum of 2 years of training (WTE) remaining in respect of their projected CCT date at the time of election

Election of members

The election process starts with a call for nominations, which is sent out to Trainees in the deanery by email. If more than 1 candidate is nominated, an election takes place by ballot (via an online voting system) organised by the College.

Candidates should be nominated by 2 Trainees from their deanery; however, self-nomination is acceptable. All Trainees within the deanery are eligible to vote. The Trainee who records the highest number of votes will be elected for a period of 3 years.

Should the elected representative have less than 3 (but more than 2) years remaining in respect of their CCT date, their period of representation will cease on their CCT date.

The Committee will submit nominations to the President for the post of Chair. Tenure of office for the Chair shall be for up to 3 years.

A Trainee appointed to a non-training post during their period of office will be required to demit office at the end of the next Committee meeting.

Elections for vacant posts are listed on Trainees' Committee Elections.



Trainees' Committee Constitution (PDF 408kb)
January 2021



Please send all correspondence to the committee secretary.




Trainees' Executive




Heidi Stelling

Vice Chair for Education

Jassimran Bansal

Vice Chair for Strategic Development

Sarah Quinn

Vice Chair, Quality and Collaboration

Sophie Relph






East of England

Paul Timmons

East Midlands

Piyanga Pabasaree Athauda

Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Robyn Patrick

London North East/Central

Lauren Berg

London North West

Erna Bayar

London South

Dorothea Geddes-Barton

North West (Mersey)

Liam Beamer

North East

Aiste McCormick

North West (North Western)

Ayooluwa Olateju

South West (Severn)

Bethan Warwick

South West (Peninsula)

Robert Harper

Thames Valley

Nadia Muspratt-Tucker


Natalie Crawford and Alice Stickland

West Midlands

Jayasish Ghosh

Yorkshire and Humber

Katherine Barton

Northern Ireland

Niamh Mary Haughey

Scotland (North, South and East)

Laura Stirrat

Scotland (West)

Christy Lamont


Simran Sharma

Republic of Ireland

Sorca O Brien



Honorary members (non-voting)




Hajra Khattak

Subspecialty trainees’ rep

Jane Currie

UKARCOG Representative

Michael Rimmer

BMA rep

Lydia Akinola

British Undergraduate Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Pre-Specialty Representative

Shobini Sukumaran

Trainees’ Global Health Committee

Rosie Townsend


Observers may be invited to attend meetings at the discretion of the Committee.


Elsewhere on the site

2021 meeting dates
Dates for all committee meetings, exams, admission ceremonies and events
College governance
See full details of the RCOG’s governance structure