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Dr Naru Narayanan

President

Dr Narayanan is a Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologiest at Torbay Hospital and has served on HCSA's Executive for nine years. He has previously held positions as College Tutor, Training Programme Director and Clinical Director in the South West. Prior to becoming a Consultant, he was overseas trainees' representatives at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He is passionate about delivering a better working environment for hospital doctors and tackling equalities issues.

President@hcsa.com
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Dr Paul Donaldson

General Secretary

Dr Paul Donaldson was a consultant microbiologist for over 20 years until he left the NHS in April 2020. He had been elected to Council in 2008 and joined the Executive as an Honorary Secretary in 2014. In addition to his medical qualifications, he also has a diploma in employment law. He was elected as General Secretary of the HCSA in March 2020.

generalsecretary@HCSA.com
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Dr Claudia Paoloni

Immediate Past President

Dr Paoloni is a Consultant Anaesthetist based in Bristol. She was elected the first woman President of HCSA in 2019, having previously served for three years as chair of the Executive, and remains actively involved in work around the Gender Pay Gap in Medicine.

cpaoloni@hcsa.com
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Stuart Lythgoe

Director of Operations

Stuart served in the British Army for 23 years before retiring in 2016. He undertook various project and programme management roles before joining NHS England and NHS Improvement as a change and programme delivery manager in 2018. Stuart started his employment with HCSA in January 2020.

Slythgoe@hcsa.com

Timothy Brooks

National Officer

Tim joined the HSCA in January 2020 and covers the south-west. He has a background in trade unions and education.

tbrooks@hcsa.com
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Farah Cheema

National Officer

Farah represents members in West London and South Central England as well as Cambridge. Her specialism is employment law, having worked in this area for many years, including for a City firm, an employment law consultancy, and as a volunteer at the Free Representation unit, where she represented claimants at tribunal. She was an employment adviser at the BMA for nearly three years.

FCheema@hcsa.com
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Robert Crosby

National Officer

Robert joined HCSA in August 2020 and works with our members across the Midlands. His experience of working in trade unions spans a period of 28 years and his particular area of interest is employment law. Prior to joining HCSA, he worked as a Regional Officer for the National Education Union and one of its previous incarnations, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, helping to represent their members across the East Midlands.

rcrosby@hcsa.com

Stuart Denness

National Officer

Stuart is our National Officer for South London and the South Coast. He has over 25 years’ experience within trade unions and dealing with members’ issues, both for GMB and as a senior advocate for Unite, and has wide experience assisting members with disciplinary matters, grievances and appeals at all levels. He has employment law qualifications gained at Oxford and the Institution of Legal Executives.

SDenness@hcsa.com

Gareth Howells

National Officer

Gareth is national officer for Wales.

GHowells@hcsa.com

Isslia Roberts

National Officer

Isslia represents members in the North West region. She has worked in employment and discrimination law for almost a decade, including as a specialist for Citizens Advice, and led a government-funded project representing those challenging unfair dismissals and discrimination cases. She has particular knowledge on pregnancy and maternity, sexual harassment and race matters in the workplace.

Iroberts@hcsa.com

Denise Hayward

Employment Service Advisor

Denise is HCSA's Employment Service Advisor and she supports the field team and triage cases that are received. She has 14 years of NHS experience, working mainly as an HR Advisor. She is currently studying for a Diploma in Employment Law.

Joanne Findlay

Policy and Campaigns Officer

Joanne joined HCSA in February 2021 as Policy and Campaigns Officer. She has extensive experience in campaign organising and industrial relations within a health and social care setting, from her time working for UNISON. Prior to this, Joanne worked for the Scottish Labour Party leading local election campaigns.

JFindlay@hcsa.com