RCGP leadership team

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP Council

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of RCGP CouncilProfessor Stokes-Lampard was elected as Chair of Council, RCGP in July 2016, with a term of office from November 2016 - November 2019. The Chair's duties include being the political and public head of the College and representing RCGP in the media. To request an interview, contact the RCGP press team.

She was formerly RCGP Hon Treasurer (2012-2016) with responsibility for all matters related to the College Finances and resources. She is a part time GP partner at the Cloisters Medical Practice in Lichfield, Staffordshire, since 2002, having trained in inner city Birmingham. She is a mentor for doctors in difficulty in the Midlands and her clinical interests include Women's health and end of life care.

Helen is also a Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, although seconded to RCGP during her time as Chair, her main responsibility has been running undergraduate GP teaching. Her research interests span gynaecological cancer screening, all aspects of women's health, epidemiology and data linkage studies. She was Clinical Director of the accredited Primary Care Trials Unit until July 2012, has run an MSc programme, been programe director for Academic GP Trainees.

Professor Mayur Lakhani, RCGP President

Professor Mayur LakhaniMayur has been a practising GP in Leicestershire since 1991. He has combined an active career as a working GP with high profile leadership roles in the Royal College of General Practitioners, National Health Service (NHS) and in the wider health community. As the youngest doctor to be appointed Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) – the largest medical royal college in the UK and academy of family medicine in Europe – Professor Lakhani instituted and led the development of the document, The future direction of general practice, a roadmap which was published in 2007. This document first set out the vision of GP federations.

He graduated from the University of Dundee in 1983. He has been a GP for 26 years in the same practice in Sileby, near Loughborough. The practice has won awards for quality, including the 2014 national long term conditions team of the year and has a long standing PPG and is part of a federation. As CCG clinical lead, he pioneered a scheme for palliative care which is now in used by over a 100 practices. He was a trustee and Chairman of The National Council for Palliative Care from 2008 until 2015. 

Mayur was elected President in 2017. He was also awarded a senior founding fellowship of the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management in October 2017 (by assessment of portfolio). 

Appointed CBE in the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list "for playing a fundamental role in raising the profile of general practice," Professor Lakhani has been included in the Top 50 most influential people in the UK health service by Health Service Journal in 2006 and 2007. In addition, Professor Lakhani has served on a number of advisory groups including the Chief Medical Officer's Advisory Group on Medical Regulation and Assurance, and Chaired the Secretary of State's Inquiry into primary care access for BAME patients. 

Dr Michael Mulholland, Vice Chair (Professional Development)

Dr Michael Mulholland

Michael Mulholland is a GP at Unity Health a 5 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 and took up the post for Vice Chair (Professional Development) in November 2018.



Professor Martin Marshall, Vice Chair (External Affairs)

Dr Martin MarshallMartin Marshall is Professor of Healthcare Improvement at UCL, Programme Director for Primary Care at UCLP Partners and leads Improvement Science London, an initiative to promote and embed the science of improvement across the health service and academic sectors. In November 2016 he was elected to 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, now serving an inner city community in Newham, East London. 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 Michael Holmes, Vice Chair (Membership)

Dr Mike HolmesMike is a GP in Yorkshire and Vice Chair of the Royal College of GPs with both 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 Physician's 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, Joint Honorary Secretary

Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown, Joint Honorary Secretary

As joint Honorary Secretary, Dr Victoria Tzortziou Brown has responsibility for governance of the RCGP and leads on College consultations and College representation.

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 Research. In her academic role at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Victoria undertakes research on the design and evaluation of healthcare quality improvement interventions and their impact on professional behaviour and health inequalities. 

Victoria has been one of the founding members of the Health Foundation Q initiative which connects people with improvement expertise across the UK. She is a trustee and board member of the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and sits on the NIHR Primary Care, Community and Preventive Interventions Panel (PCCPI). 

Victoria is also a member of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine and has a clinical and research interest on musculoskeletal medicine and education.

Dr Steve Mowle, Honorary Treasurer

Steve Mowle, Honorary TreasurerAs 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 the GPC. 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 Mathers 
Professor 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 4 partner teaching practice which provides clinical placements for medical, nursing and counselling students as well as 2 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 5 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 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 is currently Chair Elect of the RCGP Trustee Board [2018 – 2021].

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 covers 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.

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.


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 Faculties, 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.

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.

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 Ben 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.

Simon Bowen, Executive Director of Membership and International

Simon BowenSimon Bowen has been appointed as Executive Director of Membership and International. Simon joined us on 29 May 2018, and has taken on immediate responsibility for Membership, International, and the English Faculties.
Simon has built a very successful career in membership organisations, most recently at the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

His experience also includes the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) which gave him excellent grounding in large international membership bodies, before he stepped into roles at senior management level.
During his time at the CMI, he was successful in increasing paid membership and significantly increased engagement with groups including undergraduates and recent graduates.

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, she plans to make GP wellbeing a high priority and 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. 

Dr Gráinne Doran, Chair RCGP Northern Ireland

Dr Grainne Doran, Chair RCGP Northern IrelandDr Gráinne Doran is a GP from Northern Ireland. Originally from Kilkeel, she graduated from Queens University Belfast Medical School in 1986. After her GP training she worked in Community Child Health in Belfast from 1990 to 1992 subsequently moving to Bangor, County Down to take up a partnership in general practice.

She has served on RCGPNI Council since its formation in 2003 and has 7 years' experience as RCGPNI Deputy Chair Policy.  As chair of the North Down Integrated Care Partnership, she has had a leadership role in developing patient centred, integrated care.

A strong advocate of the generalist role in primary care, Gráinne has particular interest in women's health, musculoskeletal medicine and diabetes.
She has been an undergraduate GP tutor for Queens University for over 20 years. She holds an MPhil in Medical Ethics and Law (QUB).

Married with two sons, Gráinne balances a busy professional and home life with a passion for music and is director of Belfast based chamber choir Cantiunculae.

Welsh Joint Chairs

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 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 3 children, one of whom is a GP trainee, and 3 grandchildren. Outside of medicine, her hobbies include spinning wool, knitting, reading and gardening. She is a Welsh learner.

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