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Ben is a junior doctor currently working in Lancashire. After years of experience in mentoring and tutoring, Ben decided, in his Third-year of medical school, it was time to start his own initiative. With a passion for widening participation, Ben set out with the aim to support young people considering a career in medicine from lower socio-economic backgrounds.


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I’m a 3rd year medical student and the project lead of MOMs this year. This is my 3rd year volunteering for the society and my 2nd year as project lead, which involves organising the events and delivering lectures. It has been very rewarding to see how much benefit the students gain from our events, and I can’t wait for another successful year. I remember how difficult I found the application process back in college, and therefore I am keen to offer my help and advice to other aspiring medical students, with the aim of making this process a little easier. I strongly believe that all students should have equal opportunities when applying for medical school and that’s why I’m very passionate about volunteering for MOMs.

Ben Ryan
Founder of MOMs

Ellis Critchley
Project Leader of MOMs

Charlie Dunkerley
Assistant Project Leader

 Hi, I’m Charlie a 5th year Medical student based in Preston. I am passionate about widening participation in Medicine. I’ve been volunteering for MOMs for the last 3 years and completely believe in our ethos and the value our events have to the sixth form students. I am so excited to continue on the committee this year as the Assistant Lead. I’ll be helping Ellis organise the events, make plans for the future of MOMs and volunteer to help run all the events! 

Rowena Hockley 

I’m a 5th year medic whose been involved in MOMs for the past few years. I believe helping remove barriers for students applying to medical school is important, and that MOMs plays a valuable role in this. I enjoy engaging with students at our events. My role is to secure funding and manage the finances.

Hi! I’m Josh and I’ll be one of the volunteer managers this year. I’ve been volunteering with MOMs for the past 2 years and think the society is so important in helping even out the playing field for students from less advantaged backgrounds. It’s been great volunteering with the 6th formers and seeing the difference MOMs makes and I can’t wait to get more involved with the society on the committee. My job will be to guide and support our amazing volunteers at the MOMs events this year. 


I'm currently a 1st year medical student and I will be one of the Volunteer Managers this year. Applying to study Medicine was a wild ride and I received a lot of support to get here, so I want to pay that forward to other students. I'll be supporting those of you who volunteer at our events and I'm looking forward to meeting you!


Josh Bugden
Volunteer Manager

Syeda Kazmi
Volunteer manager 

I’m a final year medical student and I will be one of the Event Managers this year. I have volunteering with MOMs for the past four years and have loved being a part of the society. I felt very overwhelmed by the prospect of applying to Medicine in Sixth Form and ended up doing a degree in Biochemistry first, so I am very passionate about making Medicine accessible to as many students as possible. My role is to help organise our events and ensure they run smoothly. 


Hi, my name is Ammara. I’m a 5th year medical student and I have been volunteering for MOMs for around a year now. Having been to a college where there are very few medicine applicants, I realise just how useful and important a society like MOMs is. I believe that everyone should have a fair and equal chance of getting into med school, irrespective of their social background or the college they went to. As my role as events manager, I will help to organise both in person and online events that occur throughout the year and I’m super excited to get started.


Amy Clarke
Event Manager

Ammara Qureshi
Event Manager

Lorna Boothroyd
Simulated Session Lead

My name is Lorna and I am a fifth year medical student and I will be a simulated session lead for MOMs this year. I have loved volunteering at the MOMs events in the past to help students understanding more about medicine and how to apply. It is incredibly important that medicine is accessible to everyone and MOMs is a great platform for students to use from all backgrounds. I am passionate about students becoming more confident in themselves and am excited to facilitate this with my role. 


Hi everyone! I am a 2nd year medical student and I have been volunteering with MOMs for the past year. I am passionate about widening participation and strongly believe that everyone should have equal opportunities when applying to medicine. My role is to lead the simulated sessions which focus on developing communication skills - one of the four domains of the GMC and a fundamental aspect of being a doctor. I have a keen interest in medical education and love thinking of new and interesting ways to help teach core principles. I am very excited to work with the rest of the MOMs committee and meet all of the amazing people that attend our events!


Kelly Fletcher
Simulated Session Lead

Natalja Grace Woloncewicz
Publicity Manager

I am a third year medical student. I come from a widening access group myself and used a similar society to help me to apply to Manchester, therefore I think it is important to help contribute to a society doing great work such as MOMs. My role as publicity officer is to promote the society and encourage volunteers. I look forward to bringing my new ideas to the society and helping to recruit prospective medical students. 


Rebaz Karim
Inclusion officer

I'm a 3rd-year medical student and I'm the inclusion officer for MOMs this year. As someone who made use of the opportunities MOMs provided back in sixth form, I recognise how valuable they can be; I look forward to being a member of the society and being part of the great opportunities MOMs provide for aspiring medical students. Additionally, as part of my role, I hope to ensure that everyone from all backgrounds has access to these opportunities. 

Past MOMs Project Leads

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Dr Ben Ryan

MOMs Lead 2015-2017


Dr Matthew Maden

MOMs Lead 2019-2020


Dr Charlotte Auty

MOMs Lead 2017-2019


Alisha Staley 

MOMs Lead 2020-2022

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