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Officers and Trustees

  • President - Dr Graham Lipkin (2018-2020)

    Dr. Lipkin is the current President of the Renal Association. He has specialised in renal medicine for well over 25 years and is a Consultant Nephrologist in Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. He was Clinical Director of Renal Medicine at University Hospitals of Birmingham Foundation NHS Trust (UHBFT) for over 10 years. Graham trained at Leeds General Infirmary, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and University Hospital Birmingham. He was awarded A Doctorate of Medicine in 2006 the study of calcineurin inhibitor toxicity. His clinical interests are in improving Renal Transplantation outcomes, Pregnancy in women with CKD and Rare Renal Diseases

    Graham was Chair of the Renal Association  Clinical Services Committee running the Clinical Director Forum for 3 years and was then elected Clinical Vice President of the Renal Association for 4 years before being elected current President of the Renal Association, June 2018. He was co-founder of the UK renal medicine quality improvement structure, the Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership and the joint Renal Association and British Renal Society Patient Safety Initiative. He is a Trustee of the Renal Associations’ UK Renal Registry and has sat on the Renal Clinical Reference Group and been an advisor to NICE. Graham has led the development of the first adult Centre for Rare Diseases in the UK, sited in Birmingham which opened in 2016 and is the Chair of the Cystinosis Rare Disease Working Group of Radar.

    The NHS Improvement, Getting it Right First Time is Co-Led Nationally by Graham.

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    B13 8RH

    Twitter: @grahamlipkin



  • Past President - Prof Donal O'Donoghue (2018-2020)

    Professor Donal O’Donoghue is the Registrar of the Royal College of Physicians of London , Consultant Renal Physician at Salford Royal and Professor of Renal Medicine at the University of Manchester.

    Donal qualified in physiology and medicine from Manchester and trained in internal medicine and nephrology in the East Midlands, Northwest, and Paris where he was a MRC travelling fellow in Edinburgh. He was appointed to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 1992 and was Clinical Director of Renal Services between 1994 and 2007.

    In Manchester, he led the reorganisation of renal services and established the first managed clinical network in England. He was inaugural President of the Multi-Professional British Renal Society. He was National Director of Kidney Care at the Department of Health from 2007-2013, where he oversaw the implementation of the Renal National Service Framework. He was President of the Renal Association 2016-2018. In 2018 Donal was awarded an OBE for services to kidney patients.

    In addition to clinical duties at Salford, Donal remains active in training and research. He chairs the Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria Senate and is Medical Director of Health Innovation, Manchester. He is chair of the patient support charity, Kidney Care UK.

    Renal Department
    Hope Building
    Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
    Stott Lane
    Salford M6 8HD

    Twitter: @donalnhs

  • BAPN President & RA Vice President - Dr Sally Hulton MD, FRCPCH, FRCP, MRCP (UK), FCP (SA), MBBCh (2018-2021)

    Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist and Lead for Renal Metabolic Disorders, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
    Dr. Hulton was appointed Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist at Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University of Birmingham UK in 1995. In this position she has served as lead physician in renal metabolic disease and combined liver kidney transplantation. She has particular expertise in the primary hyperoxalurias, establishing the RaDaR and OxalEurope registries. She served as expert member and Vice Chair of the hospital Ethics Committee for over 10 years, and Specialty Training Advisor and Chair of College Specialist Advisory Committee for Paediatric Nephrology for the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) from 2004 -2015.

    Dr. Hulton received her undergraduate degree from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; her doctoral thesis was awarded from the University of Birmingham following research at the Institute of Child Health in London. She received her fellowship in Paediatrics from the College of Physicians of South Africa (FCP SA) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in London (FRCPCH). Dr. Hulton is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP).

