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Regional Specialty Professional Advisors (RSPAS)

RSPAs are the link between the Specialty Associations and the College appointed post of Regional Directors and include partnerships with the Schools of Surgery Deaneries and the Strategic Health Authorities (SHAs).

The aim of the new scheme is to provide a unified local and national voice for surgery in relation to service provision and professional issues through two way feedback from the regions to College Council and the Specialty Associations. More importantly, it should provide individual surgeons with help through the revalidation process.

For each region (based on SHA boundaries) there will be one Regional Director with a committee made up of an RSPA for each SAC defined specialty.

You can see more information regarding these posts here. If you are interested in applying for any of the vacant posts, please contact


Region RSPA Term of office
East Midlands Mr Ashok Rajimwale (Leicester) 24/10/2021
East of England Mr Adil Aslam (Cambridge) 24/10/2021
London Professor Mark Davenport (London)  29/01/2023
North East Mr Hany Gabra (Newcastle) 24/10/2021
North West Vacant
South Central Mr Michael Stanton (Southampton)  29/01/2023
South East Coast Professor Mark Davenport (London) 29/01/2023
South West Vacant
West Midlands Vacant
Yorkshire and the Humber Mr Mark Powis (Leeds) 01/01/2021
Wales Miss Aruna Abhyankar 01/02/2022
Northern Ireland Miss Majella McCullagh (Belfast) 09/03/2020