Claire Strickland

CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Claire Strickland was appointed at the end of April 2014 and heads up our leadership team. Claire's most recent position was as a Senior Consultant within the Healthcare Team at BDO, the world's fifth-largest accountancy and business advisory firm. Prior to that, she had been Head of Physiotherapy Practice at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy.

Claire graduated as a Physiotherapist from Lanchester Polytechnic (now called Coventry University) and in 2005 was awarded a Fellowship of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP).

Between 1999 and 2003 Claire held a strategic leadership role as Vice Chair, then Chair, of the CSP Council and was invited to speak at a range of national and international conferences.

Claire has had experience of commissioning, having been a member of the Professional Executive Committee (PEC) of Tower Hamlets PCT for four years, leading on service redesign of a range of patient pathways. She is also an experienced service manager having held the post of Joint Head of the Physiotherapy Service at Bart's Health NHS Trust.

Claire believes that the patient must always come first when delivering high standard care.

Professor Anwar Padhani MB BS FRCP FRCR, Consultant Radiologist

LEAD CONSULTANT, MRI

Prof. Anwar R. Padhani is an internationally recognized Oncological MRI Radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre, London. He is Professor of Cancer Imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.

He is a recognised cancer imaging expert, looking after patients on a weekly basis. He is a specialist in emerging clinical MRI applications including dynamic MRI, diffusion-weighted MRI, MR spectroscopy, whole body MRI and multiparametric MRI of prostate cancer. Recently he has expended his energy into therapy evaluations of metastatic bone disease in breast and prostate cancer. He has been instrumental in introducing multiparametric prostate MRI into clinical practice in the UK, contributing to UK guideline development, quality assurance programs and training. He has contributed to international guidelines development including the ESUR/ACR prostate PI-RADS committee, the St Gallen advanced prostate cancer consensus conference (APCCC) committee and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) advanced prostate cancer guidelines.

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Dr Wai Lup Wong BA (Hons) FRCP FRCR, Consultant Radiologist

LEAD CONSULTANT, PET-CT

Dr Wong is Consultant Radiologist at Mount Vernon Hospital and Honorary Senior Lecturer at University College, London. In addition Dr Wong is the current chair of the Cancer Diagnostics Clinical Reference Group (CRG), which provides clinical advice and leadership to NHS England on how specialised services should be provided.

He is the author or co-author of journal papers, review articles and published abstracts on PET-CT imaging, and and has been awarded prizes by the Royal College of Radiologists and the British Institute of Radiology.

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Dr Andrew Gogbashian MB BS MRCS FRCR, Consultant Oncological Radiologist

LEAD CONSULTANT, CT

Dr Gogbashian graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine and is a Consultant Oncological Radiologist and Lead for CT at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre.

He was a Research Fellow at The Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and is the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed papers, review articles and published abstracts. He has been awarded prizes by the European Congress of Radiology (ECR) and Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Dr Gogbashian has an established reputation in oncological imaging with expertise in a range of cancer and non-cancer pathology, including low-dose CT scanning, dual-energy CT, multiparametric imaging - including prostate MRI and whole-body MRI.

Interestingly, his scanning expertise has also been called upon by famous international museums that require high-quality CT scans for their precious collections or excavations.

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Dr Anthony Chambers MB BS MRCP FRCR

Consultant Oncological and Radionuclide Radiologist

Dr Chambers graduated from Imperial College School of Medicine and is a Consultant Oncological and Radionuclide Radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, Mount Vernon Cancer Centre and Lead for Nuclear Medicine and Uroradiology at the London North West Healthcare NHS Trust. He is an ARSAC holder.

Dr Chambers has long experience in PET-CT imaging for oncological and non cancer indications, including Dementia imaging. He has been an auditor for the national PET-CT reporting audit.

He is also Training Lead for Clinical Radiology - North West London and is the chair of the London North West Radiation Protection Committee.

Dr Subhadip Ghosh-Ray BSc MBBS FRCR, Consultant Head and Neck Radiologist

Lead Consultant for Information Technology

Dr Subhadip Ghosh-Ray chose his career in radiology whilst at school and chose to study medicine at UCL. He gained a first class in his Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering bachelors’ degree and started his radiology training in 2006 at the Norwich Radiology Academy. After completing his radiology training in London in 2011 he carried out a 6th year fellowship in Head and Neck imaging jointly at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (PSSC) and Northwick Park Hospital.

Since 2016 he has been a full time member of the radiology faculty and a core member of the Regional Head and Neck Cancer Network. He is the radiology lead from PSSC at the weekly network wide meeting with clinicians and make management decisions. Using the latest techniques in head and neck, maxillofacial and dental imaging, he has transformed the imaging of this anatomically complex area. Dr Ghosh-Ray also chairs other meetings internally ensuring the entire faculty works efficiently and safely. He is the Lead Consultant in Information Technology and driving forward the centre’s vision to stay at the leading edge of safety and efficiency whilst connecting clinicians with the vital information they need to manage patients. Dr Ghosh-Ray’s other interest in Medical Informatics and Nuclear Medicine have led him to publish and present at international conferences.

