Trustees and Advisory Council


The Society is governed by a board of Trustees who are responsible for setting the strategy and ensuring that the organisation meets its charitable objectives.  The trustees are elected by the entire membership through a ballot conducted each year online. The results are announced at the AGM.  Each trustee serves for three years, after which they can seek re-election for a further term.  A trustee can serve a maximum of two consecutive terms.  As per the Society's Articles of Association, the BSE can have up to three appointed trustee roles.  The appointed trustee roles enable the BSE to recruit no clinicians to specific roles with the appropriate specialist skills required to look after the interest of our members, for instance an experienced charity accountant as Finance Trustee to advise on financial matters.

Advisory Council

Trustees are supported in their decision making by the wider Advisory Council which consists of co-opted members as well as representatives of professional groups and other organisations.  The purpose of the Advisory Council is to ensure the breadth of experience and views across the whole of the Society can be represented and considered.  The Advisory Council also facilitates input from other organisations with an interest in echo.

The President and Vice President

The President and Vice President are elected by a ballot of trustees.

Elected trustees

  • Dr Claire Colebourn, President
  • Professor Martin Stout, Vice President
  • Mrs Jude Skipper, Honorary Secretary
  • Dr Dan Augustine, President Elect
  • Ms Sadie Bennett, Chair of Accreditation 
  • Ms Wendy Gamlin, Chair of Regional Reps
  • Dr Sandeep Hothi
  • Dr Tom Ingram, Chair of Workforce
  • Dr David Oxborough, Co Chair of Education and Research and Audit
  • Dr Maria Paton, Co Chair of Research and Audit
  • Mr Shaun Robinson
  • Dr Catherine Townsend
  • Dr Kelly Victor, Chair of Membership Resources

Appointed trustees

  • Mrs Caroline Barker, Finance Trustee


Advisory Council members

  • Ms Sarah Ritzmann, Chair of Clinical Standards
  • Dr Rakhee Hindocha, Vice Chair of Accreditation
  • Dr Liam Ring, Co Chair of Education
  • Dr Andrew Potter, GP Representative, Patient Engagement Lead and ECHO Co-Editor
  • Dr Brian Campbell, Society for Cardiological Science and Technology Representative
  • Dr Claire Boynton, Association for Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Critical Care Representative
  • Professor Mark Monaghan, Editor-in-Chief, Echo Research & Practice
  • Mr Keith Pearce, Special Advisor
  • Dr Stephanie Connaire , British Junior Cardiologists' Association Representative
  • Ms Cathy West, International Representative
  • Mr Curtis Page, Scientist Training Programme Representative