RCGP leadership team
Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of RCGP Council
Dr Maureen Baker CBE, DM, FRCGP joined NHS Connecting for Health in 2007 and is now Clinical Director for Patient Safety.
She has previously held appointments with the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Direct and the University of Nottingham. Dr Baker was Honorary Secretary of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) from 1999-2009.
Her work in patient safety includes establishing a formal clinical safety management system for NHS CfH, the development of safety standards for Health IT for the NHS in England and the development of e-learning modules on patient safety for doctors in training.
She was elected as Chair of Council, RCGP, and started in November 2013.
The Chair’s duties include representing RCGP in the media. To request an interview, contact the RCGP press team.
Dr Tim Ballard, Vice Chair External Affairs
Dr Ballard is a single handed principal in a small rural dispensing practice. He has been a trainer in Wiltshire since 1st February 1997.
His practice is very rural with an area of 400 square miles, providing all standard services. Dr Ballard is on the Family Planning list and accredited for Minor Surgery, and developed particular experience in the assessment and training of doctors in difficulty.
Dr Ballard's College responsibilities have included Appointed to the MRCGP Panel of Examiners 1996. Between 1999-2004 he was Convenor of the Simulated Surgery Group, and was elected Representative to Exam Board 1998-2001
Professor Amanda Howe, Vice Chair Professional Development
Professor Howe has been Professor of Primary Care at the Norwich Medical School since 2001, which she joined as part of the Foundation Team. Professor Amanda Howe She practises at the Bowthorpe Medical Centre in Norwich and was previously a GP principal in Sheffield from 1984 to 2001.
She has a strong commitment to promoting research in general practice – she chaired the RCGP Research Group for six years and was Chair of the Society for Academic Primary Care from 2007–2010.
She has played a leading role in bringing general practice into undergraduate medical education and professional development,and has research interests in primary care mental health and patient and public involvement in primary care.
Professor Nigel Mathers, Honorary Secretary
As Honorary Secretary, Professor Mathers has responsibility for governance of the RCGP and leads on all College consultations, also hosting the College’s leadership and workforce portfolios.
Professor Nigel Mathers Professor and Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care at Sheffield University, Nigel Mathers qualified as MB ChB in 1979. The run-down, single person inner-city Sheffield practice he took over in 1989 has now grown to a four-partner teaching practice providing clinical placements for medical, nursing and counselling students as well as two GP Registrars.
He led the development of RCGP’s Clinical Innovation and Research Centre (CIRC) and was appointed to the NHS Evidence Advisory Board in 2008.
He has been an expert witness to the House of Lords, and a member of the Advisory Group on Welfare Reform for the DWP. He has also been Chair of the Trent RDSU, Trent Focus and the Sheffield Health and Social Research Consortium on behalf of the NHS.
He has published many papers in academic journals acted as Editor in Chief for the European Textbook of Family Medicine (2006). His current research interests are shared decision making, care planning in long term conditions and the unmet health needs of immigrant women.
Dr Helen Stokes-Lampard, Honorary Treasurer
As Honorary Treasurer, Dr Stokes-Lampard has responsibility for all matters related to the College Finances. She was Treasurer of the Midland Faculty for 7 years and has served on a host of College committees over the past decade, having been the Trainee rep from 2001-2003.
She is a part time GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, where she commenced in 2002, having trained in inner city Birmingham. She is a mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands and her clinical interests include Women's health and end of life care.
She is also a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Population Sciences in the University of Birmingham, her research interests span gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies. She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit until July 2012 and she now runs the MSc in Primary Care and is supervisor for Academic GP Trainees as well as being on the CLRN Board and Executive and on the Executive of SAPC.
Professor Mike Pringle, RCGP President
Mike Pringle is President of the Royal College of General Practitioners, having taken over from Dr Iona Heath in November 2012.
Having been a general practitioner for 30 years, Mike is now retired from practice and the University of Nottingham, where he is Emeritus Professor of General Practice.
He has been Chair of RCGP Council from 1998-2001, Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board 2009-2012 and RCGP revalidation clinical lead 2008-2012. Mike helps to run CHEC, an innovative primary care development project, and is Strategic Director of PRIMIS+.
He holds a number of board positions with voluntary organisations including Arthritis Research UK.
Neil Hunt, Chief Executive
Neil joined the RCGP as Chief Executive in January 2011. He has significant experience of developing organisations in the charity sector and is currently leading an organisational and governance review at RCGP to ensure that general practice flourishes during this period of change.
Prior to his appointment at RCGP he was Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, where he led an impressive modernisation, developing new services, raising the public profile of the organisation, and increasing its revenue from £27m to £60m. He had notable success in lobbying government and chaired the advisory group that led to the National Dementia Strategy for England.
Liz Booth, Interim HR Director
Dilip Manek, Executive Director, Group Finance and Corporate Services
Ruth Palmer, Executive Director of Education, Quality and Research
Jeremy Reed, Executive Director of Development and Managing Director RCGP Enterprises
Paul Rees, Executive Director of Policy and Engagement
Ruth Wallace, Transition Director, Faculties and Devolved Councils
RCGP Devolved Councils Chairs
Professor Scott Brown, Chair RCGP Northern Ireland
Professor Brown was elected Chairman of the RCGP Northern Ireland Council in November 2010. Based at the Mountsandel Surgery in Coleraine, Co. Londonderry, he has been a NHS GP for 28 years.
Scott has been a GP trainer, undergraduate tutor and appraiser and his surgery is the only RCGP Research Practice ever appointed in Ireland. He was appointed to a Chair of Postgraduate Medicine at the University of Ulster in 2000. In his research work Scott has examined different methods of postgraduate medical education practised worldwide.
Dr John Gillies, Chair RCGP Scotland
Dr Gillies has been a GP Principal at Selkirk Medical Practice for 14 years. He is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Community Health Sciences School, University of Edinburgh where he teaches medical ethics and an NHS Education Scotland Associate Advisor with the GP Unit at the Lister Institute. He is Programme Director for the Borders General Practice Specialty Training (GPST) programme, helping to redesign GP training in line with MRCGP and the new curriculum and has led on the development and delivery of the Ethics in Professional Practice courses for GPST.
Dr Gillies has been involved with the work of RCGP Scotland since 2001 when he became an elected member of Scottish Council. He stood down from Council in 2008 but has continued to be involved in remote and rural education and in the Essence of General Practice project. He also Co-Chaired the RCGP Scotland Short Life Working Group on Health Inequalities.
Dr Paul Myres, Chair RCGP Wales
Dr Myres has been a GP near Wrexham for 27 years, he has also been a clinical assistant in Psychiatry and a trainer and a clinical tutor for undergraduates and was a founder member of the first GP research consortium in Wales called CAPRICORN.
Other roles have included working in the Clinical Governance Support and Development Unit, being a board member then Assistant Medical Director for Wrexham LHB (subsequently Betsi Cadwalladr University LHB) and also being a CME tutor and vocational training organiser.
His clinical interests are depression, chronic respiratory conditions, dyspepsia, doctor-patient interaction and more recently cardiovascular risk. In his words, he is ‘an expert in none of them and am proud to be a generalist’.
Dr Myres is currently professional lead for the Primary Medical Care Advisory Team (PMCAT), clinical lead for the Primary Care Quality Information Service (PCQIS) and the primary care lead for 1000 Lives Plus.