Members of the Professional Council of the College of Operating Department Practitioners

Hannah Abbott

Hannah is the President of the College and an operating department practitioner with clinical and academic experience. She is currently an Associate Professor and Head of School, Health Sciences at Birmingham City University.

Hannah is an experienced speaker at conferences, and has co-edited a number of texts including the perioperative practice case book and ‘Foundations of Operating Department Practice: Essential Theory for Practice’.


Bill Kilvington

Bill qualified as an ODP (ODA) from St. Thomas’s Hospital in 1980 and has been a member of the College Professional Council for nearly 35 years. He was the first ODP to be elected President of the College, a post he held until 2017.

As part of the Surgical Never Events Taskforce in 2013 Bill was involved in producing the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs) in 2015.

Bill is on the NatSSIPs Steering Group at NHS Improvement and is the College Patient Safety Lead.


Reg Lloyd

Reg qualified as an ODP (ODA) in 1985 and has been a member of the College Professional Council since 2013.

Reg is based in Scotland and is the College’s Devolved Nations Officer.

Reg has represented the profession on the One Together Collaborative, The Health Educators Joint Liaison Committee, IV Standards Project Board and the Scottish National Theatre Nursing & ODP Workforce Collaborative.


Michael Donnellon

Mike is Chair of the CODP Education and Standards Committee and is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Central Lancashire. Mike began his ODP (ODA) career in 1983 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

Mike co-ordinates the Clinical and University Educator (CUE) Forums and also represents the College on several national groups including the ODP Degree Apprenticeship Trailblazer group and the Health and Care Professions Education Leads group.


Lucy Knightley

Lucy is qualified as an Operating Department Practitioner employed as a Scrub Practitioner at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead.

Lucy is also an assistant branch secretary at UNISON Gateshead Health and sits on the STAT committee. Lucy is passionate about the development of the Operating Department Practitioner role and raising awareness of the profession, she also helped to secure National ODP day.


Alan Lofthouse

Alan is the liaison officer between UNISON and the CODP. Alan worked in the ambulance service for 10 years before joining UNISON as a national officer. As a member of UNISON’s health group Alan works with CODP and also covers Agenda for Change terms and conditions, violence and aggression against staff and the health and wellbeing of