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Mr Steve Cannon MBE FRCS, Chair

Steve was appointed as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon in 1988, President of the British Orthopaedic Association 2007-2008 and is an elected member of the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons (2008).

Clinical specialisation is orthopaedic oncology and he has developed orthopaedic surgical techniques to deal with sarcomas of bone and soft tissue. Mr Cannon has a particular interest in fixation of endoprostheses to bone, non invasive growing prosthesis and pelvic surgery.


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Mr Will Aston BSc FRCSEd (Tr&Orth), Trustee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the RNOH and part of the London Sarcoma Service. Special interests include the surgical treatment of bone and soft tissue tumours and complex joint replacement.

Research interests include the design and fixation of massive prostheses in limb salvage surgery and the use of these techniques in revision joint replacement surgery. Aiming to improve functional outcomes by using joint sparing techniques coupled with biological reconstruction where possible. A member of the British Orthopaedic Oncology Society and he is involved with the teaching and training of orthopaedic trainees.


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Professor Tim Briggs FRCS, Trustee

Was appointed Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the RNOH in 1992 and has been Medical Director since 1997. He is currently President of the British Orthopaedic Oncology Society and due to start as a Member of Council for the British Orthopaedic Association in January 2010.

His clinical specialisation is the management of bone and soft tissue sarcomas and methods to reduce their local recurrence. He has helped develop orthopaedic implants to improve function in this group of patients and reduce their stay in hospital with implants such as the "bionic bone". He is a clinical leader in the field of autologous chondrocyte implantation in which he lectures nationally and internationally and has a major research interest in this. He also has an interest in chromosomal aberrations in metal-on-metal implantation and bearing surfaces and is about to commence a study of photodynamic therapy and its use to reduce local recurrence in soft tissue sarcomas. He is one of the surgeons for the Arsenal football clubs.


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Jackie Burn, Hon Secretary

Jackie Burn first came to work for the RNOH aged 16 in 1968. She remained in contact with ex-colleagues and in 1997 was approached by Mr Hugh Kemp, ex-Chairman of Scat to assist as Scat Secretary on a voluntary basis.

Initially Jackie was responsible for corresponding with all donors as well as being the Scat banker. After a permanent fundraiser was appointed Jackie was able to relinquish some responsibilities, but remains the banker, events helper etc. Jackie worked in the NHS from 1968 until 2005 as an administrator, nurse, practice manager and lastly Mental Health Act Administrator. She has recently become a voluntary Anthony Nolan Trust Courier.


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Professor Adrienne M Flanagan MB PhD FRCPath FMSci, Trustee

Head of the Academic Department of Pathology at the UCL Cancer Institute where she is the lead molecular, and sarcoma clinical scientist.

Adrienne is the clinical lead for the London Sarcoma Service – the largest in the UK - and honorary consultant histopathologist at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, and at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, Oxford. Her research programme focuses on identifying the genetic epigenetic and alterations involved in the development and progression of bone and soft tissue tumours. Adrienne translates her findings into clinical practice, and uses them for providing more accurate diagnoses and for stratifying patients for therapeutic targeted treatment. For translational research to be successful, her research relies heavily on access to patients’ samples as a consequence she has endeavoured to develop safe and efficient biobanking processes. She has published more than 170 peer-reviewed pathology and scientific papers. Adrienne is the Meeting Secretary of Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, and a trustee or member of various committees including the Sarcoma UK Research Advisory Committee, The Jean Shanks Foundation, The Chordoma Foundation (USA).


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Mr Rob Pollock FRCS, Trustee

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon within the London Sarcoma Service. Based at RNOH with special interest in surgery for bone and soft tissue tumours and complex limb reconstruction.

A member of the European Musclo-Skeletal Oncology Society and the International Society of Limb Salvage. He is representative for sarcomas for the National Cancer Research Network. In 2008 he was awarded the ABC fellowship by the British Orthopaedic Association and spent 6 weeks visiting centres of excellence in the USA and Canada.


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Mr John Skinner FRCS, Trustee

Was appointed Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedics at the Institute of Orthopaedics, University College London before taking his present appointment as Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon at the RNOH.

Clinical specialisation in bone and soft tissue tumours and complex joint reconstruction. Research interests include implant design and fixation and limb conserving surgery for malignant disease. Also has a special interest in bearing surfaces for joint replacements, particularly the effect of metal on metal bearings on biological systems.


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Dr Paul Unwin Trustee

Dr Unwin is the Managing Director of Stanmore Implants, a company that focuses on the design and fabrication of specialised implants for limb salvaging.

He is a Board member of the International Society on Limb Salvage. Dr Unwin has been actively involved in limb salvage research since 1989, and his PhD thesis was on the development of enhanced fixation methods of limb salvage implants. Currently Dr Unwin is actively involved in the development of the next generation massive endoprosthetic replacements and implants for the direct skeletal attachment of artificial limbs.


Sarah Wright, Head of Fundraising

Sarah has several years’ experience in the charity sector having worked for the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance. She has seen first-hand how supportive Scat is and has fundraised for Scat through the Ellis Harriet Clark Foundation organising the ‘EHC Ball’ in 2009 and the very successful ‘Ellis 50 miler’ bike rides. 

Sarah is really looking forward to working with those that are already supporters of Scat and others that perhaps haven’t heard about our good work yet. It would not be possible to fulfill all of Scat’s financial commitments without the amazing support from others.


Mr Will Aston
Professor Tim Briggs
Mr Steve Cannon MBE
Professor Adrienne Flanagan
Mr Rob Pollock
Mr John Skinner
Dr Paul Unwin
Mr Adrian Waddingham