Council Members

Andrena McElvanney

Miss Andrena McElvanney is a consultant specialising in ocular surface disease, therapeutic contact lenses and eyelid disorders. Special interests and treatments include Ocular surface disease, contact lens related pathology, therapeutic contact lenses, eyelid disorders, dry eyes, watery eyes, allergic eye disease.

Christopher Hemmerdinger
Immediate Past President

Chris studied Optometry at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, graduating in 1994. After qualifying as an optometrist Chris studied Medicine at Manchester University, graduating in 2001.  Following jobs in Neurosurgery and Emergency medicine Chris trained in Ophthalmology at the Royal Bolton Hospital and St Paul’s eye unit, Liverpool.
Chris was appointed as consultant at Warrington in August 2011 and in 2017 moved to Macclesfield. His clinical work comprises general adult ophthalmology and specialist clinics in glaucoma and external eye disease. 


Fiona Carley
Vice President

Qualified in Medicine from Manchester University in 1992. Obtained FRCOpth (Fellowship of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, London) in 1997. Undertook Fellowship in Cornea/External Disease in Manchester and Leeds before being appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist in Oldham in 2003. In 2006 I was subsequently appointed as a Consultant Ophthalmologist at the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Medical Advisor to the Manchester CTS Eye Bank and committee member of Ocular Advisory Groups for both the College (OTAG) and Organ and Donation Transplantation Service (OTAG).

Fook Chang Lam
Hon. Secretary
MBChB (Hons), MRCP, FRCOphth

Full time consultant eye surgeon with more than 10 years ophthalmology experience. Special interest in cataracts, corneal surgery and glaucoma. Extensive subspecialist training from four fellowships in: Anterior Segment Fellowship at Sussex Eye Hospital, Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital, Advanced Corneal Surgery and Eye Banking at Netherlands Institute for Innovative Ocular Surgery and Glaucoma at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Sussex Eye Hospital.

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Ourania Frangouli
Hon. Treasurer

Miss Ourania Frangouli is a substantive Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at the Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. She has a subspecialist interest in glaucoma, cataract and paediatric ophthalmology. She completed her Basic and Higher Ophthalmic Training in the London Deanery based at Moorfields Eye Hospital and awarded UK CCT in 2011 and completed two clinical and surgical fellowships in Moorfields Eye Hospital in Paediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus and in Adult and Paediatric Glaucoma. She holds the title of Member and Fellow of the Royal College of Ophthalmologists (MRCOphth and FRCOphth) and is included in the Specialist Register for Ophthalmology of the General Medical Council. Her research interests and PhD thesis involve the anterior chamber angle and keratoconus.

Parwez Hossain
National Representative

Prof. Hossain is an Associate Professor in ophthalmology at the University of Southampton and Consultant Ophthalmologist at Eye Unit, University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. He is Associate Editor for ‘Eye’, the scientific journal for the Royal College Ophthalmologists and an NHS Bronze Clinical Excellence Award holder.

Parwez qualified in medicine from Aberdeen University and trained in ophthalmology in Aberdeen, Nottingham, Leicester and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, USA and sub-specialises in cornea and external eye disease. Prof. runs a busy tertiary referral centre for the Southampton Eye Unit, Southampton University Hospital NHS Trust and take care of a diverse range of corneal diseases. Clinical expertise – Cornea, cataract and external eye disease.


Obeda Kailani
Social Media Officer

Obeda is a Consultant in Ophthalmology at Moorfields St.George’s in London.  He read medicine at Guy’s, King’s and St.Thomas’ School of Medicine.  He received a scholarship to undergo research at King’s College London during his Bachelor’s degree in Physiology and graduated with honours in 2007.  He completed academic foundation training at the Royal Free Hospital and received Merits from University College London for his efforts in teaching during this time.  He has trained in Ophthalmology at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St.Helier University Hospital and Moorfields St.George’s Hospital.  His subspecialist interests include corneal and external eye disease and glaucoma.  When not in the clinic he enjoys a variety of team sports, holds an Instructor rank in Karate PaSaRyu and is a certified PADI Diver.

Sophie Jones
Council Member

Miss Sophie Jones is a Consultant ophthalmic surgeon specialising in anterior segment and trauma at Kings College Hospital, London, appointed in 2014.  Miss Jones undertook Fellowship training at Moorfields and Kings College and completed Higher Specialist training with the London deanery.  She furthered her research experience at Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Institute of Child Health and the Institute of Ophthalmology and was awarded MD(Res) by University College London in 2011.

Her clinical and research interests include external eye disease, collagen cross-linking and outcomes following lamellar corneal transplantation.  In addition, her current position at a major trauma centre supports her clinical interest in visual rehabilitation following trauma.


Scott Robbie
Council Member

Mr Scott Robbie is a renowned consultant ophthalmologist at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals specialising in cornea, cataract, external diseases and refractive surgery. He has over 15 years of experience in ophthalmology with over 3000 cataract surgeries performed.

Mr Robbie trained at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust where he completed two years of advanced corneal surgical training and a further two years as a consultant in cornea, cataract and external diseases before joining the team at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ in 2017. He obtained further experience as a visiting consultant at University of Iowa Hospitals in the United States in 2015. Mr Robbie also has a PhD in Genetics, undertaken at the world-renowned UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, where he was involved in the first gene therapy trial for an eye condition and engaged in collaborations with GlaxoSmithKline and the University of Bristol, amongst others.

Artemis Matsou
Council Member

Miss Artemis Matsou is a Consultant Ophthalmologist at Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust at East Grinstead, specialising in Cornea, Cataract, Refractive surgery, ocular surface disease and limbal stem cell transplantation.  Miss Matsou has completed two Corneal Fellowships in Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge and Queen Victoria Hospital, while also trained in oculoplastics surgery at St Helier Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. She is a current active Member of the Young Ophthalmologists Committee of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery with continuous involvement in training projects for young ophthalmologists. Aside from ophthalmology she is a member of the Royal College of Physicians of London, having trained in General Medicine in the West Midlands Deanery. 


Johnson Yan Ning Neo
Council Member

Johnson is a senior ophthalmology registrar of the North London deanery. He currently works across sites at both Western Eye Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital. Johnson is the latest recipient of the prestigious RCOphth BOSU Research Bursary to carry out the epidemiological study in primary lens exchange after cataract surgery. He is also the ophthalmologist representative to the UK Cataract National Ophthalmic Database (NOD).


Since joining ophthalmology residency in London, Johnson has had a strong track record in leading quality improvement projects which translated to improved patient care locally and regionally. He was awarded the coveted Health Education England / London KSS School of Ophthalmology Leadership Prize for four consecutive years.