A guide to the Training Programme Directors (TPDs)

Who's who and what do they do?

Jonathan Round is the Head of School

Ruth Shephard and Shanthi Shanmugalingam are the Deputy Heads of School. They also have TPD roles as listed below.

Scroll down for a full list of TPD names and contact details

All TPDs have generic parts of their job such as helping at recruitment, ARCPs and School meetings. They also have specific additional area(s) of responsibility. They are all Paediatricians working in Teaching and District General Hospitals and aim to give you the best possible training experience.

Programme Management TPDs organise post allocation taking into account trainee  educational and other needs. They are highlighted in red. Every trainee has a Programme Management TPD. They should be the person you go to for advice about anything that may lead to changes in the training programme such as wanting to change a post/ maternity or sick leave/ Out of Programme/ concerns that you are not able to discuss with your Educational Supervisor or RCPCH Tutor.



Do you have a question about your training? Perhaps life and/ or your plans have changed and you want to explore your options. Maybe things aren’t working out as you hoped and need to know what can be done. Being a doctor, a paediatrician, training in a way you are happy with and fitting this all in with the rest of life isn’t simple. And because ours is a regulated profession, there are rules that can complicated things, rules that are not always intuitive.

The LSP holds trainee contact meetings, where you can meet with the head or one of the deputy heads of school and a TPD. These meetings take place very frequently and are for anyone, at any stage of training. They are not just for those who may need some support. Topics discussed at recent meetings have included including returning to clinical work after statutory leave/research, OOP plans, career interests, issues with exams or progression, research aspirations and work/life balance. The meetings are informal and virtual (we use Zoom these days) and afterwards we’ll send a summary of our discussion.

We hope they are useful and allow you to go away and think through the options. There are an amazing range of different resources available in LSP, London, the Trusts and your individual training centres. We may highlight something you didn’t know about.

If you’re interested contact the Paediatric Team via the Portal and request a meeting via the Workforce enquiry form: https://lasepgmdesupport.hee.nhs.uk/support/tickets/new?form_7=true


Name Clinical Post Trust Email Area of responsibility in addition to generic TPD role
Kunal Babla Consultant Neonatologist University College Hospital kunal.babla1@nhs.net Programme Management Grid Pan London
Khadija Ben-Sasi Consultant Neonatologist Northwick Park khadija.ben-sasi@nhs.net Programme Management ST 1-3 NWL
Ellie Bond Consultant Paediatrician Royal Free Hospital eleanor.bond@nhs.net Education +
Mehrengise Cooper Consultant Paediatric Intensivist St. Mary's mehrengise.cooper@nhs.net Simulation Lead Pan-London
Ajay  Desai Consultant Paediatric Intensivist Royal Brompton A.Desai@rbht.nhs.uk IT subgroup
Chris Gale Consultant Neonatologist Chelsea and Westminster christopher.gale@imperial.ac.uk Academic Training and (sub) subgroup
Kumudini  Gomez Consultant Paediatrician Lewisham kumudini.gomez@nhs.net Programme Management ST4-5 South London
Becky Hodgkinson Consultant Paediatrician Kingston Hospital rebecca.hodgkinson2@nhs.net Simulation, South London
Atefa Hossain Consultant Paediatrician St. George's Atefa.Hossain@stgeorges.nhs.uk Programme Management ST6-8 Pan London
Sue Laurent Consultant Paediatrician Barnet sue.laurent@nhs.net Supporting trainees, recruitment and retention; Learning Together
Chloe Macaulay Consultant Paediatrician Evelina chloe.macaulay@gstt.nhs.uk Innovation Subgroup
Marietta Pal-Magdics Consultant Neurologist King's College Hospital marietta.pal-magdics@nhs.net Less Than Full Time Training
Nick Prince Consultant Paediatric Intensivist St. George's nprince@nhs.net IT subgroup
Trisha Radia Consultant Paediatrician King's College trisharadia@nhs.net Paediatric Return to clinical practice (PRACP); Simulation South London
Sunita Rao Consultant Paediatrician Whittington sunita.rao@nhs.net Programme Management ST4-5 North London
Jonathan Round Consultant Intensivist St George's jround@sgul.ac.uk Head of School
Jane Runnacles Consultant Paediatrician Royal Free j.runnacles@nhs.net Education subgroup, RSM evening sessions, QI Champions and Leadership and Management
Caroline Scott-Lang Consultant Paediatrician St. Mary's caroline.scott-lang@nhs.net Education subgroup, RSM day sessions
Shanthi  Shanmugalingam Consultant Neonatologist Royal Free shanthi.shanmugalingam@nhs.net Deputy Head of School, Programme Management ST6-8 Pan London, ARCP lead
Ruth  Shephard Consultant Neonatologist St. Helier r.shephard@nhs.net Deputy Head of School; Programme Management ST1-3 South London
Kirsty Watts Consultant Paediatrician Epsom kirsty.watts2@nhs.net Educational Supervisors development
Olu Wilkey Consultant Paediatrician North Middlesex olu.wilkey@nhs.net Programme Management ST1-3 North Central and East London
Nia Williams Consultant Paediatrician Kings College Hospital nia.williams5@nhs.net Recruitment and Retention