BTOG Steering Committee

Steering Committee Chair: Professor Sanjay Popat 

Professor Sanjay Popat is Consultant Thoracic Medical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden Hospital and Professor of Thoracic Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Research. Professor Popat has published in the fields of genetics, therapeutic biomarkers and medical oncology. He has been awarded nationally and internationally competitive prizes for his research, in addition to 4 research fellowships. He has published over 150 papers and is an active member of the EORTC Lung Group, has been elected to the Foundation Council of ETOP and is past chair of the UK NCRI Lung Cancer CSG Advanced Diseases Subgroup. Professor Popat joined the BTOG Steering Committee in 2010 and was elected Chair of the Steering Committee in 2013.

Steering Committee Vice Chair: Dr Tom Newsom-Davis

Dr Tom Newsom-Davis is a consultant in medical oncology at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, where he specialises in thoracic malignancies. He has been a member of the BTOG Steering Committee for the past 2 years, and until recently was part of the National Cancer Research Institute Lung Group, and led the RM Partners Cancer Vanguard lung pathway.

Dr Newsom-Davis is actively involved in clinical research, and has presented his work at a number of national and international meetings. He has been an invited lecturer for various organisations including BTOG, the Royal College of Physicians, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, British Medical Association and the Association of Cancer Physicians. In 2015, his work was awarded the Macmillan Innovation Excellence Award.




Job Title

Place of Work


  Sanjay Agrawal Respiratory Professor, Consultant Respiratory Intensivist University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Leicester
  Samreen Ahmed Medical Oncology Professor, Consultant in Medical Oncology University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust Leicester
Shobhit Baijal Medical Oncology Consultant Medical Oncologist University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust Birmingham
Ehab Bishay Surgery Consultant Thoracic Surgeon University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Birmingham
  Richard Booton Respiratory Lead Lung Cancer Clinician & Chair, Thoracic Oncology Board, GM Clinical Lead for Lung Cancer Screening Manchester Thoracic Oncology Centre North West Lung Centre & University Hospital of South Manchester Manchester
Mat Callister Respiratory Professor, Consultant Respiratory Physician St James's University Hospital Leeds
  Karen Clayton Nursing Macmillan Lung Cancer Lead Nurse Macclesfield DGH, East Cheshire NHS Trust Cheshire
John Edwards Surgery Consultant Thoracic Surgeon Northern General Hospital, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Sheffield
  Matthew Evison Respiratory Consultant Physician in Respiratory Medicine (Thoracic Oncology) North West Lung Centre & University of Manchester Manchester
David Gilligan Clinical Oncology Consultant Oncologist & Associate Lecturer University of Cambridge - Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust Cambridge
Allan Hackshaw Epidemiology and Statistics Professor of Epidemiology & Medical Statistics

Deputy Director, Cancer Research UK & UCL Cancer Trials Centre

Cancer Institute, University College London London
Stephen Harrow Clinical Oncology Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Honorary Clinical Associate Professor Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Glasgow
Adam Januszewski (Oncology Trainee Representative) Medical Oncology Higher Specialty Trainee in Medical Oncology and Honorary Clinical Fellow Imperial College London London
  Alan Kirk Surgery Consultant Thoracic Surgeon West of Scotland Regional Heart & Lung Centre Scotland
Barry Laird Palliative Medicine Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Palliative Medicine University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Cancer Centre & St Columba's Hospice Scotland
Helen McDill (Respiratory Trainee Representative) Respiratory Respiratory Registrar Gloucestershire Royal Hospital South-West
Fiona McDonald Clinical Oncology Consultant Thoracic Clinical Oncologist The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust London
Angeles Montero-Fernandez Pathology Cardiothoracic Consultant Histopathologist Manchester University Hospital Manchester
Neal Navani Respiratory Medicine Consultant / Associate Professor in Respiratory Medicine University College London Hospital London
Tom Newsom-Davis (SC Vice Chair) Medical Oncology Consultant Medical Oncologist Chelsea & Westminster Hospital London
Clive Peedell Clinical Oncology Consultant Clinical Oncologist James Cook University Hospital Middlesbrough
  Sanjay Popat (SC Chair) Medical Oncology Consultant Medical Oncologist Royal Marsden Hospital London
  Janette Rawlinson Advocacy Advocate W.Midlands
Josie Roberts Nursing Macmillan Lung Nurse Specialist Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust S. Yorkshire
Riyaz Shah Medical Oncology Consultant Medical Oncologist Kent Oncology Centre, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust Kent
Anna Sharman Radiology Consultant Thoracic Radiologist Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust Manchester
  James Spicer Medical Oncology Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine and Consultant in Medical Oncology King's College London Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust London
Rhiannon Walters-Davies Pharmacy Principal Pharmacist Velindre Cancer Centre Cardiff

BTOG Board of Trustees

Martin Grange is Chair of the Board of Trustees and a retired MD of a pharmaceutical company.
Sara Hiom is Director of Cancer Intelligence at GRAIL Europe. Until October 2020 Sara was Director of Early Diagnosis and Health Professional Engagement at Cancer Research UK.
Chris Kerr is a retired tax inspector.
Michael Peake OBE is Honorary Consultant and Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Leicester, Clinical Lead for Early Diagnosis at National Cancer Analysis and Registration Service (NCRAS), Public Health England and Clinical Director at the Centre for Cancer Outcomes at the University College London Hospitals (UCLH) Cancer Collaborative.
Denis Talbot is a Professor at the University of Oxford and a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Churchill Hospital in Oxford.

BTOG Executive


Gina Stevens
Executive Officer Gina joined the team in September 2018 and is the first point of contact for BTOG.  She has extensive secretarial and administrative experience working at Glenfield Hospital, Leicester for 18 years - 11 of these in Thoracic Surgery as a Senior Medical Secretary.  Gina is very committed to supporting BTOG in its work to improve outcomes for patients with thoracic malignancies.
Dawn Mckinley
Senior Executive Officer (SEO) Dawn took up the role for BTOG in 2002. Until 2014 Dawn was also the Operational Manager for Mesothelioma UK and is now a Trustee of Mesothelioma UK. Dawn’s earlier professional background included marketing, PA and VAT accountancy. Just prior to starting at BTOG, Dawn worked in Sydney, Australia for 2 years as a VAT Consultant. Dawn is passionate about her work for BTOG as Senior Executive Officer and in her trustee role for Mesothelioma UK and supporting the aims and objectives of both organisations as they work to improve outcomes for patients with thoracic malignancies.

BTOG Associates

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