Catherine Gilkes is a consultant neurosurgeon at the Walton Centre, Liverpool, UK, specialising in skull base. She completed her medical training at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh, qualifying in 2000. She undertook her neurosurgical training in the South West region (Bristol and Plymouth) and fellowships: in pituitary surgery (Queens Square, Michael Powell) and Skull base surgery at the skull base unit in Manchester. She was appointed as a Consultant Neurosurgeon at The Walton Centre in 2011. She is currently one of the SBNS meetings secretaries and a keen mountaineer and musician.