    Birmingham Children’s Hospital
    Steelhouse Lane
    B4 6NH

  • Academic Vice President - Prof Phil Kalra (2016-2019)

    Dept of Renal Medicine.
    Salford Royal Hospital
    Stott Lane
    M6 8HD

  • Clinical Vice President - Prof Paul Cockwell (2017-2020)

    Queen Elizabeth Hospital
    B13 8RH

  • Trustee (Secretary) - Dr Indranil Dasgupta (2017-2021)

    Renal Unit
    Heartlands Hospital
    Bordesley Green East
    B9 5SS

    Twitter: @idasgupta7

  • Trustee (Treasurer) - Prof Neil Sheerin (2014-2019)

    Institute of Cellular medicine
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH

  • CEO - Ron Cullen

    Professionally qualified as a biomedical scientist, Ron has since developed a career involving policy and quality improvement work. He started as a scientist in Leicester before moving into the areas of quality improvement working on many national and regional quality improvement programmes including the development of clinical governance through the National Clinical Governance Support Team

    Working within the Department of Health he was Head of Healthcare Quality and Standards with a portfolio including patient safety, inspection and standards development along with more operational elements such as blood and transplant and dentistry as well as input into national IT programmes. Ron has also worked in the private sector as a management consultant and head of strategy for a venture capital firm before taking on the role of Director of the UK Renal Registry (UKRR) in 2011. In 2018 the role was expanded to bring his expertise to the whole of the Renal Association. His expertise to date has been instrumental in the development of the Kidney Quality Improvement Partnership as well as key areas of the UKRR such as Acute Kidney Injury and Patient Reported Experience Measures.

    The Renal Association
    Third Floor
    Learning and Research Building
    Southmead Hospital
    Southmead Road
    BS10 5NB

    Tel: 0117 4148152
    Email: renal@renal.org

Council Members (elected)

  • Dr Mark Brady (retires 2019)
  • Prof Alan Salama (retires 2020)
  • Dr Richard Hull - Consultant Less than 5 years (retires 2022)
  • Dr Aine Burns (retires 2020)
  • Dr Tim Bowen - Renal Scientist (retires 2020)
  • Dr Debasish Banerje (retires 2022)
  • Dr Peter Hewins (retires 2021)
  • Dr Marie Condon - Consultant Less than 5 years (retires 2021)

RA Committee Chairs (appointed)

  • Dr Mike Robson (Clinical Practice Guidelines) (2020)
  • Dr Iain MacPhee (International Committee) (2021)
  • Dr Jill Norman (Research Committee) (2019)
  • Dr Katie Vinen (Clinical Services Committee) (2020)
  • Prof Aine Burns (Education and Training Committee) (2020)
  • Dr Danny Gale (Rare Diseases Committee)
  • Dr Bhavna Pandya (Equal Opportunities in Nephrology Committee) (2019)
  • Dr Afzal Chaudhry (Renal PatientView)
  • Dr Rebecca Suckling (Patient Information Committee)
  • Dr Katrin Jones (Patient Safety Committee)

RA Council Members (ex officio)

  • Dr Yook Mun Woo (rep for non-consultant grades)
  • Dr Matt Graham-Brown (SpR Club Rep)
  • Prof Peter Maxwell (for Northern Ireland)
  • Dr Mark Andrews (Chairman, SAC Renal Medicine)
  • Dr Mick Kumwenda (Society of DGH Nephrologists)
  • Prof Maarten Taal (President British Renal Society)
  • Prof Phil Kalra (Chairman of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Speciality Group)
  • Dr Yincent Tse (Honorary Secretary, BAPN)
  • Dr Aled Philips (for Wales)
  • Dr Paddy Mark (for Scotland)
  • Dr Mark Dockrell and Dr Gavin Welsh (Co-Chairs, Renal Scientists Working Party)
  • Dr Andrew Connor (Green Nephrology)
  • Dr Jim Moriarty (Renal Association Communications Officer)
  • Mr Ron Cullen (CEO)
  • Dr James Medcalf (Medical Director, UK Renal Registry)
  • Fiona Loud (Kidney Care UK)
  • David Marshall (National Kidney Federation)