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Executive Committee

Elected members of the Executive Committee are chosen by members of the Section of Oncology through a process of nomination and voting, administered by BAUS.  

Other members of the Executive Commiittee are either co-opted, because of their specific expertise, or appointed ex officio (e.g. a Trustee of BAUS appointed to attend committee meetings).

Additional individuals may also be invited to attend Committee meetings on an ad hoc basis if their specific expertise is required in a particular clinical area.

Members of the Executive Committee 


Benjamin Challacombe (Chair: 2019 to 2020)

Ben is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Guy's & Thomas' Hospitals, London and was elected Chair in December 2018 for a period of two years. He organises the Section's annual meeting, as well as Oncology sessions at the BAUS Annual Scientific Meeting, with support from the Committee. His main clinical interest is in robotic surgery for cancers of the upper urinary tract or prostate, and he has published widely in these areas

Krishna Narahari (Hon Secretary: 2019 to 2020)

Krishna is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff. He joined the team in 2017 and specialises in prostate and kidney cancer treatment including robotic surgery. He is a busy general urologist, and active in both clinical research and education


Alexandra Colquhoun (Member: 2019 to 2020)

Alex is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and joined the team in 2019. She trained at the University of Leicester, and trained in surgery and urology in the East Midlands, followed by a fellowship at the University of Toronto, before she started as a Consultant in Cambridge in 2011. She is a member of the Cambridge University Hospitals' team for aggressive bladder cancer (The Bladder Oncology Service)

Viswanath Hanchanale (Member: 2019 to 2020)

Vish is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen Hospital and joined the team in 2019. His special interests include managing prostate and bladder cancer patients (i.e. pelvic oncology). After qualifying in medicine in India, he pursued a urological career and completed specialist and robotic surgery training in Leeds. To enhance his robotic skills, he supplemented his robotic training with attachments in Belgium and New York

Sunjay Jain (Member: 2016 to 2020)

Sunjay is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and joined the team in 2016. He specialises in the treatment of bladder and ureteric cancer, including cystectomy and nephroureterectomy, using open & laparoscopic techniques. He also has an active interest in managing patients with prostate cancer

Mark Johnson (Member: 2016 to 2020)

Mark is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. He joined the team in 2016 and has a specialist interest in prostate, bladder and upper urinary tract cancers.  He is a keen robotic surgeon, a busy general urologist and is active in both clinical research & education

John McGrath (Member: 2016 to 2020)

John is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and joined the team in 2016. His main clinical interests are bladder and prostate cancer. He is a keen researcher and is actively involved in initiatives to accelerate recovery from major surgery (the Enhanced Recovery Programme).  He currently represents Urology on the Specialised Cancer Surgery Clinical Reference Group (CRG) at NHS England

Thomas Walton (Member: 2019 to 2020)

Tom is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Nottingham City Hospital and joined the team in 2019. He has a specialist interest in minimally invasive surgery, prostate and renal cancer, and all aspects of general urology. Tom is lead urology cancer clinician in Nottingham and a member of the International Upper Tract Urothelial Cancer Collaboration. He is also the Director of Robotic Urological Surgery at Nottingham University Hospitals


Asif Muneer (Co-opted Trustee; from 2019)

Asif Muneer is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at University College London Hospital and became Hon Secretary Elect in 2017 for a two-year period. He succeeded Paul Jones as Hon Secretary in June 2019. He has previously served as Chair of the Section of Andrology & Genito-urethral Reconstructive Surgery.


Sarah Fowler (BAUS Cancer Registry Manager)

Sarah is the BAUS Data & Audit manager. She oversees all the BAUS cancer databases and is responsible for the production of Surgical Outcomes Data (part of the Consultant Outcomes Project)

Rhona McMenemin (Co-Opted: 2017)

Rhona is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Freeman Hospital Newcastle. She joined the team in 2017 and represents the British Uro-Oncology Group (BUG).  She has an interest in urological cancers (especially  testis, kidney and bladder) and has sat on the NCRI Testis Clinical Studies Group.  She is actively involved in education, and leads on SSCs in clinical oncology for the Northern Centre for Cancer Care (NCCC) where she has a dedicated clinical trials unit in the Sir Bobby Robson Unit

Kate Linton (Co-Opted: 2020)

Kate is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHSFT and joined the team in 2020. She is an outpatient-based general urologist with an interest in the management of men with prostate cancer. She was co-opted to bring a more generalist view to the committee activities.


Emma Papworth (BSoT Representative: 2019)

Emma is an ST5, currently based in the South West Deanery. She joined the team in 2019, and represents the BAUS Section of Trainees (BSoT - formerly known as the Specialist Urological Registrars' Group, SURG) on the Committee