East Anglia Faculty

Faculty officers

Professor Arthur Hibble, Provost

Dr Kate Wishart, Chair

Dr Mark Sanderson, Vice Chair and Deputy Faculty Representative on Council

Dr Gary Howsam, Secretary and Faculty Rep on Council

Dr Mike Knapton, Treasurer

Professor Amanda Howe, Council Representative

Faculty board

Dr Tony Palframan (Education Sub-Committee Chair and MAP Lead)

Dr Caroline Thurlow (AiT Lead)

Dr Nadia Llanwarne (First5 Rep)

Dr Claire Kopelman (First5 Rep)

Professor Bob Berrington (Fellowship Lead)

Dr Shahid Chaudhry (QPA Lead)

Dr Lisa Lim (Sessional GP Rep)

Professor Ann-Louise Kinmonth

Professor Simon Griffin

Professor Martin Roland

Professor John Howard

Dr Sonny Aung (International Lead)

Dr Kevork Hopayian (International Lead)

District Representatives

Dr Tamer Okasha (Great Yarmouth)

Dr Deborah Swinglehurst (Ipswich)

Dr Leena Deol (King's Lynn)

Drs Rob Houghton and Mark Attah (Peterborough)

Dr Dickie Young (Norwich)

Dr Nina Djuric (Cambridge)

Dr Sonny Aung (Bury St Edmunds) and Dr Mark Sanderson (Huntingdon)

Mrs Jenny Aston (Advanced Nurse Practitioner)

Mr Nick Roberts (Lay Rep).

Faculty events

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Each faculty is represented by a Faculty Board, made up of a number of dedicated GPs and lay representatives who work voluntarily towards the College’s vision, purpose and priority goals.
10 Core Roles for Faculties (approved by Council November 2013)

We support over 1680 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

The highly regarded annual Reflective Writing Course is hosted by the Faculty and is open to all GPs. The event encourages GPs to write creatively about their experiences and gives alternative ways to reflect on their lives and practices. Now in its 14th year, the course is very popular, often receiving repeat bookings from GPs who wish to develop their writing skills further.

Getting involved

We rely on members to play an active role locally, promoting the College aims and objectives. It is essential to raise and maintain awareness of demographic issues and needs of GPs and patients alike, and develop initiatives to support these.

If you would like to find out more about becoming involved with the faculty we would be delighted to hear from you. Contact us

First 5 Leads
Dr Claire Kopelman and Dr Nadia Llanwarne, Joint First5 Leads for East Anglia Faculty


First5 activity in our area:

We are keen to continue to expand the First5 activities in our area including helping to facilitate peer support and networking across the region. We have already set up and started a series of interactive workshops for First5 GPs on topics particularly pertinent to a newly qualified GP. In addition we are planning an online resource to help improve communication, and CPD group formation across the region together with highlighting educational opportunities locally. Finally we are hoping to improve links with the regional VTS schemes to further smoothen the transition from ST3 to qualified GP and improve the overall visibility of First5.

Why is First5 important to us:

We are both First5 GPs. We know from personal experience, and from working with others, that the transition into qualified practice can be a challenging time. There is a need for support on many levels to help develop confident and independent practice. This need is heightened by the increasing demands of revalidation and the ever more complex landscape of modern general practice.  We want to make First5 ever more visible and important in our faculty as we believe it is a great way to provide this support and help our peers move through the transitional process. We also act as the First5 voice to help raise issues or concerns of our members at either Faculty or National level.  

If you are in the East Anglia Faculty and wish to join us (or just find out more!) then please get in touch

Faculty News


The last faculty board meeting was held on 10 June 2014.  The Minutes are available here.  Future meetings will take place on 23 September, 6 November 2014 and 11 February 2015.

All members are invited to attend board meetings. If you would like to discuss any item covered or would like an item to be considered at a future meeting, please contact us.

Dr Kevork Hopayian has revised the Revalidation pages of AnglianGP. Please have a look.



Don’t be shy, its time to apply! Why you should become FRCGP

Fellowship of our college has come through many iterations to arrive in its current format. Now its pretty much where it should be.

So why should you think about Fellowship? Unlike other Colleges, we do not award Fellowship as a reward for time served. It is a real statement of excellence and one that all members should aim for. It says something about you and your practice for which you can be justifiably proud. Colleagues and patients recognize this excellence.

It is awarded in recognition of a significant contribution to medicine in general and general practice in particular. Fellows should exemplify our motto “cum scienta caritas”.

Have you been a member for at least 5 years and are you justifiably proud of your contribution to general practice? Then its time to apply.

Write your application as a narrative, this makes it easier to write about yourself. Where possible, include information about the 6 achievement categories. These categories are clinical practice, patient-centred practice, leadership, teaching and education, innovation and creativity, and academic and research.

  • Don’t worry if you can include only one category
  • Look out for a series of events throughout the year

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 8 new Fellows
Dr Mark Brookes
Dr Michael Jones
Dr Tony Press
Dr Stephen Feltwell
Dr Gary Howsam
Dr Sil Yee Tan
Dr Alice Shiner
Dr Fiona Leckie


Membership by Assessment of Performance (MAP)

If you are going through the MAP process and would like any advice, please contact us and we will be happy to offer you support through our MAP Lead.

Faculty Events

The Faculty has a well-established social calendar to encourage members to get together. These include our Annual Symposium, AGM, and other events such as the Annual Fellows meeting, AiT visits to RCGP Headquarters, Careers Evenings and local district meetings. 

The Faculty organises an extensive educational programme for our members. 

Details of forthcoming East Anglia Faculty meetings, social events and educational courses can be accessed via the Upcoming Events box on the right. 

Faculty Initiatives

New for 2014-2015 Educational events for Practice Managers and Receptionists. Clinical Quality Improvement Prize. See details here

Annual Practice Team Awards 2014

Would you like to apply or nominate someone for an RCGP East Anglia Faculty Award in 2014?  Application pack is now available from the faculty office or download here

  • GP Award
  • Practice Nurse Award
  • Practice Manager Award
  • Practice Team Award

We will also be acknowledging the following successes:

  • New Fellows in East Anglia Faculty
  • MRCGP exam passes in East Anglia Faculty
  • Successful Intermediate Membership by Assessment (MAP) in East Anglia Faculty

Closing date for applications Friday 22 August 2014

Awards Ceremony will take place on Tuesday, 23 September 2014, Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, 18:00-22:00.

2013 Winners:

GP Award 2013 - Dr Tony Palframan                                Practice Nurse Award 2013 - Ms Kate Brett


Practice Manager Award 2013 - Mr Kevin Hanner                Practice Team Award 2013 - Stowhealth




Awards and Prizes

The Carole Brown Memorial Award

An award of up to £2000 is granted annually in memory of Dr Carole Brown, a GP with outstanding leadership skills. This is an excellent opportunity to apply for funding to follow a project that you may not have had the opportunity to pursue.

The John Stevens Biennial Award

This award will support a GP who has gained their MRCGP or MAP (iMAP) in the last five years to produce a project that is in keeping with the aims of RCGP. The award of up to £2000 is given in memory of Dr John Stevens a GP with great gifts of leadership.

Contact us

RCGP East Anglia Faculty
Heron Court
Ida Darwin
CB21 5EE

Telephone: 01223 884324
Fax: 01223 885794
Email: eanglia@rcgp.org.uk

Faculty Administrator: Annemarie McCarty
Events Administrator: Betsy Gutteridge

A voicemail system is in operation when the office is closed. Please call before visiting the office.


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