Members of NEMLS Council

PRESIDENT: Angela Kirtley, BSc (Hons), LLB [2022 – 2024]

Partner in Weightmans Healthcare Team in Newcastle.  Specialises in defendant clinical negligence work.  Previously a partner with Ward Hadaway and Irwin Mitchell.  Trained at Crutes Law firm.



PRESIDENT PAST PRESIDENT: Timothy L Williams BMedSci MBBS PhD FRCP  [2022 – 2024]

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.




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:

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.


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.

Robert Bullock [2022 – 2026]

Retired Consultant Anaesthetist at Newcastle General Hospital, then The Royal Victoria Infirmary, specialising in Trauma and Neuro-Intensive Care Medicine, and Long Term Assisted Ventilation in the community. As assistant Medical Director Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals, had a major role in the reconfiguration of clinical services in Newcastle and the redevelopment of the RVI site. 



Lisa Evans, LLB (Hons) [2022 – 2026]

Partner and Head of the Health and Care Advisory Team at Ward Hadaway LLP, specialising in supporting and representing healthcare organisations and health professionals with legal advice and support, specialising in Court of Protection, inquests and clinical negligence matters.  Lisa regularly provides training and lectures to healthcare professionals on a range of legal issues that impact on their practice.

Alex Littlefair, MA (Cantab), MPhil(Cantab),  LLB (Hull) [2022 – 2026]

Alex is a barrister at Trinity Chambers,  specialising in clinical negligence, personal injury and education law.  He transferred to the bar in 2017 having previously been a solicitor. 




Richard Milner, BSc, MD, LLM, DCH, FRCS, FRCS(Plast) [2022 – 2026]

Richard is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle upon Tyne.  Originally from Newcastle, he qualified in Manchester and undertook plastic surgical training in the Welsh regional centre, Newcastle upon Tyne and Adelaide.  He undertook an MD on experimental research into the effects of stretching on peripheral nerves.  He is past President of BAPRAS, past President of the BSSH and a former examiner for the Inter-Collegiate Board of the Royal Colleges.  He provides medical evidence in both personal injury and clinical negligence claims.

Helen Morland [2022 – 2026]

Helen is a partner at Hay & Kilner and has over 18 years’ experience acting for claimants in the clinical negligence field. She joined the team at Hay & Kilner upon qualification in 2006. She has a varied and complex caseload with significant expertise in cases involving cerebral palsy, brain & spinal injury, and cancer misdiagnosis. She has been noted in her field in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners and described in its 2022 rankings as ‘a compassionate and highly competent claimant lawyer’.  Helen also sits on the committee of the North East Women Lawyers Division and was a previous member of the NEMLS from 2012-2015. She is delighted to return to the council.

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