Meet the Team

Kata Várnai

Kata joined the team as Deputy Foundation Programme Manager in April 2020 and took on the role of Foundation Programme Manager in April 2021. She has worked in Healthcare Education and Training for over 10 years, first in the South Thames Foundation School and later as Health Education England’s E-portfolio Project Manager, responsible for England’s Horus ePortfolio for Foundation Doctors and for supporting e-portfolio development across HEE’s training programmes

Kata leads the central administrative team. The team facilitates the operation and continuing development of the Foundation Programme, including the allocation of medical students to foundation training places, promotion of the Foundation Programme Curriculum and the sharing of best practice.

Kata has a particular interest in developing and improving training and assessment processes to support junior healthcare professionals at a national level and is an active member of various stakeholder forums focussing on both medical foundation training and e-portfolios across healthcare disciplines.

Eliza Zeb

Eliza joined the UK Foundation Programme team in August 2017 as a Project Support Officer (Recruitment).  

Before joining the NHS, Eliza graduated with a degree in Law (LLB) from Birmingham City University in 2016. Eliza’s background is in the private healthcare sector.

Eliza’s role includes supporting the Eligibility office, Stand-alone Recruitment, Academic Selection, and the FP Application Process. She is also involved in Oriel, Special Circumstances and Supporting Trainees Entering Practice (STEP). Eliza also provides general support to the rest of the team.

Kiran Padham

Kiran Kaur Padham joined the UKFPO team in March 2021 as Project Officer, and is the Faculty Development Lead. She supports the delivery of the UK-wide recruitment processes and activities associated with UKFPO Communications and Reporting, Education and Training, Finance and Quality Management.

Before joining the team, Kiran graduated with a BA(hons) degree in Accountancy and spent over 10 years supporting Postgraduate Dental Education across the Midlands and East region.

Outside of the NHS, Kiran is currently undertaking a Diploma in Leadership and Management, and is involved in projects and charities utilising her creativity to raise money for causes such as Hope and Compassion.

Crystal Maragh

Crystal Maragh is a Project Support Officer and joined the UKFPO in July 2020. Crystal supports the delivery of the UK-wide recruitment processes and activities associated with UKFPO recruitment. This includes the Eligibility process, Foundation Programmes, Special Circumstances and SJT.

Crystal has been working in the NHS for 7 years, and has worked in various trusts and roles managing fundamental training, and providing support on various projects and programmes, including Return to Practice and Learning Disabilities and Autism.

Ellie Walsh

Ellie Walsh is a Project Support Officer and joined the UKFPO in October 2020. She supports the delivery of the UK-wide recruitment processes and activities associated with UKFPO communications. This includes the website, bulletin, and the ongoing review of the foundation curriculum.

Before joining the NHS, Ellie taught English and History in China for two years. She went on to deliver projects and programmes at education charities Future First and Ambition School Leadership, and is now studying an MSc in Project Management.

Laci Samuel

Laci is a Programme Administrator and joined the UKFPO team in April 2020. She provides secretariat support for numerous committee and board meetings, as well as supporting the team with national recruitment activities throughout the year. Laci’s role includes supporting the Eligibility office, Sharing Best Practice, Improving Communications and UKFPO Website design, Special Circumstances, the Situational Judgement Test (SJT) and front of house support for applicants.