NACCS Council

The NACCS Council consists of three executive officers, six members and the immediate past president. The Council meets three times a year in central London.

President: Dr Sally Wilson

Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London.

  I have been a Consultant Anaesthetist at Queen Square, London since 1995 where my work is predominantly anaesthesia for intracranial surgery, with a neurocritical care commitment. I helped to establish the first UK interventional MR scanner and jointly chaired the AAGBI working party on ‘Safe provision of anaesthetic services in magnetic resonance units’. I set up and recruit to our clinical fellow programme for neuroanaesthesia. I have held many managerial posts, until recently Clinical Director for Quality and Safety at Queen Square and now Lead Medical Examiner for University College London Hospitals. On council, I lead communication via the Linkmen, sit on the Joint Neurosciences Council, SALG, organised the UK Brain Injury Symposium with the SBNS and have jointly written a patient information leaflet for patients having surgery in the prone position.

Immediate Past-President: Dr Roger Lightfoot


I have been a Consultant in Neurocritical Care and Anaesthesia since 2004. I was appointed to Council in 2012. My areas of interest are prodominantly around neurocritical care where I am the Clinical Lead for the Wessex Neurological Centre Neurosciences Intensive Care Unit. I am currently clinical lead for Organ Donation within the Trust. For the Council I have since 2017 until May 2019 the  Treasurer for NACCS. I represent NACCS at the Small and Specialist Societies Advisory Group at the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine.

It is an immense honour to be given the opportunity to be President of the Society starting in May 2019.


Shackleton Department of Anaesthetics, University Hospitals Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Honorary Secretary: Dr Elfyn Thomas

Department of  Intensive Care Medicine, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth

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I am primarily an intensive care consultant, was clinical lead at Plymouth Neuro ICU for 13 years and I also have sessions in neuroanaesthesia. I was the NACCS linkman for 3 years before being elected to council in 2011 and ran the society’s survey facility for 6 years. I am the NACCS representative to FICMTAQ and sit on the working parties looking at transfer of brain injured patients and patients with perceived devastating brain injury. I was the lead author of the NACCS joint position statement with the SBNS on transducer placement in TBI management. I have chaired a postgraduate course on subarachnoid haemorrhage for the ESICM, edited a book on head injury management and have been the Peninsula MTC clinical lead and a course director for both the ETC and ATLS courses.

Outside of work I enjoy sailing.


Honorary Treasurer: Dr Craig Carroll

Having qualified in 1993 after medical school on Manchester, I spend time in Queensland, Australia doing Emergency Medicine before returning the northwest for anaesthesia training. Following the completion of Specialist Training I sent time working at the Walton Centre, Liverpool before taking up a substantive in 2002 at Salford Royal. I have an interest in pre-operative medicine and anaemia management, in addition to neuroanaesthesia. I am a member of the UK Cell Salvage Group and am the  Chair of the North West Regional Transfusion Committee. I joined the NACCS as a co-opted member in 2014, whilst chairing the 50th ASM Local Organising Committee for the Manchester Conference, and subsequently was elected to Council the following year. I was elected to the executive in 2019 as honorary Treasurer.

Consultant Anaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital.


Dr Gemma Nickols


Consultant in Anaesthesia, North Bristol NHS Trust

I have been a consultant at Southmead hospital in Bristol since 2015. My sub-specialty interests include neuroanaesthesia (predominantly emergency surgery) and vascular anaesthesia.  I trained in the Severn deanery and completed advanced neuroanaesthesia training at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London.  I have been the NACCS linkperson for Bristol since 2015 and wrote the local anaesthetic guideline for the use of intra-operative MRI at Southmead.

I am the audit lead for my department and an active member of the Society of Anaesthetists of the Southwestern Region (SASWR), having been a trainee committee member.

I led the organisation of the NACCS ASM in Bristol, in May 2018.


Dr Jonathan Coles


Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care, Cambridge

In 2006 I was appointed as an Academic Consultant working within the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) and providing neuroanaesthesia at Cambridge University Hospitals. I am also an examiner for the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine, Royal College of Anaesthetists, UK.

I completed my clinical and academic training in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care Medicine in the Eastern region. My PhD was in the field of neuro-imaging (MR and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)) following traumatic brain injury (TBI). I was awarded a Clinician Scientist fellowship from the Academy of Medical Sciences/Health Foundation in 2004 and have maintained a research program funded by the Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council (UK), European Union, and National Institute of Academic Anaesthesia that examines mechanisms responsible for secondary neuronal injury, their temporal profile, and implications for eventual neurocognitive recovery following TBI. I have published extensively within the field of neurosciences & critical care and am a reviewer for relevant specialist medical journals and national/international grant awarding bodies.

