NAPC Executives


NAPC Executives

Dr Nav Chana, NAPC Chair

Dr Nav Chana

Nav Chana is Chair of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC). He was elected in 2014 and has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 180 primary care home (PCH) sites across England. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South London for over 25 years and is Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme. Previously he was Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education.

Dr James Kingsland OBE, NAPC President

Dr James Kingsland

James is the Senior Partner in a renowned General Practice in the North West of England. He has extensive experience in general practice, medical education and medical politics. He is President of the NAPC, having previously served as Chair. He is the co-author of the new care model, the primary care home, and is one of two national leads for the programme. James served as a senior GP adviser at the Department of Health twice and was the National Clinical Lead for the implementation programmes for clinical commissioning. He was also the Primary Care Lead on the Department of Health Board of the National Clinical Directors. James has also held advisory positions with National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE), Care Quality Commission (CQC) and Monitor. He is the Clinical Lead for the National Primary Care Network, a Non-Executive Director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust and Founding Director of Waring Health Ltd.

John Pope CBE, NAPC Chief Executive Officer

John Pope

John has more than 35 years’ experience in healthcare – his roles have included Finance Director and acute trust Chief Executive, for more than a decade. He worked at national level for the Department of Health as part of a team reviewing whole health communities and as Chief Operating Officer for the London Deanery. John joined the NAPC in late 2015 supporting the development of the primary care home programme and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in summer 2016. He is inspired by local frontline energy and a desire to improve local health and care services.

Sally Kitt, NAPC Chief Operating Officer


Sally joined the NAPC in 2001 from a multinational IT organisation, looking for a complete change in industry. Her background is administration management and support. Sally’s role as Chief Operating Officer is to ensure the day-to-day running of the organisation supporting and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, Chair and President. She finds it hugely rewarding to work at the heart of an innovative organisation which is shaping the future of healthcare, influencing policy and connecting professionals across primary care.


Dr Minesh Patel, NAPC Vice Chair

Dr Minesh Patel

Minesh qualified in 1991 in London and entered general practice in 1996, joining a GP partnership in a total purchasing pilot. He is a GP Partner at Moatfield Surgery in East Grinstead. He took on the Mid-Sussex Primary Care Trust (PCT) lead role to adopt gold standards frameworks for coronary heart disease (CHD) and then diabetes. Minesh then became the Mid-Sussex PCT Professional Executive Committee chairperson. He has been a clinical voice in commissioning and for the last five years has been the Chair of Horsham and Mid-Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group. He led a review of Stroke Services in Sussex and chairs the Sussex Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) Clinical Board. Minesh has led the development of the Healthy East Grinstead Partnership Primary Care Home.


Dr Peter Smith, NAPC Vice President

Dr Peter Smith

Dr Peter Smith has been a GP for 28 years in Kingston upon Thames where he is senior partner in a large suburban practice. He is Co-Chair of the Self Care Forum and in this position has jointly founded the Self Care Academic Research Unit at Imperial College where he is Honorary Senior Research Officer. He is a board member of Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group and Ieads on children’s services. His interests include clinical quality, evidence based medicine, children’s services and self care. Dr Smith was NAPC Chair from April 2000 to September 2004 and was appointed president in September 2005. He received an OBE for services to medicine in 2004.


Dr Durairaj Jawahar, NAPC Treasurer

Dr Durairaj Jawahar

Dr Durairaj Jawahar is Treasurer of the NAPC and has been a GP for more than 30 years. He is an Executive Partner of Manor Park Medical Practice in Leicester, serving 15,800 patients.

He chairs the Millennium Federation of three Leicester practices which form part of the primary care home programme’s community of practice. Dr Jawahar is passionate about implementing innovative care models and was instrumental in securing funding for four highly successful walk-in health hubs, enabling Leicester patients to access appointments during the evenings, at weekends and on bank holidays. The federation will soon will be introducing an app to help patients self manage long term conditions.


Mrs Karen Acott, NAPC Honorary Secretary

Mrs Karen Acott

Karen registered as a pharmacist in 1989. Over the past decade, she has pioneered the roles of pharmaceutical adviser, independent prescriber, clinical pharmacist at a GP practice, pharmacist partner, pharmacist chair of a GP federation and most recently became clinical board member of Northern, Eastern and Western NHS (NEW) Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. She was elected to the NAPC Council in 2012 and Honorary Secretary in 2015. Karen leads on the NAPC Innovation Network, helping member practices test new ideas and build relationships with non-NHS organisations to support innovation projects. She passionately believes that primary care provides high-quality care that is diverse and sustainable for the future, as we work together as one team across health, social care, volunteer and corporate sectors.

Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Adviser to Public Health England

Dr Charles Alessi

Dr Charles Alessi, a GP in south-west London, is Senior Adviser to Public Health England and acts in various external-facing positions government and other agencies. He is Lead for dementia and risk reduction, and Director of Antibiotic Prescribing for Public Health England. Dr Alessi has extensive experience in healthcare in various senior positions and was Chairman of NAPC from 2012 to 2014. Previously, as Medical Director and PEC Chair, he was involved in the Kingston Clinical Commissioning Group. Dr Alessi also has extensive experience of working in both Europe and the Americas, and of military medicine. He is Adjunct Research Professor for two faculties in the University of Western Ontaria, Canada. He’s also Visiting Professor in Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, and Visiting Scholar at the University of Windsor, Ontario.

