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Meet the team

Find out about our Registry Staff

The Polyposis Registry nursing and administrative team. Front row from left to right: Jeshu Chauhan (nurse practitioner), Vicky Cuthill (nurse manager), Janet Paul (senior administrator), Jackie Hawkins (paediatric nurse practitioner). Second row from left to right: Menna Hawkins (nurse practitioner), James Cockburn (polyposis nurse specialist),  Denise Coleman (administrator), Avon Bastion (administrative support clerk). 

    Profiles

  • Professor Sue Clark

    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon & Director of the Polyposis Registry

    Sue Clark is the Clinical Director of the Polyposis Registry. She trained in medicine at Cambridge University and St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School in London. She spent two years in full time research at St Mark’s Hospital with an Imperial Cancer Research Fund Fellowship. She was based in the Polyposis Registry and worked on various clinical aspects of desmoid disease in Familial Adenomatous Polyposis as well as studying the genetic changes within these rare tumours.

    She spent three years as a consultant at the Royal London Hospital before returning to St Mark’s. During this time Sue set up a Family Cancer Clinic to provide services for inherited or potentially inherited colorectal cancer in the North East London Cancer Network.

  • Dr Andrew Latchford

    Consultant Gastroenterologist and Assistant Director of the Polyposis Registry

    Andrew Latchford is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital and Assistant Director of the Polyposis Registry with a specialist interest in upper GI endoscopy.

    Andrew Latchford’s research interests include the study of desmoid disease and duodenal cancer in patients with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP).

  • Vicky Cuthill

    Lead Nurse/Manager of the Polyposis Registry and Family Cancer Clinic

    Vicky obtained her BSc(Hons) Nursing Studies from King’s College, London before specialising in intensive care nursing and then transferring into the field of Coloproctology. Initially she worked at The Royal London Hospital, gaining experience in benign colorectal conditions and undertaking ano-rectal physiology and biofeedback. She then moved to The Homerton Hospital as the Colorectal Cancer nurse specialist prior to becoming a Nurse Practitioner in The Polyposis Registry.

    Vicky was appointed as Lead Nurse/Manager of The Polyposis Registry and Family Cancer Clinic following Kay Neale’s retirement in November 2016. As a nurse practitioner, Vicky has undertaken various training (e.g. physical assessment and independent prescribing) to be able to carry out extended roles and completed an MSc in Genomic Medicine in July 2019, obtaining a distinction. She now divides her time between her work as a nurse practitioner, running nurse-led clinics, both in outpatients and over the telephone and Registry/Family Cancer Clinic management.

     

  • Jeshu Chauhan

    Polyposis Nurse Practitioner

    Jeshu has been qualified for almost 25 years. She started her career as a part-time community nurse, whilst bringing up her two young children. She remained in district nursing for 14 years, working with patients with a range of conditions including diabetes, leg ulcers and those requiring palliative care.

    Embarking on a new challenge, Jeshu moved to the “Starrs” team at Northwick Park Hospital.  Here her skills as a Rapid Response Nurse were enhanced by working with GPs in the community and caring for very ill patients at home, thereby preventing hospital admission. In this role she also facilitated timely discharge and provided homecare for patients that would otherwise have had protracted hospital stays.

    Jeshu joined The Polyposis Registry in March 2015 where she continues to enjoy working with patients and their families. She enjoys being an integral member of The Registry, dividing her time between her autonomous outpatient and telephone clinics, visiting patients on the ward and her office administrative work.

     

  • Dr Warren Hyer

    Consultant Paediatrician and Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist

    Warren Hyer is the Paediatric and Adolescent Gastroenterologist at St Mark’s Hospital with clinics in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease and paediatric nutrition and allergy. He has published widely on polyposis syndromes in children and is the lead clinician for the UK paediatric polyposis service.

  • Jackie Hawkins

    Paediatric Polyposis Nurse Practitioner

    Jackie Hawkins is a Paediatric Nurse Practitioner specialising in caring for children in families with a polyposis syndrome. She qualified as a Children’s Nurse in 1991 and has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London where she achieved a BSc in Child Health and her interest in paediatric gastroenterology began. Jackie has also worked in general paediatrics where she managed the general paediatric ward and Day care unit at Northwick Park Hospital before returning to gastroenterology as a research nurse for an International study based in the Polyposis Registry.

