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

Michael Donnellon

Mike is President of the College of Operating Department Practitioners – Mike commenced his Operating Department Assistant training in 1983 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital before moving into Higher Education in 2002 at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Mike’s previous role within the College was Chair of the Education and Standards Committee.


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.


Karen Amber

Karen Amber hails from Kent and is currently a Sustainability and Social Value Manager for NHS Commercial Solutions focussing on workforce, corporate services and estates and facilities.

Karen is passionate about promoting the ODP career and led on a Schools project which promoted the profession by enabling children to become an ODP in a ‘Operating Theatre’ workshop and was featured on BBC Breakfast.


Alan Mount

Alan Mount is the Professional Lead for Operating Department Practice at Canterbury Christchurch University and becomes Chair of the Education and Standards Committee. Alan has many years’ experience of ODP education including numerous External Advisor / Subject Specialist roles. Alan has also served as a HCPC Council Member and HCPC Education and Training Committee member.


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 members.