RCGP leadership team

Professor Martin Marshall, Chair of RCGP Council

Dr Martin MarshallMartin Marshall is a GP in Newham East London and Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL, Programme Director for Primary Care at UCLP Partners. He leads Improvement Science London, an initiative to promote and embed the science of improvement across the health service and academic sectors. He is immediate past 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. 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.

Professor Amanda Howe, President 

Amanda HoweAmanda Howe qualified as MRCGP in 1983, has worked as a GP since 1984, and currently practices at Bowthorpe Surgery in Norwich. She is also Professor of Primary Care at the University of East Anglia. She has a wealth of experience within RCGP, where she has previously held the positions of Vice Chair of Professional Development and Honorary Secretary. She is a Board member of the East Anglia Faculty and was their Provost 2016-2019. She is also the immediate past President of WONCA – the World Organisation of Family Doctors – in which role she promoted the crucial role of GPs in running effective and efficient health systems.

Amanda has a substantive track record in educational innovation and research, and has led the GP teaching for the Norwich based MB BS since its inception. She is passionate about enhancing training opportunities for medical students and young doctors outside hospital settings to strengthen patient care in community settings. Her research interests include mental health, professionalism and resilience, and effective empowerment of patients and professionals in care, education and research. Her wish as President is to bring her experience to support members, and continue our learning together.

Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Dr Michael Mulholland

Michael Mulholland is a GP at Unity Health, a five-site practice for 22000 patients across the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire border where he has practised for nearly 20 years.  

He also works for Health Education England with roles in GP training, Quality Improvement and workforce planning. Within the RCGP he has been part of the GP at Scale programme and a GP Forward View Regional Ambassador.

He was elected to the post of Vice Chair (Professional Development) in November 2018.


Gary Howsam, Vice Chair (External Affairs)

Dr Gary Howsam

Gary is a front line GP Partner at the newly formed Octagon Medical Super-Practice, with 155K patients based in and around Peterborough. Originally he trained as a dentist, before returning to medical school, with the intention of doing maxillo-facial surgery. He has been working in General Practice since 2005, in salaried, partnership, trainer and out of hours roles. He was one of the lead GPs for the formation of the 'Greater Peterborough Network', a federation of 29 GP practices who are working together to develop and trial different ways of working; to improve access and patient care, and to make the job of GPs and their teams more sustainable.

Gary has been Chair of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG's Governing Body since July 2016 and he is also Vice Chair of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) Board, Vice Chair of the Peterborough Health and Wellbeing Board and Senior Clinical Tutor at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Michael Holmes, Vice Chair (Membership & International)

Dr Mike HolmesMike is a GP in Yorkshire and Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs with 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 Physicians 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 OBE, Joint Honorary Secretary

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary

As joint Honorary Secretary, Victoria has responsibility for RCGP governance and leads on College consultations and College representation. She is the lead officer on ethics, health inequalities and end of life.

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 has been working with a team of NHS commissioners, providers, the local authority and the voluntary sector to develop integrated health and social care services which address patients` needs and reduce health inequalities.

Victoria is also the Research Lead in East London STP. In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities.

Victoria is a trustee and board member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and a Founding Senior Fellow and Council member of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management. She is a Council member of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health. She also sits at the Council of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest in musculoskeletal medicine and education.

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer

Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer
As 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 GPC liaison. 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.


Professor Nigel Mathers, Chair of Trustees

Professor Nigel MathersProfessor Emeritus and former Head of the Academic Unit of Primary Medical Care, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Sheffield. Nigel Mathers qualified as MB ChB in 1979. He took over a run-down, single-handed general practice in inner city Sheffield in 1989 which has now grown to a four partner teaching practice which provides clinical placements for medical, nursing and counselling students as well as two GP registrars.

In his previous academic role at the University of Sheffield he had a wide experience of community-based research acting as Principal Investigator in 17 national and international research studies with particular expertise in the evaluation of complex interventions in primary care. He has over 135 publications in peer-reviewed journals (h-index 28, RG score 38.31) and was Editor in Chief for the European Textbook of Family Medicine (2006). This contains contributions from over 70 authors from 13 different European countries.

He has led five pan-European research projects in the past 15 years (LOTUS, CASE, HEALTHFACIL, MOTIVATE and POLE-GP) and been Primary Supervisor for more than 25 higher research degrees – 10 of his former students are now full university Professors in various parts of the world. He received the University of Sheffield Senate Award in 2015 for outstanding Departmental Leadership in Learning and Teaching.

