NAPC Council

NAPC Council

Dr Johnny Marshall OBE, NAPC President

Johnny is a GP at Westongrove Primary Care Home and a highly experienced NHS leader. During his career, Johnny has built a reputation as a trusted leader and advisor, providing valued vision and insight on health and care policy on behalf of NHS membership organisations. Johnny has established effective partnerships at board level between NHS membership organisations and key partners including national NHS bodies, local government and professional representative groups. Johnny remains passionate about adopting a population health perspective across health and care and developing sustainable support for individuals and communities, particularly through NAPC’s primary care home model. His previous roles include NAPC Chair and Director of Policy at NHS Confederation.



Dr Minesh Patel, NAPC Chair


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.


John Pope CBE, NAPC Chief Executive Officer

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.


Dr Nav Chana MBE, National PCH Clinical Director

Dr Nav Chana served as NAPC Chair for four years and has been integral to the development and roll out of more than 200 primary care home (PCH) sites across England. Nav has been a GP at the Cricket Green Medical Practice in South West London for over 26 years. Previously he was Clinical Adviser for Workforce Redesign for the new care models programme, Director of Education Quality for Health Education South London and Postgraduate Dean for General Practice and Community-Based Education. Nav featured in Pulse’s Power 50 list of the most influential GPs in 2018.


Dr James Kingsland OBE, National PCH Clinical Director

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.



Mrs Karen Acott, NAPC Non-Executive Director

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

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 Durairaj Jawahar, NAPC Non-Executive Director

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.


Dr Peter Patel, NAPC non-executive director

Dr Peter Patel is a scientist with 22 years’ experience in biomedical and health care sector, and significant management and leadership experience in academia and industry. Peter joined general practice in 2003 and in 2017 stepped down from holding a full-time contract to lead on international work in disaster medicine and improving primary care for developing countries with a focus on commonwealth countries. While working in primary care, Peter founded and led South Birmingham Independent Commissioning Group as their Chair. Peter was also CEO and Founder of the first phase of Pathfinder CCG group and supported other PBC groups such as Walsall and Nuneaton in the region, enabling transformation in primary care.


Sally Kitt, NAPC Chief Operating Officer

Sally KittSally 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 Peter Aitken, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital; Director of Research and Development and Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust

Dr Peter Aitken, MB ChB MRCGP FRCPSYCH DCH DRCOG FHEA worked briefly as a GP in South West London before pursuing a career in Psychiatry. He is Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Director of Research and Development and Director of Medical Education at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Honorary Associate Professor University of Exeter Medical School. He was RCPsych Psychiatrist of the Year 2016 and is immediate past Chair, Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry 2013-17. He is trustee at the Anthony Nolan Trust, chair of the RNLI Medical Committee and trustee at the The Lions Barber Collective. Peter lives and works in Devon.



Dr Charles Alessi, Senior Advisor at Public Health England

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.


Vikki Beddow, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Organisational Development, NAPC

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 NHS transformation programmes. Vikki is a member of NAPC’s senior leadership team and leads our national and international faculty alongside Dr Nav Chana, which supports the delivery of NAPC’s programmes across England and internationally. Vikki is passionate about improving healthcare from a global perspective, learning from UK and other countries.

Professor David Colin-Thomé OBE, Independent Healthcare Consultant

David originated the primary care home concept, having spent 36 years spent as a GP at Castlefields Health Centre in Runcorn, and nine as National Clinical Director for Primary Care at the Department of Health. He was also Medical Adviser to the Department of Health’s Commissioning and System Management Directorate. David is an Honorary Visiting Professor at Manchester University, as well as holding the positions of Chair of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC), Trustee of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, Trustee of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), Chair of London GP Out of Hours Service Forum and Co-Chair London Integrated Urgent Care Clinical Governance Committee. David is also Chair of PharmaScan for DH and Chair Halton Accountable Care System.  He was awarded the OBE in 1997.


Steve Donlan, Management Partner, Endeavour Practice

After working for 15 years in a variety of management roles in the steel industry, Steve Donlan joined the Endeavour Practice as practice manager in Middlesbrough in 2006. He became a partner two years later. Steve is a non-executive director of his local GP federation, ELM Alliance, which provides the Out-of-Hours service for his CCG area. He has a degree in economics.



Roland Gude, Strategic Director of Sentinel Healthcare South West Community Interest Company


Roland has broad experience in the NHS and a range of disciplines. He worked in accountancy, tax and project management before joining the NHS in 2008 where he has seen both sides of the process as provider and commissioner. Roland was appointed Strategic Director of Sentinel Healthcare in 2014. In the NHS, he has managed projects and developments including IT and service transformation and was appointed to the Q network through The Health Foundation. Q is an initiative connecting people, who have improvement expertise, across the UK. Roland fully supports the work of the NAPC and wants to see the NHS flourish in these difficult times.


Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive and Trust Director

Professor Joe Harrison has been a Chief Executive for nearly 8 years and joined Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Executive over five years ago. The Trust is an acute hospital serving a fast-growing population of 320,000 and employing over 4,500 staff. Joe’s focus at the Trust has been on improving patient safety, experience, and clinical effectiveness, and supporting innovative digital solutions to help improve clinical and operational effectiveness. Joe has nearly 30 years’ experience working in acute hospitals, including in senior director roles at the Trust and Barts Health, as well as in several district general hospitals.



Val Hempsey, Practice Lead for Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group

Val, who has worked in primary care within general practice since 1979, was awarded Practice Manager of the Year in the National Primary Care Awards 2006. She has been a practice manager since 1989, and in 2006 became sole contractor of Bridges Medical Practice after being a partner for some years. She was ‘last man standing’ after a series of retirements, emigration and sickness, but with the LMC’s support and encouragement she became the first practice manager in the country to be sole contractor employing GPs as salaried. Val is now lead practice manager at Gateshead CCG and is interested in learning disabilities and veterans.


Kay Keane, Practice Business Manager, Alvanley Family Practice

Kay KeaneKay 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.

Larry Koyama, Clinical Lead and Head of FCP Implementation

Larry KoyamaLarry is a Physiotherapist specialising in Musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions and has worked as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist and clinical lead. He has a range of leadership and improvement skills and experience. He recently completed a Darzi Fellowship. He is currently working as Head of FCP Implementation at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Larry is passionate about population health and the role of the multi-disciplinary team in primary care.

Dr Joe McGilligan, GP and Local Government Association health and wellbeing champion

Dr Joe McGilliganTo be updated shortly.


Ash Peshen, GP and Clinical Lead for ART

Ash PeshenDr Peshen is 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. This has given me a understanding of what is going well and what could be improved upon in Primary care, as well as community and secondary care. 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 is a GP streaming in Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital Margate. 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 service in England. The team is appreciated by the Local Trust as it helps reduce the burden on the stretched A&E. 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. Recently Matt Hancock in his speech at the RCP mentioned C-ART as service which brings Support to the frail and elderly as well as supports the care homes 7 days a week. Ash is very proud of how the service stepped up to support the whole system during the COVID crisis.

Caroline Rollings, Faculty Member and Former Managing Partner

Mix a strong nursing background, a hard-earned MBA, 10 years as a Managing Partner with a passion for Empowering Leadership and you will find Caroline; a valuable member of the NAPC faulty. Caroline led a successful second wave primary care home that created new pathways of care with diverse stakeholders, Dominic Hardy said of her positivity and enthusiasm that underpins her success “If only we could bottle that!”

Dr Pooja Sikka, GP and NAPC Digital Lead

Pooja has had an accomplished 15-year portfolio career in healthcare. She is a practising General Practitioner in London and has previously taken roles in general practice turnaround, NHS commissioning and as a clinical advisor, alongside setting up a patient-facing healthcare business which was acquired 6 years later. Over the last five years Pooja has worked as a management consultant in EY’s healthcare practice, working with a breadth of clients across the NHS system, from hospitals and GP surgeries to national bodies and regulators. She developed some of the national guidance on delivering population health systems, being rolled out across the NHS today, whilst on secondment to NHS England. Looking for a more entrepreneurial experience, Pooja helped set up the EY Ventures practice. She looked after a portfolio of health and social care ventures and developed corporate alliances. Through this she helped to coach founding teams, support disruptive business models and herself worked in a joint venture start up launching a workforce matching App in secondary care for nurses and doctors, taking on an array of scale-up activities. Pooja is also a Director of a family business launching primary care and wider health services in India. She advises on clinical and digital services strategy. A decade ago, Pooja fostered her interest in health tech, knowing that over time it would become the bedrock of how patients all over the world would access and experience care. She has an MBA from Imperial Business School London specialising in digital health, gaining a research interest in the adoption challenges of health technologies in the UK. She is known for her energy, optimism, and self-starting nature and throughout her career has struck the balance between clinical expertise, commercial acumen, and business creativity. Pooja leads NAPC’s Digital Programme.



Dr Peter Smith, NAPC


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.



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

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 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.



Caroline Taylor, GP and NAPC Faculty Member

Caroline TaylorCaroline 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.



Vanessa Young, Practice Manager, Vine Medical Centre

Vanessa is a practice manager based in East Molesey in Surrey. In 2002, she began working as a receptionist in a busy city centre surgery and was promoted to practice manager in 2005. Vanessa’s current practice has approximately 6,300 patients and four part time partners. Vanessa is currently the secretary for EMIS NUG and she also sits on some of their workgroups. She is a practice manager representative for her local CCG. Vanessa has been involved in other projects at HSCIC and the CQRS project.


Jo Wadey, Practice Manager, St Lawrence Surgery

Josiane Wadey is the Practice Business Manager at St Lawrence Surgery in Worthing and chair of the West Sussex Practice Managers Association, and is passionate about promoting self-care and its benefits. St Lawrence Surgery is a model of self-care excellence and Jo is behind many of the exciting and innovative initiatives that take place at the practice.



Matthew Walker, Director of Strategy, NAPC


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.