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. His own experiences of the NHS led him to take on a number of roles focusing on improving care. After taking on clinical lead roles in implementing several national service frameworks, Minesh became the Mid-Sussex PCT Professional Executive Committee chairperson and subsequently the Chair of Horsham and Mid-Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group from its establishment until 2019. He led a review of Stroke Services in Sussex and was the Chair of the Sussex Sustainability Transformation Partnership (STP) Clinical Board. Minesh led the development of the Healthy East Grinstead Partnership Primary Care Home in 2015.

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.

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 nearly 40 years’ experience in healthcare – his roles have included Finance Director and a decade as an acute trust CEO. He has worked at national level for the Department of Health reviewing whole health communities and undertook the role of Chief Operating Officer for the London Deanery during a period of major change in doctor and dentist training. John joined the NAPC in 2015 supporting the development of the primary care home programme and has been Chief Executive Officer since 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.

Matthew Walker, NAPC Director of Strategy


Prior to joining NAPC Matthew worked for 13 years as a management consultant focused on workforce strategy and planning, primary care estates strategy and investment, and the development of new models of integrated care and quality improvement. During this time he led a multi-year STP wide programme of work supporting investment into primary and community care estates and was deputy director of primary care transformation for one of the most populated STPs in England. Matthew has been involved in the NAPC’s primary care home programme since 2015 supporting its set up, spread and evaluation. He now leads NAPC ‘s strategy and business development operations, and oversees the work of NAPC Digital which supports practical digital innovation in primary and integrated care.

Vikki Beddow, NAPC Director of Strategic Partnerships and Organisational Development


Vikki is trained as a clinical nurse specialising in cancer care and has over 30 years’ healthcare experience spanning the NHS, charity and private sectors, including developing and leading NHS transformation programmes. Vikki is a member of NAPC’s senior leadership team and oversees policy and influence, partnerships with the NHS, commercial and third sector, and NAPC’s international work.  She is passionate about improving healthcare from a global perspective, learning from the UK and other countries.


Kay Keane, Practice Business Manager, Alvanley Family Practice


Kay has spent her career in Primary Care, initially working as a Medical Receptionist this opened up her love for general practice. Working across all aspects of Primary Care, Kay ended up at NHSE with a national role, from which she was offered redundancy in 2015. She saw this as an opportunity to go back and re-engage with a patient facing role as a Practice Manager. During this return she realised that the family practice she loved had somewhat disappeared, she wanted to focus on patient engagement, improving patient health and well-being whilst maintaining a first-class medical service. This work is now described as collaborative practice, and Kay is cited as being a leader in this area. Focusing on what matters to the people and the population, utilising local skills, knowledge, and facilities to create a truly holistic service means that the practice is thriving under her leadership. Kay was awarded PM of the year in 2015 by the NAPC, speaks regularly about the role of Practice Management at national events, and is an expert in patient engagement and development. She is often interviewed, her skills and view given in national publications and shared as a truly unique leader of people, functions, and communities. A new type of Practice Manager for a new way of working. Outside of her Practice Management role Kay is an independent trainer, covering all aspects of the administration of General Practice, particularly focused on the Five Year Forward View, development of PPG’s, empowering teams, change management and organisational development. Developing other practices, localities, and communities to be the best that they can be, in their unique practice personalities brings Kay joy. Living in and loving Manchester, Kay has an allotment with some hens and grows flowers for the vase, she also spends her spare time travelling in her camper van to find a quiet spot to rest, or a music festival to dance at as the sun goes down.

Durairaj Jawahar, GP and NAPC Treasurer


Dr Durairaj Jawahar was Treasurer of the NAPC and has been a GP for more than 30 years. He is a Strategic & Executive Partner of Manor Park Medical Practice in Leicester, serving 15,800 patients. He chairs the Millennium Federation of Nine Leicester practices which form part of the primary care home/ PCN programme’s community of practice He serves as CD and he is also Co-Chair Leicester city CD forum. 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/ PCN will soon be introducing an app to help patients self-manage and remote vital sign monitoring and innovative long-term conditions managements Being a catalyst and Mentor to another 3 PCNs in Leicester city.