How the FSRH is governed
FSRH has four main groups with different roles, responsibilities and authorities for the work of the FSRH;
- Board of Trustees and its committees
- Council and its committees
- President and Officers
- Chief Executive and staff
The role of each of these groups were carefully defined following recommendations made by an independently chaired Governance Working Group following extensive consultation and review. The FSRH Articles of Association were updated in 2017 to reflect these new arrangements.
The aim of these arrangements is to support efficient and effective decision making between the groups that supports the overall charitable aims of the FSRH and its strategy.
The Board of Trustees
The Board of trustees (‘the Board’) is the body with the legal duty to protect the mission and vision of the FSRH and to ensure that it is run in accordance with legal requirements.
The role of the Board is to provide good governance and leadership by:
- Determining policy and strategy
- Appointing the Chief Executive (who is overseen by the Chair of the Board on behalf of the Board)
- Agreeing an annual budget and business plan and monitoring these
- Setting salary levels, and agreeing the salary of the CEO
- Setting and monitoring procedures for assessing and managing risk
- Taking advice from members, Council, Committees and from specialist advisors
- Ensuring good communications between the Board, the Council and the membership, and providing feedback on Board decisions and discussions to these groups
- Monitoring performance
- Representing the FSRH externally, nationally and internationally when relevant.
The Board meet 4 times a year. Board members are not remunerated for their Board/trustee work.
Membership of the Board is laid out in the FSRH Articles of Association currently:
- the President;
- the Senior Vice-President;
- one other member of Council elected by Council (“Elected Trustee”);
- the Treasurer (an “Appointed Trustee”);
- up to 4 persons being Fellow, Members, Diplomates or Nurse Diplomates (“Appointed Trustees”);
- up to 4 other trustees (“Appointed Trustees”).
Meet the Board in the tab below.
The Board can establish committees to carry out aspects of its work and are responsible for overseeing the work of these committees. See the details of the board committees on the tab below.
Council is the professional, membership body of the FSRH, responsible for implementing its mission and contributing its clinical expertise to meeting long-term goals and aims.
Council have oversight of professional and clinical matters related to SRH and the specialty including;
- Education and Training
- Clinical standards
- Clinical guidance
- Supporting the leadership and development of the workforce
- Ensuring the views of the membership are considered in FSRH discussions
- Admission and removal of Faculty membership
- Liaising on such matters with other organisations
All Council activity must be in line with the mission, goals, ethos and values of the FSRH.
The Council can establish Committees to carry out any aspect of its work (once approved in the budget) and Council are responsible for overseeing the work of these Committees. See the link to the Council committees on the tab below.
Council input into, make recommendations to and advise the Board on clinical and professional issues.
Council members participate in an annual strategy event held in partnership with the Board to review and discuss longer term strategy.
Membership of Council
- the President;
- the five other Officers;
- one person nominated in writing by the RCOG (“College Nominee”)
- up to six FSRH Fellows or Members (“Elected Member”);
- up to four FSRH Diplomates or Nurse Diplomates (“Elected member”);
- up to six co-opted members appointed by the Council (“Co-opted members of the Council”);
Meet the current council members on the tab below.
The Officers are elected according to the by-laws and are responsible to Council.
Each Officer has responsibility for a different area of the work of the FSRH. Their roles include:
- Supporting the President and Council to implement the aims and plans of Council
- Overseeing and advising on a specific area of FSRH Council work, ensuring that it is being carried out within the strategic aims of the FSRH and in line with the approved strategy, plans and budget
- Ensuring that appropriate reports are made to, and advice taken from, the President, Chief Executive and Council.
- Monitoring and coordinating the work of their allocated Council committees and committee chairs, including reporting back to Council.
- Taking proposals for new pieces of work not in the plans/budget to Council and the Board for approval.
Officers often also act as spokespersons for the FSRH.
The Senior Vice President is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and has responsibility for chairing Council or Board meetings in the absence of the President.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
The Faculty CEO is directly accountable to the Board of Trustees including the Chair for the operational management and performance of the FSRH and to the Council for the delivery, within the governance framework, of the strategic and operational plans related to the charitable objects. The key roles of the CEO are to lead the FSRH staff; to be the key interface between President, Officers and staff, particularly in delivering objectives; and to support the Board in developing strategy.
