Our Team


Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
Honorary Professor of Paediatric Otolaryngology, MAHSC, University of Manchester

Iain qualified (MB ChB) from Manchester Medical School in 1997 and trained in ENT surgery in the North West and London. During his medical training he completed an intercalated degree in Anatomy (BSc (Hons)) with an emphasis on Embryology. He completed Fellowships in children’s ENT at the Evelina Children’s Hospital (St. Thomas’ Hospital, London) and the Sophia Children’s Hospital (Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, Holland). In 2006 he was awarded an MD from the University of Manchester and received the George Seed prize from the North of England Otorhinolaryngological Society for his MD research.

Iain is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology (ESPO), the council of the British Association of Paediatric Otolaryngology (BAPO) and is a member of the international ENT/Pulmonary Working Group for Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II. His specialist clinical interests include childhood ear disease, childhood hearing loss and rehabilitation (Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) and Cochlear Implants), the management of childhood airway disease (including snoring and OSA), and congenital neck masses. In his NHS and private practice he provides a comprehensive service managing all aspects of Ear, Nose and Throat disorders in children.

He has worked as a Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since 2009. Iain has an interest in clinical and basic science research and was appointed as Honorary Professor of Paediatric Otolaryngology, MAHSC, University of Manchester in 2014.

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GMC Number: 4419992


Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Neil graduated in 1993, having completed a BMedSci during his training in cell culture alternatives to animal experimentation. His ENT training was in Nottingham and Sheffield and he spent a sabbatical in Lyon having specialised in Paediatric ENT. Prior to coming to Manchester in 2014 he was Consultant in and Clinical Lead for Paediatric ENT at the Sheffield Children’s Hospital for 10 years.

Neil is the Honorary Secretary of the British Association for Paediatric Otolaryngology. He is associate editor of Clinical Otolaryngology and paediatric section editor for Scott Browns Otolaryngology. He is an enthusiastic teacher and is on the faculty of the British Paediatric Otolaryngology course. He is a regular faculty member on other educational courses including coblation tonsillectomy courses.

Neil’s specialist clinical areas of interest are airway disease in children, paediatric head and neck and salivary gland disease and the management of children with neurodisability.

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GMC Number: 4020132


Consultant Paediatric Otolaryngologist, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital

Michael qualified in medicine in 1977 before proceeding to undergo ENT training in London. Following this he was appointed clinical lecturer at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. In 1987 he moved to Manchester to work as a consultant at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Hope Hospital Salford.

Michael served as the President of the British Society of Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology (BAPO) until 2012. He is a well renowned teacher and is a faculty member on the British Paediatric Otolaryngology Course (BPOC). His clinical research interests include the management of congenital ear disease, Bone Anchored Hearing Aids (BAHA) and childhood airway obstruction.

Michael has over 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals and is regularly invited to lecture at national and international medical conferences on various aspects of paediatric ENT

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GMC Number: 2412340


Catherine Qualified in 1998 from Manchester Medical School. She has worked for 2 years in New Zealand and for 6 months in Uganda providing Anaesthesia for a rural population looking after mainly children.

She completed her Anaesthesia training in the North West region. During this 7-year training scheme she completed one year of Paediatric Anaesthesia at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) and a years fellowship in Paediatric Anaesthesia at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada. Catherine was appointed as a Consultant Paediatric Anaesthestist at RMCH in 2011. She provides anaesthesia for all children with a subspecialty interest in anaesthesia for paediatric ENT. She works closely with all the ENT surgeons at RMCH.

She is a member of the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists Great Britain and Ireland (APAGBI), an Advanced Paediatric Life Support (APLS) instructor and has an active role in simulation training for all healthcare professionals. She is a member of the international Managing Emergencies in Paediatric Anaesthesia (MEPA) collaboration.

She has an active interest in patient safety and is the lead for the Paediatric working group for the National Tracheostomy Safety Project.

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GMC Number: 4546278


Consultant Paediatric Anaesthetist

Adam qualified in 1986 at Liverpool University, and following time spent in General Medicine, Paediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, he commenced his Anaesthetic Training in Manchester in 1990.

He is a Consultant Anaesthetist and Lead Clinician for Paediatric Anaesthesia at The University Hospital of South Manchester (UHSM). In this capacity, he has extensive experience in providing and managing safe and high quality anaesthesia to all ages of patients for a wide variety of surgical disciplines. His specialist interest is Anaesthesia for Children.

During his training he spent 6 months in the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, prior to a further 6 month training at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH). Before being appointed as a full-time consultant at UHSM, he returned to RMCH and spent several months as a Locum Consultant, consolidating his skills and experience in Paediatric Anaesthesia.

