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Officers of the Medical Women's Federation 2018 - 2020

MWF President - Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones

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Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones is a medical doctor and neuroscience researcher working as Consultant psychiatrist in Addictions. She has worked for over twenty years at CNWL and is the current President of the Medical Women’s Federation.

She is the Founder and Director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic. The clinic is the first and only NHS multidisciplinary treatment centre in the UK for the treatment of problem gamblers, it has been inundated by thousands of referrals since its opening in 2008 and holds an extensive national database on pathological gambling.

She is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Spokesperson on Behavioural Addictions, as well as having been an elected member of the Executive Committee Addictions Faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists for nine years until 2014.

Henrietta leads the Problem Gambling Research Consortium, collaborating with various universities on different research projects exploring the nature of pathological gambling from a neurobiological and clinical perspective.

She teaches Behavioural Addictions at Imperial College in her role as Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine.

Henrietta's other roles include being a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) expert advisory group on Gaming and Gambling disorder.

She is a Board Member of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, the Psychiatry Council at the Royal Society of Medicine and the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Addictions.

Henrietta serves as a trustee of the charity, Action on Addiction, and is a patron of the charity Sporting Chance Clinic, after having served as a trustee for ten years. 

She is a past member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (2009-2016).


MWF President-Elect - Professor Neena Modi

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Neena Modi is Professor of Neonatal Medicine at Imperial College London, Consultant at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and Immediate Past-President of the UK Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Neena leads a neonatal research programme focused on the perinatal determinants of life-long health, and the National Neonatal Research Database, a unique resource on admissions to UK neonatal units, used for a wide range of national and international research, quality improvement, audit and surveillance.

Neena is extensively published in peer-reviewed journals, has authored a number of chapters in textbooks, commentaries and reviews, and directs the well-known “Neonatal Update: The Science of Newborn Care”, a week-long international academic meeting held in London each December.

Neena has made many contributions to health services. She has championed the necessity for a sound research base for paediatrics and child health, and the health equity that flows from a publicly funded and publicly provided health service. She has held several national roles including President of the UK Neonatal Society, President of the Academic Paediatrics Association of Great Britain and Ireland, Chair of the British Medical Journal Ethics Committee, Chair of the NHS England Infant, Children and Young People Patient Safety Expert Group, and Chair of Medact.


Dr Heidi Mounsey - MWF Treasurer

Heidi MounseyDr Heidi Mounsey is a palliative medicine registrar based in Yorkshire. She first studied Chemistry at university before turning to Medicine.

She is an Elected Member on the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee which debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state. The committee also liaises with the General Medical Council (GMC) on all matters of ethics affecting medical practice.

She also acts as a Tribunal Member at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Outside of medicine, she volunteers for a charity providing first aid cover for music festivals.


Dr Olwen Williams - MWF Vice-President

Olwen WilliamsWith 24 years experience at consultant level leading Sexual Health & HIV services in North Wales, Olwen is passionate about improving services for women especially those who experience sexual & domestic violence and child sexual exploitation. She developed the Amethyst SARC & Sexual Health Services where she is the Clinical Director.

In her role as Chief of Staff (2009-15) she as responsible for leading & delivery of services in Primary , Community and Specialist Medicine. She developed Frailty services, Telemedicine, and as part of Royal College of Physicians Future Hospital, achieved ‘deve

She is Divisional Vice President for the NSPCC in Wales, Council Member Bangor University and Trustee at NAT (National AIDS Trust)lopment’ site status for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with the virtual clinic project C@rtref.

Olwen is especially passionate about social media and is an avid tweeter @OlwenOlwen and an active part of #WeCommunities @WeDocs.

Olwen was awarded an OBE for services to Medicine in 2005.


Dr Fizzah Ali – Editor of Medical Woman

dr fizzah aliDr Fizzah Ali is a neurology registrar based at the Royal Free Hospital in London. She originally studied medicine at university, also intercalating in Psychological Medicine. During her time at medical school Fizzah was awarded essay prizes including a Gilbert Barling prize and the Professor Mary Robertson prize, a national prize.

Following graduation, Fizzah commenced combined clinical and academic training. She went on to complete an Academic Foundation Programme, before moving into a competitive National Institute of Health Research funded Academic Clinical Fellowship at the level of core medical training. During this period, Fizzah completed Membership of the Royal College of Physicians exams. Over the course of her integrated clinical-academic training she has authored multiple scientific papers, won poster prizes, and obtained a grant in order to conduct research abroad.

More recently, Fizzah commenced neurology specialist training at the Royal Free Hospital, developing skills to help with a variety of neurological conditions including headache, seizures, and Parkinson’s disease.

As a less-than-full-time trainee, she has been involved with the British Medical Association’s less-than-full-time forum, women in academic medicine group, and junior academic trainees sub-committee. Fizzah has also been involved with components of the British Medical Association’s media work, whether appearing in a video on flexible training or appearing in BMJ Learning modules. Following recent news about the gender pay gap, Fizzah has also discussed the junior doctor viewpoint for the BBC and Sky News.

Fizzah is thrilled to be editor of Medical Woman. It seems particularly relevant as a Royal Free doctor - the first hospital to permit female medical students. She envisages a colourful magazine catering to a diverse range of women, discussing a breadth of topics of interest to the modern medical woman.

Outside of work, Fizzah enjoys drawing and painting, yoga, writing and travelling. She plans to launch her blog ‘Finding Fizzah’, discussing a variety of perspectives and issues around women in medicine in the New Year.




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