Dr Cathryn Edwards was appointed Consultant at Torbay Hospital, South Devon in 2002 having trained in Gastroenterology at Oxford. Prior to a career in Medicine she read Modern History (The Queen's College, Oxford 1980-83). Her postgraduate training in medicine culminated in an MRC Fellowship supporting her D.Phil studies into mucins in the defunctioned colorectum.

Her clinical interests are IBD, the microscopic colitidies, anorexia nervosa and upper GI cancer. She became the first woman Secretary of the BSG in 2011: as BSG Senior Secretary she has been responsible for running the 2014 and 2015 Annual Meetings, setting up a 'Taster Membership' scheme for the Society and more latterly has launched a BSG network to support women in their Gastroenterology careers.

'As a junior doctor, unwittingly and completely by serendipity, I was mentored by an outstanding professional and quite inspirational woman, who pioneered and then headed the bereavement services in my training hospital. She was not a doctor, but had huge insight into the demands of our profession and the needs of our patients and I know I was one of the many both junior and senior doctors whom she helped support and shape for the good. More latterly, although inspired by many clinicians and scientists, I have been unofficially mentored by senior colleagues in business and allied professions, partly because they were so much more used to these roles, giving their time freely and with great enthusiasm.'

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Dr Jayne Eaden is a consultant gastroenterologist at the University Hospital of Coventry & Warwickshire (UHCW) having been appointed in May 2002. She graduated from Leicester Medical School in 1992 with merit awards in pathology and medicine. She trained as a gastroenterologist on the East of England registrar rotation and also spent a sabbatical year working in Australia.

During her two years as a research fellow, she conceived, developed and conducted a number of research projects with a particular interest in the development of colorectal cancer (CRC) in patients with ulcerative colitis. As a consequence she was awarded a MD with distinction in 2000. She is co-author of the national screening guidelines for CRC surveillance in patients with IBD for the BSG and she has also co-authored the American guidelines.

At UHCW she is the Clinical Lead for Gastroenterology. She is the secretary for the IBD section of the BSG and also the Secretary of the British Society of Gastroenterology.

In addition to producing original refereed papers, book chapters and review articles she has produced educational videos / CD-ROM's. She is also an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians.

'I never had a true mentor during my training / early consultant career but I did have role models who inspired me with their enthusiasm for the specialty. However, it would have been great to have a formal mentor who had been matched to my particular needs /personality and had meetings scheduled on a fairly regular basis to discuss any issues.'

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Appointed as Gastroenterologist at St. George’s Hospital, London in 2001. Her main specialty interests are IBD and Nutrition, but also with a strong interest in medical education. Penny has held a number of regional and national roles, including Hon. secretary of BAPEN 2004-7, Training Programme Director for SW Thames from 2007 to 2012, Chair of the BSG Training Committee from 2011-2015 and Associate Director for Medical Education at St. George’s from 2013.

She trained as a mentor through London Deanery in 2009, and in 2013, achieved the ILM level 7 certificate in executive coaching. Penny is married with two school age children.

'I don't think I really knew what a mentor was, until I became one, when the London Deanery set up their coaching and mentoring scheme in 2008. I confess to signing up with a degree of skepticism and it was a real eye opener for me to witness the power of the mentor-mentee partnership in unlocking hitherto un-tapped ideas and resources from within an individual, enabling them to reflect, consider and move forward in a positive way.'

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Dr Melanie Lockett did her Gastroenterology training on the North West Thames Specialist Registrar rotation in London. She did her MD research 'Hyperplastic polyposis, serrated polyps and the serrated colorectal cancer pathway' with Prof Wendy Atkin at the Cancer Research UK laboratory at St Mark's Hospital, Middlesex.

Since her appointment as a Consultant in 2005, Dr Lockett has developed her interests in luminal gastroenterology, endoscopy, nutrition and training and is the lead clinician for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and nutrition as well as the Gastroenterology Specialty Tutor at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust. She is a bowel cancer screening colonoscopist for the Bristol & Weston Bowel Cancer Screening Centre. Dr Lockett was the Gastroenterology Training Programme Director to the Severn Deanery from 2008 to 2013 and is the deputy chair of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG) Training Committee, as well the BSG workforce lead.

'I have not been lucky enough to have a formal mentor throughout my career, but over the years there have been various peers, as well as doctors senior to me, who I have asked for careers guidance. This has enabled me to continue to develop my career, often in unexpected directions, and to push myself to take on new challenges The SWiG mentoring scheme is a great idea and will benefit mentors & mentees alike, helping them to achieve their full potential.'

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Dr Siwan Thomas-Gibson is a gastroenterologist and specialist endoscopist. Appointed at St Mark's Hospital in 2006, she is now Clinical Lead for Endoscopy and Deputy Director of the Bowel Cancer Screening unit.

Siwan is an honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London, having completed an MD on Training and Assessment in Colonoscopy in St Marks. Her current research interests reflect her commitment to improving patient care and experience in endoscopy through enhanced safety, training and mentorship of endoscopists and endoscopy teams. Her clinical interests are primarily in the detection and management of early colorectal neoplasia through screening and IBD surveillance.

She was the first chair of the JAG working group overseeing the Quality Assurance of Endoscopic Training. She currently sits on the BCS Accreditation panel & BSG Endoscopy committee. She developed the BCS mentorship training programme to support screening endoscopists in England.

Siwan leads and teaches on a variety of endoscopy and colorectal courses and has participated in live endoscopy courses including TCT and St Mark’s Frontiers in Colorectal Diseases. In 2014 she was on the International faculty at the prestigious Amsterdam Live endoscopy course and in 2015 at the inaugural BSG Endolive meeting.

'Most of us have received informal mentorship during our careers. I have certainly benefitted from superb mentorship from colleagues. In setting up the mentorship scheme for Bowel Cancer Screening however I discovered that there is a lot more to gain by engaging in a more formal structure of mentorship. As careers become ever more specialised it is helpful to have guidance and direction to optimise our professional life. I am delighted to contribute to SWiG-BSG mentoring programme, an exciting new direction of travel within British Gastroenterology.'

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Graduated from Sheffield University and is currently a Clinical Research Fellow in Gastroenterology based at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (STHFT). Alenka has a specialist interest in Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and her current research is investigating young people living with IBD and their perceptions of illness whist transitioning from child to adult services, funded by Crohn's and Colitis UK. Alenka has undertaken a Leadership & Quality Improvement Fellowship where she trained as a Microsystem Coach, an executive coach and conceived a regional network; Sheffield Women in Medicine (SWiM). SWiM has over 400 members and employs 2 leadership fellows bringing together a unique collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Sheffield, Yorkshire & Humber Health Education and STHFT to promote the careers to women in medicine regionally. In recognition of this transformational work, Alenka was awarded the Personal, Fair & Diverse Champion Individual Award by NHS Employers. She is a former chair of the Trainees Section of the British Society of Gastroenterology and has been awarded the President's Medal in 2014 for her contributions to the Society.
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