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GMC Number: 3134788


Audiological Scientist

Adam obtained his MSc in Audiology from The University of Manchester in 2005 and subsequently undertook clinical training at South Manchester University Hospitals Trust. Following this he worked at the Manchester Cochlear Implant Programme until October 2011 at which point he was appointed as Lead Paediatric Audiologist for the Trafford Hospitals Division of the Central Manchester Foundation Trust.

He has gained significant experience in the field of Paediatric Audiology, assessing children of all ages, from newborn babies through to teenagers. He works with many children both with temporary and permanent hearing losses and takes pride in providing hearing assessment that is, not only reliable, but also engaging and interesting for your child.

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Registered Numbers: CS17907 / HAD01703


Consultant Clinical Scientist (Audiologist)

Martin qualified in Medical Physics at the University of Leeds in 1989 and following time spent at the Royal Liverpool Hospital he commenced his audiology training at Southampton University in 1991 with clinical placement at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. He completed his doctorate at the University of Manchester and took up his role as Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of Audiology and Cochlear Implants at Manchester Royal Infirmary in 1996.

He has over 20 years’ experience in the field of audiology and hearing implants for children and adults. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Manchester, a national assessor for the association of clinical scientists and is an elected member of the council of the British Cochlear Implant Group. His specialist clinical interests are in diagnostic hearing assessment and rehabilitation for children and adults and auditory implants that include bone anchored hearing aids (BAHA) and cochlear implants.

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Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician

Stuart graduated from Leicester University in 2003 and trained in paediatrics and respiratory medicine throughout the North in Stoke-on-Trent, Liverpool (Alder Hey) and Sheffield Children’s hospital, before completing his sub-specialty respiratory paediatric training in Leicester.

Stuart spent 2 years as a cystic fibrosis clinical fellow researching fungal disease in cystic fibrosis before taking a consultants post at RMCH in 2014. Stuart has over 8 years experience in paediatric respiratory medicine looking after children from birth to 17 years of age, covering all aspects, mainly looking after children with asthma, wheezing, other atopy, noisy breathing, chronic cough and recurrent infections of both the upper and lower respiratory tract. Stuart also manages children with sleep disordered breathing, snoring and sleep related problems.

Stuart’s clinical work mainly relates to reviewing patients in clinic and carrying out appropriate blood tests, radiological investigations, lung function tests. Stuart also perform flexible fibreoptic bronchoscopy on children in theatres under a general anaesthetic, this is for diagnostic purposes and can be required for some children with undiagnosed respiratory complaints. Stuart performs on average 40-50 bronchoscopies per year.

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Speech & Language Therapist / Auditory Verbal Therapist

Lise qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist at Manchester University in 1985. After 10 years working with a mixed paediatric caseload she moved to the Manchester Paediatric Cochlear Implant Programme where she developed her interest in Auditory Verbal Therapy.

In 2003 she qualified as a Cert AVT and later that year took on the role of Paediatric Co-ordinator at the Cochlear Implant Programme. She trains and lectures in the UK and internationally and since qualifying as a Cert AVT she has mentored a number of therapists in the UK and Dubai.

She is currently 1 of only 12 certified AV therapists in the UK and is committed to increasing the awareness and availability of Auditory Verbal Therapy to professionals and families of hearing impaired children.

In 2013 she joined the team at WE Listen International Inc as a consultant in professional education and training participating on training programmes in Portugal, Jordan and Dubai



Sue qualified in Speech Pathology and Therapy at Manchester University in 1986. She worked in Australia before returning to the UK. Sue subsequently worked in the paediatric speech and language therapy service in Salford and then moved to Manchester PCT.

In Manchester, Sue specialised in the treatment of children with hearing impairment and also gained a certificate in counselling. She subsequently worked at North Manchester General Hospital and now works at Stepping Hill Hospital. She has always maintained a paediatric caseload in the community. In 2002, Sue published a book on Speech and Language Therapy and in 2005 she took on the post of associate lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at Manchester Metropolitan University. She works with patients of Mr Rothera and Mr Bruce’s and is registered with all the major insurance companies.




Joan has been Personal Assistant and Practice Manager for Mr Michael Rothera’s private practice since 2006 and Mr Iain Bruce’s practice since 2010. Joan has completed a 2 year course to obtain a Medical Secretary Diploma, and is based at the Spire Manchester Hospital. Prior to this Joan worked in the NHS in General Practice and then at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Salford Royal Hospital NHS Trust as a medical secretary managing specialities such as neurosurgery, general surgery, gastroenterology and gynaecology.