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Executive Committee

Our Executive Committee at a glance

Chair: Miss Carolynne Vaizey 
Chair in Waiting & Programmes Committee Chair: Mr Tom Dudding
Honorary Secretary: Mrs Julie Cornish
Honorary Treasurer: Miss Carmen Hoh
Research and Development Committee Chair: Ms Emma Carrington
Education and Training Committee: Mrs Jennie Grainger
Q&A, Clinical Governance and Accreditation Committe Chair: Mr Jon Randall
Membership secretary: Mr Wesley Lai
Scientific Programmes Committee Chair: Ms  Kim Gorrisen
External Affairs Officer: Ms Kiran Altaf
Physiotherapy Committee Chair: Mrs Kate Walsh 
Specialist Nurses Chair: Dr Simona Fourie
Clinical Scientist Committee Chair: Ms Emma Jones
ACPGBI Council Representative: Mr Mark Chapman
Scottish ACPGBI Chapter Representative: Ms Shafaque Shaikh
Welsh ACPGBI Chapter Representative:  Ms Rhiannon Griffiths
Irish ACPGBI Chapter Representative: Ms Rachel McBride
Dukes' Club Trainee Representative: Miss Pam Chaichanavichkij
BSG Representative: Dr Adam Farmer 
Patient representative: Ms Sarah Squire

The Pelvic Floor Society

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Chair: Elected by the members TPFS. A member must sign his/her agreement to stand. This nomination is co signed by nominator and seconder, all being members of TPFS. Term of office: 3 years. The chairperson reports to: The Chair and TPFS Executive and prepares an annual report outlining achievements, future objectives and strategies.

The sub committee chair should also:
i. Coordinate the activities of the committee 
ii. Be present at the AGM should the membership have any questions about committee activities. 
iii. Lead all committee members in active participation in committee activities 
iv. Review committee member performance annually to determine contribution based on attendance at meetings, responsiveness to projects etc. Non-active members will then be asked to resign.

All members of this Committee must be active members of TPFS & are required to attend at least 2 out of three Annual Meetings. Members are also required to join teleconferences.


  • Face to face eg., during the summer and January scientific meetings. 
  • Teleconferences as required, with other communications carried out by email. 
  • One third of committee membership plus one shall be quorum.


Executive Committee meetings and sub committee meetings must be recorded, and kept and published on TPFS website in the member’s only section. Draft minutes of the meetings shall be sent to all those who attended for correction and subsequently made available to all members TPFS via the website within six weeks of the date of that meeting. Only a member attending the meeting in question may comment on the accuracy of the draft minutes. Any member of TPFS can comment on the subject discussed or the issues raised.

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Past Chair: Mrs Karen Telford

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Chair in Waiting: Mr Tom Dudding

Mr Dudding is a consultant surgeon at University Hospital Southampton NHS foundation trust and the current chair-in-waiting of The Pelvic Floor Society, having previously been the honorary membership secretary and research and development lead.

He completed higher surgical training within the Wessex region in 2012 and fellowships at St Mark’s Hospital, London and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. He is a specialist colorectal and pelvic floor surgeon with expertise in the treatment and management of colorectal cancer, functional bowel disorders, pelvic organ prolapse and anal conditions. His role includes laparoscopic colorectal and pelvic floor surgery, colonoscopy, anorectal physiology and emergency surgery. He is the colorectal lead for the South Eastern regional pelvic mesh removal service.

An internationally recognised expert in the use of neurostimulation for bowel control, Mr Dudding has extensive experience and research publications in this field. He is part of the European Sacral Neuromodulation Expert Group, the course director for European Continuing Medical Training (ECMT) advanced neuromodulation course and he sits on the executive committee of the Neuromodulation Society of United Kingdom and Ireland (NSUKI).

Actively involved in training he is an educational and clinical supervisor of medical students and surgical trainees. In addition, he has provided training to consultants both nationally and internationally through educational courses, live operating and preceptorship. 

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Hon Secretary: Miss Julie Cornish

In addition to her secretarial duties and liaising with her conterparts at UKCS (Stephanie Knight) BSUG (Tim Hillard) and ACPGBI (Steve Brown), Julie represents TPFS within the Complex Colorectal CRG.