The CEO reports directly to the President. As the most senior paid official, the CEO ensures that relationships are effective by working closely with the President and Officers and by giving leadership to Faculty staff to carry out the priorities of the FSRH. The Chief Executive is responsible for ensuring that the Faculty’s resources are properly and effectively used within the legal, governance, budgetary and operational frameworks established. The Chief Executive has the final authority to manage these resources (in accordance with Faculty financial policies) on behalf of Trustees and the Council and accounts directly for his or her actions to the President.
Read profiles of our FSRH Trustees
FSRH Trustee Biographies
Dr Asha Kasliwal (Member Trustee)
Chair & FSRH President
Asha is a Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care and Clinical Director for the citywide Contraception and Sexual Health service in Manchester and the South Manchester Community Gynaecology service.
Dr Diana Mansour (Member Trustee)
Vice Chair & FSRH Senior Vice President, Clinical Quality
Diana is a Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care and Head of Sexual Health Services at New Croft Centre in Newcastle. She has been an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University since 1997 actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Dr Paula Baraitser (Member Trustee)
Paula is a consultant in sexual health at King’s College Hospital and a senior lecturer in global health at King’s College London. She is a Fellow of the FSRH and chairs the International Affairs Committee. Paula co-founded and is the Director of Evaluation for a community interest company (SH:24) that develops and provides online sexual health services. Her research focuses on the impact of innovation within sexual health care and she currently holds a Health Foundation Improvement Science Fellowship.
Kate Guthrie (Member Trustee)
Kate started her career specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology but her consultant appointment was to establish community based Gynaecology within Family Planning services in Hull. She ultimately led what became the Hull and East Riding Integrated Sexual Health Service, including community gynaecology, abortion, HIV, vasectomy and men’s sexual health care, until she retired from the NHS in 2016. Past responsibilities include being a Faculty Treasurer and Vice President and secondments to the Department of Health and Public Health England. Current responsibilities lie within the charitable sector and for NHS England. She is delighted to be appointed as a Faculty Trustee in such interesting times for public health care.
Zara Haider (Member Trustee)
Dr Zara Haider FRCOG, MFSRH, Dip. GUM, has been a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust since October 2012.
She is a Training Programme Director, Educational Supervisor to a CSRH trainee and joint Faculty Registered Training Advisor for South West Thames. She is the FSRH Council Liaison trustee and a member of Council, past Chair of the FSRH Meetings Committee and FSRH Trainees Committee.
Dr Jenny Heathcote (Member Trustee)
Jenny has been an SAS doctor (Associate Specialist) in Macclesfield, Cheshire since 1987, and involved with the FSRH since its inception.
She is passionate about the importance of medical education in delivering high quality patient care and has volunteered in a number of FSRH roles. As Chair of the General Training Committee she was the Clinical Lead for the redevelopment of the Diploma course and worked towards achieving the recognition of nurses as members of the FSRH. She is currently Clinical Lead for the eKA and one of the tutors and organisers of the course for FSRH teachers.
Dr Emmert Roberts (Member Trustee)
Emmert is a Clinical Research Fellow in the National Addiction Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience and an Honorary Specialist Registrar in General Adult Psychiatry at the South London and the Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.
He graduated with a distinction in medicine from the University of Oxford in 2010 and is a member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists. He has previously worked as a Research Fellow at the National Clinical Guideline Centre, contributing to national NICE guidance in the diagnosis and management of osteoarthritis, acute heart failure and hepatitis C. During 2012 he worked at the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute in Bermuda conducting research into stigmatisation of mental health conditions in print media.
His is currently undertaking a PhD and his research focus is on drug and alcohol service provision and its impact on hospitalisation and mortality. He has a strong interest in substance misuse, sexual health and the overlap of physical and mental health conditions and is a Diplomate member of the FSRH.
Dr Tony Thamia (Externally Appointed Trustee)
Tony is an ex- Headteacher who has worked for over 15 years in state and private education in North and West London and as such has a good understanding of compliance and the need for clarity. He has a strong scientific background having studied pharmacology at university and worked for a number of years in scientific administration at the MRC, as well as within pharmaceutical sales prior to going into education. Tony has worked in some very diverse communities and thus brings to the Board of Trustees an understanding of the communities that our professionals serve. He has experience of working on local authority panels (Schools Appeals Panels) and working with young adults in the community (sports and youth group). He is passionate about giving people the right training, skills and knowledge to ensure they can carry out their tasks to the best of their abilities. This means ensuring that our professionals can offer their expertise to the community as a whole.
