Simon Freeman

BMUS President and resident sour dough baker!

I have been employed as a consultant radiologist with specialist interests in ultrasound and uroradiology at Derriford Hospital Plymouth for the past 20 years, working in an ultrasound department that performs approximately 60,000 non-obstetric scans per year.

The role of the President is to lead the Society in meeting its charitable objectives of promoting the effective and safe use of ultrasound in medicine, maintaining the highest professional standards, advancing education and research and providing information to the public. The President is also responsible for promoting the image of BMUS as a leading multi-disciplinary medical Society both nationally and internationally.

In reality I chair the Annual General Meeting at the ASM. I also chair the regular Officers  and Council meetings , ensuring these groups work together to deliver the objectives of BMUS. I liaise weekly with Joy, our Executive Officer, to help manage issues as they arise and answer queries from within and outside the Society.

I have been a member of BMUS for 20yrs and have been actively involved since 2004. In 2006 I was chair of the Annual Scientific Meeting which took place in Manchester and have been a member of the scientific organising committee for three other ASMs. I was elected to BMUS council in 2009 and chaired the Science and Education Committee from 2011 – 2013. I progressed to BMUS Honorary Secretary from 2014-2015 and then President Elect in 2015. At this time I started to write for the BMUS newsletter as the Grumpy Old Ultrasound Consultant, a task that I enjoyed thoroughly and reluctantly handed over to an equally mature and cantankerous colleague last year. I become President in January 2017 and will hold this position until December 2019.

I live with my wife and favourite child (yellow Labrador) north of the city on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, my two children now having flown the nest. Outside of work I am a fanatical, and occasionally successful, artisan bread baker and also love to walk on Dartmoor.

Although it is probably unwise to tempt fate my first year as BMUS President has been less stressful than I was anticipating. There are many reasons for this including my good fortune to inherit the post at a time when the Society had made very significant advances over the preceding few years under the capable leadership of the past two Presidents. BMUS now has achieved a level of stability that allows us to concentrate on delivering our core objectives. We are now also fortunate to have a talented, effective and happy group of office staff and managers working tirelessly on your behalf.  BMUS also has committed and capable Officers and committee members who spend many hours of their own time to provide the services that BMUS members enjoy; without these people BMUS would not exist. I am however conscious that there is still much to be done to keep BMUS relevant and useful to its members and to encourage others to join, particularly at a time of great uncertainly and change in UK healthcare.

It has been a privilege to take on the responsibilities of BMUS President and to meet so many people who share a passion for ultrasound.  I look forward to the next year with great anticipation and optimism. 

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