His main professional interest is person-centred care and he is currently co-chair of the Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC), a network of 47 organisations and 2000 individual members across the health and social care spectrum. One of the main aims for his professional life is to make person-centred care the norm in all medical consultations. He wants to see the emergence of a health and social movement to 'change the conversation' between health and social care professionals and people with long term conditions.

From 2010 to 2013 he was elected Vice Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Honorary Secretary of the RCGP from 2013 – 2017 and became Chair of the RCGP Trustee Board in 2018.

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 covered 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.

Ben Clacy, Managing Director of Enterprises and Conferences

Ben Clacy

Ben has joined the College from NHS Providers, where he was Director of Development and Operations, looking after membership, finance, IT, HR, member programmes, commercial partnerships and events. NHS Providers is the membership organisation and trade association for the NHS acute, ambulance, community and mental health services that treat patients and service users in the NHS. 
Previous to that, Ben was Chief Executive of itSMF UK, a not for profit focused on best practice in the IT Service Management industry. As part of this role, he also sat on the board of the Skills Framework for Information Age (SFIA) acting as their Treasurer and on the board of itSMF International as their Company Secretary.
His background prior to this was in a variety of roles within the commercial sector including business development, operations, programme management and procurement. 
With over 12 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, Ben is also a Trustee and Company Secretary of a charity, MS Research treatment and education. This national charity is dedicated to furthering understanding of MS and in then helping to develop better treatments.

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.

Harriet Jones, Executive Director of Planning and Resources

Harriet JonesHarriet was appointed Executive Director of Planning and Resources in March 2019, with responsibility for Finance, IT, Property & Facilities, HR, Governance and Procurement.

Harriet joined RCGP from Asthma UK where she had been Director of Finance & Resources for four years, with responsibility for Finance, IT, Risk Management, Facilities, Data and Governance. Prior to that, she was at University College School, a foundation of private schools in London, where she had responsibility for Finance and Governance.

Previously Harriet held various roles at the BBC, focusing on business planning and analysis, and at the Home Office. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.

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 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.


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, one of her priorities is GP wellbeing and she 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.  

Welsh Joint Chairs

Dr Mair Hopkin, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales

Dr Mair Hopkin. (UK Council Representative), South East Wales Faculty

Dr Mair Hopkin qualified in 1980 and was a partner at the Old School Surgery in Pontyclun. She has served as Chair and Provost of the South East Wales Faculty, as well as being Faculty Representative to RCGP's UK Council.

Mair has a keen interest in child development and child and women's health. She introduced a Well Baby clinic before it became part of the GP contract, and has co-authored a book on Child Health Development in Wales. She has also developed an interest in medical education, currently an Associate Dean in the Wales Deanery.

She married a farmer and lived on a working farm for 34 years. She has three children, one of whom is a GP trainee, and three grandchildren. Outside of medicine, her hobbies include spinning wool, knitting, reading and gardening. She is a Welsh learner.

Dr Peter Saul, Joint Chair of RCGP Wales

Peter Saul, Chair

Dr Peter Saul qualified in 1985 and currently is a partner in Rhosllanerchrugog near Wrexham. He combines his work in the practice with his other professional passion of medical education, in the role of Associate Postgraduate Dean in the Wales Deanery. He also has a toe-hold in hospital medicine, working for one session a week running the Paediatric Allergy Clinic at Chester Hospital.

Peter has been an active member of his local RCGP faculty, serving as Chair and as Treasurer. He is also actively involved with the media, with a weekly medical column and as a regular radio contributor.

For fun he rides a bike (his favourite being his red Brompton), and when in need of a loftier perspective he flies his part owned light aircraft from Welshpool Airport. He lives on a smallholding and has three grown up children one of whom is a junior doctor in London.

Dr Laurence Dorman, Chair of Northern Ireland Council 

Dr Laurence DormanDr Laurence Dorman took office in November 2019 after three years as Deputy Chair of Policy for RCGPNI. A GP principal in Mourne Family Surgery, Kilkeel, Co Down, since 2007, he is the fourth generation of GPs in his family. He was also, until recently, the Chair of Newry and District GP Federation. 

Laurence has particular interests in new ways of working in primary care, cancer care, and inspiring the next generation of GPs. He set up the successful 'Dear Colleague' initiative to improve the interface between primary and secondary care and has been a Strategic Advocate for Interface and Communication since September 2017. 

During his time as Chair, he wants to support College members to ensure that the future of GP services is protected, supported and sustainable.

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