The Association for Elderly Medicine Education (AEME) is a non-profit organisation which promotes the continued professional development and education of healthcare professionals who care for older patients, with the aims of improving standards of care and promoting interest and uptake into the specialty of Geriatric Medicine.

We were formed in November 2012 by a small group of Geriatric Medicine trainees from the North East of England with an interest in medical education, who wanted to share their passion for the specialty.

Our founding members were: Mark Garside, James Fisher and Kelly Hunt.

Our current committee members are:

  • Emma Fisken (Chair, COTEcast)

Emma graduated from Newcastle University and completed her foundation training in Northumbria before heading to work in New Zealand for 2 years. Her love of the Geordies brought her back to the northeast and she is currently a Less Than Full Time geriatric medicine trainee at QEH, Gateshead. She joined the AEME team in 2017 having been to G4J herself in 2014. Her twitter username is @emma_fisken.

  • Christina Page (Treasurer, Mini-GEMs)

Christina joined the AEME team in 2018 after being an avid G4J fan since it’s conception. She graduated from Cardiff University in 2012 and has completed all her subsequent training in the North-East. Currently a less than full time geriatric registrar, Christina enjoys all the Northumberland coast and country has to offer, as well as cycling, skiing and arts & crafts with her toddlers! Her twitter is @COTE__Christina

  • Hannah Fairclough (G4J)

Hannah joined the AEME team in 2019 having attended the G4Js conferences in Leeds, Birmingham and Newcastle. She classes herself as an honorary Geordie having graduated from Newcastle University (2013) and subsequently having spent all of her training in the North East.  She is currently an ST5 in Geriatric Medicine with her main interest in Movement Disorders. Outside of work she enjoys reading in the sunshine and spending time with family. Her Twitter handle is @HannahFairclou4

  • Jonny Bunn

Jonny graduated form the University of Glasgow in 2015, before working in South Yorkshire for FP and CMT. Originally from the North East, Jonny returned to Newcastle to start HST in 2020. He joined the AEME team in 2022, having attended his first G4J event in 2014 as a medical student – part of what sparked an interest in geriatric medicine as a career. Out of work, Jonny enjoys cycling and running, although since becoming a dad is more likely to be found on family walks around the region with his pet cocker spaniel! His twitter handle is @JonnyBunn

  • Kate Bennett

Kate joined AEME in 2022 having attended a number of G4J conferences over the years. She graduated from Leeds University in 2014 and completed her FP in West Yorkshire. As a Northeast native she moved back for CMT and is now an ST6 in Geriatrics. In her spare time she enjoys dog walks on the many lovely beaches in the North East and going for brunch with friends

  • Past committee members roll of honour;

Chris TaylorConsultant Stroke Physician, Northumbria Healthcare

Dilani Perera – Consultant Geriatrician, James Cook Hospital, Teeside

Peter BrockConsultant Geriatrician, QE, Gateshead

Nick SaxtonConsultant Geriatrician, City Hospitals Sunderland

Vicky GibsonConsultant Geriatrician, New Zealand

Mark GarsideConsultant Stroke Physician, Northumbria Healthcare

James FisherConsultant Geriatrician, Northumbria Healthcare

Kelly HuntConsultant Geriatrician, Newcastle Hospitals


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