AiT Committee

AiT Committee

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Area Representative  Profile
Chair Duncan Shrewsbury
Duncan is the Chair of the AiT committee, having previously been the vice-chair and lead representative for the West Midland. He is an academic ST3 in Worcestershire, sharing his working week between clinical practice and his academic post at the University of Worcester. Duncan has particular interests in child health, and his priorities center around wellbeing of both our patients and colleagues, and inclusion and support throughout training and work in general practice.

 East Midlands Rasitha Perera

Sebastian Nixon
Sebastian qualified in 2009 from Bristol, then completed foundation training in Plymouth before he commission as a Royal Naval Medical Officer. He has also completed the initial part of VTS training in Plymouth and the defence rehabilitation centre Headley Court. 

East Scotland

Munro Stewart
Munro has worked in New Zealand, studied in Norway and attended medical school in Dundee. He hopes to bring a logical, measured approach to the committee. Munro has a particular interest in the quality of training, sustainability and the perception of GP. He particularly enjoys hill running and plays in a ceilidh band.

Ciara Drummon
Ciara graduated from Cambridge University and completed her Foundation Training in Bristol and Somerset, developing an interest in both general practice and environmental sustainability along the way. She’s currently an ST1 in Perthshire. Ciara enjoys cycling, hill walking and cooking in her free time.

East England

Ahmad Ridha Roney
Roney is currently an ST 3 based in St Leonards-On-Sea in East Sussex. He graduated from St George’s, University of London. Having been brought up in a developing country, he has a keen interest in the development of healthcare systems globally.

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Miraj Patel
Miraj graduated from Imperial College London in 2013 with an intercalated BSc in Endocrinology. He is currently enjoying the Ealing VTS programme and was elected as the joint AiT representative for London Deanery. He is keen to work with the AiT committee to address this and any other concerns raised by fellow trainees.

Sundeep Patel
 After graduating from University College London Medical School, he completed his foundation training in northwest London. He is currently a ST2 doctor on the Central Middlesex Hospital VTS.

Northern Ireland

Anna O'Kane
Anna is a GPST3 working in Belfast, currently completing a Primary Care focused Clinical Fellowship year. Anna graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012. She is delighted to have been appointed as Lead AiT Rep for Northern Ireland, and hopes to help improve trainee engagement and experience. In her spare time, Anna enjoys baking and spending time with family.

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North Scotland

Douglas Naismith
Douglas is a GPST2 currently working in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He is based in Aberdeenshire and is passionate about rural General Practice. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 2013 and has worked all over the north of Scotland. Douglas in his pare time enjoys long walks in the country and swimming.

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Jenna Chambers

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North Western (merged with Mersey)

Chaudhary Farqan Riaz

South West Peninsula Jes Dell'Ano
Jes is an ST2 in Plymouth and loves being a GP Trainee. She graduated from Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry in 2011. She completed her Foundation Training in Devon and then spent time working in Australia and completing an Academic Fellowship post in Torbay. She completed her Diploma of Clinical Education, focusing on topics relevant to General Practice education. She spends most of her free time in the beautiful South West countryside.

Anna Turner
Anna graduated from King's College London in 2013 with an added BSc in Neuroscience. She is originally from the South West so following foundation training moved back to Exeter to enjoy the beach and country side with her dog. She has a keen interest in women's health having completed DRCOG and now working towards a diploma in reproductive and sexual health.

South East Scotland

Susanne Maxwell
Susanne is a GPST1 working in Edinburgh. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 which included a BMedSci (hons) in Neuroscience. Susanne then went on to complete an academic FY programme with her research focusing on cerebral cavernous malformations. Susanne is now a GP registrar and is keen to pursue a career in academic general practice and has an interest in palliative care.


Alex Gates
Alex is an GPST1 in Bath. Outside of work, he can be found perusing good coffee and book shops and exploring the countryside. He is keen to learn to fly, having had a few catastrophe-free lessons.



Richard Tilson
Richard is an ST2 based in Oxford and is serving his second year as AiT rep for the Thames Valley region. He also chairs the regional AiT committee and has a seat on the Thames Valley faculty board.  Richard took on the role to represent trainee interests and seek to ensure good quality training for AiTs across the region. This year Richard is hospital based with posts in Paediatrics and A&E.  He is married with a 2-year-old son and his wife is expecting a little girl presently. Outside of work, Richard enjoys being part of his local church, and playing for a GP-trainee 6-a-side football team.


