Age Anaesthesia Council Members

honorary president jugdeep dhesi

Jugdeep Dhesi has been a co-opted Council member since 2008 and was elected as Honorary President in 2017. She is a Consultant Geriatrician at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Her clinical interests include perioperative medicine for older people and at Guy's and St Thomas' she is clinical lead for proactive care of older people undergoing surgery (POPS)

Research interests include Health Service Research, Delirium and the Management of Anaemia in the peri-operative period.

honorary secretary tanuja shah

I am Tanuja Shah, a consultant anaesthetist at Royal Derby Hospital and have been since 2008. Have been to Age Anaesthesia meetings since 2012 and was on last year's local organising committee in Derby. I am trust lead for NELA at Derby and my main anaesthetic interests are emergency anaesthesia, perioperative care and bariatric anaesthesia. I have been involved in shortlisting and judging the Margaret Dodson prize. I am new to council from 2016.

honorary treasurer arun menon

Honorary Treasurer of AAA, Arun Menon joined the AAA Council in 2015. He is an Associate Specialist, Anaesthetics, at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.
Additionally, he is SAS Clinical Tutor, Shrewsbury & Telford Hospital NHS Trust.


Special interests:  Ophthalmic Anaesthesia, Anaesthesia for Bariatric Surgery, Difficult Airway.

martin allan

Past Honorary President, Martin Allan is a Consultant Anaesthetist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Lecturer in Anaesthesia at the University of Manchester. He has maintained the AAA website since 2008, and subsequently became a full member of Council. He was his hospital's first local "Hip Fracture Champion." Martin is interested in all aspects of ultrasound guided regional anaesthesia. Other clinical interests include difficult airway management.

Stan Ralph

Stan Ralph is a past Honorary Secretary of the Age Anaesthesia Association and a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal Derby Hospital. He joined AAA Council in 2011. Stan's areas of special interest include orthopaedics, both elective and trauma, and anaesthesia for urological surgery. He was the lead organiser for the 2016 Age Anaesthesia Annual Scientific Meeting.

Ana Babic Ullman

Ana Babic Ullman has a 1st Class Honours degree from the University of Belgrade. She is currently a clinical nurse specialist at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust. Ana joined AAA Council in 2013. Her special interests include care of the elderly undergoing surgery and cancer treatment in which she plays a proactive role.

Dave Saunders

Dave Saunders is a co opted member of AAA, representing the Emergency Laparotomy Network. He is a Consultant Anaesthetist in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He has been a member of the judging panels for trainee presentations for the Margaret Dodson Prize.

Bernadette Veering

Bernadette Veering is an Anaesthesiologist at the Department of Anesthesiology, Leiden University Hospital, Netherlands.

Involved with supervising   PhD students, research, teaching medical students and supervising residents in Anaesthesiology.


Special  research areas:

  • Perioperative care of elderly patients
  • Regional Anaesthesia in the Elderly     
  • Pharmacology of Local Anaesthetics     


Multiple peer reviewed articles  and chapters in books on those topics.

Lectures about Geriatric Anesthesia, Regional Anesthesia and the elderly patients, Perioperative care of geriatric patients at many international meetings and congressess of Anesthesiology.


1991: PhD “the effect of age on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of central neural blockade.”

1994 - August 1995. University of Sydney. Department of Anaesthesiology (head Prof M Cousins) Senior lecturer. Involved in basic research to examine pharmacology of levobupivacaine in a sheep model.


European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA).: 2004-2007 Chairperson subcommittee: ‘Local and Regional Anaesthesia’. From 2008 - 2012 chairperson subcommittee ‘Perioperative Care of the Elderly Patient’


mevan gooneratne

Mevan Gooneratne is a Consultant Anaesthetist at the Royal London Hospital, which is part of Barts Health NHS Trust. His clinical interests include vascular anaesthesia, pre-assessment for the high-risk surgical patient, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and perioperative medicine.

Outside of the clinical setting, Mevan has completed a BSc in Philosophy as well as a MA in Medical Ethics and Law, both from Kings College London. These qualifications have supported his interests in end of life care, shared decision-making and the process of informed consent. He is also a faculty lead for the UCL Masters Programme in Perioperative Medicine.

laura carrick

Trainee Representative

Laura Carrick is based at Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham. As our trainee representative she wants to raise the profile and interest in the Association's work amongst trainees with the aim of improving training and outcomes.

philip braude

Philip Braude is a consultant geriatrician specialising in geriatric perioperative medicine in the Guy's and St Thomas' Proactive Care of Older People Undergoing Surgery (POPS) team. His research has focussed on embedding geriatric working in surgical units. He is currently looking at geriatric syndromes in cardiac surgery. He became a full Council member in 2016.

theophilus joachim

I am Theophilus Joachim, an Orthopaedic Surgeon at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, Pilgrim Hospital, Boston, Lincs. My special interest lies not only in the surgical but also, bizarrely for an Orthopod, in the medical management of patients with hip fractures!

Having long championed the cause for better quality of care for this patient group, I came to be Lead for Hip Fracture Management in May 2012. Since then, I am privileged to be part of a team that has cares for over 350 patients annually. I have overseen changes that have resulted in major improvements including a reduction in HSMR and 30 day mortality to below the national average. Significantly, the NHFD reports for 2013 & 2014 lists Pilgrim Hospital top for providing best practice and several other aspects.

I won two national Patient Safety + Care Awards in 2014 for Clinical Leadership and the Musculoskeletal Care category.

In March 2015, I was the “Winner of the innovation with the Greatest Impact for Patient Experience 2015”, by Health Education East Midlands.

Representing Orthopaedics at the Age Anaesthesia Council is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to be linked with Richard Griffiths and Martyn Parker for education and with Iain Moppett for the POINT study. I have been a regular and silent lurker at the HiPPeN, from where I have lifted and implemented the ‘Bone Cement Curfew’.

Perhaps not so curiously, my relationship with the anaesthetist encompasses the bedroom too, as I am married to one!

Claire Porter

Claire Porter is a Geriatrics trainee in the Wessex deanery. As Geriatric trainee representative with Fionna Martin, her aim is promote the Association amongst geriatrics trainees, to increase collaborative working between surgical, geriatric and anaesthetic specialities and to increase the profile of perioperative medicine as a geriatric sub-speciality.

Fionna Martin

Fionna Martin is a Specialist Registrar in Geriatric Medicine with a subspecialty interest in Perioperative Medicine for Older People. As a novice researcher, her area of interest is in predictive markers of post-operative functional change in older women undergoing gynaeoncology surgery. As a trainee representative, her goals are to foster collaborative working practices at the trainee level through formal and informal processes and to engage future perioperative medicine physicians with the Age Anaesthesia mission. Fionna is undertaking trainee representation as a shared role with Claire Porter. 

Other Council members include Belinda Cornforth, Consultant Anaesthetist in Salisbury.


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Honorary Life Members of Age Anaesthesia Association


Professor Chris DoddsMiddlesbrough (President 1996-1999)


Dr Eleri Edwards, Wrexham (President 2002-2005)

Professor Gwyn Seymour, Aberdeen (President 2005-2008)

Dr Andrew Severn , Lancaster (President 2008-2011)

Dr Tim Webb, Rhyl (Treasurer, 1996-2007)

Dr Richard Griffiths, Peterborough (Council Member 2007-2010)

Mr Alan Hale, Lancaster (AAA Administrator until 2015)