Louise McCullough

Louise McCullough is a Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon at NHS Grampian and Albyn hospital.  She is the first female to pass selection on Channel 4’s SAS: Who Dares Wins.

Louise, originally from Northern Ireland, is a qualified orthopaedic surgeon who graduated from the University of Dundee in 2002. Through her career working in the North East of Scotland her specialist areas of interest include trauma, orthopaedic oncology and sports injuries. Her hobbies include running, boxing, weight training and staying fit and she volunteers as team doctor for Aberdeen Rugby and is part of the medical team at the Scottish Rugby Union.

These interests led her to apply for the Channel 4 documentary SAS: Who Dares Wins. Over the eleven day period, Louise and twenty four other participants travelled to South America for gruelling physical and mental challenges and training typically used as part of army and special forces recruitment. The process included physical training, sleep and food deprivation, torture and interrogation, and more to identify recruits who would be capable of being an elite special forces solider. Louise demonstrated resilience and determination through this process to be the first ever female to pass selection on the Channel 4 show. 

Louise will be talking about mental resilience and challenging yourself.  She will recount the challenges she faced and will share the tools and knowledge she deployed to achieve her monumental goal.