NAPC Board


NAPC Board

Caroline Taylor, NAPC Chair

Caroline Taylor

Caroline is a GP partner at a practice in North Halifax and she chairs North Halifax PCH. She is GP clinical lead for children and young people and a governing body member for Calderdale CCG. She works with SWYPFT MH trust, CHFT acute trust and ICS on quality and improvement and is developing innovative MH referral pathways/templates with them. Caroline has worked with the NAPC on their population health management resources and provided training for PCNs.


Ash Peshen, NAPC Non-Executive Director

Ash Peshen

Dr Peshen has been a GP partner in Thanet since 2013. He also currently works as the Governing body clinical lead for Kent and Medway. Ash is the urgent and emergency care clinical lead for Kent and Medway CCG and East Kent ICP. Ash led the bid from Thanet to be a pilot site for Primary Care Home. This was the precursor for Primary care network development. Thanet were selected as one of 15 National Pilot site to lead on this project. As part of the Thanet PCH, we developed Complex Acute response team. As part of PCH support to the local hospital, Thanet led the development of the E-ART – enhanced Acute response team. This service was reviewed by ESIS as part of their review of the EKHUFT, this service according to the Clinical director for ESIS is one of the best performing GP streaming services in England. The work has been mentioned in the NHSE Primary care letter and mentioned by Amanda Pritchard COO of the NHSE in her letter to the NHS leaders. Ash is very proud of how the service stepped up to support the whole system during the COVID crisis.

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.


Caroline Rollings, NAPC Non-Executive Director


Caroline is passionate about improving healthcare for our populations and believes that this can only be achieved by working across boundaries especially, as now, when we are under immense pressure. She supports holistic patient care and has worked in Primary Care for over 30 years, 10 of them as Managing Partner developing an innovative practice encompassing GMS/Provider services and second wave PCH. Currently holding the position of joint chair of the ‘One Voice’ group, representing a coalition of unions and professional bodies including NAPC, RCGP, RCN and the Kings Fund amongst others. An important part of their work is the acknowledgment that whilst patient needs are at the centre of the plans to recover services, this cannot be at the expense of health staff wellbeing. Wellbeing and mental health have been a golden thread throughout her career. This interest continues as the NAPC Wellbeing lead, representing them on the National Echo Groups for NHSE/I.


Joanne Haws, NAPC Non-Executive Director


Joanne is a cardiovascular specialist nurse and has worked in a variety of roles across primary and secondary care over the past 20 years. In 2010 she set up in business as an independent nurse consultant delivering clinical, educational and consultancy services to a number of NHS, charitable and commercial organisations across the UK. As a former Clinical Lead for Education for Health, Joanne passionately believes in educating healthcare professionals to improve patient care. Joanne sits on the Editorial Board of the General Practice Nurse (GPN) journal and has authored many publications in the nursing and cardiology press both in the UK and internationally. Since 2015 Joanne has been actively involved in the transformation of Primary Care and the development of Primary Care Networks. She is a member of the National Association of Primary Care’s (NAPC) Primary Care Home Faculty and a Clinical Director for South Norfolk Healthcare GP Provider Organisation. Joanne recently returned to her roots as a Critical Care Nurse to help support the COVID-19 response.