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Executive Committee

The Section was formed in 2003. Originally called the Section of Female and Reconstructive Urology, it was renamed in June 2009. Its aim is to promote the highest standards in female urology in the United Kingdom.

The Section's main function is to set and raise standards by:

  • producing guidelines, often in collaboration with other groups;
  • promoting training and research; and
  • organising clinical meetings.

Since 2009, the Section's annual meeting has been held immediately before the BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting every June.

Members of the Executive Committee


Christopher Harding (Chair)

Chris is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and was elected Vice Chair in 2016. He has a particular interest in bladder dysfunction, continence, neurourology, urinary tract infections and clinical research. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Newcastle University and his research interests include recurrent UTI and LUTS management. He is urology lead for the Department of Health Modernising Scientific Careers MSc Course

Sheilagh Reid (Vice Chair)

Sheilagh is has been a Consultant Urologist at the Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit and the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield for the last 10 years; she joined the team in 2015 and was elected Vice Chair in 2018. She specialises in neurourology, female and reconstructive urology. She is the course leader for the long-running, twice-yearly spinal injuries urology course

Nikesh Thiruchelvam (Honorary Secretary)

Nikesh is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He was elected Secretary in 2016, having been an elected member since 2012 and Section Audit Lead since 2013. At Addenbrooke's, he is the clinical lead for bladder dysfunction, incontinence, reconstruction and urethral stricture disease. He teaches both nationally and internationally, is active in clinical research and is an invited panel member of the European Association of Urology (EAU) Urinary Incontinence Guidelines Committee


Mohammed Belal (Member: 2017 to 2019)

Mohammed is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Birmingham and joined the team in 2017. He is the clinical lead for female functional and reconstruction urology at QE University Hospital Birmingham

Suzanne Biers (Member: 2017 to 2019)

Suzanne is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and joined the team in 2017. She is active in postgraduate medical teaching and is co-lead for the Anglia Ruskin University Urology Masters degree. As well as teaching, Suzanne is involved in local audit projects, a member of the Data and Ethics Monitoring Group for NIHR trial, and a sub-investigator on national trials. Her main clinical interests lie in the management of voiding dysfunction and incontinence in both men and women

Mary Garthwaite (Member: 2015 to 2017)

Mary is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough and joined the team in 2015. She completed her urological training in the Yorkshire & Humber Deanery, followed by a surgical fellowship in female & functional urology in Leicester. Her main clinical interests lie in male & female incontinence surgery, reconstructive urology, neurourology and benign bladder dysfunction

Rizwan Hamid (Member: 2016 - 2018, 2019-2020)

Rizwan is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at University College London Hospital & London Spinal Injuries Unit Stanmore; he joined the team in 2016. He has a particular interest in neuro-urology, bladder dysfunction and incontinence. He is clinical lead for neuro-urology at Stanmore, and is active in clinical research. He sits on the neuro-urology boards of the EAU, ICS & INUS. He is an invited lecturer, both nationally and internationally, and is a member of the EAU Guidelines panel on neuro-urology

Richard Parkinson (Member: 2016 2018, 2019-2020)

Richard is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Nottingham City Hospital and joined the team in 2015. He has been a Consultant in Nottingham since 2009, and specialises in female urology including refractory incontinence, reconstructive urology and neuropathic bladder management

Arun Sahai (Member: 2018 to 2020)

Arun is a Consultant Urological Surgeon specialising in functional urology (bladder dysfunction, incontinence, uro-neurology and urinary tract reconstruction) and he is a Honorary Senior Lecturer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals NHS Trust. Arun has a strong academic interest and his current research is related to overactive bladder. He is a keen teacher and is responsible for urology undergraduate education at Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas'


Rachel Barratt (BSoT Representative: 2019)

Rachel is a specialist trainee, currently based in the London North Deanery, and joined the team in 2019. She represents the BAUS Section of Trainees (BSoT - formerly known as the Specialist Urological Registrars' Group, SURG) on the Committee

Sarah Fowler (BAUS Audit Co-ordinator)

Sarah is the BAUS Data & Audit Manager. She oversees all the BAUS-operated cancer & female urology databases, and is responsible for the production of Surgical Outcomes Data (part of the Consultant Outcomes Project)

David Thomas (Co-opted Trustee: 2018)

David Thomas is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne and was co-opted as a Trustee in January 2018. He has been a regional representative on BAUS Council since 2014. He is a current member of the Specialist Advisory Committee in Urology and an examiner for FRCS (Urology).