CASE Executive

Committee Chair: Dr Gareth Bolton


Committee Vice-Chair: Jai Saxelby



Education Officer: Gill Dolbear


CASE Co-ordinator: Sian Brown


Finance: Fiona McKeown


Accreditor Liaison Officer:

Anna Glavocih


CASE Committee

Each Member Organisation nominates up to three of their own members to represent their interests on the CASE Committee. The Committee is responsible for implementing CASE policy and strategy as determined by the Consortium and the day to day operations including approving accreditations.


Further details can be found in the CASE Committee Terms of Reference.

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BMUS Representatives

Dr Heather Venables


Heather originally trained at Guy's Hospital and has worked in ultrasound education since 1990, combining various teaching roles with both clinical practice and research. Her current role is Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby. Heather has a specific interest in the physics and technology of medical ultrasound and has written and taught extensively in these areas, including the development of e-learning material for the RCR Radiology Teaching Initiative, the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the National Breast Imaging Academy.

Heather's current research interests include the use of ultrasound in a range of acute and point of care settings, ultrasound simulation and patient experience of imaging examinations. She took over the role of CASE Committee Chair from October 2020 to June 2023.



Simon Richards


Simon's current role is as Medical Ultrasound Programme Lead at Teesside University, he has been on the CASE Committee as a BMUS rep since 2013 and served as Committee Chair from 2017 to 2020.




Dr Gareth Bolton


Before moving into higher education, in 2010, Gareth was a Senior Radiographer/Sonographer for over ten years (specialising in general medical, vascular, obstetric and gynaecological ultrasound practice). He is currently Programme Leader for the MSc Medical Imaging (Ultrasound) at University of Cumbria.


Gareth remains a HCPC registered diagnostic radiographer and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA). Gareth is also external examiner for the MSc Medical Ultrasound at another HEI. His research interest is Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorder (WRMSD) in ultrasound practice in the UK, and he has recently successfully defended his PhD thesis, studying at Lancaster University.


Gareth has been an accreditor for CASE for several years now and was elected onto British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) council (January 2018) for a 3 year term and is now delighted to be representing BMUS on CASE committee; he took over the role of CASE Committee Chair in June 2023.

BSE Representatives


Dr David Oxborough


 David Oxborough is an Echocardiographer and Clinical Cardiac Physiologist with over 20 years of experience in primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare settings. He has been awarded a fellowship with British Society of Echocaradiography (BSE) and is active within the society as the Co-lead of the Research and Audit Committee and incoming chair of the Education Committee. He has been the lead author on two BSE published professional guidelines and contributed to numerous others. He is also a Past-Chair of the Consortium for Accrediting Sonographic Education (2011-2013) and lead accreditor for ultrasound education programmes nationwide.


As an academic and researcher, Dr Oxborough has published over 135 peer reviewed papers on quantitative echocardiography and its applications in Clinical and Exercise Cardiology. He has continuously worked in the imaging-based assessment of sudden cardiac death syndromes and pre-participation screening environment and has screened thousands of athletes. He has contributed significantly to our understanding of the Athlete’s Heart and its differentiation from cardiomyopathy. His work also includes the use and application of echocardiography (specifically strain imaging) in clinical populations with an interest in diastolic function, heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, valve disease and pulmonary hypertension.



Gemma Bassindale




CSP Representatives

Dr Mike Smith


Dr Mike Smith is a senior lecturer at Cardiff University and a physiotherapist by original clinical training. As part of his PhD fellowship funded by Arthritis Research UK (now Versus Arthritis), Mike undertook his PgC in Medical Ultrasound where he specialised in imaging of the musculoskeletal system and in particular the shoulder.

Over a number of years, Mike has played a key role in the point of care ultrasound and career sonography landscapes:
Mike has been a longstanding member of the multi-professional BMUS Professional Standards Group committee and more recently the BMUS Education committee; he is also one of the point of care ultrasound leads for BMUS.
Mike was extensively involved with the Health Education England consultations around sonography career frameworks, including active involvement with the ‘Sonography Implementation Group’ and ‘Sonography Training Group’ subcommittees.
Mike initiated the process of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP) becoming a consortium member and has sat on CASE committee as a CSP representative since 2017. In 2019 Mike was the project lead on the funded ‘CASE Accreditation Review Project’ which involved a top to bottom review of how CASE undertakes accreditation. Via this wide-reaching project, numerous recommendations were made which are likely to frame the activities of CASE in the short, medium and long term.”


Stuart Wildman


Stuart is an Extended Scope Physiotherapist and MSK Sonographer working in the NHS. He divides his time between teaching MSK Ultrasound, and using it in clinical practice in a Physiotherapy department at The Homerton Hospital and Radiology at The Royal Surrey County Hospital . He is a qualified MSK Sonographer, with a PG Cert and CASE accredited qualification from Canterbury Christ Church University.

He qualified from the University of Southampton in 2003 with a BSc Physiotherapy, and went on to gain an MSc in Advanced Neuromusculoskeletal Physiotherapy at The University of Hertfordshire. He is an active member of the executive committee of EPADU (Electrophysical Agents and Diagnostic Ultrasound) special interest group, helping develop the use of diagnostic ultrasound in Physiotherapy within the UK and ACPOMIT (The Association for Chartered Physiotherapists with an interest in Orthopaedic Medicine and Injection Therapy) who oversee the use of injection therapy.


Dr Sue Innes



RCOP Representatives

Jai Saxelby


Jai is an Enhanced Role MSK Podiatrist working for PhysioWorks-Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with over 25-years’ clinical experience. He has been using diagnostic ultrasound routinely in clinic since 2003, and injection therapy since 2008; he has completed his CASE approved Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Ultrasound from the University of Teesside.

Jai has published several original papers, with an interest in plantar fasciitis and ultrasound, as well as peer-reviewing for a number of journals. He has educational experience; in 2000 he was part of the team that developed the first MSc in Podiatric Biomechanics in the UK at Staffordshire University where he wrote and delivered one of the modules, he has also spent time has a clinical supervisor at Huddersfield University. He is an active member of the College of Podiatry, Committee of the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine, Ultrasound in Podiatry, Specialist Advisory Group, providing clinical representation for musculoskeletal matters.


Dr Lisa Wright


Lisa is currently a lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, teaching on the undergraduate podiatry and postgraduate ultrasound programmes. Lisa graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BSc (Hons) in Podiatry in 2008, and in 2010, qualified with a CASE accredited PgCert in musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound of the lower limb. Since qualification, Lisa currently utilises MSK ultrasound in research, teaching, mentoring and clinical practice. Key research and clinical interests include the use of MSK ultrasound for foot and ankle assessment in the field of rheumatology, where her doctoral research project was titled ‘Foot involvement in early rheumatoid arthritis: A prospective ultrasound study’.

Lisa is an active member of the College of Podiatry, Directorate of Podiatric Medicine Specialist Advisory Group for Ultrasound in Podiatry, in the role of Directorate of Education.


IPEM Representatives

Dr Emma Chung


A Senior Lecturer in Clinical Ultrasound Education and Academic Programme Director for postgraduate Clinical Ultrasound teaching at King’s College London.  Emma is a HCPC-registered Clinical Scientist specialising in Ultrasound Physics, with over 15 years of experience working as a clinical academic based within the NHS. She is a former Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) journal Ultrasound and has also been a member of BMUS Council in the role of Honorary Secretary. Emma holds a First-Class Master of Physics (Hons) degree from the University of Kent, a Pg Dip in Medical Statistics from the University of Leicester, and a PhD in Applied Physics from the University of Warwick. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Editor of Practical Medical Physics: a guide to the work of hospital Clinical Scientists published by CRC Press. In 2020, Emma was highly commended for her contribution to medical physics research in the annual NHS England Chief Scientific Officer awards.


David Locke


David is a specialist Healthcare Scientist in NHS Wales with a passion for medical ultrasound who first worked in the NHS as a Physicist at University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff researching Doppler ultrasound test equipment and flow phantoms for calibration and quality assurance purposes.


Following a career in the private sector working for international medical ultrasound manufacturers David returned to the NHS in 2019 and recently completed a CASE accredited PG Cert in Medical Ultrasound from AECC College University of Bournemouth.


In his current role David has developed and delivered ultrasound scanner Quality Assurance training programs for users and equipment QA covering a wide range of applications in Diagnostic and Point of Care ultrasound within an ISO13485 Quality Management System. David inputs into capital equipment specifications, medical device clinical governance and provides ultrasound instrumentation training with the goal of providing the best quality of care for patients.


As a member of IPEM and BMUS David is keen to help improve healthcare systems, training and ultimately patient experience and outcomes including the adoption of appropriately controlled 'artificial intelligence' in medical ultrasound.


SCOR Representatives

Gill Dolbear 


Qualifying as a radiographer at the Kent and Canterbury School of Radiography in 1982, Gill has held a variety of clinical posts before becoming a specialist clinician in ultrasound and computerised tomography. Gill gained her Diploma in Medical Ultrasound at the Middlesex School of Radiography in 1987 and, in 2002, successfully completed an MSc in Interprofessional Health and Community Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University College.
In 2001 she was seconded to what was then Canterbury Christ Church University College as Practice Placement Co-ordinator to carry out a research project on the radiography undergraduate clinical placements. The project was published in 2003 and it was at this time that Gill moved into the world of Allied Health Professions education as the Programme Director for the MSc Medical Imaging Programme at Canterbury Christ Church University. Gill is also the new Professional Lead for Radiography within the Department of Allied Health Professions at Canterbury Christ Church University.
Gill has served on the Society and College of Radiographers UK Council since 2005 and was President of the SCoR from July 2009 to July 2010. She has also served on the Allied Health Professions Federation from November 2008 to May 2012; acting as Chair of the AHPF from May 2010 to May 2012. Gill has been a member of the British Medical Ultrasound Society since 2000 and chaired the SCoR Ultrasound Advisory Group from 2007 to 2009. In 2007 she became one of the SCoR representatives on CASE and remains in this role as an accreditor and Committee Member; between 2013 and 2016 Gill held the role of CASE Chair.


Gill Harrison


After training as a radiographer and sonographer Gill moved into education and spent 20 years at City, University of London as Ultrasound Programme Director and Associate Professor. She is now the Professional Officer for Ultrasound at the Society and College of Radiographers. In addition to this role Gill was a CASE lead accreditor for many years, has developed clinical competency guidelines, co-authored the CASE Standards for Sonographic Education and has been involved in accreditor training days for CASE.

Gill has had involvement in the wider ultrasound community as chair of the sonographer training group for Health Education England, external examiner for ultrasound programmes, editor and author for on-line resources and CPD quizzes for the e-learning for healthcare ( obstetric modules and deputy editor for the journal “Ultrasound”. She has a keen interest in ensuring high quality ultrasound education provision. She continues to teach ergonomics, clinical mentoring, delivering unexpected findings in ultrasound and professional issues.



Jane Arezina


Jane Arezina FHEA, MHSc, DMU, DCR (R), Associate Professor in Diagnostic Imaging, University of Leeds was a clinical specialist sonographer until she joined the University of Leeds as a Medical Ultrasound lecturer in 2006 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2020. For many years Jane was programme leader for the postgraduate programme at Leeds and in 2023, she developed and validated the BSc (Hons) Medical Ultrasound programme there. The first cohort will start on the programme in September 2024.

Jane has a specialist interest in obstetric ultrasound and has undertaken research exploring the impact of delivering unexpected news in this area of practice on sonographers. She is also a contributor to the development of the ‘Consensus Guidelines for the Delivery of Unexpected News in Obstetric Ultrasound: The ASCKS Framework.’


Jane became a member of CASE committee as one of the representatives for the College of Radiographer in 2022 and has undertaken a number of validations on behalf of CASE.



Gillian Coleman


Gillian trained as a Diagnostic Radiographer at the University of Derby, qualifying in 2002 and working at Nottingham University Hospitals as a plain film Radiographer. After several years gaining experience Gillian undertook training in Ultrasound and completed the Postgraduate Diploma in 2009 and then subsequently the MSc in Advanced Practice in 2015. Gillian continued to work at Nottingham University Hospitals until 2021, during which time she worked in the role of Clinical Specialist in Obstetric Ultrasound (2015-2020). Gillian joined the University of Derby as a lecturer in 2015, working in the academic role alongside her clinical duties and became Senior Lecturer and MSc Medical Ultrasound programme lead in 2018.

Gillian has extensive knowledge across a range of ultrasound specialities and also within the education sector supporting development and provision of ultrasound modules at the University of Derby. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy having gained her PGCE in HE in 2017.

With a keen interest in Sonographer wellbeing, Obstetric ultrasound and Sonographer education, she has presented at various conferences both locally and nationally and has authored publications. Gillian is currently a mentee on the College of Radiographers FoRRM3 programme.

Alongside this role, Gillian also acts on the Ultrasound Advisory Group, which all enables her to bring a wealth of experience to CASE. 

CSVS Representatives


Tanyah Ewen



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