RCGP leadership team

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP Council

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP CouncilProfessor Stokes-Lampard was elected as Chair of Council, RCGP in July 2016, with a term of office from November 2016 - November 2019. The Chair's duties include being the political and public head of the College and representing RCGP in the media. To request an interview, contact the RCGP press team.

She was formerly RCGP Hon Treasurer (2012-2016) with responsibility for all matters related to the College Finances and resources. She is a part time GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, since 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.

Helen is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, although seconded to RCGP during her time as Chair, her main responsibility has been running undergraduate GP teaching. 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, has run an MSc programme, been programe director for Academic GP Trainees.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, RCGP President

Professor Mayur LakhaniMayur has been a practising GP in Leicestershire since 1991. He has combined an active career as a working GP with high profile leadership roles in the Royal College of General Practitioners, National Health Service (NHS) and in the wider health community. As the youngest doctor to be appointed Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) – the largest medical royal college in the UK and academy of family medicine in Europe – Professor Lakhani instituted and led the development of the document, The future direction of general practice, a roadmap which was published in 2007. This document first set out the vision of GP federations.
He graduated from the University of Dundee in 1983. He has been a GP for 26 years in the same practice in Sileby, near Loughborough. The practice has won awards for quality, including the 2014 national long term conditions team of the year and has a long standing PPG and is part of a federation. As CCG clinical lead, he pioneered a scheme for palliative care which is now in used by over a 100 practices. He was a trustee and Chairman of The National Council for Palliative Care from 2008 until 2015. 

Mayur was elected President in 2017. He was also awarded a senior founding fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management in October 2017 (by assessment of portfolio). 

Appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list "for playing a fundamental role in raising the profile of general practice," Professor Lakhani has been included in the Top 50 most influential people in the UK health service by Health Service Journal in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Professor Lakhani has served on a number of advisory groups including the Chief Medical Officer's Advisory Group on Medical Regulation and Assurance, and Chaired the Secretary of State's Inquiry into primary care access for BAME patients. 

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Professor Kamila Hawthorne, Vice ChairProfessor Kamila Hawthorne took up the post of Vice Chair (Professional Development) in November 2015.

A practising GP in Cardiff, she has a long history with the College and has represented South East Wales Faculty on RCGP Council since 2007. She is a previous Chair of the College's Assessment and Curriculum Development Committee, and a current MRCGP examiner.

Professor Hawthorne has been teaching undergraduate medical students since 1991. She held a senior teaching position at the University of Cardiff from 2002 until earlier this year when she took up the post of Associate Dean for Medicine/ Director of Medical Education in the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Surrey. Her role includes preparing a bid for a new Medical School.

Her research interests include the experiences of Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) communities in accessing health care and health education in the UK, particularly for patients with Type 2 Diabetes, and she has been a Trustee Board member for Diabetes UK.

Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair (External Affairs)

Dr Martin MarshallMartin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL, Programme Director for Primary Care at UCLP Partners and leads Improvement Science London, an initiative to promote and embed the science of improvement across the health service and academic sectors. In November 2016 he was elected to Vice Chair (External Affairs) of the RCGP.

Previously he was Director of R&D at the Health Foundation, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England and Director General in the Department of Health, a clinical academic at the University of Manchester and a Harkness Fellow in Healthcare Policy.

He has been a GP for 28 years, now serving an inner city community in Newham, East London. He is a fellow of the RCP and FPHM, and was a non-executive director of the Care Quality Commission until 2012.

He has over 200 publications in the field of quality of care and in 2005 he was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours for Services to Health Care.

Dr Michael Holmes, Vice Chair (Membership)

Dr Mike HolmesMike is a GP in Yorkshire and Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs with both responsibility for Membership and the International Work of the College.

He has been a Partner with Haxby Group since 2002 caring for 50,000 patients in the cities of York and Hull and part of At Scale Collaborative. Mike is a Director of Nimbus Care Ltd caring for 130,000 patients in York and is working with all the practices to develop a Primary Care Home model of care.

Mike is also a GPSI in vasectomy although half his practice time is in a leadership role developing a multi-professional workforce.

He is a board member of the North LETB and leads development of Advanced Clinical Practitioners and Physician's Associates for the Local Workforce Action Board. He is also RCGP Clinical Lead for their General Practice 'At Scale' Programme.