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Research, Audit & Development Committee Chair: Ms Emma Carrington 
  • Promote local and national audit with respect to pelvic floor interventions through use of a web based database
  • Maintain and update the database in conjunction with the system administrator
  • Produce an annual anonymous national audit report and present this back to TPFS members
  • Liaise with the ACP/BSUG/UKCS etc to produce joint guidelines.
  • Create independent guidelines.
  • Choose authors for the guidelines (not necessarily members of the committee)
  • Prepare responses to national guidelines for the executive committee
  • To develop parallel information on the guidelines
  • Produce information leaflets on commonly performed procedures
  • Promote high quality “Pelvic Floor” research in the UK.
  • Foster a “research” culture among TPFS membership
  • Be a member of the RCOG PFCStudies group (Kath Gill and Steve Brown)
  • Provide expert opinion on research matters to other organisations when requested or indicated.
  • Provide a point of contact between individual researchers or organisations wishing to work with TPFS in specific projects
  • Be a member of the scientific committee of the AGM
  • Organise the educational component of the AGM to provide CPD in matters relating to research design, conduct and governance
  • In conjunction with the Webmaster develop and maintain TPFS web site
Duties of this post
  • Ensure that the committee aims are met
  • Organise at least one separate audit & research sub committee per year as well attending at least one executive committee meeting per year. In the event of being unable to attend an executive committee, the Chair will ensure that an up to date report is available to each meeting in his/her absence.
  • To ensure appropriate minutes are kept and file a copy of these with the Hon. Secretary
  • Term of Chair will be for 3 years. The Chair may stand for a further 3 years if requested.

This will need to be agreed by the rest of the committee and approved at TPFS AGM. The Chair should indicate whether he/she wishes to stand for a second term at the end of the second year of office. This will allow the appropriate and timely appointment of a Shadow chair. Experience of research work is an essential requirement for all members of this committee. A Shadow Chair elect will be appointed at the AGM by the membership during the 3rd/6th year of the current Chair to shadow the responsibilities and ‘learn’ the roles of the position. This person should have served on the Audit Committee.

The R&D Committee will have no more than 8 members. Membership (as per chair) is for 3 or 6 years. Prior to a member leaving the committee, TPFS Hon. Secretary will indicate potential committee vacancy to all PFS members by email to request applications from any interested party. ONE member will be a subspeciality member.

Members will be removed if they do not attend subcommittee meetings or contribute to the work of the committee. A member may leave the committee at any time, although 3 months notice would be useful to fill that position with a replacement.

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Education &Training Sub Committee Chair: Mrs Jennie Grainger

The Education and Training Committee work to improve the training of specialists in Pelvic Floor Disorders. The committee represents Consultants and senior trainees but also aims to contribute towards the education needs of Allied Health Professionals. The Committee works alongside the Executive Committee of TPFS and is represented on the ACPGBI Education and Training Committee.

The committee's work has included:

  • Supporting specified courses linked to TPFS to ensure coverage of the curriculum and organising funded places for TPFS members
  • Developing a curriculum in Pelvic Floor Disorders with associated work-based assessments and logbooks
  • Promoting and reporting on upcoming courses related to Pelvic Floor Disorders in the TPFS newsletter
  • Identifying senior trainers who would act as mentors for trainees and other consultants who wish to specialise in Pelvic Floor Disorders and creating a register of units that will provide support and preceptorship
  • Identifying and supporting fellowships in Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • Developing the trainee areas of TPFS's National Conferences
  • Working with the Dukes' Club on initiatives that will promote training in Pelvic Floor Surgery
  • The committee is working with the TPFS website team to increase the amouth of e-resources available to TPFS members. In the future we hope to have a wide range of lectures and teaching materials easily accessible to members

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QA & Clinical Governance Committee TPFS: Mr Jon Randall
QA & Clinical Governance and Accreditation Chair

The chair will provide professional advice on setting up and maintaining the accreditation process and register in colorectal pelvic floor surgery. The chair will also provide support and advice on clinical governance issues on behalf of TPFS and when collaborations are forged or input required.


The QA & Clinical Governance and Accreditation chair will be accountable to TPFs Executive Committee
Term of duty: Nominations will be received from the TPFS membership at the Annual General Meeting. Proposed membership should be for a period of 3 years, renewable for a further 3-year term.

