The BSG is managed by a Board of Trustees with support from advisory groups relating to specific projects:


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Mr Andrew Hayes

Mr Hayes is a Consultant General Surgeon and Surgical Oncologist on the Sarcoma Unit and the Skin Unit. He qualified at Oxford University and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and undertook his surgical training in London and a PhD in Washington DC.

Mr Hayes has a specialist practice in soft-tissue sarcoma and advanced melanoma, and operates on over 150 cases of sarcoma and another 150 of cases of advanced malignant melanoma a year. Mr Hayes leads the isolated limb perfusion programme which provides a national service for regional chemotherapy for patients with advanced limb malignancy .

Mr Hayes is Head of The Royal Marsden's Skin Unit, Chair of the South West London Sarcoma Tumour Working Group and Clinical Lead for the Rare Cancers Clinical Business Unit at The Royal Marsden.

Mr Hayes was awarded a Hunterian Professorship in 2002 for his research into angiogenesis as a therapeutic approach for cancer. In 2014 he was appointed as Honorary Associate Faculty at the Institute of Cancer Research and he is Team Leader of the Sarcoma and Melanoma Surgery Research Group at the ICR. He has a laboratory research program investigating new therapies for extremity malignancies using isolated limb perfusion and he has published widely in the fields of sarcoma and melanoma.

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Mr Craig Gerrand

Craig Gerrand is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Clinical Lead for the North of England Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Service based in Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

He has been a Consultant since 2001, runs a clinical practice for patients with bone and soft tissue sarcomas and has developed a clinical research programme to complement the service.

He has experience of working with patients and families as a Trustee of the Bone Cancer Research Trust and has served on the NCRI sarcoma studies group, the NCIN clinical reference group and the NHS Clinical Reference Group for Specialist Commissioning.

He has been a Trustee of the British Sarcoma Group since it became a charitable incorporated organisation and was delighted to be invited to become BSG President in 2016.

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Ms Anita Pabla

Anita qualified in 1996 and worked in orthopaedics, until in 1998, she took up the role as a sister in cancer and palliative care at a local hospice working in the community. In 2008, she was appointed as Sarcoma CNS in 2008 and worked as part of the East Midlands Sarcoma Service based in Leicester.

Anita sees all patients diagnosed with sarcoma at the point of diagnosis and remains their key worker throughout.

Since taking up the post, she helped set up and run the East Midlands Sarcoma Support Group, held monthly.

She is the co-founder of the National Sarcoma Forum for sarcoma specialist nurses and allied health care professionals.

In 2014, Anita became a Board member for the British Sarcoma Group.

She has an interest in service improvement and care delivery involved in – developing a patient information pathway, patient satisfaction audit, ambulatory sarcoma chemotherapy, wellbeing and survivorship, working locally and nationally with sarcoma units particularly improving coordination and communication with sarcoma units to help with the patients treatment planning. I work closely with Sarcoma UK and Bone Cancer Research Trust as well as patient volunteers.

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Professor Paul Cool

Professor Paul Cool was appointed as a consultant orthopaedic and oncological surgeon to the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in 2000. His main interests include musculoskeletal oncology, surgical reconstruction, data collection, improving outcomes, data science and statistics.

The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital was awarded the Meridian award 2018 for integrating genomics into clinical practice. Professor Cool has been recognised as a top reviewer in the Publons 2018 peer review awards.

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Abigail McCarthy

Abigail McCarthy is currently Clinical Lead for Orthopaedic Oncology rehabilitation services at RNOH Stanmore.

Abigail has 11 years' experience working in this field combined with 4 years in palliative care plus a spell in project management developing rehabilitation and self-management services.

Combined this has given Abby a breadth of knowledge, experience and insight into the needs of those who meet us as a result of an orthopaedic oncology diagnosis.

Fascinated by the complex clinical pathway this client group follow and striving to enhance rehabilitation services to meet their ever-changing needs.

Abigail has a passion for person centred rehabilitation following surgical resection and reconstruction after a diagnosis of sarcoma with a particular interest in rehab following complex pelvic surgery.

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Adam Dangoor - President

Adam Dangoor is a medical oncologist at the Bristol Cancer Institute specialising in the treatment of sarcoma, lung cancer, and mesothelioma, as well as hepatobiliary and upper GI malignancies.

Adam has been a consultant in Bristol since 2008 and before that completed his oncology training at the Christie Hospital in Manchester. As a Cancer Research UK Clinical Fellow he took part in running trials of cancer vaccines targeting colorectal cancer and melanoma.

Prior to that he has worked as a doctor at a number of trusts in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia.

As well as being a BSG Board Member he is a co-author of the latest soft-tissue sarcoma guidelines, due for publication shortly, and is the medical lead for the BSG Conference 2017 in Bristol.

Ioanna Fragkandrea-Nixon

Ioanna Fragkandrea-Nixon

Dr Nixon is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist specialising in the treatment of Head and Neck cancers and soft tissue and bone sarcomas at the Beatson oncology Centre, Glasgow, UK. She is clinical Lead for the National Scottish Sarcoma Network since 2015 and also Chair for H&N Epidemiology and Survivorship CSG subgroup.

She has been rewarded with a PhD in Radiotherapy in 2013 and an MPH in 2015. In 2018 she was awarded a fellowship by the Faculty of Medical Leaders in Healthcare(FMLM) for her leadership in promoting patient care.

She has published in the area of conformal radiation techniques and is actively involved in clinical research in Head and Neck Cancers and Sarcomas.

She is a member of National and International societies including the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer, British Head and Neck Group and BAHNO and currently pursuing the Scottish Quality Improvement and Safety Fellowship.

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Owen Tilsley

Owen is a Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Velindre Cancer Centre, Wales.