Dr Jonathan Leach, Joint Honorary Secretary

Dr Jonathan Leach, Joing Honorary Secretary

Dr Jonathan Leach is a GP in Bromsgrove Worcestershire. Jonathan originally pursued a military career for 25 years and worked around the world in the Army being promoted to the rank of Colonel in 2002. Posts included clinical, managerial and academic roles including Professor of General Practice and Director of GP Education as well as providing medical support for UK operations overseas. Since returning to the NHS in 2008, he has had senior executive positions including medical director and director of primary care for Worcestershire and associate medical director for NHS England.

In addition to clinical work in Bromsgrove, Jonathan is now the chair of the NHS England Armed Forces and their Families Clinical Reference group which advises the NHS in England on the care of service personnel, their families and veterans. He is also a clinical lead with responsibilities for primary care and a governing body GP for the Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Jonathan has published regularly, most recently on workforce issues within the NHS and general practice specifically and separately on urgent and emergency care. He was previously a member of the NHS England task force considering the options for urgent and emergency care nationally. Jonathan is a non-executive director for Primary Care Commissioning.

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary

As joint Honorary Secretary, Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown has responsibility for governance of the RCGP and leads on College consultations and College representation.

Victoria was formerly Chair of RCGP London faculties. She is an East London GP and a board member of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Tower Hamlets where she leads on Integrated Care and Research. In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare quality improvement interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities. 

Victoria has been one of the founding members of the Health Foundation Q initiative which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. She is a trustee and board member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and sits on the NIHR Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel (PCCPI). 

Victoria is also a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest on musculoskeletal medicine and education.

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer

Steve Mowle, Honorary TreasurerAs Honorary Treasurer, Dr Mowle has responsibility for all matters relating to the College finances. He was Vice Chair of the RCGP from 2011-13 and was the lead officer for Commissioning, GP Nursing, the RCGP Annual National Conference, Patient and Carer Partnership Group and the GPC. He has also previously chaired South London Faculty Board and RCGP London.

He trained in Wales and has been a GP Partner at the Hetherington Group Practice in South London since 2000. Dr Mowle has held a number of different educational roles including GP Trainer, Programme Director and most recently Associate Dean for HEE, with lead roles around recruitment and supporting trainees in need of support. He currently works as an RCGP International Tutor in South Africa.

Dr Colin Hunter, Chair RCGP Trustee Board

Colin Hunter, Chair RCGP Trustee BoardDr Colin Hunter is a GP at the Skene Medical Group in Aberdeenshire and the first-ever Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board, established in 2012.

A GP for 28 years and GP trainer, he was Chairman of the College in Scotland from 1996 to 2000, during which time he implemented a significant quality improvement programme for general practice.
In 2003, he was appointed Honorary Treasurer of the RCGP, a position he held until 2012.

As well as being responsible for the overall financial strategy and annual budget process for the RCGP, he led the historic accommodation review that included the sale of the College's former home in Knightsbridge and culminated in the move to its new landmark headquarters at 30 Euston Square in central London in October 2012.

He also chairs the Quality and Outcomes Framework Independent Advisory Committee at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), a role he has held since 2009.

He was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list in 2000 for his contribution to the development of primary care in Scotland.

Valerie Vaughan-Dick, Chief Operating Officer of the RCGP

Valerie Vaughn-Dick, Chief Operating Officer of the RCGPDr Vaughan-Dick (PhD) has worked at a senior level in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Valerie joined the RCGP as the Executive Director, Planning and Resources in September 2014 and her directorate covers Finance, Human Resources, IT, Facilities and Estates, Procurement and the Programmes Office.

Valerie started her career with the National Audit Office where she qualified as an accountant. She worked on value for money and financial audits of the Departments of Health & Social Security, Overseas Services, Local Government and Housing. Valerie has been an Executive Finance and Resources Director in central and local government, working on financial and strategic management issues. She has been a Chair of a NHS Trust and is presently the Chair of a Housing Association.

In 2008, she was awarded the HM Treasury Government Finance Profession 'Personality of the Year' award for excellence in financial management.

