International Team

International programme board

Prof Maureen Baker, Chair of Council, Interim Co Chair and Joint Senior Responsible Officer
Mr Jeremy Reed, Executive Director Development and Enterprises, Co Chair and Joint Senior Responsible Officer
Prof Adrian Freeman, Chair International Accreditation Panel
Ms Claire Angus,  Assistant Director, Development
Dr Sinan Mir, Chair JIC
Dr Sandra Mather, Head of International 

Clinical Leads

Dr Helen Crawley, Medical Director for South and South East Asia

Dr Andrew Perrett, Medical Director for China

Prof Rich Withnall, Medical Director for Middle East and North Africa

Prof Val Wass, Medical Director for Europe and RCGP Representative to WONCA

Dr Ed Parry-Jones, Medical Director for Sub-Saharan Africa

RCGP International Management Team

Dr Sandra Mather, Head of International Team leads the implementation of the 10 year international strategy and annual operational implementation plan, managing the team and clinical leads and Medical Directors.

Mr Tom Owen, International Project Development Manager (IPDM) manages our relationship and the delivery of projects in China, Middle East and Sub Saharan Africa 

Mr Andrey Gladkov, International Project Development Manager (IPDM) manages our relationships and  delivery of projects in Europe

Ms Alexandra Lesmes, International Project Development Manager (IPDM) manages our relationships and delivery of projects in South and South East Asia

Ms Asha Abdillahi, International Officer provides secretariat support and leads on the teams communications

Ms Cynthia Frimpong Asiamah, International Administrator provides administrative support to the Head and IPDMs

Ms Agnieszka Kolbuszewska, International Administrator provides administrative support to the Head and IPDMs

Junior International Committee

Dr Sinan Mir, Chair JIC 
A first 5 GP in London with a Masters’ in Public Health, Sinan has completed a NHS Medical Directors Fellowship at BUPA and the department of health. He is a founding member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management and current chair of the JIC. Sinan has worked in a humanitarian capacity in Bosnia, Kosovo and India.     

Dr Sonia Tsukagoshi. Deputy Chair
A first 5 GP in London, Sonia has worked both in Uganda and India. She is currently working both in the UK and Japan, her home country, to foster improved relations and to promote Japanese primary care as a speciality.    

Dr Camille Gajria, Secretary 
A first 5 GP in London with an interest in quality improvement and up-skilling primary care teams abroad, as well as mentoring international graduates in the UK.   

Dr Cemal Kavasogullari, Treasurer 
A GPST2 in West of Scotland. Holds a PGCert in Aesthetic Medicine. Member of FMLM, Vice President of Turkish Cypriot Healthcare Professionals Association. Interested in medical leadership and global health care policies.   

Dr Deepa Shah, Image Lead 
A first 5 GP in London with a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Deepa has worked in New Zealand and South Africa. 

Dr Anushka Mehrotra, Image Deputy 
A GP trainee in London with a Master’s in Public health. Anushka also represents trainees for the BMA and on the South London GP training committee.  

Dr Emily Clark, Beyond Europe Lead 
A first 5 GP currently working in rural Uganda. Emily is also a founding trustee of a charity ‘The John Trust’, which has supported education across 5 resource poor countries. 

Dr Rakesh Modi, Beyond Europe Deputy 
A GP academic clinical fellow in London with training in refugee health issues. Rakesh is also a trustee of a charity working with communities in Zimbabwe.  

Dr Rebekah Garnham, Exchange Lead
A first five GP in Croydon, Rebekah has spent some time working in Zambia, Malawi and New Zealand as well as participating in a Hippokrates exchange to Romania. She has a diploma in Tropical Medicine from Liverpool and is currently studying for a Masters in Global Health Policy with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. 

Dr Rebecca Hall, Exchange Deputy 
A First 5 based in London, previous Darzi Fellow and now working for the CCGs as well a GP.  Has an interest in HIV and Sexual and Reproductive Health and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 

Dr Claire Rees, Education and Training Lead 
A First5 GP in North London, has a Masters in Tropical Medicine & International Health. Has been involved in research projects in the Gambia and Tanzania. Interested in refugee health and volunteers with Medical Justice.

Dr Karishma Singh, Education and Training Deputy
A First 5 GP in Manchester completing a Masters in Primary Care Sciences, Karishma was exposed to GP training in China as a trainee having been awarded a global health bursary.

Dr Sam Merriel, Research Lead
An academic clinical fellow in Bristol with a Masters of Public Health from LSHTM. Sam's interests include cancer prevention and early diagnosis, asylum seeker and migrant health issues, and health inequalities. 

Dr Hannah Fox, Research Deputy 
A GP registrar in London and volunteer with Doctors of the World. Hannah has experience working in palliative care in India. 

Dr Bernadeta Bridgwood, Erasmus Lead 
An Academic Clinical Fellow in Leicester programme with a PhD within Inorganic Chemistry. She has an interest in innovational science and teaching. 

The RCGP international strategy is coordinated by the International Programme Board and implemented by a team of managers and clinicians.

The International Programme Board (IPB) evolved from the International Committee in April 2015. 

To view our regionalised programme of work with clinical and business leadership and support, please see organogram

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