Mr Martyn Booth (Externally Appointed Trustee)
Martyn is an information security leader at a FTSE 250 company. He has responsibility for the areas of information security and privacy across the group. He also works closely with the risk team. He's dedicated to making organisations more secure and to implementing governance structures that support the business but also make it more accountable to its various stakeholders. He's been working with senior leadership on security initiatives for over 15 years and has a strong track record of improving the governance of organisations but without inhibiting their business initiatives.
Ms Roopa Aitken (Externally Appointed Trustee)
Roopa is a chartered accountant with over 25 years’ experience in practice, starting initially in audit before specialising in tax for the last 20 years. Roopa is a partner at Grant Thornton. She is on the UK branch committee of the International Fiscal Association. Roopa is included in the Women in Tax Leaders Guide 2015, 2016 and 2017, a guide to the leading female tax advisors.
Ms Toni Belfield (Externally appointed Trustee)
Toni is a specialist in sexual and reproductive health information (SRH). She has worked in the charitable sector for over 40 years, working with medical and health organisations, policy makers, industry and commercial organisations to improve consumer information, clinical guidance and standards for professionals working in SRH.
Vacant (External trustee)
FSRH Code of Governance
As a trustee and council member I will:
- Operate in line with FSRH values, mission and ethos
- Value the range of country contexts we work within
- Work within Nolan's principles of public life: adapted and in summary these are;
- Selflessness - take decisions solely in the best interests of the Faculty
- Integrity - not place myself under any financial or other obligation to outside individual or organisations
- Objectivity - to make choices on merit, evidence and best practice
- Accountability - be accountable for our decisions and actions, and submit to ourselves to appropriate scrutiny
- Openness - be open about decisions and actions we take, restricting information only when necessary
- Honesty - declare relevant private interests and take steps to resolve conflicts
- Leadership - promote and support these principles by leadership and example.
As a board and council we will;
- Value and utilise the range of personal and professional skills and expertise and ensure this diversity of skills is our strength
- Work together to ensure effective leadership, influence and timely decision making
- Ensure consumer voices inform strategy and priorities
- Provide leadership and support to the Faculty staff
As a board we will work in line with the national code of good governance, and provide effective leadership and governance by;
- Understanding our governance role and having clear and defined ways of effective working with Council
- Ensuring delivery of organisational purpose
- Working effectively as individuals, as a team, with Council and with the staff team
- Exercising effective control
- Behaving with integrity
- Being open and accountable
As a board, council and staff team we will;
- Provide visible and effective leadership of the FSRH and ensure we are an efficient organisation providing excellent support for our members
- Support the Faculty in championing SRH, including access to abortion
- Support and challenge ourselves, each other and our teams
- Have clear goals and review our performance against these on a regular basis.
FSRH Officer Biographies
President of FSRH (Member Trustee)
Dr Asha Kasliwal, MBBS, FRCOG, FFSRH, MD (O&G)
Dr Asha Kasliwal is a Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care and Clinical Director for the citywide Contraception and Sexual Health service in Manchester and the South Manchester Community Gynaecology service.
Dr Kasliwal has driven an ambitious modernisation programme to include a fully electronic health records and a ‘hub and spoke’ model with 5 hubs across the city open 5-6 days a week.
Dr Kasliwal’s areas of expertise include community gynaecology, quality of care and clinical standards, support for commissioning contraception and sexual health services, menopause and hormone replacement therapy. She is currently a specialist member on the NICE committee developing ‘Quality Standards for Contraceptive Services’.
Dr Kasliwal has been the chair of the FSRH Clinical standards committee for several years. This committee enables the Faculty to play a key role in the provision of high and continuously improving patient centred care by producing clinical standards in the field of sexual and reproductive health. From September 2014, she has been Vice President (Quality and Standards) of the FSRH.
Dr Kasliwal was confirmed as FSRH President in May 2016.
Vice President, General Training/Honorary Secretary
Dr Anne Lashford BSc, MB ChB (Hons), DCH, DRCOG, DFSRH, MRCGP
I have been a General Practitioner in Wiltshire since 1982 - being a partner in a large (16,000 patients) practice from then until the end of 2012. Since retiring from my practice I have continued to work in a locum capacity in many local practices and also do some Out of Hours work in Wiltshire and on the West Coast of Scotland. I was the Vice Chair of Wiltshire Local Medical Committee from 1996 until 2012.
