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UK Council

Our organisation is both a professional body and a trade union. The professional and education team as well as the trade union staff work collaboratively for the benefit of our members. This ensures that the clinical imaging and radiotherapy workforces are effectively supported, guided and represented, which in turn safeguards both members and patients who are at the centre of everything we stand for.

We are committed to our joint structure because we understand that to deliver effective representation and guidance for our members requires clear knowledge and experience of working in the radiography profession. The close collaborative working relationships of both professional and regional officers provide for this.

The Society of Radiographers' philosophy is always to ensure that at the heart of any trade union argument is a member’s professional responsibility to provide a high standard of care to the patient. It is important to acknowledge that most trade union issues are inextricably linked to professional ones and consequently working together strengthens how we can support members.

UK Council will ensure that the organisation as a whole is effectively governed within the joint structure, ie as both a professional body and a trade union providing the highest degree of accountability whilst always striving for a fully engaged membership and at all times valuing and being informed by the patient voice.

UK Council meets eight times a year as well as participating in Society events.

The Presidential team consists of the President, President Elect, Vice President and Immediate Past President (also Chair of UK Council meetings). 

The Presidential inauguration takes place in July each year and the Presidential term lasts for one year.

The current Presidential team are:

  • Chris Kalinka (term of office to July 2021) – President
  • Claire Donaldson – President elect
  • Ross McGhee – Vice President
  • Gill Hodges – Immediate Past President

The President of the Society, currently Sue Webb, is also President of the College and is a trustee during the presidential year. 

The Presidential team are also nominated CBoT Trustees nominated by UK Council.

Members of UK Council are elected from the 11 regions/countries of the UK by the regional membership. 

The initial term of office is three years with the possibility of standing for re-election at the end of that term.

Current regional representatives to UK Council are:

  • Eastern Region - Sue Webb (term of office to July 2022)
  • London Region - Vas Nevrides (term of office to July 2021)
  • Midlands Region - Dave Pilborough (term of office to July 2023)
  • Northern Region - Sarah Burn (term of office to July 2022)
  • Northern Ireland - Gill Hodges (term of office to July 2023)
  • North West Region - Thomas Welton (term of office to July 2021)
  • Scotland - Claire Donaldson (term of office to July 2023)
                      - Ross McGhee (term of office to July 2021)
                      - Sharon Stewart (term of office to July 2022)
  • South East Region - Robin Bickerton (term of office to July 2022)
  • South West Region - Vacant
  • Wales - Gareth Thomas (term of office to July 2022)
                - James Triscott (term of office to July 2021)
  • Yorkshire and North Trent Region - Vacant

In addition, there are observers to UK Council, including a patient representative drawn from the College Patient Advisory Group and the Chair of the Board of Trustees. 

President
Chris Kalinka

Chris is a DCR(R) diagnostic radiographer with more than 33 years’ service in NHS radiography in south Wales. He has served as a professional head of radiography and as a manager. Chris has a simple philosophy of “Radiographers look after people”, and that’s why he joined the NHS.

Chris is keen to engage with radiographers and members across the UK to promote the work our Society and College undertake for our patients and members. He feels our professional voice needs to be considered, evidence based and authoritative to best serve our members. We need to be visible and inspire our radiographic leaders of the future to promote our profession, whilst we provide excellent care for our patients.

 

 

President Elect
Claire Donaldson

Claire is a diagnostic radiographer with 13 years’ experience. Claire says, “Although not a native Scot, my broad Yorkshire accent gives that away, but I am proud to represent Scottish members.”

She has worked in CT and MRI but the majority of Claire’s career has been spent in general radiography, a speciality of which she is a passionate advocate. She is a principle radiographer, helping to deliver the radiology service across four rural community departments. Claire has been involved with the SCoR in many roles, both in Scotland and UK-wide. She says, “I am extremely proud to be a radiographer and it is this that drives me to be a good representative on UK Council.”

Vice President
Ross McGhee 

Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009, Ross took up post at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre where he was elected health and safety representative for the Society. He is is currently a senior radiographer at the Lanarkshire Beatson satellite centre.

Ross conducted research into workplace stress and became embedded in negotiations at senior levels. This saw him elected as national health & safety representative to Scottish Council. After a three year term he took up the seat of national equality representative and he has acted as vice-chair. He is also a past chairperson of the Delegate Conference Committee and the Health & Safety Forum.

 

Immediate Past President
Gill Hodges

I have been a member of the Society of Radiographers since qualifying in 1988 from the Middlesex & University College Hospitals School of Radiotherapy, London where I worked for a brief time before moving to Northern Ireland to work and have been an active member on the Northern Ireland Council 2000.
I am passionate that radiographers should being recognised for the amazing skill sets that we have and the fabulous work we do ensuring that patients receive the most advanced care and treatment that we can provide in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring pathways.
Student training is the lifeblood of our profession and our organisation and we need to invest ourselves into ensuring that the training our students receive on placement develops them and encourages them to be the best they possibly can be.
I am proud to call myself a radiographer.

 


 

Region and country representatives to UK Council

Vas Nevrides - London Region

After working many years in corporate hospitality, Vas started training as a diagnostic radiographer in 2009 with the assistance of the NHS bursary. He trained and worked at King's College Hospital as a rotational radiographer in plain film, cardiac, CT and angiography.

In 2013 Vas became the industrial relations rep in the department, a role he carried out until July 2018 when he was elected UK Council member for London. Vas says being a rep is a rewarding and fulfilling role.

Dave Pilborough - Midlands Region

Sarah Burn - Northern Region

 

 
Thomas Welton - North West Region

Qualified as a diagnostic radiographer, Tom has worked in multiple modalities including CT, MRI and projectional radiography. Currently, Tom is the lead clinical educator at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals, working alongside the undergraduate radiographer programme at Cumbria University.

Tom is a certified industrial relations representative, as well as being a union learning rep, and he has successfully supported members through a range of consultations, service redesigns and improvements; work that led to him winning the SoR UK Rep of the Year award in 2018. Known for a passion to patient centred working, Tom is an advocate for radiographer professional development and AHP workforce collaborations.

Claire Donaldson - Scotland 

Claire is a diagnostic radiographer with 13 years’ experience. Claire says, “Although not a native Scot, my broad Yorkshire accent gives that away, but I am proud to represent Scottish members.”

She has worked in CT and MRI but the majority of Claire’s career has been spent in general radiography, a speciality of which she is a passionate advocate. She is a principle radiographer, helping to deliver the radiology service across four rural community departments. Claire has been involved with the SCoR in many roles, both in Scotland and UK-wide. She says, “I am extremely proud to be a radiographer and it is this that drives me to be a good representative on UK Council.”

Ross McGhee - Scotland 

Graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University in 2009, Ross took up post at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre where he was elected health and safety representative for the Society. He is is currently a senior radiographer at the Lanarkshire Beatson satellite centre.

Ross conducted research into workplace stress and became embedded in negotiations at senior levels. This saw him elected as national health & safety representative to Scottish Council. After a three year term he took up the seat of national equality representative and he has acted as vice-chair. He is also a past chairperson of the Delegate Conference Committee and the Health & Safety Forum.

Robin Bickerton - South East Region

 

 

SOUTH WEST REGION - VACANT 

 

YORKSHIRE AND NORTH TRENT REGION - VACANT

 

 

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