Sophie Lanaghan
Sophie qualified from the University of Leeds in 2014 before moving to Wessex to complete her Foundation Training. She is currently a GP Registrar on the Portsmouth VTS and keen to further her interests in women’s health and medical education. Outside of work Sophie enjoys cooking, travelling and long walks with her husband and dog. Within the committee, Sophie leads the Wellness Working Group.

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West Scotland

Mark Johnston
Mark Johnston is the National AiT Representative in the West of Scotland. He graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2012, and went on to complete his foundation training in Edinburgh and Fife. He is currently a GPST1 in Lanarkshire. Mark is passionate about general practice, he started obtaining experience in general practice from the age of 16.Mark is an avid tennis player and vocalist.

 West Midlands Alex Lee
Alex is an ST3 trainee in South Birmingham, this is her second year on the committee and she has enjoyed leading the workforce and recruitment team. Alex had a less conventional journey to becoming a GP trainee, starting as a core surgical trainee in London then completing Broad-Based Training and subsequently joining GP training. She believes in a work hard play hard attitude and in her spare time plays hockey and enjoys photography.

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Daniel Jones
Dan is the AiT representative for Yorkshire and an ST3 academic clinical fellow in Hull. He is currently working towards an MD in medical sciences at Hull York Medical School and is researching early cancer diagnosis in General Practice. He graduated from Leeds in 2010 and completed his foundation years in York and Hull. Outside of medicine, Dan is a keen runner and has recently completed his 31st Marathon.


 Past Chair Laura Armitage


Area Deputy  Representative  Profile

Jo laird & Elizabeth Stachow

Jo is a GP trainee based in the South-West, with the Royal Navy. Following F2 Jo spent three years as a General Duties Medical Officer and deployed with the Royal Navy to the Middle East, Libya and the Mediterranean as well as short deployments in the Caribbean and South America.
Jo is now enjoying the opportunities and challenges that GP training provides.

Ela is a joint deputy Defence deanery ait representative. she is currently a gpst1 working in the queen Alexandra hospital in Portsmouth. Ela trained in Birmingham before fulfilling Royal Navy duties providing medical cover for large Cargo ships and rigate warships, serving in the gulf region in addition to the south Atlantic. she enjoys hockey in the winter and triathlon in the summer.

East Scotland Sarah mills
East England Vino Armugam


KSS  Courtenay brown
Courtenay is a King’s College London graduate with an added BSc in Medicine, Science and Society. During his time at King’s he co-founded the King’s College London Amateur Boxing Club and it was at this stage when he developed his skills in management and more importantly how to implement changes for the betterment of his members. In his spare time he can be found enjoying outdoor activities.

Natasha Behl Gupta & Rachel Moseley

Natasha is the deputy representative for the London deanery and is training on the UCLH VTS  as an ST3. after completing her medical degree at Leicester, she went on to do core medical training in Nottingham and worked as an acute medical Registrar before commencing GP training. having grown up abroad in the Middle East, Natasha developed her love for travelling at a young age and continues her travels around the world with her husband.

One of the things Rachel plans to do is be a catalyst for positive change in primary care. Rachel believes between us we have the innovation and energy to solve the issues - we just need to pool our ideas. as a rep, I hope to facilitate this.
Her values are kindness, equality and community.

East Midlands

Leke Oyedotun

Leke  is a GP ST2 registrar in the United Kingdom, with a background in Basic Specialist Training (BST) in Internal Medicine from Ireland. He has a penchant for Quality improvement and Leadership in Medicine, with training from the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Health Education East Midlands, UK. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health UK and has a Masters degree in Public Administration Health Systems from Clark University, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Northern Ireland Aileen Dobbs
North Scotland

Roberta Fontes Lindemann & Iain Mcnab

Roberta is a deputy representative for North Scotland and a GPST2 in the Rural Track Programme. Roberta is from Brazil, graduated from the university of Edinburgh in 2011 and completed her Foundation Programme in Glasgow. Roberta has an interest in improving GP training in remote and rural areas. She is currently taking a year out of programme as a Scottish Clinical Leadership fellow to learn how collective leadership can contribute to better patient care.
 Northern Amit Paik & Hannah Randles

Amit is a St George’s graduate after undertaking his undergraduate degree at Leicester University. After dabbling with a couple of years of surgical trainee, Amit joined the East Cumbria GP Training Programme this year. With a passion of representing his peers, he’s keen to open up communications across the region for the betterment of trainees. In his spare time, you’ll find him rowing or hiking around the beautiful sights of the Lake District.