I have a longstanding interest in all aspects of reproductive health. I obtained the old Family Planning Certificate back in 1980 and subsequently became a foundation member of the Faculty at its inception in 1993. I hold Letters of Competence in Sub-dermal Implants and Intrauterine Techniques and am also a Faculty Registered Trainer. In 2013 I was elected as a Diplomate member of the Faculty Council. Apart from providing SRH services in General Practice I also work in the community clinics of the Wiltshire CaSH service provided by Salisbury Foundation Trust.
I have always had an interest in Obstetrics having obtained the DRCOG in 1980 and provided maternity care, including intra-partum care, thoughout my career in General Practice. I was a member of the local Maternity Liaison Committee for 20 years. Since 1996 I have been involved with Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics in providing training in obstetric emergencies in the UK and abroad and was the Chairman of ALSO(UK) from 2012 until June 2015. I have recently been appointed as a GP assessor to MBRRACE - the confidential enquiry into maternal deaths.
My other medical interest is in the field of sports medicine - I am a racecourse medical officer at various racecourses in South West England and am registered with the British Horseracing Authority.
Vice President, Membership
Dr Helen Munro
Helen first joined FSRH as a GP Registrar in 2007 when she took the Diploma in Family Planning and her interest in Women’s Health began. Her career has taken her from Scotland to England and most recently Wales. Following the completion of a Masters degree in Public Health and a short period working as a Clinical Fellow in Urology and GUM, Helen successfully applied for a role in Contraception and Sexual Health in one of the first fully integrated services in North London. There, Helen worked for eight years as a Specialty Doctor and Primary Trainer gaining accreditation through FSRH in Menopause Care and Ultrasound Scanning. In 2017 Helen successfully applied for admission to the Specialty Register as a Consultant in CSRH via the CESR route.
Helen is chair of the Clinical Standards Committee and has previously been a member of the FSRH International Affairs Committee. In 2016 Helen stood for election to Council and through this role has enjoyed working to increase the profile of SAS doctors within FSRH.
She was pleased to be elected onto the Board of Trustees by Council as their liaison spokesperson and representative.
Vice President, Clinical Quality (Member Trustee)
Diana Mansour, MBBCH, FRCOG, FFSRH, DIPM
Dr Diana Mansour is a Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care and Head of Sexual Health Services at New Croft Centre in Newcastle. She has been an Associate Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University since 1997 actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education.
Dr Mansour was the first accredited subspecialty trainee in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She is the local Training Programme Director for Community Sexual and Reproductive Health and has been first author to over 80 peer-reviewed publications. More recently she has co-written a text book with Dr Laura Percy entitled ‘Contraception made easy’.
Dr Mansour’s areas of expertise include acceptability of contraceptive methods, non-contraceptive benefits of contraception, development of long-term methods of contraception, changes in health service provision, medical management of heavy menstrual bleeding, menopause and hormone replacement therapy.
Dr Mansour is the Honorary Treasurer and an Officer for the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare. Since 2012 she has been involved with the FSRH Governance review and chairs the FSRH Remuneration Committee. From April 2016 she will also chair the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Committee which guides the direction of clinical guidance produced by the FSRH Clinical Effectiveness Unit in Edinburgh.
Vice President, Specialty
Dr Janet Barter
Vice President: Strategy/Honorary Treasurer
Dr Jane Dickson
Jane is a consultant in sexual and reproductive healthcare at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust. She was one of the first candidates to successfully apply to the GMC for a CESR in CSRH, having started her career in general practice. She is the Clinical Lead of CASH and Community Gynaecology services in two London boroughs and is the Vice President (Strategy) of the FSRH. Until recently she was the Chair of the FSRH Clinical Standards Committee and was the FSRH representative on the BASHH Clinical Standards Committee. She was one of the MFSRH Exam convenors and has particular interests in safeguarding and patient safety, delivery of medical care 'closer to home' , menopause and adolescent gynaecology.
Our FSRH Council members are listed below
FSRH Elected Council Member Biographies
FSRH Council is made up of elected Fellows, Members and Diplomats as well as lay people who might be co-opted onto FSRH Council.
Dr Nashwa Bryant (Diplomate Representative)
I have worked in Integrated Sexual Health Services in Cum Taf University Health Board (CTUHB) since 2004 and have been involved with the FSRH since 2005. I have been a Faculty Registered Trainer since 2005 for the DFSRH & Letters of Competence in intrauterine methods (IUTs) and Subdermal Implants (SDIs),
I now hold the FSRH medical education certificate (PGA Med Ed) and I have been the Faculty Deanery Regional Adviser for South Wales for 6 years until 2016.
Christine Carter (Diplomate Representative)
Dr Bushera Choudry (Diplomate Representative)
I trained at Leeds University Medical school and I am a GP principal in Salford. I regularly teach undergraduates from Manchester medical school and have done so for over 10 years. I have presented several posters at the RCGP annual conferences. I have obtained a PGCE in Medical Education and enjoy being a GP trainer. I have been a committee member of the Northwest Society of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare for 10 years and have been serving as Chair for 2 years. We run two academic meetings a year and are committed to education in sexual and reproductive health.
Dr Evelyn Kerr MB ChB, MRCOG, MFSRH, MSc. (Member Representative)
I am a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare for Suffolk in East Anglia employed by Cambridge Community Services NHS Trust. I trained in South East London in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and then did top up training in community sexual and reproductive health. During this time, I completed a Masters in Information Technology excited by the then optimistic National Programme for IT.
I work in an integrated sexual health service across a large rural county with pockets of deprivation. I am interested in listening to our patients and optimising our service to help. I am the local General Training Programme Director and endeavour to increase sexual and reproductive healthcare training opportunities.
Dr Usha Kumar (Fellow Representative)
I am the lead consultant for Reproductive Health in a busy integrated sexual health department at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London. I qualified as a specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1990 and obtained subspecialist accreditation in Sexual and Reproductive Health in 2003. I am a Fellow of the RCOG and FSRH.
Dr Zara Haider FRCOG, MFSRH, Dip. GUM (Member Representative)
I have been a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare at Kingston Hospital NHS Trust since October 2012. I am a Training Programme Director, Educational Supervisor to a CSRH trainee and joint Faculty Registered Training Advisor for South West Thames. I am a member of FSRH Council representing Members/Fellows, past Chair of the FSRH Meetings Committee and FSRH Trainees Committee.
Emma Manson (Diplomate Representative)
Dr Lucy Michie MBChB, MRCOG, MFSRH, MD (Member Representative)
I have recently completed specialty training in Community Sexual and Reproductive Health and currently work in Sandyford Sexual Health Service in Glasgow, which is a large integrated service. My interest in SRH initially began whilst I was a specialty trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. My passion and enthusiasm for the specialty developed further whilst working as a clinical research fellow in SRH at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre in Edinburgh, exploring strategies to prevent unintended pregnancy. As a trainee, I held the position of Co-chair of UK CSRH trainees for 2 years, and I was a trainee member of the FSRH Meetings Committee prior to that.
Dr Hilary Natusch BSc Medical Science, MBCHB honours, FFSRH, MRCGP(Fellow Representative)
I am a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health in a busy, city wide service in Manchester and have first-hand experience of the challenges in delivering quality patient centred care in the midst of organisational change and fragmented commissioning.
I am actively involved in training, both as a FSRH Trainer and currently as a CSRH Educational Supervisor. I am committed to developing training and standards that promote best practice and support the provision of holistic, Sexual and Reproductive Health care.
As a member of FSRH Governance Working Group I had the opportunity to help shape the future of the organisation and ensure that we are now in a position to deliver on the FSRH Vision. I have been recently elected as a member of the FSRH Council and value this opportunity to further contribute to the future of the FSRH.
Charlotte Porter (Fellow/Member Representative)
FSRH Full List of Current Council Members
Asha Kasliwal (President)
Janet Barter (Vice President Specialty)
Helen Munro (Vice President Membership)
Jane Dickson (Vice President, Strategy)
Diana Mansour (Vice President, Clinical Quality)
Anne Lashford (Vice President, General Training)
Elected Members Fellow/Member Representatives
Diplomate Representative Members
Observers to Council
Lesley Regan, President, RCOG
Scotland - Alison Scott
Wales - Amanda Davies
Northern Ireland - Eveane Cubitt
Julie Gallagher - Nurse Member
Sue Mann - Public Health representative
Nicky Morgan - SAS Lead
Victoria Tzortziou-Brown - RCGP Rep
Robbie Currie - Commissioner
Becky Gunn - RCOG Women's Network
View more information on FSRH's Committees and their work below
FSRH Council Committees
FSRH has a number of management committees which manage various areas of the FSRH business plan and which support the setting and implementation of the annual strategic goals.
FSRH's Committees are as follows, click on each of the links to read more about each of the committees and the work that they do for FSRH:
SRH Clinical Studies Group