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.


Moira Auchterlonie, Chief Executive Officer, Family Doctor Association

To be updated shortly.



Dr Susan Blakeney FCOptom, Community Optometrist

A highly respected, practising community optometrist, Susan is Clinical Adviser to the College of Optometrists and optometric adviser to NHS England (South (South East)). She is a case examiner for the General Optical Council and has chaired both her local optical committee and the national Optometric Advisers Group.  As well as her optometry degree, she has two law degrees, a Master’s in medical ethics and law, and a PhD and has completed the College of Optometrists’ Professional Certificates in Glaucoma and Medical Retina.  She is interested in expanding optometrists’ role in managing patients within primary care. Susan designed and implemented the first ‘repeat fields and pressures’ scheme in the UK, which enables optometrists to refine their own referrals for patients with suspected glaucoma rather than sending them all to hospital.



Dr Paul Charlson FRCGP DRCOG DPD DOccMed MBCAM, President, British College of Aesthetic Medicine

Paul was a full-time partner in a dispensing practice in Yorkshire for 20 years, as well as being a GP trainer and programme director. In 2009 he left to develop his portfolio career, which includes dermatology, cosmetic medicine, occupational medicine, and general practice. As President of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, he is working on regulation in this sector. He is Quality Assurance Tutor for the Yorkshire Deanery. Previously, he was Director of OneMedicalGroup, a private GP provider company. Paul has worked with several Conservative governments on health policy and was chair of Conservative Health.


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 Donlon, 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.


Mr Stephen Foster, Clinical Director at Firza Group

Stephen Foster is the national clinical leader for pharmacy and works as a respiratory and allergy specialist in several GP surgeries in Mid Essex CCG. Recognised as an entrepreneur in his field, Stephen has won many awards over the last few years. He holds a number of key leadership positions, most notably as a member of the Executive and Council of the NAPC. He is also the director of his own healthcare consultancy, Carpe Diem Health Limited and the clinical director for Firza Group.


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.


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.


David Hewlett, Chief Executive, Federation of Ophthalmic and Dispensing Opticians (FODO)

David is Chief Executive of the Federation of (Ophthalmic and Dispensing) Opticians, FODO Ireland and the National Community Hearing Association – representing community eye health and hearing providers in the UK and Ireland. A health strategist and policy maker, David spent the first half of his career in the Department of Health and the NHS Executive (now NHS England) where he developed total purchasing, national service frameworks and the primary care led NHS. David is passionate about improving health outcomes (quality, as well as quantity of life), addressing health inequalities and tackling sensory impairment at all levels to enable every citizen to fulfil their potential.


anjit Jhooty, Chief Executive Officer, Jhoots Group

Manjit has a built up a strong affinity with the primary healthcare sector over the years, helping the family business grow from four community pharmacy branches to a corporate business comprising 61 community pharmacy branches. The core community pharmacy employs more than 400 staff. While CEO of the community pharmacy group, Manjit was directly involved in relocating the business head office to new headquarters in the heart of Walsall’s town centre. Manjit sits on a number of other local boards and advisory committees such as local pharmacy committees. He is a member of the Independent Chemists Association and employment and training provider organisations including Steps to Work, Innovation Health and Wellbeing and Walsall Economic Board.


Kay Keane, Practice Business Manager, Alvanley Family Practice

To be updated shortly


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

Dr Joe McGilliganTo be updated shortly.


Professor Karen Middleton CBE, Chief Executive, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

Karen graduated in physiotherapy in the mid-1980s, initially specialising in musculoskeletal therapy before moving into rehabilitation and general management. Between 2007 and 2014, Karen was Chief Health Professions Officer at NHS England and the Department of Health, the government’s most senior adviser on the allied health professions. She joined the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as Chief Executive in 2014 and has commented regularly on health policy. She is a Fellow of the CSP and the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine, is visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University and has five honorary doctorates. In 2014, she was elected President of the Society of Musculoskeletal Medicine. Karen has raised the profile of physiotherapists and other health professionals by speaking at a range of national and international events.


Hemant Patel, FRPharmS, DipPharmacol, M.I.Mg, Secretary at North East London Local Pharmaceutical Committee

To be updated shortly.


Dr Jeremy Rose MA MBBS, Chief Medical Officer and Founder Director of The Practice Group

After completing pre-clinical work at Pembroke College, Cambridge, Jeremy qualified in 1980 from Guy’s Hospital in London. He became a GP principal in 1986. Until 2006 he worked in a Personal Medical Services (PMS) practice in High Wycombe, where he was involved in first wave fund-holding and developing the local GP out-of-hours cooperative. He was also Clinical Governance Lead and Chair of The Professional Executive Committee of Wycombe Primary Care Trust. In 2005, Jeremy and GP colleague Dr Ajit Kadirgamar launched The Practice Group, which is now one of the largest multi-site general practices in England. Jeremy still works as a GP, although spends more time in his roles as Director, Chief Medical Officer, Responsible Officer and Lead for Quality Assurance for the group.


Harjit Sandhu, Director of Policy and Strategy, National Community Hearing Association

Harjit has a MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management from the London School of Economics. In 2013, he joined The National Community Hearing Association (NCHA), which represents community hearing care providers in the UK. Previously, he worked in various clinical, policy and operational roles across community practice, the hospital service, the third sector and international clinical trials. His special interests include health economics, policy analysis and health care systems. The NCHA has been a member of the NAPC since February 2015.


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.


Dr Mark Spencer, GP Partner, Fleetwood Primary Care Home Lead

To be updated shortly.


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.


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.


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.





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.