Hannah is an ST2 doing an integrated training post in education and research based in Northumbria. She is currently doing the Diploma in Medical Education at Newcastle University. She studied at Newcastle University and graduated in 2012. She is passionate about GP training and is working towards bettering undergraduate teaching of general practice. In her spare time, she sings in the Northern Doctors Chorus, and spends weekends either walking the dog or horse riding.

North Western (merged with Mersey)

Heather Ryan

Heather is a GP registrar in her fourth year of training, and is completing a Medical Leadership Fellowship alongside her clinical work. She has served on the AiT Committee before - from 2013 to 2015 she was the AiT representative for Mersey. Heather has a BA in Medical Sciences from the University of Oxford, and qualified with an MBBS from St. George's, University of London in 2011. Within the AiT Committee, she leads the “Connect” working group.

Oxford Aynsley Cresswell  
South West Peninsula Oliver Prescott Oli trained at Peninsula Medical School and is currently a GPST2 in Cornwall having previously completed his foundation training in the same region. Between foundation training and his specialist training Oli undertook a fellowship in Edinburgh working in emergency medicine with roles in clinical education and e-health innovation. He is enthusiastic about the evolution of the primary/secondary care interface. Outside work he will try his hand at most sports, spending most of his time in the water or playing for St Agnes Rugby Club.
South East Scotland

Sukhdeep Gill

Katherine Tober

Sukhdeep joined the RCGP in 2015 and it was his first year within AiT and being Vice-President. He is an enthusiastic member and his current role is organising out first regional AiT Conference. Thereafter he is keep to role out more social gathering and would like to organise several small groups with specific interest.

Hafiz Aladin

Hafiz is an ST1 in the Wessex Deanery, based on the Isle of Wight for his VTS. Prior to this, he has completed his core training in anaesthetics alongside doing a Post Graduate Certificate in Education at Keele University. He graduated from University of Birmingham in 2010, following a BSc in Neuroscience from University of Sheffield. He has a keen interest in developing undergraduate education. In his spare time, he enjoys taking part in triathlons.
West Midlands Amit Rajput & Sapna Agrawal

Amit is currently a GPST1 in East Birmingham and Solihull VTS. He graduated from University of Birmingham in 2013 then undertook his foundation training in West Midlands. After foundation training, Amit took a ‘FY3 year’ where he worked in A&E and then travelled through South America. He also has a keen interest in Dermatology and is currently undertaking a Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Dermatology.

Sapna is a GP registrar on the West Midlands. She graduated from GKT in London and went on to complete her basic surgical training and MRCS  before deciding on a career in primary care. She is interested in health inequalities, the quality of training, and improving the profile of the GP profession amongst her hospital colleagues. She  has an interest in education and is the main administrator of the Birmingham GPVTS group. She has been on both local and national committees before and is not shy in putting her ideas forward. Outside of medicine she enjoys painting, dancing and experimenting with homemade recipes on her family.

West Scotland

Alice Fitzgibbon

Farah Giliani

Alice is a GPST2 and Co-Deputy ait representative for West of Scotland. Alice undertook a medical degree at the university of Dundee taking a brief spell out to complete her BSc in Maternal and Foetal health at King's College London. Alice has chosen a career in General Practice because she enjoys the variety of work it entails as well as the scope to tailor career opportunities. Alice has a particular interest in the intermixed areas of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and sexual and Reproductive Health.
Yorkshire Sohini Kar
For 2015- 17 the AiT Committee have divided themselves into five working groups which allows them to look more closely at specific areas relevant to AiTs across the UK.
AiT Group Managers

IT, Learning Tools, Education & Assessments

Rasitha Perera
 Communications & Engagement
Heather Ryan  Photo Coming soon

Trainee wellbeing

Sophie Lanaghan

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Workforce and Recruitment
Alex Lee  Photo Coming soon

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