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.



Treasurer: Alex Brightwell

Having organised an extremely successful PEdSIG Winter meeting in 2014, Alex has gone on to become PEdSIG treasurer in 2015. Alex is a Specialist Registrar in Paediatrics in the East of England with experience of medical education at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, and was Fellow in Medical Education, Leadership and Management in the London School of Paediatrics in 2012. Alex is delighted to join the PEdSIG committee and looks forward to enabling us to grow as a strong and inclusive voice for all professionals interested in paediatric education across the UK.



Secretary: Nick Schindler

Nick is a Paediatric trainee in the East of England with a budding interest in paediatric neurology. Having started his medical education career as a student teaching first aid courses for St John Ambulance, he now coordinates the East of England ST1-3 teaching days and a number of regional simulation courses. After completing a postgraduate certificate in Medical Education at Cambridge in 2017 Nick is hoping to continue his studies by undertaking a diploma (whilst pretending that he is still a student). 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. In January 2018 he was appointed as trainee representative to the RCPCH assessment and Start executive committees.



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.



Postgraduate/Trainee Officer: 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.


Postgraduate/Trainee Officer: Michael Malley


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.



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Foundation Years Officer: Oliver Mckinney 

Oli is a final year medical student at the University of Bristol. He is a committee member for the Bristol University Medic’s Paediatric Society, through this role he has seen his interest in education develop. He is particularly keen to increase opportunities for his fellow undergraduates interested in a career in child health, by improving the accessibility of learning experiences in the world of paediatrics. He enjoys playing rugby and is also a keen cyclist, sailor and cellist.


Undergraduate Officer: Rhys Dore

Rhys is a penultimate year medical student at the University of Oxford. He has been part of the Oxford Society of Paediatrics committee and has a continued interest in paediatric research. He has had roles tutoring both preclinical and clinical medical students and is interested in innovative methods to promote learning. Otherwise, he loves languages, the theatre, and is currently (albeit very slowly) learning the piano.



Ex-Officio: Caroline Fertleman

Caroline is a Consultant Paediatrician at the Whittington Hospital and a Training Programme Director for the London School of Paediatrics and has been involved with PEdSIG since 2007. 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 a lawyer husband, 3 adolescent kids, 2 cats, 1 dog and a large number of concurrent unfinished knitting projects.


Ex-Officio: Will Carroll

Will is a Consultant Paediatrician with an interest in medical education. He leads a small team of educators at Derbyshire Children’s Hospital who, between them teach 112 medical student a year (from Nottingham University and the Derby Graduate Entry Medical School). He is Head of the School of Paediatrics for the East Midlands and the Chair of the MRCPCH written papers (so you can blame him if you hated the written exams).