Dr Amish Lakhani MBBS MA (Cantab) FRCR, Consultant Radiologist

Lead Consultant, Training

Dr Lakhani is a Consultant Radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, reporting cross-sectional CT, MRI and PET studies. He is the lead radiologist for the Mount Vernon CyberKnife MDT.

He completed his medical training at the University of Cambridge and University College London where he graduated with Distinction. Following completion of his specialist radiology training at Imperial College, he was appointed Oncological Imaging Fellow at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust where he also performed image-guided onco-interventional procedures.

Dr Lakhani has special interests in whole-body MRI, PET-CT, image-guided radiotherapy planning and multi-parametric prostate MRI. He is a core member of the specialist Uro-oncology MDT at Imperial College where he works closely with Urologists in the RAPID “one-stop” prostate pathway. Dr Lakhani is an invited examiner on several FRCR courses and is Clinical Supervisor for radiology trainees. He is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London and has presented internationally, published in international journals and has been awarded national and international prizes.

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Dr Heminder Sokhi MBChB MRCS FRCR

Consultant Radiologist

Dr Sokhi is Consultant Radiologist at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre (PSSC) and The Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (THHFT), with expertise in oncological imaging, body CT/MRI and a keen interest in prostate cancer diagnostics. She completed fellowships in body imaging at St George’s Hospital London (2011) and PSSC, Mount Vernon Hospital (2012). Dr Sokhi is Lead Uroradiologist for the THHFT Urology Cancer MDT and member of the Royal Marsden Partners Urology Pathway Group, London. She specialises in multiparametric prostate MRI for cancer detection, active surveillance, evaluation of disease recurrence and performs transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsies. At PSSC, she specialises in advanced oncological imaging techniques, including whole-body MRI.

She is Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College School of Medicine, Radiology Firm Lead for Imperial undergraduate medical students and Clinical Supervisor for Imperial radiology trainees at THHFT. Dr Sokhi has lectured at national courses and meetings, and authored/co-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals, published scientific abstracts​ and educational exhibits.

Outside work, she is a keen musician.

Dr Robin Kantor MB ChB FRCR

Consultant Radiologist

Dr Robin Kantor trained as radiologist at Guy's Hospital in London after gaining his degree in Medicine at the University of Cape Town in 1977.

He has been associated with Paul Strickland Scanner Centre since starting as Consultant Radiologist with Hillingdon Hospital in 1986 and is a specialist in musculoskeletal (MSK) imaging, including MSK ultrasound and intervention.

He has served as Education Advisor to the Royal College of Radiologists, whilst chairing the Regional Training Committee for Radilogy, as well as clinical tutor for Hillingdon Hospital. Lately he has been Regional Chairman for the Royal College of Radiologists.

Dr Kathryn Wallitt MBBS, BSc, FRCR

Consultant Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine

Dr Kathryn Wallitt is a Consultant Radiologist in Nuclear Medicine at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre and Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

She was awarded the Royal College of Radiologists' Rohan Williams Medal in 2014 before completing her formal training as a radiologist with year 5 sub-specialisation in Nuclear Medicine in 2017 at Imperial.

Dr Wallitt joined us in 2017 and has a particular interest in novel PET-CT tracers and new imaging techniques for cancer, including PSMA imaging in prostate cancer. She is an active member of both Haematology and Head and Neck cancer multidisciplinary team meetings, and has presented on cancer imaging at a number of national and international conferences.

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Ms Cathy Williams
Chair of the Board of Trustees

Cathy has worked in the NHS in the field of oncology for almost her entire career.

She trained as a therapeutic radiographer and eventually specialised in treatment planning before moving into management. She spent 15 months working in industry as a technical sales expert for radiotherapy equipment. Whilst in this role she was headhunted back to the NHS as a radiotherapy department manager in London, moving to the same role at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in 2000. Whilst in this position she was invited to join the Paul Strickland Scanner Centre Board of Trustees to represent the cancer centre management team. She was appointed as General Manager for the Cancer Centre, a role she held for almost 10 years before returning to a role closer to her professional roots as Head of Radiation Services still at Mount Vernon.

An opportunity to take early retirement in 2014 meant that Cathy has been able to take on a more active role as trustee at Paul Strickland Scanner Centre, including taking the position of company secretary. Cathy’s other interests include working as a Girlguiding leader, walking and travel with her husband.

She became chair of Paul Strickland Scanner Centre in April 2021.

Dr Roberto Alonzi
Trustee

Dr Roberto Alonzi is a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist with appointments as a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre with a special interest in Urological Malignancy, and as a Senior Lecturer at University College London. His research interests include the development of biologically-targeted precision radiotherapy, tumour oxygenation, radiobiology and the use of radiosensitisers in prostate cancer. His research is currently funded by the Medical Research Council, the Prostate Cancer Charity and the Royal College of Radiologists.

