The NCRI Colorectal Group has four subgroups that develop research in areas of strategic need.

The Advanced & Adjuvant Disease Subgroup, chaired by Dr Janet Graham, develops research into the treatment of advanced colorectal cancer including adjuvant treatments to lower the risk that colorectal cancer will come back.


Janet Graham, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre (subgroup chair)

John Bridgewater, Professor in medical oncology, UCL Cancer Institute

Louise Brown, University College London (UCL)

David Church, University of Oxford

Vicky Coyle, Senior Lecturer/Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist, Queen’s University Belfast

Tony Dhillon, Medical Oncologist, Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust

Philip Dunne, Senior Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

Nicola Fearnhead, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Stephen Fenwick, Consultant Hepatobiliary & General Surgeon, Aintree University Hospital

David Gonzalez-de-Castro, Professor of Genomic Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast

Gareth Griffiths, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust – Princess Anne Hospital

Alexandra Irvine, NCRI Consumer Forum member

Robert Jones, University Hospital of Wales

Gary Middleton, Professor Of Medical Oncology, University of Birmingham

Sian Pugh, MRC Clinical Research Fellow, University of Southampton

Andrew Renehan, Professor of Cancer Studies and Surgery, University of Manchester

Paul Ross, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Jenny Seligmann, University of Leeds

Anne Thomas, Medical Oncologist, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

The Anorectal Subgroup, chaired by Dr Sheela Rao, develops research into cancer of the anus and rectum.


Sheela Rao, Medical Oncologist, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust (subgroup chair)

Gina Brown, Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Duncan Gilbert, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Sussex Cancer Centre

Simon Gollins, Clinical Director, North Wales Cancer Treatment Centre

Catherine Hanna, SPR Clinical Oncology, University of Glasgow

Mark Harrison, King’s College London (KCL)

Monica Jefford, NCRI Consumer Forum member

Andrew Renehan, Professor of Cancer Studies and Surgery, University of Manchester

Susan Richman, Clinical/Basic Research Scientist, University of Leeds

Leslie Samuel, Macmillan Consultant Oncologist, NHS Grampian – Aberdeen Royal Infirmary

The Screening & Prevention Subgroup, chaired by Professor Colin Rees, develops research into colorectal cancer screening and early diagnosis strategies to improve outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage.


Colin Rees, Consultant Gastroenterologist, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust (subgroup chair)

Simon Bach, Clinical Lead for D3B Trials Unit, King’s College London (KCL)

Lindy Berkman, NCRI Consumer Forum member

Roger Blanks, Oxford Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU)

Karen Brown, Professor of Translational Cancer Research, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust

John Burn, Newcastle University

Diana Eccles, Geneticist, University of Southampton

Mark Hull, University of Leeds

Laura Neilson, South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust

Matt Rutter, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

John Saxton, Professor in Clinical Exercise Physiology and Head of Department, Northumbria University

Linda Sharp, Professor of Cancer Epidemiology, Newcastle University

Ian Tomlinson, Professor of Molecular and Population Genetics, University of Birmingham

Christian von Wagner, University College London (UCL)

John Whelpton, NCRI Consumer Forum member

The Surgical Subgroup, chaired by Ms Nicola Fearnhead, develops research into surgery as a treatment for colorectal cancer.


Nicola Fearnhead, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Addenbrooke’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (subgroup chair)

Aneel Bhangu, King’s College London (KCL)

Deena Harji, King’s College London (KCL)

James Hernon, Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Matt Lee, University of Sheffield

Dion Morton, Professor of Surgery, University of Birmingham

Susan Moug, Consultant surgeon, Royal Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Tom Pinkney, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Doug Speake, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, Western General Hospital

Colin Steele, NES/CSO Postgraduate Lecturer in General Surgery, University of Glasgow

Jared Torkington, King’s College London (KCL)

Abigail Vallance, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Leeds

Dale Vimalachandran, Colorectal Surgeon, Countess of Chester

Nicholas West, Academic Clinical Lecturer & Honorary Specialist R, University of Leeds