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. 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.

John Pope CBE, NAPC Chief Executive Officer


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.

Dr Nav Chana MBE, NAPC 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.


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.

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; Medical Director 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. Medical Director at Devon Partnership NHS Trust and Honorary Associate Professor University of Exeter Medical School. He is trustee at the Lions Barber Collective, chair of the Medical Committee at the RNLl, mental health adviser to the National Association of Primary Care and member of the steering group for Zero Suicide Alliance. He is a past chair of the Faculty of Liaison Psychiatry at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Psychiatrist of the Year in 2016.

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 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.


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 over 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 was an Honorary Visiting Professor at Manchester University, as well as currently holding the positions of Chair of Primary Care Commissioning Community Interest Company (PCC) and Chair of PharmaScan for DH. He was awarded the OBE in 1997.

Steve Donlan, Management Partner, Ironopolis Medical Group


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. In 2017, the practice underwent an administrative merger with another practice to form the Ironopolis Medical Group. Steve served as a non-executive director of his local GP federation, ELM Alliance, which provides the Out-of-Hours service for his CCG area. He is chair/finance lead of his Primary Care Network and is co-chair of the Practice Management Network.


Roland Gude, Strategic Director of Devon Training Hub

Roland has broad experience in the NHS and works across a range of disciplines. He has 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 and Devon Training Hub in 2016.  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. From June 2021 Roland will be supporting Primary Care at Devon Training Hub which will include anything from workforce planning to helping to developing education programmes. Roland fully supports the work of the NAPC and wants to see the NHS flourish.


Professor Joe Harrison, Chief Executive and Trust Director, Milton Keynes University Hospital


Professor Joe Harrison has been an NHS acute hospital chief executive for almost ten years. He joined Milton Keynes University Hospital in 2013, transforming its record in quality, performance and finances. Under his leadership the trust has gained teaching hospital status and pioneered digital advances that have revolutionised patient care and experience. Joe has championed innovation and expansion, overseeing significant development across the hospital estate, including the building of an academic centre in partnership with the University of Buckingham and a new cancer centre, along with multiple other developments to improve access and keep up with patient demand in one of the fastest growing places in the country. Along with an ambitious digital innovation programme, Joe has championed workplace wellbeing to improve the working lives of the team at MKUH. He is also a board member of the Oxford Academic Health Science Network, chair of the Clinical Research Network Partnership Board for Thames Valley, member of the NHS Confederation Employers Policy Board and the University of Buckingham Council. Joe also works nationally with NHSX to transform health information across the health and care sector, giving patients power over their own information and enabling organisations to work together more effectively to provide better care.



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 McGilliganJoe qualified in Birmingham in 1990 and has wide medical experience including time as a flying doctor in Australia.  He is Senior partner at Greystone House Medical Practice in Redhill, Surrey, and has a special interest in Minor Surgery and Vasectomy. He is an experienced Trainer of GP’s and medical students and an LMC member for Surrey. As an advocate of an integrated approach to healthcare, Joe brought together the eighteen East Surrey practices to form ESyDoc LLP for practice-based commissioning. Joe is a Council member of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and a founding member of the National Primary Care Network (NPCN). Joe is former Chairman of East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group. He is Governing Board Member at Surrey Heartlands CCG.  He is motivated by a strong desire to improve the care of local residents and to realise his long-held vision for high quality patient services which deliver the right health care, at the right time, by the right healthcare professional and in the right environment.  In the process, Joe aspires to bring back pride in the medical profession and the NHS.

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


Caroline has worked in primary care for 30 years. As a specialist primary care nurse and psychodynamic counsellor, she developed a successful stress management course reducing GP attendance and prescribing. She spent seven years as Lead Nurse for Newport Pagnell Medical Centre’s Integrated Nursing team and following an MBA, 11 years as managing partner developing an innovative practice encompassing GMS/Provider services and a second wave PCH. The practice has been rated as CQC outstanding. Now an NAPC Faculty Member, she is passionate about holistic patient care believing that valuing and supporting colleagues, leadership, and population health provision all play a part in achieving those aims.  Caroline is the NAPC Wellbeing lead and has been representing the us on the National Wellbeing Echo group for NHSE/I since the pandemic started, alongside developing, and providing support to Primary Care for the NAPC.


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 clinical vice chair of Calderdale CCG and clinical lead for mental health and children/young people. Caroline works with her local acute and mental health trusts on quality and improvement in particular improving the primary/secondary care interface. She is developing an innovative holistic mental health and wellbeing decision tree across West Yorkshire ICS for all health and care professionals and volunteers to reduce pressure on their workload and facilitate a more equitable offer for people. Caroline works with the NAPC on their population health management, mental health, digital and wellbeing programmes. She is involved in developing resources and providing training across a broad range of providers such as PCNs, mental health and community health services staff.


Vanessa Young, Practice Manager, Vine Medical Centre



Vanessa is a practice manager based in East Molesey in Surrey where she started in 2012. In 2002, she began working as a receptionist in a busy city centre surgery and was promoted to practice manager in 2005. She then went on to work at both rural and city practices of varying sizes.  Vanessa’s current practice has approximately 6,500 patients and 2  part time partners and 2 salaried GPs.  Vanessa also works 2 days per week for NHS digital as a Practice Manager SME.  Vanessa is currently the Chair for EMIS NUG and co-chair for the Practice Managers Network.


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.