Members of NEMLS Council

PRESIDENT: Timothy L Williams BMedSci MBBS PhD FRCP.  [2019 – 2022]

Tim WilliamsConsultant Neurologist and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Clinical Neurology, Dept. of Neurology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne.  Medical Director Newcastle MND Care Centre.  Executive Member of Disability North.



IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT: His Honour Judge Simon Wood [2019 – 2022]

A graduate of Newcastle University and Called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1981, practised at the Bar on the North Eastern Circuit from 1992 to 2008 in fields where the vast majority of his work had a medical element.  Sitting in a part time capacity as an Assistant Recorder and then Recorder from 1998; since appointment to the Circuit Bench in 2008, the focus of his work has been in the field of children in care, an area where many cases have medical issues.


PRESIDENT ELECT: Angela Kirtley, BSc (Hons), LLB [2019 – 2022]

Partner and head of the Medical Negligence team at Irwin Mitchell in Newcastle. Specialises in clinical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants. Previously a solicitor with Crutes Law firm.




John CorsonConsultant Colorectal Surgeon Sunderland Royal Hospital from 1998. Glasgow Graduate 1984, post-grad surgical training in Manchester where he obtained his MD in Sepsis Research. Recently retired Surgeon Commander Royal Naval Reserves having served in Bosnia and Afghanistan.


LEGAL SECRETARY: Nicola Richardson, LLB (Hons)

Partner and Head of the Health and Regulatory Department at Ward Hadaway LLP and specialises in representing health professionals and the NHS in Clinical Negligence, Inquests and other litigation.  She is a regular lecturer on health law issues.


Emeritus Consultant and former Honorary Senior Lecturer in Radiology and Oral Surgery at Newcastle Dental Hospital and School. President of NEMLS 2003-05.  Previous Council Member of Medical Protection Society and Dental Protection; also chairman of Dental Cases Committee.


SOCIAL SECRETARY: Elizabeth Hodgson, LLB(Hons).  

liz hodgsonA barrister at Parklane Plowden Chambers, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. She has practised almost exclusively in the field of injury-related litigation since pupillage at Ropewalk Chambers in Nottingham in 1993. She acts on behalf of both Claimants and Defendants in a wide range of personal injury, industrial disease and clinical negligence cases. She is instructed by many insurance companies, local authorities, the NHSLA, and the major trades unions. She has been recommended in the Legal 500 and in Chambers & Partners Guide to the Legal Profession regularly since 2007.


Council Members:

Michael Hill  BDS (Newcl);  Dip Con Sed  (Newcl);  PgDL;  BVC (N’bria)  [2017 – 2022]

Michael is a barrister at Trinity Chambers, Newcastle who specialises in clinical negligence.  He transferred to the bar in 2004 having previously been a general dental practitioner for 15 years.



Sophie Moss, BSc [2018 – 2022]

Sophie studied Zoology at Bristol University before undertaking the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at The University of Law. She started her training contract at Hay & Kilner Law Firm in 2014, where she is now a solicitor with over 3 years’ experience in Claimant clinical negligence work. Sophie has a varied caseload in a wide range of medical and dental negligence areas. She is also the Treasurer of the Newcastle and North East Junior Lawyers’ Division. 

Ann Garrahy: BA, LLM, FDSRCS Eng, FRCS (OMFS), PhD [2019 – 2023]

Consultant oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and previously a consultant in The Ulster Hospital, Belfast. A medical graduate of Trinity College, Dublin University and a dental graduate of Glasgow University she was awarded a PhD by the latter for research in the field of congenital facial deformity. Interested in medicolegal matters since being lectured in jurisprudence by Ireland’s state pathologist in Dublin, she has recently undertaken an LLM in medical law at Northumbria University.

Neil R McLean MD,FRCS,MSc Aesth.Surg. [2019 -2023]

He is Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Northumbria Healthcare Trust, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, member of BAAPS Council and of the Court of Examiners of the Royal College of Surgeons of England He has over 30 years experience in the provision of medical evidence in both personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

Michelle Robson, LLB{Hons), Solicitor [Law Society]. [2019 -2023]

She is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University, Her specialist subject of medical law. Since 2000 she has been the Programme Leader for the PG Cert/ PGDip/LLM Medical Law Programme and she is also the Module Tutor for Medical Law on the M Law/LLB (Hons) and LLB (OL) programmes. Michelle is a founding member of the University of Northumbria Medical and Mental Health Law Research Interest Group (MELRIG).


Ilke Turkmendag. PhD, MA, BBA (hons) [2019 – 2023]

Ilke is a Senior Lecturer at Newcastle Law School, Newcastle University. She leads the ‘Medicine and the Law’ module for Year 3 students at the Newcastle Law School. She also teaches medical device regulations at the postgraduate level. Ilke’s research focuses on socio-legal and ethical aspects of biomedicine and human reproduction. She also sits on the Executive Committee of Socio-Legal Studies Association.

Revd. Bryan Vernon [2019 – 2023]

He is the Senior Lecturer in Health Care Ethics at Newcastle Medical School and Treasurer of the Institute of Medical Ethics. He is an honorary chaplain to the University and the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.




Lucy Mead, LLB (Hons) , LPC  [2021 – 2025]

Lucy is Partner and Head of the Family Department at David Gray Solicitors, Newcastle upon Tyne. She has extensive experience in representing children, parents and other extended family members in care proceedings. She also advises clients on the financial issues arising on separation and divorce. She is a Higher Rights Advocate and also a qualified Family Arbitrator and member of CiArb.


Louise Weatherhead [2021 – 2025]

Louise is a data protection lawyer working at Sintons LLP in its Company Commercial Department. She has experience advising private, public and third sector clients on a range of data protection and commercial matters. She works with various regional and national NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations, and her recent work includes advising a NHS Trust on its engagement with IT systems providers.

When Louise is away from the office, she enjoys travelling, skiing, gardening and reading.

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