Faculty Officers

 

President

Prof Paul Marks

BA, LLM, MD, FRCS, FFFLM, FCS(ECSA), RCPathME, ACIArb, Mediator

Senior Coroner

 

 

 

Paul Marks qualified in medicine in 1980 and trained in neurosurgery in London and Cambridge. He specialised in intracranial vascular surgery, pituitary disorders and spinal surgery. He has held consultant posts in New Zealand, Leeds and Harrogate.
He read law at Cardiff Law School and was first appointed to Coronial Office in West Yorkshire in 2004.

Paul was appointed as Senior Coroner for the County of the East Riding of Yorkshire and City of Kingston-Upon-Hull in 2012 and was the last medically qualified Coroner to be appointed to a full-time coronial jurisdiction. He has a particular interest in complex hospital deaths and mental health inquests.

He has previously served as Vice President of the FFLM and was on its Research Subcommittee.

Paul lives in rural North Yorkshire.

Registrar

Dr Helena Thornton

MB ChB. FFFLM, DRCOG. DMJ (Clin)

Forensic Physician

 

 

 

I qualified in Birmingham University in 1978, and moved to Manchester in 1980, and joined General Practice as a principal in 1981.

In 1995 I responded to an invitation to find out more about St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre, became inspired by Dr Raine Roberts and Dr Vicky Evans, and joined the team. I have worked there ever since. I retired from General Practice in 2017, but continue to work at St Mary’s Centre.

I took the Diploma in Medical Jurisprudence in 1999, and was a Founder Member of the Faculty. I was an examiner for the DFCASA (Diploma in Forensic and Clinical aspects of sexual assault), run with the Society of Apothecaries, and then became an examiner for the Faculty exams in 2008. I was the Chief Examiner from 2013 to 2018, and became the Registrar in May 2020. I am involved in teaching and training in Manchester.

I am passionate about providing excellent care to complainants of sexual assaults of all ages, and about maintaining standards in forensic medicine generally.

I live in Saddleworth with my husband and 3 very spoilt cats, and when not working I am learning to play the saxophone.

 

Treasurer

Dr Amy Hamm

 

Biography to follow.

 

Academic Dean

Mr Brian Westbury

FFFLM, FFGDP, FCGDent, LLM, BA, BDS, LDSRCS, MGDSRCS

Senior Dento-Legal Adviser

 

 

 

Brian started professional life as a General Dental Practitioner but soon entered dentolegal spheres. He became LDC secretary to four LDCs and in 1999 was Chair of LDC National Conference. He was GDSC representative for Essex and served on the Statutes and Regulations Committee. He Chaired the Dentists’ Health Support Trust for 10 years. Brian joined Dental Protection in 1995 and stayed with them for 25 years as Senior Dentolegal Adviser with responsibility for NHS and GDS matters. He ran their very successful High Risk Assistance programme. Brian was on the Board at the Royal College of Surgeons that became FGDP and last year became a founder fellow of the new CGDent. Brian was in the first tranche of DLAs to join the FFLM as a Fellow.

Brian is qualified in Dentistry, Psychology, and Law. He is an Archers Addict and keeps chickens (Scott & Bailey) and a 100 year old tortoise (Monster), and millipedes.

Assistant Registrar

 

Dr Anton van Dellen

MBBCh, MA (Law), LLM, DPhil

Barrister and Assistant Coroner

 

 

 

Dr Anton van Dellen is a barrister at Fraser Chambers, specialising in defamation, public and commercial law. Anton also sits as an Assistant Coroner in West London. He has a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBBCh) from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg; a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) in Physiology from the University of Oxford; a Master of Arts in Law from the University of Cambridge; and a Masters of Law (LLM) from BPP. The subject of his LLM was expert witness liability. Anton was a registrar in neurosurgery before becoming a Fellow at Christ Church, University of Oxford. He also held several senior management posts in the NHS.  Anton is an advocacy trainer for Inner Temple, is a member of Inner Temple’s Bar Liaison Committee and sits on Inner Temple’s Executive, Finance and Investment Committees.  He is also an elected member of the Bar Council, is Vice-Chair of the Bar Council’s Legal Services Committee and sits on the Education and Training Committee. He was awarded a Princess Royal Scholarship from Inner Temple and was a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

Vice President Forensic Medicine

Dr Shiraz Qamaruddin

MUDr. (MD), FFFLM (RCP), DFMB, RCPathME, Section 12(2) doctor

Forensic Physician (General Forensic & Sexual Offence Medicine), Medical Examiner (RCPath), Section 12 (2) approved doctor, FFLM approved Appraiser

 

 

Shiraz Qualified from the Charles University in Prague in 2001. He continued his career in research in Czech Republic, following which he moved to the United Kingdom and started working full time in the field of Clinical Forensic Medicine since 2005.

Working full time as a Forensic Physician in the field of General and Sexual Offence Forensic Medicine he gained vast experience under the mentorship and inspiration from Dr Michael Knight, Dr Michael Wilks, Prof. Ian Wall, Dr Margaret Stark.

He has worked with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Thames Valley Police, Northamptonshire Police, Humberside Police, Gwent Police and South Wales Police. He has provided training to several Forensic Physicians and Police staff whilst working for various private providers.

Since 2012, shiraz has been an active Examiner for the FFLM Membership Exams. He is also a Section 12(2) Approved Doctor in the field of Mental Health.

He is currently the Clinical Lead for the South Wales Police since 2016 and a member of the Royal College of Pathology as a Medical Examiner.

Vice President Medical Coroners

Prof Andrew Harris

MRCP MSc FFPHM LLB LLM

Senior Coroner

 

 

 

Andrew has been a paediatrician, GP, medical director, and public health consultant, before his career in law. He gained an LLM in public law with a dissertation on the statutory duty of quality.

He was called to the Bar at The Middle Temple and transferred to practice as a consulting solicitor. He became a part-time assistant deputy coroner in 2007 and was appointed as HM Coroner for London Inner South in 2010. He investigates deaths in five hospitals, three of which are specialist centres and several mental health institutions, which lead to his regularly instructing medical experts. The jurisdiction has 4 prisons and there is a range of travel, industrial and domestic accidents, drownings and police custody deaths, leading to about 15 jury inquests and use of a wide range of experts.

He has written on health policy, edited books on primary care needs assessment and Health Law and published on communicable disease law, NHS system failures and anonymisation. He has researched what is a natural death and published in peer reviewed scientific and legal journals. He is the author of four chapters in the leading text of Jervis on Coroners. He is Professor of Coronial Law at Queens Mary’s, William Harvey Research Institute, University of London.

 

Vice President Medico-Legal Medicine

Elaine Cook

Biography to follow.

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