Dr Lara Prisco

In 2012, after I completed my specialist training in Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Hyperbaric Medicine in Italy (Trieste) I moved to the UK. I obtained a fellowship in Intensive Care at the General Intensive Care Unit of the University College Hospital in London, followed by the first Critical Care Echocardiography fellowship at St George’s Hospital, and lately subspecialised in Neuroanaesthesia and Neurointensive Care Medicine at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London and Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. In 2013, I obtained a Master in Science in Pediatric Intensive Care Medicine at Catholic University in Rome (Italy). In 2014, I was later appointed as Clinical Lecturer at the University Department of Anaesthesia in Cambridge to further my research interests.  Since May 2016, I work as Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where I have developed and lead the continuous EEG service. From March 2018, I am a part-time Academic Clinician and was awarded an NIHR Fellowship. I am Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences with an NHS Research leadership role in Neurocritical care.

Consultant in Neuroanaesthesia and Critical Care, Oxford

Dr Simon Young


Consultant in Adult and Paediatric Neuroanaesthesia and Neurocritical Care, Glasgow

I have been a consultant neuroanaesthetist since 2008, training in Glasgow, Nottingham and Liverpool (Alder-Hey). My super-specialist interest is anaesthesia for paediatric neuro- and craniofacial surgery. I also practice in all aspects of adult neuroanaesthesia and neurocritical care, including neuro- trauma/oncology/vascular surgery, interventional neuroradiology, complex spinal surgery and management of patients in the National Spinal Injuries Unit for Scotland. Our unit is the tertiary OMFS referral centre, and I frequently manage the ‘difficult airway’, both in children and adults. I have driven the introduction of cell salvage and TEG within our paediatric service, and am a member of the regional transfusion committee. I started as NACCS linkman in 2010, and was elected to council in 2019 with responsibilities including surveys, meetings and paediatric liaison. In my spare time I study Astrophysics and am working on my jazz piano skills.

Trainee Representative: Dr Daniel Stubbs

I am the trainee representative to the NACCS council, currently undertaking specialist training in the East of England with an interest in neuroanaesthesia (especially in the elderly), perioperative medicine, and neurocritical care.   I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2010 with an intercalated degree in myocardial and respiratory physiology and commenced specialist training in Anaesthesia in 2012.  In 2017 I was awarded a clinician PhD training fellowship by the Wellcome Trust and completed an MPhil in Epidemiology (2019) before commencing a PhD jointly based in the Departments of engineering and anaesthesia at the University of Cambridge.  My research involves the analysis of routinely collected electronic healthcare data for the purposes of understanding and improving the complex systems that govern perioperative care for older patients.   As part of this work I have been involved in initiating multidisciplinary regional and national initiatives to better understand and improve the care of patients with chronic subdural haematoma.

Anaesthetics Trainee, East of England


Dr Joseph Sebastian

Consultant Neuroanaesthetist, Salford Royal Hospital
I qualified from Imperial College in 1995; I undertook my anaesthetic training at the Imperial School of Anaesthesia followed by a Fellowship in Neuroanaesthesia at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queens Square. I was appointed to my present position as Consultant Neuroanaesthetist at Salford Royal in 2007. My main clinical interests are dexmedetomidine sedation, anaesthesia for awake brain  & skull base surgery. I am the training lead for the Neuroanaesthesia module in the deanery,  and equipment lead for theatres at Salford.  I recently joined the NACCS council as co-opted member in charge of industry liaison.

Dr Jess Welbourne

I am the Southwest Peninsula neuro ICU lead and NACCS link, having worked in Plymouth since 2014. My clinical practice includes general intensive care medicine, neuro intensive care and regular neuroanaesthesia with an interest in base of skull.
My governance role means I have extensive experience in producing and modifying protocols and pathways for the care of patients both in neuro ICU and following cranial surgery. I have led the departments Neuro ACSA standards review on two occasions. I have developed the neuro educational opportunities for trainees in anaesthesia and ICM by establishing links with neuro rehab and creating readily available educational resources.
I have co-edited the book ‘Traumatic Brain Injury’,  and I have written and peer reviewed articles and educational content concerning NICU. I have recently been made an associate editor of the Journal of the Intensive Care Society.
I am the local PI for some ICU trials including SOS. I am on the SDH Delphi consensus study advisory group, and I am supervising a group study into patient reported outcomes following traumatic brain injury in the Southwest.

Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Neuroanaesthesia, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust