Meet Our Committee

   President – Katie Ward

Hi, my name is Katie, in September I will be beginning my final year of studying medicine at Newcastle University and I will also be the new President of NSACC. My passion for Anaesthetics and Critical Care has not stopped growing since starting medical school, the pinnacle of this so far being my SSC in Intensive Care at the RVI that I undertook just before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. I truly hope that next year myself and committee can create a platform for the expansion of the society and produce a successful year of events for our members that will continue to promote and engender interest in Anaesthetics and Critical Care, despite obvious challenges that will evolve following the pandemic. I would particularly like to encourage 1st and 2nd year students to attend our events, so that despite the limited exposure Newcastle medics get to these specialities in the Stage 1 & 2 curriculum, they can still explore potential careers and opportunities within these two fantastic specialities! Other hobbies of mine include anything that is outside and in nature, including running and cycling. I have played netball for around 10 years both competitively and for fun. I enjoy baking, have a small obsession with alpacas and even like knitting from time to time (basically a grandma). I have big aspirations in the future and would especially like to work as a Doctor in a developing country during my career.

Vice president – Ben Dowdell

Hey, my name is Ben and I am VP for NSACC this year and I am in my final, and hopefully last, year of medicine medicine/ year of adding debt to my life after doing an intercalation the previous year. Probably a good place to start is why anaesthetics and critical care. I must say that I came to the specialty late after being an EM/AM fan and CC is really just an extension of that but placed on steroids; it’s got the fun of crazy things, procedures, wide range of varied and interesting cases, and importantly coffee. And you get to wear scrubs which is always a perk. I also like to think I have a life outside of medicine but saying things like ‘I like to travel’, ‘food is tasty’ and ‘photography’ aren’t that unique so I like to start with the classics of I can converse in Mandarin (but traditional characters still allude me), I have kept a class of 50 4 year olds quiet for an entire 40 minutes whilst drawing, and I have stayed awake on a train for 24+ hrs without hallucinating. So, if you have any questions about that or anything else in general, find me at an event or contact me.


Secretary – Joe McElvaney

Hi, my name is Joe and I’m the NSACC secretary. I am currently intercalating an MRes with a project on muscular dystrophy and testosterone therapy. Outside of Uni I am a keen squash player and love being in the hills. I’m looking forward to fantastic year of events and talks with NSACC! I am also the society Welfare Officer so if you have anything you want to chat to me about, please feel free to get in touch (







Treasurer – Tom Hoather

Hi, I’m Tom and I’m currently intercalating in Critical Care at the RVI. Major interests in simulation, human factors, ultrasound, Pre-Hospital care and major incident management. Spend my spare time hillwalking, scuba diving and drinking too much wine!







Public Relations – Sophie Risbridger

Hi I’m Sophie, a final year medical student and this year’s Public Relations Officer. Throughout medical school I’ve had an interest in Pre-Hospital and Critical Care, and after an amazing cardiothoracic anaesthetics SSC in fourth year I found my love for anaesthetics too. This year I’m down in Tees making the most of the cheap rent and beautiful North Yorkshire countryside, and trying my best to bring NSACC events with me. I spend most of my free time outdoors exploring the lush countryside around us, and ruining my legs climbing up too many hills… I hope to become an expedition medic alongside a career in anaesthetics so need to get my training in! The rest of my time is spent drinking coffee or gin and tonic and making my way through all the cafes and pubs in the North East!



Events Coordinator – Philippa Wright

Hi everyone, I’m Philippa, a final year medical student and your new Events Coordinator! I first became interested in anaesthetics in third year when I realised that the anaesthetists were always the friendliest and told the best stories! Since then, I’ve completed placements on both adult and paediatric intensive care, and with NECTAR, the region’s paediatric critical care retrieval service. Outside of medicine, I enjoy horse riding and walking my working cocker spaniel, Alfie.




Social Secretary – Ed Wightman

Hi my name is Ed I’m a 5th year student, I’m interested in critical care and anaesthetics because of the patient experience it offers as well as the excitement of dealing with some of the sickest patients in a hospital. In my spare time I enjoy sailing and hockey and have reached county level in both sports.