Specialty Trainee Committee.

Specialty Training Committee meetings take place every 3-6 months and are usually chaired by a Training Programme Director in the relevant region. The meetings are an opportunity for College Tutors and trainee representatives to meet with members of the deanery to discuss aspects of the programme such as rotations and ARCPs. Updates for specific training issues such as out of programme opportunities, Diploma, SPRAT and STEPP are also provided. Trainee representatives from each training level are elected to represent trainee views and to discuss any trainee issues. 


Paediatric Trainee Representatives

Trainee representation is a key element in the development and monitoring of the Paediatric Training Programme, and representatives play a valuable role in providing feedback and helping shape new initiatives.

In order to build continuity, the Paediatric School Trainee Representative will hold the role for the ST Levels they have applied to complete (i.e, ST1 - ST3).  They may of course, choose to step down from their role at any point if they wish.  If a trainee does give up their role, the Paediatric School will follow the application process to appoint a new trainee to the role. 

Please note that the posts are unpaid, honorary roles.  HEE YH is however, able to reimburse travel expenses for those Paediatric School Trainee Representatives who are required to travel to local and national meetings.  Details on how to claim reimbursement will be sent on appointment.

If you wish to contact your local Trainee Rep you will find their details below:


South Yorkshire

ST1 - ST3

Lydia Baldwin

Email Lydia

ST4 - ST5

Maysoon Elfadil

Email Maysoon


Simon Scammell

Email Simon Scammell


East Yorkshire

ST1 - ST3

Post currently vacant - please click here for further information on how to apply.

ST4 - ST5

Post currently vacant - please click here for further information on how to apply.

ST6 - ST8

James Houston

Email James Houston


West Yorkshire

ST1 - ST3

Ben Hughes

Email Ben


Rachel Pybus

Email Rachel

ST6 - ST8

Jenna Saunders

jenna_suander_trainee.png Hi, I’m Jenna Saunders. I’m your rep for level 3 trainees in the west. I’m a Leeds Medical School graduate. I did my F2 year in Sydney Australia and then came back to Yorkshire to do my paediatric training and have had the pleasure to meet many of you along the way, in placements, at the diploma of child health course and through various projects. Having had periods of maternity leave, and training less than full time for most of my training I have lots of experience of being a paediatric trainee and I hope I can do a good job of representing your views and working on solutions that can improve training for all of us.

Email Jenna


Brenda Van Beek 

Hi, I'm Brenda van Beek. I am an ST4 in South Yorkshire, where I started my paediatric training in 2013. Before that, I lived and worked in Leeds, and before that, I finished medical school in Amsterdam. I have been working LTFT since February 2018, which I see as experiencing the best of both worlds. Over time, and especially during my time as leadership fellow, I have developed a passion to make the work/training place a positive, happy environment (I know, a challenge in the current climate!) as I believe this will get the best out of all of us. I believe it's important to keep good communication between the front line and the powers higher up,  to make sure good practice is rewarded and the right issues are being addressed.

So please LTFT trainees, let me know if you come across anything that you would like me to highlight to the School of Paediatrics so I can represent your views!

Email Brenda Van Beek