BAPES Executive

The executive committee members are elected to terms of office by the BAPES membership to oversee the running of the organisation.

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President: Simon CLARKE

Simon Clarke has been a consultant Paediatric Surgeon for 14 years and has been Clinical Lead at Chelsea and Westminster for the past 6 years. He trained in London at Great Ormond street Hospital and Chelsea & Wesminster and was also  Associate Professor in the academic surgical unit at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.  He specialises in both Laparoscopic and open surgical procedures for neonates and children as well simple daycase surgery and more complex procedures for foregut disorders.

Simon  has an interest in training paediatric surgeons and is an Honorary Senior lecturer at Imperial College London where he teaches simulation on the Surgical Education Masters Degree course. He  has developed and runs courses both in the simulation of  operations as well as minimal access surgical techniques. He is board member on the national training committee for the UK and Ireland as well as Chairman of the Education Committee for the British Association of Paediatric Surgeons.He is an active  member of the International Paediatric Endoscopic Surgical Group and  the European Society of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons assisting with international courses and co-ordinating research collaborations.

He has been awarded 9 clinical Excellence awards during his 14 years as consultant and is currently President of the British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons



Abraham Cherian is a consultant paediatric urologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust for the last 10 years. He is an Honorary Consultant at University College London Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust. He is a visiting surgeon to Evelina Children’s Hospital, Addenbrookes Hospital, Royal London Hospital, Norwich University Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Children in Belfast. He has also been an overseas visiting surgeon to the Children’s Hospital in Lviv, Ukraine and helped set up the paediatric urology department at Antwerp University Hospital in Antwerp, Belgium.

He has trained and mentored many recent consultants in minimally invasive paediatric urology. He has served as faculty on a number of minimally invasive courses in the country and overseas. He has an active role in education and training and was the surgical tutor on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and is also Examiner for the FRCS Paediatric Surgery Examination. He is currently the National Training Programme Director of Paediatric Urology Fellowships in the UK and also the Programme Director of the European Paediatric Urology Fellowship at GOSH.

Apart from being affiliated to several societies such as BAPU, ESPU, BAPES, BAPS, & CCLG he is the current Secretary of  the British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons and the Vice President of the International Society of Hypospadias and DSD.



Anju Goyal is a consultant paediatric urologist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital with an interest in minimally invasive paediatric urology. She is the current BAPES treasurer.



Ashish Desai completed his training in paediatric surgery in India. He then obtained his FRCS (Paediatric Surgery). He is a Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at King’s College Hospital and Honorary senior lecturer at King’s College London. He has established the surgical weight loss centre for adolescents and has been working towards establishing adolescent bariatric surgery standards in the country.



Niyi Ade-Ajayi studied medicine at the University of Lagos. His general surgery training was in Ireland and the United Kingdom. His paediatric surgery training included time at Great Ormond Street Hospital, London and the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town. He was appointed Consultant Paediatric Surgeon at Kings College and Medway Maritime Hospitals in 2005.

He is the paediatric minimal access surgery lead at Kings with interests that include thoracic, GI surgery and groinery. He was clinical lead at Medway where he chaired the Children’s Surgical Group. He is a member of the International Affairs Committee, British Association of Paediatric Surgeons and is on the Executive Committees of the British Association of Paediatric Endoscopic Surgeons and the Pan-African Pediatric Surgical Association. He is Paediatric Surgery Lead for the UK chapter of the West African College of Surgeons and has an active global surgery interest with a particular focus on West Africa.



Helen Carter trained as a Children’s Nurse at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and an Adult Nurse as The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.

She commenced her qualified career in the theatre suites at GOSH prior to moving to Yorkshire where she spent time as a scrub nurse for both adult and paediatric surgery. There were many firsts in the world of laparoscopy in Leeds at that time so was involved with MIS as its popularity grew with both the surgical specialties and the patients.  Following a long period as a Team Leader for Paediatric Operating Theatres in Leeds, she trained to become a Paediatric Surgical Care Practitioner in 2005 and has since fulfilled that role for Paediatric General Surgery and Paediatric Urology in Leeds.

Helen helps run a laparoscopy course for Perioperative Practitioners in Leeds. Helen is also involved with both simulation and skills training with junior doctors. She regularly mans the skills station for National Selection for Paediatric Surgery. She has been a member of faculty for the International Paediatric Endoscopic Surgery Workshop held annually in Leeds, BAPES annual courses, the recently developed Paediatric Surgery Boot camp and the Learning Lab at the BAPs congress.



Alex is an ST8 trainee in paediatric surgery in the South East England Consortium currently based at King’s College Hospital, London. He built and maintains this website and - as a current trainee - represents BAPES trainee member’s interests on the executive.