Elaine Biscoe, National Nurse Adviser, Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Elaine Biscoe

Elaine trained as a nurse in Worcestershire and qualified in 1993. She has worked as a General Practice Nurse (GPN) for most of her nursing career. She knew it was the career path she wanted to take after spending a day observing a GPN working in a surgery and was able to see the autonomy and variety of the role. As national adviser for practice nursing at the CQC, she has worked to ensure the vital role of nursing in general practice is recognised. She is committed to working with the NAPC to promote the potential of the role of the GPN as a crucial member of the primary health care team.

Julie Bolus, Non-executive director, Locala Community Partnerships

Julie Bolus

After qualifying as a nurse in 1985, Julie worked in general practice from 1988 before moving on to roles looking at the quality of primary care. She was Chief Operating Officer for a large community trust and was Director of Nursing and Quality for 13 years, the last two with Nottingham and Derby area team for NHS England. Julie retired from the NHS in 2015 and is an independent consultant working predominantly with primary and community services. She is also a Non-Executive Director of Locala, a large community provider in West Yorkshire. Julie remains a registered and passionate nurse.

Mr Stephen Foster, Director at Carpe Diem Health Limited

Mr Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster is the national clinical leader for pharmacy and works as a respiratory and allergy specialist in several GP surgeries in Mid Essex CCG. Recognised as an entrepreneur in his field, Stephen has won many awards over the last few years. He holds a number of key leadership positions, most notably as a member of the Executive and Council of the NAPC. He is also the director of his own healthcare consultancy, Carpe Diem Health Limited and the clinical director for Foster and Mirza.

Maria Howdon, Head of Membership Development at NHS Thanet Clinical Commissioning Group

Maria Howdon

Maria Howdon is the Transformation Lead for the integrated accountable care organisation in Thanet, Kent. She has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in all aspects of primary care. In 2016, she won the NAPC’s Healthcare Provider of the Year Award for her work with new care models including the primary care home (PCH) programme. Maria is a lay member of the NAPC Executive Board and PCH representative on its Technical Advisory Group (TAG). She is leading on the development and implementation of the PCH model across Thanet, the General Practice Forward View, service and workforce integration and system-wide transformation.


Dr Steve Kell, GP and Managing Partner Larwood Health Partnership

Dr Steve Kell

Dr Steve Kell is a managing GP partner at Larwood Surgery which cares for 32,000 patients in North Nottinghamshire. The practice was awarded the Royal College of General Practitioners’ Quality Practice Award in 2012 and was rated “outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission in 2016.

As a member of the NAPC’s executive committee he is passionate about developing sustainable primary care teams and a wider workforce.  Previous roles included Chair of Bassetlaw Clinical Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of NHS Clinical Commissioners until March 2016 when he moved to develop the primary care home model at his practice. Dr Kell was awarded an OBE in 2014 for services to primary care.


Dr Peter Patel, Primary Care Development Support lead for Birmingham South Central Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Peter Patel

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Sam Sherrington, Head of Stakeholder and Cultural Transformation at NHS England

Sam Sherrington

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Dr Mike Smith, GP

Dr Mike Smith

Mike is a GP who has worked in the NHS since 2000. He has held many senior NHS leadership roles across primary, secondary and community care. He is a senior educator for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). Between clinical commitments, he consults across the UK on how new models of care have to be wrapped around strong primary care. A humorous and engaging speaker, Mike speaks at many national events. He believes NAPC is the much-needed strong, independent voice of primary care, empowering everyone working in it to support their populations through local skills and expertise.


Ashok ‘Ash’ Soni OBE, President, Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Ashok Soni OBE

Ash Soni, OBE, was re-elected as President of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in July 2017, having previously held the same position from 2014-2016. He was a board member of Health Education South London from 2013-2015 and as a member of the NHS Future Forum’s clinical advice and leadership work stream, he was tasked with reviewing the Health and Social Care Bill.  In the second phase of the Forum, he jointly led the workstream on ‘The NHS’s Role in the Public’s Health’. Ash has been part of an expert advisory board reviewing the NHS constitution. In 2016 he was appointed visiting professor at Huddersfield University.


Sheinaz Stansfield, Practice Manager Representative on the Royal College of General Practitioners Northern Faculty Board

Sheinaz Stansfield

Sheinaz Stansfield is a Managing Partner, leading a multi award-winning practice functioning beyond the Five Year and General Practice Forward View. She trained as a nurse and health visitor, and has held senior management roles in commissioning and provision of health services. She became a Practice Manager in 2008 and as Practice-Based Commissioning Organisational Development lead, she supported the set-up of NHS Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). She was then elected as the practice representative on the NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG Governing Body. She is the Practice Manager Representative on the Royal College of GPs Northern Faculty Board. At a national level, she is a faculty member of NHS England’s Sustainable Improvement Team and member of the NAPC Executive and Social Prescribing Lead, which facilitates her passion for patient involvement, social prescribing and quality in general practice.