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Meet the team

Management team

Owen Ainsley, Divisional director for specialised services

Mandie Townsend, Clinical chair for specialised services

Sophie Nicholls, General manager for Bristol Heart Institute

Becky Hocking, Divisional HR business partner

Helen Bishop, Head of Nursing

Vicky Beard, Performance and operations manager

David O'Sullivan, Finance manager for specialised services

Katie Phelan, Assistant Finance Manager

Nursing teams in the Bristol Heart Institute

Sarah Furniss head of nursing

Sarah Furniss is the head of nursing for the Division of Specialised Services, which includes the Bristol Heart Institute. As head of nursing, Sarah is responsible for overseeing the management of all nursing teams and ensuring the highest quality nursing care is provided in the most efficient way.

Sarah Furniss: 0117 342 6619 

Jenny Anstey

Jenny Anstey: 0117 342 6619

Jenny's role as Matron is to lead by example ensuring that the patients receive the highest quality patient experience in the Bristol Heart Institute. She ensures that patients are cared for by highly trained, experienced staff, that privacy and dignity are respected, infection control protocols adhered to, the wards are clean and that patients, carers and staff are all safe and well cared for.

Sarah Chalkley


Sarah Chalkley: 0117 342 6524



Sarah Carson Sarah Carson is the catheter laboratory clinical manager. Sarah is part of the senior nurse team but also leads the multi professional team in this department.
Rachel Allan (Ward 51), Rebecca Brockway (cardiology catheter laboratories and day case), Sarah Chalkley (coronary care unit), Sue Gibert (cardiac intensive care unit), Lorraine Hopes (Ward 53), Liz Leech (Ward 52) and Nicky Lukaszewicz are the ward/unit sisters who lead the teams of nurses in their clinical areas.

Clinical nurse specialists

Cardiology staff

Cardiac surgery staff

Adult congenital heart disease staff

Bristol Heart Rhythm

Mangement and clerical support teams

Cardiology staff

Consultant cardiologists

Cardiology lead doctor - Dr Julian Strange.
Secretary, Jacqui Wright, 0117 342 6574

Cardiology catheter lab lead doctor - Steve Dorman
Secretary, Zena Clothier, 0117 342 6573

EP lead - Glyn Thomas
Secretary, Felicity Lambert, 0117 342 6578 

Ed Duncan
Secretary, Julie Georgewell, 0117 342 6695

Tom Johnson
Secretary, Zena Clothier, 0117 342 6573

Angus Nightingale
Secretary, Ann Wherlock, 0117 342 6691

Mandie Townsend
Secretary, Julie Georgewell, 0117 342 6695

Associate specialist

Nabil Tumia 
Secretary, Caron Finn/Ann Wherlock, 0117 342 26572 

Clinical nurse specialists

HEART team (acute coronary syndrome and cardiac rehabilitation)

Team leader - Daniel Thomas, nurse practitioner,

Heart failure

Bev Pearson

Hannah Lightfoot

Cardiac physiology team

Karen Barrett, cardiographer 

Lois Ollerenshaw, cardiographer

Polly Taylor, cardiographer

Cardiac surgery staff

Consultant surgeons

Professor GD Angelini, British Heart Foundation professor of cardiac surgery

Professor  Raimondo Ascione, professor of cardiac surgical science and translational research

Professor Massimo Caputo, reader in cardiac surgery (paediatrics)

Franco Ciulli, consultant cardiac surgeon

Andrew Parry, consultant cardiac surgeon (congenital)

Serban Stoica, consultant cardiac surgeon (congenital)

Mark Yeatman, consultant cardiac surgeon. 

Cha Rajakaruna, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Hunaid Vohra, Consultant Cardiac Surgeon

Umberto Benedetto, Consulant Cardiac Surgeon

Associate specialist

Mr Milan Bates 

Staff grade

Mr Radek Capoun 

Principal perfusionist

Mr Richard Downes 

Director of CICU 

Dr Adrian Wagstaff

Lead anaesthetist (cardiac)

Dr Martin Platt

Adult congential heart disease (GUCH) team


Lead clinician, Dr Stephanie Curtis

Dr Mark Turner

Dr Graham Stuart

Dr Radwa Badair


Mr Andrew Parry

Mr Massimo Caputo

Mr Serban Stoica

Specialist nurses

Mrs Sheena Vernon 

Mrs Wendy Visser 

Caryl Evans

Jessica Strange

Cardiac radiologists

Dr Mark Hamilton

Dr Nathan Manghat


Miss Sue Sellers

Miss Jo Trinder

Obstetric anaesthetists

Dr Issy Gardner

Dr Nicola Harvey

Dr Mike Kinsella

Dr Mark Scrutton 

Dr Nick Wharton


Mrs Lisa Curthoys (Dr Curtis)  0117 342 5967

Bristol Heart Rhythm 

Dr Glyn Thomas, Consultant

Dr Ed Duncan, Consultant

Dr Palash Barman, Consultant

Dr Ashley Nisbet, Consultant

Dr Ihab Diab, Consultant

Ben Honeyands, cardiac physiologist

Jason Parker, cardiac physiologist