North West England Faculty

Faculty officers

  • Dr Richard Brown, Chair and Sub Faculty Representative
  • Dr Alison Lea, Vice Chair and Council Representative
  • Professor Mark Gabbay, Provost and Research Lead
  • Dr Gordon Mackinnon, Education Lead
  • Dr Harish Thampy, Honorary Treasurer and First5 Lead
  • Dr Farrah Sheikh, Honorary Secretary, Council Representative
  • Dr Dave Webborn, Deputy Council Representative
  • Dr Bob Kirk, Deputy Council Representative

Faculty board

  • Dr Timothy Ballard
  • Professor Jacky Hayden CBE
  • Dr David Knapper
  • Dr Farrah Sheikh
  • Dr Gordon Mackinnon
  • Dr Sharif Uddin, Sub Faculty Representative
  • Dr Emma Pimlott, First5 Lead
  • Dr Chaudhary Friaz, National AiT Representative
  • Dr Zuber Patel, Sub Faculty Representative
  • Mrs Moira McLoughlin, Lay Representative 
  • Fellowship Committee non faculty board members 
  • Dr Mark Gabbay
  • Dr Rob Stokes
  • Dr Paul Milne
  • Dr Alisdair Carter
  • Dr David Knapper
  • MAP
  • Dr Judy Ream, MAP Lead

Richard Brown. Faculty ChairRichard Brown. Faculty Chair

Mark Gabbay. Faculty ProvostMark Gabbay. Faculty Provost

Faculty events

We regularly run courses and events for our members and non members

See Faculty events 

About us

The North West England Faculty supports over 2,900 members, Fellows, Associates and Associates in Training in Central and Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

We have developed links with outside stakeholders (for example North West Deanery, Local Cancer Care Networks, Local Clinical Allergies Network and Social Enterprise) which provide an excellent network within primary care.

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.

Faculty News

The faculty is excited to announce Mapping Uncertainty in Medicine written by NW England's own faculty members Avril Danczak, Alison Lea, Geraldine Murphy.

The North West England Faculty now has Facebook and Twitter take a look and like us! 

Annual awards and prizes

This years awards evening will be on the 7 November at Manchester United in the Trafford Suite!  Don't miss out and register here open to all GP practice staff limited to 160 places. 

The Annual AGM and Awards Evening was held on Tuesday 18 November at the Manchester United Football Club. Congratulations to last years winners!! 


GP Award Dr Arun Kumar Jha
Practice Manager Louise Wright
Practice Team
Croston Village Surgery
Faculty Service Award
Dr Bill Ward
Long term service Award
Dr John Hampson
Long term service Award
Dr Dave Webborn
National conference poster 1st
Bethany Marshall, MMS
National conference poster 2nd
Alison Haigh and Elizabeth Pearce, mms

First5 support

Dr Harish Thampy and Emma Pimlott are the North West England Faculty First5 Facilitators and can be contacted via the North West England Faculty office at

There is a First5 closed Forum to enable First5s to network and discuss concerns please see link First5. Updates will be posted here.

We are happy to announce Ask The Expert CPD Evening Meetings are now up and successfully running. One a month alternating  between the north and south of the faculty area.  Fisrt5s will be informed by email of the programme from September or you can email Jayne Rodgers with any questions.

Faculty Board

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.

If you are planning on attending the meeting please email nwengland or call 0203 188 7791.

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.

North West England Faculty Board vacancies

The Faculty board is still looking to recruit Sub Faculty Reps for the following areas:  Bolton, Blackpool and Bury and North Manchester.  


The faculty actively encourages its members of 5 years plus standing to consider putting themselves forward for Fellowship. We have a Faculty Fellowship Committee (FFC) within the faculty, led by our Provost, Dr Mark Gabbay; Dr Rob Stokes; Dr Paul Milne; Dr Alisdair Carter; Dr David Knapper. The FFC can offer advice and support through the faculty office.

In the past 12 months we have welcomed 8 new fellows

  • Dr Jeremy Tankel 
  • Dr John Hopwood
  • Dr Sirfaz Hussain
  • Dr Gerry O'Shea
  • Dr Sheila McCorkindale
  • Dr John Anthony O'Malley
  • Dr Alexander Gaw
  • Dr Gen Tat Wong

We have an active Committee that regularly reviews applications for Fellowship. Further details about the process.

Fellowship Committee Vacancy

The Faculty Fellowship Committee has a vacancy. The Committee receives and considers nominations and applications for Fellowship from existing Members of the College who work or live in North West England. It meets in person or by teleconference at least twice a year. You should be a Fellow of the College and interested in the subject. Previous experience in assessment (whether as a GP Trainer, examiner, or other role) would be an advantage, but is not essential. There is no remuneration for the post, but expenses can be claimed. 

If you are interested in the vacancy, please ring Kimberley Hough on 0203 188 7791 or email for more information, or to arrange a chat with the Committee Chair Professor Mark Gabby.

Associates in Training Support

We work in collaboration with the North Western Deanery to support the network of GP Educators in their delivery of the GP Curriculum to North West Trainees. We have an vacant seat open for a North West England Faculty AiT Lead.

MAP Lead - Dr Judy Ream

Education Lead - Dr Gordon Mackinnon

To contact any of the above please email nwengland.

RCGP National News

Put Patients First Campaign to increase GP budgets

In response, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) have launched Put patients first: Back general practice – our

campaign to improve patient care by increasing funding for general practice from 8.4% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017. For more information or to get involved with the Campaign.

Contact us

RCGP North West England Faculty
Bank Quay House
Sankey Street

Office Hours

08:30-16:00 Monday to Friday

Tel: 0203 188 7780
Fax: 0203 188 7781          

Please note telephone numbers for colleagues in the North West England Faculty Office:

Lifa Zvimbande
Regional Engagement Manager North England
Faculties and Devolved Councils
Tel: 0203 188 7792   
Mob: 0750 001 6341

Faculty Administrator
Kimberley Hough
Tel: 0203 188 7792

Events Administrator
Jayne Rodgers
Tel: 0203 188 7784

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

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