    Since April 2014 Jackie has been working as the paediatric nurse developing the service and looking after children and ‘young adults’ with polyposis syndromes. Jackie sees children with their parents before their surveillance procedures to assess and fully prepare them and sees children and their families in her own clinics and also visits them on the wards, following procedures and surgery. She is currently undertaking an MSc in the Advanced Children’s Nurse Practitioner programme.

     

  • Menna Hawkins

    Family Cancer and Polyposis Nurse Practitioner

    Prior to training as a nurse, Menna worked in various administrative roles including PA to the Dean of Business in Melbourne’s RMIT University, Australia. Having decided on a career change, she studied her post graduate diploma in adult nursing in Southampton University, qualifying with distinction in February 2016.

    In her first 12 months, Menna worked on a specialist surgical gastroenterology ward in Bristol before deciding to relocate back to London and gain more specialist experience at St Mark’s. Menna initially worked as a family history nurse, identifying ‘at risk’ relatives through family history taking and performing genetic counselling and blood testing. She has recently been appointed as a nurse practitioner in inherited intestinal cancer syndromes and will cover both Lynch and Polyposis Syndromes.

  • James Cockburn

    Polyposis Nurse Specialist

    James qualified as a nurse in 2016. Prior to this he worked as a singer on board various cruise liners around the world.

    Having a keen interest in gastroenterology and colorectal diseases, he joined St Mark’s hospital and worked on Frederick Salmon ward. This opportunity allowed him to become confident when caring for patients with complex and rare colorectal conditions.

    In 2017 James was successful in being awarded a scholarship from the Burdett Trust for Nursing. As a Burdett scholar he rotated though the specialist departments at St Marks. He completed a degree-level stoma management course and developed an array of skills required for specialist nursing. Having completed this scholarship James returned to Frederick Salmon ward as a charge nurse and joined the Polyposis Registry as a family history nurse in October 2019.

  • Cherryl Cabalit

    Polyposis Nurse Specialist

    Cherryl is our newest team member and started in the Registry in July 2020. She previously worked as an endoscopy nurse at Central Middlesex Hospital and has brought her knowledge and skills to assist with family history taking, cascade testing and patient care in the Registry. Picture to follow shortly!

  • Ripple Man

    Polyposis Nurse Endoscopist

    Ripple is a Nurse Endoscopist, performing diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy. A substantial proportion of her patients have polyposis syndromes, and she has developed great experience and skill in this field.

  • Janet Paul

    Lead Adminstrator

    Janet has worked in a number of senior PA/administrative roles in both the private sector and for the NHS before joining the Polyposis Registry.  She initially trained as a secretary at the Ministry of Defence Secretarial Training School. Her NHS roles have included Medical Secretary to three Paediatric Consultants, a Gastroenterologist, two Colorectal surgeons and Administrator to the Stoma Care Department. She also was an integral member of the Burdett Nursing Institute, working as the senior administrator there for 5 years.  All of these roles have provided invaluable knowledge and experience, all of which assist her in her current role in helping to provide an excellent service to our Polyposis patients.

    As Lead Administrator, Janet is responsible for the day to day running of the Registry as well as supervising the other two members of the Administration team. She oversees equipment maintenance, supplies, provides key numeric data for official Registry meetings, books New and Follow-up appointments ensuring they correlate to endoscopy appointments and runs numerous searches on the Registry database to ensure patients are regularly screened.

  • Denise Coleman

    Adminstrator

    Denise was first employed by the NHS at Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk.  She worked as an Admissions Administrator for several years before relocating to St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.

    Starting as a clinic clerk in the Outpatients Department in 1998, she went on to become Supervisor for the last 8 years before joining the Polyposis Team in 2013. Her current role is an integral part of the Polyposis Registry.  Working with the administrative team alongside Consultants and Nurses to ensure the best care is offered to our patients and their families.

  • Avon Bastion

    Administrative Support Clerk

    Avon started in the Polyposis Registry in June 2019. She had previously worked at The Royal Brompton Hospital in various administrative roles including the Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Department and the human resources department.

    She has a background in human resources and administration and is currently our administrative assistant.

  • Professor Omar Faiz

    Consultant Colorectal Surgeon

    Professor Omar Faiz is the Clinical Director of St Mark’s Hospital and Consultant Colorectal Surgeon with particular expertise in laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery. His area of clinical interest is colorectal surgery and in particular the surgical management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and colorectal cancer.

    He has wide research interests and he supervises a number of PhD and MD research fellows at Imperial College. His principal research interests include colorectal surgical epidemiology, health services research and surgical outcome research.