Meet your Committee

Meet the Midlands Committee

Rob Furby

My Name is Rob Furby and I’m the midlands regional committee Chair Person. I took on the role in 2017 following a few years on the committee in a variety of different roles.

My background is predominantly Adult Critical Care. I qualified from Sheffield University and I came to Nottingham in 2010 where I initially worked as a staff nurse on ICU before a promotion to Clinical Nurse Educator in 2014. Alongside my educator responsibilities, I am the Lead Nurse for medical devices for our service.

Along with my passion for education and development of staff within critical care I am also an aspiring academic. I am currently completing an MSci with a view to take my research to doctoral level study.

Katie Burns 

My name is Katie and I took on the role of treasurer for the Midlands committee in 2015. After qualifying in 2014 with a Masters in Nursing Science from the University of Nottingham I have held a staff nurse post on Critical Care in Nottingham. 

During my time there I completed both a secondment to an acute medical unit and an in-house rotation programme to the other Adult Critical Care areas in the city. I have interests in uses of technology within healthcare and palliative care within a critical care setting. I had the opportunity to present my dissertation results (as a short talk) at the BACCN conference in 2015 and at the Mid-Trent Critical Care Network conference (as a poster) the same year. 


Dan Knight
Committee Member

Hello, my name is Daniel. I qualified as a nurse in 2015 via a postgraduate-entry course, and am presently working as a Staff Nurse in Critical Care at Nottingham University Hospitals.

Entering critical care in another trust, as a newly-qualified nurse, was a challenging and frustrating experience for me. That all changed when I attended the BACCN national  conference.

Sharing and exploring points of view with other critical care nurses, I came to truly enjoy our speciality. I joined the BACCN Midlands regional committee with the hope of kindling that enjoyment in others.

Lovely Sorianosos
Committee Member  

My name is Lovely (I always try to live up to my name) and I am a Clinical Nurse Educator in Adult Critical Care at Nottingham University Hospitals.

I have worked in Critical Care since 2007 in a variety of roles including a Staff Nurse, Rehabilitation After Critical Illness Nurse, Deputy Sister and Practice Education Support. I am passionate about developing future nurses to be both competent and compassionate.

I support the BACCN’s agenda of providing a national voice to shape the strategy for critical care nursing and this is an excellent avenue for me to network with other nurses around the country. I am a firm believer of staying true to one’s values and beliefs.

Nikki Sarkar
Committee Member

My name is Nikki and I am a Practice Development Matron in Critical Care at Nottingham University Hospitals.

I have worked in Critical Care since 2001 in a variety of roles including a Staff Nurse, Deputy Sister and Clinical Nurse Educator. I draw on my knowledge and experience to drive for the highest standards of care for our patients. 

I am proud to call myself a nurse and work with the most committed, passionate team you could ever meet, known as the NHS.

Debbie Brown

Hello, my name is Debbie. I am currently in a dual role of medical devices educator and staff nurse on adult critical care at NUH.

I qualified in 2003 and started my nursing career on Emergency Medical Admissions. I spent 3.5 years learning my trade before a new challenge came to me in the form of Critical Care. I have been in critical care for nearly 11 years. I have spent most of my time there as a band 5 nurse. 

My main interests and link roles are around resuscitation. I am passionate about good, patient care (and immaculate charting!). I am relatively new to BACCN and hope that I can help and learn from other members to continue to give our patients the best care possible.

Rebecca Sumnall
Committee Member


My name is Rebecca and I am Education and Practice Development Sister on Critical Care at Leicester Royal Infirmary. 

I qualified from De Montfort University in 1998 and completed my 'ITU Course' there in 2005.  I have been working in Critical Care in Leicester for 15 years.

I have been working in Critical Care Education for 5 years and enjoy helping staff to develop as Critical Care Nurses.