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Executive Committee




Niall is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Sunderland Royal Hospital . He is an accidental clinical researcher having joined the PERUKI Research Steering Committee at its inception. He is the PERUKI site lead for Sunderland and a recent graduate of the North East’s Green Shoots Research Programme. His other main interest is simulation based medical education and he is the RCPCH Simulation lead for the North East. When not working or playing with dolls he obsesses over the (mis)fortunes of Liverpool Football Club and unsuccessfully tries to get his two children to do the same.  He is also devilishly handsome, great with kids & loves his mum.

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Tom is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children and Clinical Lecturer in Paediatrics at Queen's University Belfast. Tom's research interests include paediatric infectious diseases, sepsis and biomarkers. 

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Immediate past CHAIR

Damian is a Consultant and Honorary Professor at Leicester Hospitals and Leicester University. He has research interests in scorings systems in acute care, educational evaluation and social media as a means of knowledge translation. He was previously a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow and is currently involved as a chief investigator and co-investigator on two large NIHR funded studies. He struggles to keep fit, avoid drinking coffee and clean up after his two daughters.

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Mark is a clinical researcher who spends most of his time as a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Bristol Royal Hospital for Children.  He is also a Senior Research Fellow in the University of the West of England, with research interests in childhood head injury and asthma.  He has been involved in the clincial guideline development process with NICE, and is a member of the MCRN.  First hand experience of working within the PREDICT research network proved to him that multi-centre PEM research is more than just an aspiration. He's now a passionate believer that paediatric emergency departments are the ideal place to perform research, and is working on getting everyone else to believe it too.

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Shrouk is a Consultant in Paediatric Emergency Medicine at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Currently a NIHR NWC Research Scholar, Shrouk is keen to enable research in the Paediatric Emergency Department through ED generated projects or collaboration with other specialties. Other interests include developing and sustaining regional educational programs. Shrouk is often found near cake and tea.

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Marianne is a Consultant Nurse Practitioner (Adults and Paediatrics) in the Emergency Unit at the University hospital of Wales in Cardiff and Honorary Lecturer at Cardiff University. Her doctoral research has been qualitative and focussed on advanced nurse practitioner role, but she’s looking forward to getting back to her paediatric roots with clinical research as part of PERUKI. She’s quoted as saying ‘now I’ve got over being star-struck by the famous PERUKI exec committee I’m excited to bring my nursing experience to the group and hopefully engage more paediatric emergency nurses in research’. To balance the challenges of work, research, and life she spends time being dragged around fields by Flo & Nemo, who are much bigger goldendoodles than the breeder said they would be.

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Michael Barrett is PEM consultant at Children’s Health Ireland, Dublin and Associate
Clinical Professor in University College Dublin. He is Lead for research in the
Department of Paediatric Emergency Medicine in Children’s Health Ireland, Dublin.
He is a full-time clinician. He has been involved in Children’s Health Ireland and Irish
Association of Emergency Medicine and Faculty of Paediatrics, Royal College of
Physicians of Ireland guideline development and delivery across Paediatrics. He is
working with the NIHR on trial steering committees for paediatric drug trials. He has
been the Irish National Lead for numerous PERUKI studies including drug trials. Ex-
Chair of Drug and Therapeutics of Children’s Health Ireland. Current Chair of
National Paediatric Mortality Register in the National Office of Clinical Audit, RCSI.
He has productively collaborated with researchers in PERUKI, REPEM, ITERN,
TERN, IAEM, GAPRUKI, PREDICT and PERN. He truly believes that research and
investment in unscheduled care will create the largest positive change for the most
in our hospital systems. A hurling, Gaelic football, rugby fan, slow jogger, buoyant
swimmer and father of 4 of the best.

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Hi- my name’s Emily- I’m a paediatric emergency medicine consultant and have recently joined the PERUKI Exec as treasurer. I completed my training in London in 2015 and have since moved down to work at The Royal Alex Children’s Hospital in Brighton.

Alongside making the most of life between the South Downs and the Sea I’ve enjoyed getting several PERUKI projects up and running locally and am looking forward to getting more involved with the network on a national level.




Shane is a PEM Grid trainee at the Leicester Royal Infirmary (LRI) & a General Paediatric Higher-Specialist Trainee with the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI). Having completed his MSc in PEM (University of Edinburgh) he is now a Personal Tutor for the current batch of PEM MSc students. A former PEM Education Fellow at LRI, he enjoys facilitating SIM’s & all forms of medical education. Shane is looking forward to encouraging other trainee’s to engage with PERUKI & nurture an interest in Research.

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WEbsite and social media

Katie is a Paediatric Emergency Medicine consultant at North Middlesex Hospital in London. She is the creator and lead editor of and is into all things FOAMed. Katie is responsible for the recent update of the PERUKI website and new logo, and she is looking forward to being able to boost the profile of PERUKI's research using social media.

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