Current Training Programme Directors

This position is split. Dr Nicky Simler is a Consultant Physician based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital. Dr Clare Sander is a Consultant Physician based at Addenbrookes Hospital.


I am Nicky Simler and I share the TPD role for Respiratory Medicine. I graduated from Manchester Medical School and stayed in the Manchester  region for my junior training. I took time out to do an MD Thesis in Interstitial Lung Disease and gained valuable bronchoscopy experience in the Wythenshawe Lung Transplant Centre.  I then completed my respiratory training in the North West Thames Deanery passing through the Royal Brompton Hospital. I have been a Consultant at Hinchingbrooke Hospital since 2006 with sessions in the ILD service at Royal Papworth Hospital.

I am passionate about providing a good learning environment for doctors in training and ensuring that the Eastern Deanery produces excellent respiratory physicians. We have a large number of trainees (currently 67) as we encourage out of programme time for research and other more focused training experiences such as fellowships.  I am happy to be contacted by email or via Hinchingbrooke/Papworth switchboard if you would like to discuss coming to train in this region with us.


Respiratory Medicine Speciality Training Committee 

The training committee meet twice a year during EATS (May and November). Training issues are discussed during these meetings. Below are the contact for the committee members, who are happy to be contacted with any comments or queries.



TBC Training Committee Chair
Dr Clare Sander & Dr Nicky Simler Training Programme Director
TBC Deputy TPD
Dr John Cannon Structured Training Programme Director
Dr Ajay Kamath Structured Training Programme Director
Dr James Nathan Academic Representative
Dr Andrew Wilson Academic Representative
Dr John Firth GIM Representative
Dr Tim Cotter GIM Representative
Dr Pasupathy Sivasothy Simulation Lead



Dr Mohammed Azher Bedford
Dr Timothy Howes Colchester
Dr Thida Win East & North Herts
Dr Nicky Simler Hinchingbrooke
Dr Nicholas Innes Ipswich
Dr Parthipan Pillai Luton & Dunstable
Dr Keith Hattotuwa Chelmsford / Colchester
Dr Crichton Ramsay Norfolk & Norwich
Dr Helen Barker Papworth
Dr Douglas Newberry Princess Alexandra, Harlow
Dr Masood Ali Southend
Dr Richard Dent Welwyn Garden City

Trainee Representatives


Dr Odiri Eneje   
Dr Akhilesh Jha  

Health Education England, Eastern Team Representatives


Dr Fraz Mir Head of School of Medicine (Associate Postgraduate Dean)
Sue Agger Senior Quality Improvement Manager
Helen McKee Recruitment Manager
Susan Woodroffe

Revalidation Assessment & Performance Manager