NAPC Board


NAPC Board

Dr Minesh Patel, NAPC 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.

Karen Acott, NAPC Non-Executive Director

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.

Julie Bolus, NAPC Non-Executive Director

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.

Dr Farzana Hussain, NAPC Non-Executive Director

Dr Durairaj Jawahar

Farzana Hussain lives and works in Newham, East London. She has been a GP for 18 years. She loves being a mum of two teens which keeps her on her toes. She is a single handed GP at the Project Surgery and is involved in medical education. She has trained in quality improvement and is a local champion. In the past 3 years she has taken on various leadership roles in the local GP community and sits on the local medical committee and is a board director on Newham’s GP federation. She is a council member of the NAPC and recently been appointed as a clinical director for her primary care network.


Ashok ‘Ash’ Soni OBE, NAPC Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Patel

Ash Soni OBE is the Vice President of the International Pharmacy Federation (FIP). He is Assembly and English Pharmacy Board Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS) and was previously RPS President. 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.


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.