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Nick Sarkies - Chairman & Addenbrooke's Ophthalmology Consultant

Nicholas Sarkies has been Consultant Ophthalmologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge since 1988. After Cambridge he trained at Westminster, The London, The Middlesex, Moorfields, St Thomas' and The National Hospital for Nervous Diseases. He has specialized in neuro-ophthalmology and glaucoma. His research interests within neuro-ophthalmology has been in cerebrospinal fluid and pituitary disorders.

He has been interested in training and education in ophthalmology for all of his career. He was Royal College of Ophthalmology Clinical Tutor at Addenbrooke's in the 1990s and he established the School of Ophthalmology for Health Education, East of England , being Head of School from 2008 to 2015.

Rod Ashby-Johnson - Trustee

Rod's specialism is the tribology of cylinder components operating in hostile environments and the logistics of their worldwide marketing and distribution. He has held senior roles with T&N plc, Associated Engineering Ltd, and GKN plc in Europe, North America and Asia; and more recently CEO of QH Group.

He was educated at The Leys School and then read Mechanical Sciences at St Catharine's College, Cambridge. He served 15 years with The Queens Own Mercian Yeomanry, and presently Chairman of The Leys School Committee of Governors. He is compiling and publishing the musical works of Ken Naylor, best known as composer of the popular hymn tune, 'Coe Fen'.

Tasneem Khatib - Researcher Cambridge University

Dr Tasneem Khatib has been appointed as the Cambridge Eye Trust trainee representative. She qualified from the University of Oxford Medical School, is an Ophthalmology Specialty Registrar in the East of England, and is currently completing her doctorate in Clinical Neurosciences under Professor Keith Martin’s supervision at the Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge. She has previously worked at the Nuffield Laboratory of Ophthalmology, University of Oxford and was awarded the prestigious Royal College of Ophthalmologists Foulds Trophy for her work on retinal neurones. She hopes to build upon her previous experience to understand the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in glaucoma during her doctorate and is using gene therapy approaches to try to prevent or reverse glaucomatous damage. Her doctoral work so far has been awarded the 2016 European Vision and Eye Research Glaucoma Prize and the 2018 ARVO Glaucoma prize for members-in-training. She was one of 10 individuals selected internationally for ARVO’s Science Communication Fellowship and as part of this co-founded the Cambridge Eye Trust Peter Watson International Scholarship.

Her doctoral work so far has been awarded the 2016 European Vision and Eye Research Glaucoma Prize, the 2018 ARVO MIT Glaucoma prize and the 2019 American Academy of Ophthalmology Glaucoma Prize.

Madhavan Rajan - Trustee & Consultant Ophthalmologist at Addenbrooke's

Professor Madhavan Rajan is the lead corneal and cataract surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital with research interests in cornea, cataract and anterior segment disorders of the eye. Professor Rajan undertakes his laboratory research in the Vision and Eye Research Unit (VERU) at Anglia Ruskin University and clinical research at the Cambridge University Hospitals in Cambridge. His collaborators include Professor Roger Buckley and Stem cell scientists at Life sciences department, Cambridge. He is principle supervisor for the PhD program focused on corneal research and the clinical corneal fellowship at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

He was recently awarded the NHS Health Enterprise East award for developing a novel technique of pre-conditioning human donor corneas for Micro-thin Endothelial Keratoplasty (DSAEK). His laboratory research is aimed at developing cell therapy to restore vision in patients with corneal blindness. Other clinical research areas include lamellar corneal transplantation techniques, corneal cross-linking for Keratoconus, novel drug delivery devices to the cornea and advanced intraocular lenses for cataract surgery.

Humma Shahid - Trustee & Ophthalmology Consultant Addenbrooke's

Ms Shahid graduated in medicine from Trinity College, University of Oxford. Since then she has trained in several leading Ophthalmology units, including the Tennant Institute of Ophthalmology and the Oxford Eye Hospital. She completed 3 years of advanced fellowship training in Glaucoma both in Oxford and Cambridge, before being appointed Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

Ms Shahid is a fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. As well as general Ophthalmology, she has a special interest in all aspects of glaucoma care (medical, laser and surgical management) as well as adult cataract surgery, including the management of complex cataracts.

Ms Shahid is committed to the teaching and training of future generations of healthcare professionals, including medical students, junior doctors and optometrists. She is a peer reviewer for several leading ophthalmic international journals and is keen on patient-centred care and education about eye disease.

Martin Snead - Consultant Ophthalmologist Addenbrooke's, Honorary Trust member

Martin Snead graduated from London University in 1984 and trained in ophthalmic surgery in London, Nottingham, Cambridge and New York before being appointed as Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon to Addenbrooke's Hospital in 1996. He has a special interest in all aspects of retinal and vitreous surgery, especially surgery for the repair of retinal detachment, diabetic and macular disorders. He leads a Vitreoretinal Research Group at Cambridge University investigating the molecular pathology of retinal detachment and is the service lead for the Department of Health nationally commissioned Stickler syndrome diagnostic service.

Tony Vivian - Trustee and Opthalmology Consultant at Addenbrooke's

Anthony Vivian is a Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge and the Eye Treatment Centre, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds. He is also Head of Postgraduate School of Ophthalmology and Associate Dean, Health Education England (East of England). After his early ophthalmology training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, the London Hospital and Southampton Eye Hospital he became a Fellow of Paediatric Ophthalmology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond St, London. He then returned to Moorfields Eye Hospital as a senior registrar and further specialist training in oculoplastics.

His special interests include children's and adult strabismus surgery and eye movement abnormalities. He represents the East of England on the Council of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists and is also on the Scientific Committee of the College. He is the Lead Clinician for Clinical Governance at Addenbrooke's Hospital, is an external advisor for the NHS Ombudsman and is on the National Institute for Clinical Excellence Interventional Procedures panel.

Robin Bligh - Trust accountant

Robin Bligh, who advises the trustees on financial matters, is a retired Chartered Accountant, an FCA. He worked in both the City of London and in Cambridge, where he was a Partner in a large firm of Accountants.

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