The Team

The Team

John Reynard: Co-Founder

John Reynard is a consultant urological surgeon and Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences at the University of Oxford. He is an honorary consultant urologist to The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. He holds a Masters degree in Medical Law and Ethics.
He has been actively engaged for many years in training doctors and medical students in techniques that can be used to prevent and mitigate the effects of error in healthcare. He is a co-author of ‘Practical Patient Safety’, published by Oxford University Press, which demonstrates how principles of safety derived from high reliability organisations such as the aviation and petrochemical industries can be applied in surgical and medical practice, in particular through training for health care professionals.
He has a large medicolegal practice, acting regularly as an expert witness in the High Court, County Courts, Coroner’s courts and at the GMC, for both Claimants and Defendants. His experiences as an expert witness have allowed him to teach doctors and surgeons how to stay out of court through educating them about the experiences of others in the litigation process. He is co-author, with Professor Richard Notley and James Badenoch QC, of ‘Urology and the Law: Lessons from Litigation’.

Peter Stevenson: Co-Founder

Peter Stevenson has been an Airline Pilot and Human Factors Instructor for over 30 years, starting one of the first Human Factors courses in the UK. He flies Airbus A330 airliners on intercontinental routes for a major UK airline.
Since 1999 he has designed and presented Human Factors / Patient Safety courses in 5 NHS Trusts. For the last 14 years he has lectured 4th year medical students at the University of Oxford. He has chaired a committee to recommend measures to respond to a fatal adverse event which occurred during surgery on a child. He had also advised other NHS Trusts after adverse events. He joint-authored a book entitled ‘Practical Patient Safety’ published by Oxford University Press. He has presented papers at conferences organised by the Royal College of Surgeons, the British Association of Urological Surgeons, the European Society of Thoracic Surgeons and the European Association for Cranio Maxillo-Facial Surgery. ​

Tim Kane: Co-Founder

Tim qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He undertook registrar training in the Wessex region and specialist fellowship at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. He has been a consultant since 2009 with a trauma and arthroplasty practice in a busy district general hospital. His interest in patient safety and how it can be influenced stems from experience in governance. This has been focused with learning from experts within High Reliability Organisations and mentoring from Peter and John. He strives to apply human factors principles in everyday clinical practice. Understanding the challenges that face healthcare professionals at, “the frontline” facilitates this. His enjoyment from teaching in this field has been reflected in the team’s feedback. He has mentored trainee doctors undertaking safety projects which have been presented at the IHI/BMJ quality improvement and patient safety conference. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and has recently joined the faculty for the Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons (NOTSS) course.

Mike Newman: Faculty, Financial & IT director

Mike Newman is an orthopaedic trained spinal fellow, currently working in Exeter.
Alongside his medical duties, he has a longstanding interest in technology and governance. Prior to his medical studies, he obtained a honours degree in clinical pharmacology, and worked for Virgin Care, in their operations department. During this time he was a member of their information security committee, as well as a key individual in the delivery of the ISO27001 certification.

In 2014 he completed a masters in Medical Physics assessing algorithms to aid radiation dose reduction with a view to promoting patient safety in CT scanning. Since early 2016, he has been the clinical safety officer for Ultramed Ltd, a cloud based preoperative assessment platform. He continues to work towards the European Spinal Diploma, as well as a Diploma in Medical Law and Ethics.