Terms of reference

The role of the Certification/accreditation chair is to:

  • Develop professional standards that define the satisfactory and safe practice of PF treatments within the society’s disease area / area of interest.
  • Develop effective working relationships with allied groups and organizations.
  • Set criteria for accreditation of pelvic floor units and the PFMDT.
  • Accept applications from PF units wanting accreditation and marking submitted applications.
  • Set up a central register of certified colorectal & radiological practitioners and preceptors.
  • Liaise professionally with the Post-graduate Medical Education and Training Board, Royal College of Surgeons, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, Royal College of Nursing, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists and other relevant professional organisations whose membership undertake colorectal pelvic floor surgery.
  • Liaise with the Education committee as appropriate
  • Liaise as necessary, with the Governance committee of the ACPGBI & BSUG

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Programmes Subcommittee Chair: Ms Kim Gorrisen

The programme committee officer is responsible for the delivery of the programme of events for the ACPGBI pelvic floor section and the annual meeting of TPFS. They will work with the local organiser of the TPFS meeting and/or the Exec to invite speakers (local/national and international). They will consult with the TPFS exec with a proposed themes for the sessions. 

Duties of the Programmes Subcommittee Chair
  • Ensure that the committee aims are met.
  • Organise at least 4 subcommittee meetings per year.
  • Attend at least one Executive committee meeting per year. [In the event of being unable to attend an Executive committee, the Chair will ensure that an up to date report is available to each meeting in his/her absence].
  • Ensure appropriate minutes are kept.

Term of the Chair will be for 3 years. The Chair may stand for a further 3 years if requested. This will need to be agreed by the rest of the committee and approved at TPFS AGM. The Chair should indicate whether he/she wishes to stand for a second term at the end of the second year of office. This will allow the appropriate and timely appointment of a shadow chair elect. The Chairman must have previously been a member of the Scientific subcommittee for at least one year.

The Scientific Subcommittee will have no more than 4 members (3 members + 1 trainee) plus the executive TPFS. Membership (as per chair) is for 3 or 6 years. Prior to a member leaving the committee, The Hon Secretary of TPFS will indicate potential committee vacancy to all PFS members by email to request applications from any interested party. A member may leave the committee at any time, although 3 months notice would be useful to fill that position with a replacement.

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Physiotherapy Committe Chair:  Mrs Kate Walsh

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Specialist Nurse Committee Chair: Dr Simona Fourie

The chairs will be accountable to TPFS’s Executive Committee and act as a liaison between the AHP and Specialist Nurse members of the Pelvic Floor Society, and members of other professional groups representing pelvic health.

Term of Office:  Nominations will be received from AHP and Specialist Nurse members of TPFS at the Annual General Meeting.  The Term of Office is 3 years.  The Chair can be re-elected for a further term of 3 years, at which point they must stand down.

The sub-committee will be composed of representatives from all AHP and specialist nurse members of TPFS.  Meetings will be held during the Annual Conference, and virtually as necessary.

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Clinical Scientist Committee Chair: Ms Emma Jones

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Hon Membership Secretary: Mr Wesley Lai

The membership secretary is responsible for the processing of applications for membership of TPFS. The position is by election at the appropriate AGM and will normally be for three years, but is renewable. The membership secretary shall liaise with the secreatary of ACPGBI on membership issues relating to prospective and current colorectal surgical members of TPFS. The membership secretary is accountable to the executive of TPFS.

The membership secretary shall hold a list of the membership, their professional status, contact details and publications relevant to the pelvic floor. The latter shall be indexed and be made available to the membership via the web site. The membership secretary is also responsible for the distribution and dissemination of information from the TPFS to its members.

Hon Treasurer: Ms Carmen Hoh

The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the treasury and the day to day finances of the society to include its meetings. This role requires aclose working relationship with the Hon Treasurer of ACPGBI, its administrator Anne O'Mara and our industry partners.

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External Affairs Officer:  Ms Kiran Altaf

The External Affairs Officer shall be responsible for how TPFS is presented to the outside  world, mainly through their website and social media presence. They will work closely with the Dukes Club rep to uphold the social media accounts of TPFS. Their main role is the running and upkeep of the TPFS website and acting as webmaster.

