Alex Chatziagorakis - Leeds University Lead
 Alex is a CT2 in Psychiatry in Leeds. He is interested in medical education and he is actively involved in teaching medical students at the University of Leeds. Alongside his clinical and academic work, he is the Leeds and Wakefield Psychiatry Junior Doctors' Committee Social Secretary. In his spare time, he enjoys watching films, listening to and playing music, cooking and baking for his friends and colleagues, reading and attempting to write crime novels.
Andrea Gnanadurai - Bristol University Lead

 

 

Andrea qualified from Bristol University in 2008 and is currently a CT2 in psychiatry at Bristol. She is involved in teaching medical students at Bristol University and in developing a mentoring scheme within the deanery. Outside of work she enjoys live music, travel, a glass of wine with friends and playing her guitar.

Mike Rutherford - St George's School of Medicine Lead

 

 Mike Rutherford trained at the University of Nottingham and is now a CT3 psychiatry trainee working in South West London. Alongside his clinical work, he is actively involved with teaching medical students at St. George's Medical School and is currently the deputy chair of the London Deanery Psychiatric Trainees’ Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys films (as you might expect), running, home-brewing and being used as a feline sleeping platform.

Rory Conn - University College London Lead

 

 

Rory qualified at UCL and is a CT3 trainee in psychiatry in Camden. He has a degree in Medical Humanities and has published research on the portrayal of psychiatric disorders in film, particularly autism. His passions are photography, acting, stand-up comedy and Medfest, which he lead in 2012 with huge success.

Ali Ajaz - Barts and the London Lead

 

 

Ali graduated from Guy's, King's and St Thomas' Medical School and is pursuing a career in forensic psychiatry. He is currently in the middle of an OOPE as a Fellow in Medical Education and Honorary Clinical Lecturer at North East London Foundation Trust. Ali is also the podcast editor for the Royal College of Psychiatrists and a member of the Cultural Consultation Service based at Barts.

Konstantinos Ioannidis - Cambridge University Co-lead

 

 

Konstantinos trained at the University of Athens and is a Psychiatry CT2 in Cambridge. He is interested in medical education and enjoys spending time with medical students. He is an amateur musician and plays in music groups. He has done sound engineering for an award winning short film for the reduction of car use. He highly values sleep, chocolate and a nice walk by the river.

Anita Ganai - Glasgow University Lead
 

 

 Anita Ganai is a CT2 working in Addictions Psychiatry in Glasgow. She previously trained as a GP before choosing psychiatry as a career. Her passions outside of work are music, watching films and travelling.

Saffron Homayoun - King's College London Lead

 

 

Saffron started out as a Human Scientist at UCL before taking a year out to travel around South America then study medicine on the Graduate Entry Course at Birmingham (2004-2008). She is currently a CT2 Psychiatry Trainee in South London and is president of her Trust's junior doctor film club. Some of the things she loves doing are learning new languages, film, hiking and snowboarding.

Laura Sutherland - Aberdeen University Lead
 

 

 

 Laura studied medicine at Dundee University and is currently working as a CT2 in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She became interested in psychiatry after undertaking a specialist stufy module on 'Stigma in Psychiatric Illness'. She is involved in teaching medical students at Dundee University and has filmed mental state videos for clinical skills teaching. When not at work, she enjoys seeing the latest movies at the cinema, scuba diving, attending rock/heavy metal concerts, travel and cooking thai food.

Jeremy Sandbrooks - Peninsula Medical School Lead
 

 

 Jeremy is a specialist registrar nearing the end of his training in forensic psychiatry. He was at Nottingham Medical School and the undertook foundation and core training in Cornwall. He spent a year working in psychiatry in Western Australia before moving to South Devon in 2010 to become an SpR. His interests include film, playing and listening to music, kitesurfing and sailing.

Michelle Gilmore - Belfast University Lead
 

 

 

Michelle is an ST6 in Psychiatry in Northern Ireland. She is involved in teaching medical students at Queens University Belfast and runs a SSC titled "Movies, Myths & Mental Illness". In her spare time, she enjoys walking in the Mournes and travelling.

Shay-Anne  Preece - Birmingham University Lead
 

 

 Shay-Anne is currently a final year medical student at the University of Birmingham and is President of the Birmingham PsychSoc for a second year. She is passionate about promoting psychiatry to other medical students and is often found discussing the virtues of the specialty with anyone who will listen. Shay-Anne hopes to pursue a career in forensic psychiatry in the future and one day be Birmingham PsychSoc's honorary president. Her hobbies are baking, watching films and drinking coffee.

Eric Kelleher - University College Dublin Lead

 

 

 Eric is a clinical research fellow at St James Hospital and PhD student at the Department of Psychiatry, Trinity College Dublin. He is actively involved in teaching medical students. As Chair of the Trainee Committee, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, he is delighted to be coordinating Medfest in Dublin for the first time. In his spare time he enjoys photography, theatre and marathon running.

Declan Hyland - Liverpool University Lead
 

 

 

Declan qualified from Sheffield Medical School and moved to Liverpool to complete his Foundation Training. He is currently a CT3 in psychiatry in the Mersey Deanery. He has a keen interest in undergraduate teaching and in 2011 set up the Liverpool Psychiatry Summer School. Outside of psychiatry, Declan has an interest in lots of sports, including football and rugby, and is a collector of sports memorabilia.

Gemma Williams - Cardiff University Lead

 Gemma is an ST5 in General Adult Psychiatry in Cardiff. She recently completed a Masters degree in psychiatry and undertook research looking at media professionals' perspectives of suicide reporting as part of this. In her spare time, Gemma enjoys all types of art and most recently was commissioned to create two dragons for a community art installation in Newport.

Melanie Hobbs - Leicester University Lead

  Melanie is a CT2 trainee in Psychiatry, currently working in General Adult Psychiatry in Leicester. She graduated from Leicester. Her interests outside of work include films and music, and socialising with friends.

Other local leads include: Roshelle Ramkisson - Manchester University Lead; Emma Brandish & Peter Wilkinson - Southampton University Co-leads; Malarvizhi Babu Sandilyan - Cambridge University Co-lead; Jacqueline Drummond - Dundee University Lead; Alan McLeod & Lawrence Martean - Nottingham University Co-leads; Charlotte Allen - Oxford University Lead.

 

 

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