Mr Dilip Manek
Trustee

Dilip is a Finance professional with extensive experience as an Executive Director-Group Finance and Corporate Services in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has been an involved member of various leadership groups and has a track record of developing teams to meet the challenges of a changing and growing organisation. Dilip has acted as a CEO for six months. Dilip is Finance Director of a major charity that provides care for older Freemasons and their families as well as some people in the community. He has oversight of Financial Management, Resources and Administration for the charity.

Mr Daniel Ross
Treasurer

Daniel is the Chief Executive and Director of Finance of the Royal College of Pathologists. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and the Chartered Management Institute. In addition to his role at PSSC Daniel is member of the finance committee of the British Society for Haematology. Daniel was previously a Trustee and the Treasurer of Bipolar UK for six years, has been the chair of the audit committee of the Society of Biology, and a member of the finance committees of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and the Health Professions Council. He lives in Pinner with his husband Nick and Morkie terrier, Polly.

The role of Treasurer is vital in providing financial control and budgeting for the future expansion of the Centre.

Mr George Wharton
Trustee

George is a Senior Lecturer in Practice in Health Policy at LSE, with an academic background in International Relations and Health Policy. George began his career at Deutsche Bank before joining the Civil Service as a ‘Fast Streamer’. George worked in a variety of policy roles before joining Healthcare UK, a government agency which promotes the UK’s health and life sciences sectors overseas. As COO, he worked with governments around the world to address health policy challenges. George went on to join Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, as Head of International Business Development before joining LSE in 2018. At LSE, George teaches and mentors MSc students in international health policy, and leads on a variety of teaching, research and advisory partnerships. He has consulted for WHO, the Commonwealth Fund, philanthropic foundations and pharmaceutical companies, and has co-authored articles on health systems and policies in The BMJ and The Lancet, among others.

Prof Shelley Heard
Trustee

Professor Shelley Heard is a retired medical microbiologist. She trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School and did her specialist training at Great Ormond Street Hospital in paediatric medical microbiology and infection.

Until November 2019 she was Vice-President of the Royal College of Pathologists. Whilst a Consultant at St Bartholomew’s Hospital she was appointed as Co-Clinical Director for the Diagnostic services which included imaging as part of the portfolio. She therefore brings a broad understanding of the diagnostic services to the Board.

She is married to a retired actuary, has two children, two granddaughters and an exuberant labradoodle. Her main interests are opera, reading and travel.

Ms Joanne Murfitt
Trustee

After leaving school, Joanne trained as nurse in Plymouth and nursed for several years before going to university to study history. Following her degree she returned to nursing and then moved into general hospital management. From the early 1990s she held a number of senior positions in West London, and completed two MSCs in Health Planning and Health Economics and Health Service commissioning, before moving to work for NHS England in 2013. She then held various senior London roles including responsibility for Public Health commissioning, Specialist Services commissioning and Health in the Justice. She also spent some time at Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group as their Chief Officer.

She has recently retired and has set up a management consultancy service. Previous voluntary roles have included being a Parent School Governor, being a Housing Charity Trustee and a Brown Owl in the Brownies. In her spare time Joanne enjoys walking, reading and visiting theatres and galleries and travelling.

Ms Amy Page
Trustee

Amy Page brings a wealth of healthcare experience from a successful career that has spanned more than 40 years. Amy worked in the NHS, from student nurse to boardroom, before setting up her healthcare improvement consultancy practice through which she provides bespoke clinical pathway transformation support to a variety of organisations across the healthcare spectrum and a range of clinical specialties. She has supported major strategic change and organisations going through mergers, acquisitions and reconfigurations have sought her support for clinical integration programmes. She has a passion for developmental leadership and as a Leadership Insight consultant she provides individual coaching and supports organisational development in a way that enables deeper levels of growth and understanding at both a personal and professional level.

Before joining the Board, she worked with Paul Strickland Scanner Centre as a consultant and trainer.

As she moves into retirement from the NHS, Amy has a desire to remain connected with clinical care by supporting Paul Strickland Scanner Centre as a Trustee, alongside a nursing home in Tunbridge Wells. Amy lives on the south coast and in her spare time loves walking her dogs and having fun with her grandchildren.

Mrs Nimisha Jadeja
Trustee

Nimisha is a leader in medical digital and innovation within the pharmaceutical industry sector, with an academic background in Pharmacology. Nimisha has broad industry experience, working in a variety of roles and areas spanning regulatory, patient safety, medical affairs, compliance and governance, policy, digital health plus business and crisis management. Through her membership of industry associations and her prior UK-focussed leadership role, she has contributed to a number of significant regulatory and policy developments including UK's Early Access to Medicines Scheme and Brexit preparedness within life sciences.

Nimisha is committed to accelerating innovation and advancing science to improve the lives of of patients.

Ms Cathy Williams
Chair of the Board of Trustees
Dr Roberto Alonzi
Trustee
Mr Dilip Manek
Trustee
Mr Daniel Ross
Treasurer
Mr George Wharton
Trustee
Prof Shelley Heard
Trustee
Ms Joanne Murfitt
Trustee
Ms Amy Page
Trustee
Mrs Nimisha Jadeja
Trustee