Fiona Erasmus, Executive Director of Professional Development and Standards

Fiona Erasmus,Executive Director of Professional Development and Standards Fiona was appointed as the Executive Director of Professional Development and Standards in August 2016, bringing over 16 years of experience within medical/dental education.

She first joined the College in 2005 to set up the certification department (after the closure of the Joint Committee on Postgraduate Training for General Practice, where she had been the Head of Certification). In 2007, she became Head of Postgraduate Training and held this post until 2013, when she was appointed Director of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) England, the professional membership body for general dental practitioners, at the Royal College of Surgeons.

Fiona is responsible for College work relating to postgraduate training, assessment and quality.

Mark Thomas, Executive Director of Policy and Engagement

Mark Thomas, Executive Director of Policy and Engagement

Mark joined the College as Head of Policy six years ago and was appointed as Executive Director of Policy and Engagement in December 2017. His portfolio of responsibilities includes Faculties, Devolved Councils, policy, public affairs and corporate communications.

His background in public policy and campaigning includes roles at Unison, Shelter and the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).

During his time at the College, he has transformed our influencing work with government, opinion formers and other external stakeholders.

He played a lead role in the Put patients first: Back general practice campaign and the subsequent announcement of the GP Forward View in England.

He is currently overseeing the College's campaigning efforts to deliver equivalent promises of funding in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Graham Masters, Executive Director of Planning and Resources

Graham Masters,Executive Director of Planning and Resources

Graham was appointed Interim Executive Director of Planning & Resources in December 2017, with responsibility for finance, IT, Property & facilities, risk management, procurement and information security. 

He is a Chartered Accountant. Previously he was Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services at the General Dental Council for six years, with responsibility for finance, business planning, IT, risk management, facilities and procurement. He joined the General Dental Council from the Environment Agency, where he held a senior financial role.  

Prior to that, Graham gained extensive commercial management experience in multi-site service sector businesses, including professional services, laundries, bulk transport, recruitment and label printing, in both the plc environment and with large private companies.

RCGP Devolved Council Chairs

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair RCGP Scotland

Dr Carey Lunan, Chair RCGP Scotland

Dr Carey Lunan, is a partner in an Edinburgh 'Deep End' practice.

She has been a frontline GP for 14 years and actively involved in the RCGP for 11 of these, initially at Faculty level and then as Executive Officer for Patients and Public, then Interface working. She sits on the RCGP Ethics Committee.

During her time as Chair, she plans to make GP wellbeing a high priority and is also keen to ensure that any proposed new models of care are right for patients and based on robust evidence.

She is a passionate advocate for generalism and its critical role within an NHS that provides safe, sustainable, patient-centred, high quality care, in-hours and out-of-hours.

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair RCGP Wales

Dr Rebecca Payne, Chair of RCGP WalesDr Rebecca Payne has been a GP since 2007. She has worked in a variety of practices including MOD St Athan, practices in the Welsh Valleys, Cardiff and North Wales.

She has a special interest in community paediatrics, working as a staff grade for several years alongside a General Practice role. Rebecca also has an interest in urgent primary care, and was Medical Advisor to North Wales GPOOH before taking up her current role as a Primary Care Clinical Director leading on unscheduled primary care for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. You can follow her on twitter at @oohgpwales


Dr Gráinne Doran, Chair RCGP Northern Ireland

Dr Grainne Doran, Chair RCGP Northern IrelandDr Gráinne Doran is a GP from Northern Ireland. Originally from Kilkeel, she graduated from Queens University Belfast Medical School in 1986. After her GP training she worked in Community Child Health in Belfast from 1990 to 1992 subsequently moving to Bangor, County Down to take up a partnership in general practice.

She has served on RCGPNI Council since its formation in 2003 and has 7 years' experience as RCGPNI Deputy Chair Policy.  As chair of the North Down Integrated Care Partnership, she has had a leadership role in developing patient centred, integrated care.

A strong advocate of the generalist role in primary care, Gráinne has particular interest in women's health, musculoskeletal medicine and diabetes.
She has been an undergraduate GP tutor for Queens University for over 20 years. She holds an MPhil in Medical Ethics and Law (QUB).

Married with two sons, Gráinne balances a busy professional and home life with a passion for music and is director of Belfast based chamber choir Cantiunculae.

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