Meet the Committee


Convenor: Jonathan Darling

Jonathan is Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Leeds and Leeds Children’s Hospital (part of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust). He is passionate about medical education, is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is delighted to be part of the PEdSIG team. He remains closely involved in the Leeds undergraduate paediatric course which he led for many years, then was Head of Year 4 of the Leeds MBChB programme, and is now Director of Student Support for the Leeds School of Medicine. He is joint author of the paediatric textbook Lectures Notes: Paediatrics, and subeditor for the European Mastercourse in Paediatrics. He is a general paediatrician, and is joint Designated Doctor for safeguarding children in Leeds. His research interests include: the role of children and young people in clinical teaching and assessment; standard setting in knowledge tests; and technology-enhanced learning.



Secretary: Nick Schindler

Nick is a Paediatric Registrar in the East of England with an interest in paediatric neurology. He started his medical education career as a student teaching first aid courses for St John Ambulance. After moving to Suffolk he spent three years organising the East of England ST1-3 teaching days and a number of regional simulation courses. He is now a faculty member of the University of Cambridge Integrated Foundation in Medical Education (IFME). In 2018 he was appointed as trainee representative to the RCPCH Start, assessment, and examination executive committees.

Along with his love of food and caffeine (two things that go very well with medical education) Nick is passionate about promoting PEdSIG across the UK and enabling healthcare professionals from all backgrounds to build their skills as medical educators.



Academic Officer: Hannah Jacob

Hannah is a paediatric registrar in London and recently completed an Academic Clinical Fellowship in medical education at the UCL Institute of Child Health.  Her research focused on developing a national child health syllabus for medical students using a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods. She is passionate about encouraging people to present and publish their medical education projects.  Hannah has a love of good food, decent coffee and travelling.



Treasurer: Nia Williams

Nia is currently a paediatric registrar in London.  She is passionate about medical education and has 18 months experience as an undergraduate teaching fellow. This role led her to gain a fellowship at the HEA and a postgraduate diploma in Clinical Education from the IOE.   Nia enjoys writing, has an interest in medical education research and has co-authored a chapter on medical education in the most recent edition of ‘Recent Advances in Paediatrics’.  As an APLS instructor and a trained simulation facilitator she has a particular interest in interdisciplinary learning.  In October 2015 Nia visited Uganda where she worked alongside midwives, obstetricians and paediatric colleagues to deliver a novel teaching programme aimed at reducing neonatal, maternal and child mortality in a rural hospital.


Membership Officer: Sarah Walton

Sarah is a Paediatric Registrar from the East of England. Her interest in education and learning was sparked by a module on associative learning during her undergraduate Experimental Psychology degree. A recent Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education enhanced her understanding of the theoretical basis of learning. She has a particular interest in communication skills teaching having taught Cambridge medical students on their ‘Death and Dying’ Course. On a slightly more cheerful note, she also enjoys simulation teaching as an APLS instructor. Sarah is currently on an out-of-programme career break with her Orthopaedic husband and two toddlers in Adelaide and is enjoying the amazing beaches and Asian fusion food of South Australia.



Trainee Officer: Amanda Friend

Amanda is a paediatric registrar in Yorkshire, currently taking time out of programme to work towards a PhD in paediatric oncology. She’s a bit of a geek, and was previously an academic clinical fellow in medical education as well as completing an MSc during her foundation and early specialty training. Amanda is involved with teaching and assessment for fourth year medical students, as well as aiming to complete a CBD or two for every SHO she works with. She is fuelled largely by tea and chocolate, and tends to bake in advance of all meetings.



Trainee Officer: Elke Reunis

Elke is a Paediatric trainee in the West Midlands and has a longstanding passion for medical education, particularly simulation training and student/trainee motivation. Her involvement started at medical school, where she organised numerous mock OSCEs and co-founded the inspireMEdicine Conference, a one-day student-run career conference, aimed to inspire and enthuse students about their chosen careers.

Since graduating, she has become heavily involved in the running and developing of simulation programs in Birmingham and is currently delving into education theory by undertaking a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education.

As a Dutch expat, her favourite colour is orange. She loves baking, photography, travelling and Bollywood dancing.



Trainee Officer: Benjamin McNaughten

Benjamin is an ST6 paediatric trainee currently undertaking a respiratory SPIN module. He is passionate about medical education and recently undertook a fellowship in simulation while completing an MSc in clinical education. He is a member of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children SimEd Team and has a particular interests in simulation and technology enhanced learning. His research to date has focused on clinician’s gaze behaviour in simulated scenarios. He is keen to encourage others to pursue their interest in paediatric education and to present and publish their projects. Outside of work he enjoys playing golf, football and spending time with the family.



Foundation Officer & Press Officer: Leyla Turkoglu

Leyla is a foundation doctor based in North Central Thames. She is interested in pursuing a career in paediatrics and is interested in a broad range of topics, including critical care and ethics.
Outside of medicine, she enjoys theatre, yoga, cooking and coffee.



Foundation Officer: Henry Atkinson

Henry is a Foundation Year 1 trainee in the East of England. He did his undergraduate training in Wales, where he was involved in organising the Teddy Bear Hospital Society, giving students the opportunity to run health promotion workshops for childrens’ groups. His interest in working with children with complex needs was sparked whilst working at the Variety Club of Philadelphia. A priority for him is ensuring young people can be a central part of designing child health education. He lives in Norwich with his partner and plants, is a big fan of the Cbeebies show ‘Daydreams’ and is always on the lookout for a new squash partner.



Ex-Officio: Caroline Fertleman

Caroline has been involved with PEdSIG since 2007 and is a Consultant Paediatrician and Guardian of Safe Working at the Whittington Hospital. She is the joint course organiser for the iBSc in Paediatrics and Child Health at UCL and the site sub-dean for undergraduate education at the Whittington Campus. She is passionate about medical education and is a fellow of both the Higher Education Academy and Academy of Medical Education. She has three adolescent kids, two dogs, two cats and a large number of concurrent unfinished knitting projects.