Who's who in the region

Your training and education is co-ordinated and delivered by a team of dedicated individuals, some appointed by the HEYH School of Ophthalmology, and some by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Their roles are listed below. For contact details in the first instance please get in touch the the Programme Support Team who can get you in touch. Alternatively, most are nhs.net email users and can be found on the NHSmail directory. 



School of Ophthalmology Programme Support Team

Anita Relins & Gareth Spicer

Email: ophthalmology.yh@hee.nhs.uk

Head of School of Ophthalmology

Rehna Khan

Base: Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust

Training Programme Director - North ST1-2

Anita Reynolds

Base: Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Training Programme Director - North ST3-7

Vernon Long 

Base: Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Training Programme Director - South

Nachiketa Acharya

Base: Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield

Regional Educational Advisers

Regional Educational Advisers (REAs) work with the Regional Team to identify educational priorities or strategies.

North -  Ms Carolyn Atherley

South - Ms Zanna Currie 

OTG Representative

The OTG (Ophthalmologists in Training Group) consists of registrar representatives, to the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, from the training regions around the UK.  The OTG meets 3 times a year. 

OTG representative for Yorkshire (North & South):

Aidan Benson 

ROTC (Regional Ophthalmology Training Committee) Trainee Representatives

The ROTC trainee representatives are elected by the trainee body to work alongside the rest of the committee, representing trainees' views in:

  • organising and improving the regional teaching programme.
  • working with Simulation leads in the region to help deliver training
  • updating and improving School website content
  • overall improvement and innovation in regional delivery of training


Senior rep: Anindita (Rimi) Hom-Choudhury

Junior rep: Matthew George 

RCOphth Regional Representative

The RCOphth Regional Representative liaises between The College and its members, feeding back views from the region to the College and raising the profile of the College locally. 

Mr Murtuza Mookhtiar (Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust)

Regional Simulation Leads

Mr James Innes

Dr Anindita (Rimi) Hom-Choudhury

Regional Postgraduate Education Leads

North: Rehna Khan & James Innes

South: Yashin Ramkissoon

Regional Exams Advisors

Regional Exams Advisers support trainees registered to sit exams by assessing their needs and organising exam-specific teaching with feedback. They are also involved in examiner recruitment.

Mr Andrew Chung (Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust)

Mr Fahd Quhill (Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)

Regional SAS Representative

This is a College-appointed role. The SAS representative promotes education for SAS doctors in the region, including enabling access to regional teaching opportunities and support sitting exams.

Bhagyashree Shevade (Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Trust)

Regional Management & Leadership Lead

The Regional Management & Leadership Lead is responsible for promoting management & leadership skills in all staff by delivering sessions during regional teaching based on the RCOphth M&L curriculum, and coordinating leadership and management projects and opportunities for trainees.

Mr Ian Simmons (Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust)