Board of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine 2020 Election Results

16 July 2020

The deadline for nominations has now passed. We received three applications for the three vacancies on the Board. The applications have been verified and as the positions are uncontested, the three candidates can be duly elected without the need for a poll. I am therefore pleased to be able to announce that the following people have been elected to the Board of the Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine:

  • Dr Dale Gardiner
  • Dr Jack Parry-Jones (re-elected for a second term)
  • Dr Sarah Clarke

Candidates are listed in order of the date their nomination was received.

They will commence their four year terms on the Board on 01 November 2020. I hope you’ll join us in congratulating and welcoming them to the Faculty. We look forward to working with them to make our specialty the best it can be.

Their election statements are copied below for information.

Dr Alison Pittard, Dean, FICM


GARDINER, Dale – Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Nominated by Dr Bob Winter and Dr Steve Mathieu

For those that don’t know me, I am Australian but have made the UK my home since 2002. I have been an ICU consultant in Nottingham since 2005 and a leader in organ donation for more than a decade. I have a track record of consensus building and driving innovation. In education I ran the regional ICM teaching for ten years, was a faculty tutor and founded the national donation simulation course. In that course there is a strong component of mentorship, developing colleagues in training and new consultants, communication skills and ethical decision-making.  Ethics is a passion and I am chair of my hospitals clinical ethics committee and have published numerous ethics articles. I am a strong advocate for patients and their families, have worked closely with charity groups and I helped found the posthumous Order of St John Award for Organ Donation which has been given to over 5,800 UK donors and their families. I have considerable experience in public speaking, guidance writing, strategy formulation, and working with government and the media.

Reflecting on COVID-19 has given me a strong desire to take the experience and skills I have gained through my role in organ donation and use them to the benefit of the wider intensive care community.  If elected my top 2 priorities would be:

  1. Sustainability through innovation – training and CPD, mentorship, service provision now and for the future
  2. Collaboration for mutual benefit – government, embracing regionalisation, wider NHS and 3rd sector, leveraging my established ICM international relationships

But most of all, I’d like a chance to share my energy, ideas, enthusiasm and (usually) good humour. While not recorded as any manifesto, I was interviewed earlier this year regarding decision-making and ICU admission. So if you would like to hear from me more, listen at


PARRY-JONES, Jack – Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Nominated by Dr James Williams and Dr Matt Wise 

I work clinically as a full-time consultant intensivist, and have done in small and large DGHs, as well as teaching hospitals. My training background is in Critical Care, Medicine, and Anaesthesia.

I have experience as a Lead Clinician for a Critical Care Network and Lead Clinician for Hospital Critical Care services. I co-chaired the inaugural FICM meeting for Clinical Leads in 2019. I sat on the Welsh Critical Care Illness Group seeking to improve standards and implement change. We advocated for the Welsh Government to review critical care capacity, and was part of the subsequent Task Force. I led on Long Term Ventilation and weaning, leading to direct Government investment in an LTiV service.

As FICM Workforce Deputy Lead we have conducted the annual census and published on this and Professional Quality of Life in the critical care consultant workforce. We have overseen a large expansion in the consultant ICM workforce; in particular an increase in women, non-anaesthetic ICM CCTs, and those with single ICM CCTs. We have conducted and published 9 regional in-depth workforce reviews. 

I represent FICM on the RCoA and Royal College of Physicians workforce groups.

I also represent FICM and our specialty on the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Wales.

With your support I would like to continue this work into a second Board term. The key issues (brought sharply into focus by Covid-19) are the promotion of our specialty across wider groups, more staffed critical care capacity, better recruitment with flexibility, post critical care rehabilitation services, and career long retention in ICM. We cannot improve critical care, its’ capacity, and our working conditions without more of us in the brave new world that we now live, love and work in.


CLARKE, Sarah - East Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Nominated by Dr Daniele Bryden and Dr Jonathan Goodall

I have been a full-time Consultant in Anaesthesia & ICM since 2003 at the Royal Blackburn Hospital, a large DGH; and driving standards in training & education have been major career objectives throughout. I’ve been ICM Tutor, Regional Advisor, and now since 2019, am the Lead RA for the 4 devolved nations. Hence, I have always been and remain actively involved in the delivery of post-graduate medical education, locally, regionally & nationally. Since 2017 I sit on the FICM Training, Assessment & Quality Committee, and have represented the Faculty at HEE, AoMRC & GMC meetings. I’m also a member of the Curriculum Working Party, rewriting the Curriculum in line with Shape of Training, and am CESR Lead in the project.

In 2018 I was appointed a FFICM Examiner and I also co-organise the national ICM recruitment process. 

More recently, I have had a significant contribution to writing, reviewing, and presenting national guidance on behalf of the Faculty. This has covered many aspects of our evolving response to the COVID-19 pandemic including cross-skilling, #BetterTogether, clinical guidance, PPE, Field Hospital education & training, and ARCP Decision Aids (see

With your vote it is my determination that the integrity and reputation of our specialty is maintained. I want to continue using my enthusiasm and experience to support the Faculty, to ensure our trainees and colleagues of today & the future work in a collaborative, sustainable, resourced, and safe environment. Our patients and families come first and require an Intensive Care Consultant-led, standards-driven framework of multi-disciplinary care. Supporting our specialty, improving our services and looking to the future is my aim.