They may deal with outside agencies that may contact TPFS for information and comments on matters related to the pelvic floor. This also involves liason with the ACPGBI rep and other patient groups. They consider matters of public concern, public relations, ethical practice  and advise the rest of the Executive Committee as needed.

They will be responsible for producing a report for each committtee meeting and present any information required the AGM.

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ACPGBI Council Representative: Mr Mark Chapman

This new role is to ensure seamless communication between TPFS and the ACPGBI as our "parent" surgical body.  The post holder will be expected to attend Council meetings of both organisations, producing a report for circulation.  The post holder will maintain close communication between the officers of both organisations  in order to maintain a mutually beneficial relationship.

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Dukes' Club Representative: Miss Pam Chaichanavichkij

The Dukes Club Representative shall be a senior trainee wishing to pursue a special interest in Pelvic Floor Surgery and will be a full member of the executive, the training and education committee and scientific/programme committee. The post is for a fixed term of 1 year. The post is advertised yearly through the Duke's Club and candidates are elected at the annual Dukes Club weekend. Please view the Training and Education section for further information.

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Scottish Chapter ACPGBI Represenative:  Miss Shafaque Shaikh

Scotland as a region has lacked the well defined Pelvic Floor groups that have evolved in the South and PF has not found a specific place on the activity list of the ACPGBI chapter. There are pockets of good practice with interested individuals and teams but no forum for exchange of views or for the multidisciplinary components to interact and plan together. This is especially important now that devolution of healthcare appears to be creating an increasing divergence in the organisation and mechanism of funding of health services between England and Scotland.  Scotland is also unique in having the RCS(Ed) and the RCPSG. These colleges have significant international memberships and are the dominant forces in the East and West coasts of Scotland rather than RCS(Eng). Although there are some areas of intercollegiate working between the UK colleges and examinations are equivalent they remain distinctly independent otherwise. This has to be borne in mind by any UK national organisation.

The existence of the Scottish Pelvic Floor Network (SPFN) means a multi disciplinary group already exists. This has been an excellent vehicle for urogynaecology and has a strong academic and research interest in that area. There is a very well organized and attended annual meeting and a number of training events. There has been some increase in content of a colorectal nature but this does remain peripheral at present.  A key issue has been how to integrate the increasing colorectal involvement with the pelvic floor and the needs of those surgeons, with the aims and remit of the SPFN. A key question to address is whether the SPFN is currently the approporiate mechanism to advance and support colorectal surgeons with a PF interest in Scotland.

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Welsh ACPGBI representative: Ms Rhiannon Griffiths

There are substantial regional differences in pelvic floor services across the UK. The Welsh representative can be anyone (whatever role) who is a member of TPFS who is keen to develop services, promote TPFS activity within Wales and encourage trainees/students to participate in pelvic floor and TPFS educational events.

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Irish ACPGBI Representative: Ms Rachel McBride

The healthcare system in the whole Island  of Ireland is basically divided into the NHS in Northern Ireland and the HSE ( Health services Executive/ Public Health services) along with a well established Private Hospital system  in Republic of Ireland. 

Pelvic floor dysfunction is a very common problem in Ireland affecting mostly women and also a group of men. Patients have been embarrassed by their symptoms and suffered in silence for a long time.

Pelvic floor services have been particularly evolving in the last few years with establishment of Multidisciplinary team approach to pelvic floor practice and education of General practitioners and the public. The media has been very helpful in raising patients awareness. GP Educational events in the country has allowed identification of these conditions, early referral and treatment at specialist centres. 

Collaboration across the different specialties of Coloproctology, Gastroenterology, Urology, Gynaecology, Radiology and Psychology with support from Pelvic floor Physiotherapy and clinical specialist nursing teams should be the gold standard and encouraged in pelvic floor practice. This would offer patients the best possible treatments and outcomes in complex problems which are often very debilitating.

Affiliation and engagement with the pelvic floor society and increasing the Irish consultants/ practitioners membership of the society would allow further progress, development, eduction, research  and clinical governance ensuring high quality of care for patients. 

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BSG Rep: Dr Adam Farmer

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