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Wesleyan Members Advisory Board

Professor Dame Parveen Kumar CBE, BSc, MD, DM(hc), FRCP, FRCP(E)Professor Dame Parveen Kumar CBE, BSc, MD, DM(hc), FRCP, FRCP(E)
Dame Parveen Kumar is a Professor of Medicine and Education and Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry and also the NHS Trust.

She is former President of both RSM and BMA and Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians. She previously chaired the Medicines Commission UK and was a NED on NICE. Parveen is co-editor of "Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine".

She was made a Dame in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to medicine and medical education.


Professor Steve Field CBE, FRCP, FRCGPProfessor Steve Field CBE, FRCP, FFPH, FRCGP
Chief Inspector of General Practice, Care Quality Commission (CQC)

Steve qualified as a doctor in 1982 and has worked as a general practitioner in Worcestershire and Birmingham since 1986.

Since October 2013 Steve has been Chief Inspector of General Practice at CQC with responsibility for the regulation of general medical practice, general dental practice, out of hours and urgent care, independent doctors, online providers and prison healthcare. 
He also leads CQC's work on integration and new models of care, including the reviews of local systems and the children and adolescent mental health services.

Previously, he was NHS England's Deputy National Medical Director, with the lead responsibility for addressing health inequalities in line with the NHS Constitution. From 2011-2015 Steve was Chairman of the National Inclusion Health Board which focused on improving the health outcomes of vulnerable groups including the homeless.

Steve was Chairman of Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners 2007-2010 and Chairman of the NHS Future Forum 2011-2012 which revised the Health and Social Care Act. 

He is a Member of Faculty at the Harvard Macy Institute, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. He is a Trustee at Nishkam Healthcare Trust and a non-executive director of University College London Partners (UCLP Academic Health Science Partnership).  He holds Honorary Professorships at the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick.

He received a CBE for his Services to Medicine in the Queen's 2010 New Year's Honours List.


Shalin Mehra BDS, MFGDPShalin Mehra BDS, DGDP(UK) FloD
Shalin has more than 25 years experience as a General Dental Practitioner and is now CEO of Rodericks Dental Ltd, a dental corporate with 72 mixed NHS and private dental practices. He is also a Director, Board Member, and Chair of the Clinical Sub-group of the Associates of Dental Groups.

Shalin also has an interest in Postgraduate Dental Education and Training. He was previously a Vocational Training and Regional Adviser and is currently the Associate Postgraduate Dental Dean for Foundation Training and Dental Faculty Advisor for HEE Thames Valley and Wessex. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Hew Mathewson CBE, BDS, LLM, DGDP, FDS, RCSHew Mathewson CBE, BDS, LLM, DGDP, FDS, RCS (Edin & Eng)
Awarded a CBE for his services to healthcare in 2010, Hew was a member of the General Dental Council for 14 years until 2009 and was appointed its first Chair after six years as the elected President.

Previously an elected leader of his colleagues both in Scotland and nationally, as well as in Europe, this work was recognised when he was made a Fellow of the BDA. Having been a Regional VT Adviser and Assistant Director of Dental Studies at Edinburgh University.

Hew has wide experience at Board level, both in healthcare and beyond, and currently chairs the Scottish Dental Practice Board and the Scottish Council of a major UK charity, while continuing to work part-time in general dental practice in Edinburgh.

Martin Bircher FRCSMartin Bircher FRCS
Mr Martin Bircher is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at St George's Hospital in London.  He has a major interest in pelvic injury, trauma and medical education.  He was elected to the Council of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2010.

Dr John Gillies MA (Med Ethics & Law), FrCGP, FRCPEDr John Gillies OBE, FRSE, FRCGP, FRCPE
Deputy Director, Scottish School of Primary Care
Co-director, University of Edinburgh Compassion Initiative

Dr John Gillies is an Edinburgh graduate who has worked in Malawi and as a general practitioner in rural Scotland, latterly in Selkirk for 16 years.  He was an undergraduate tutor, a GP educational supervisor and then a training programme director with South East Scotland region for many years.

He was Chair of the Royal College of GPs in Scotland from 2010 to 2014. During this time, he focused on leadership and quality improvement in healthcare. He has published on rural healthcare, medical ethics, philosophy of medicine, medical humanities, heart disease and primary healthcare policy.

He co-directs the Compassion Initiative within the Global Health Academy, which works across disciplines to use the growing evidence for compassion in workplaces including healthcare, and to explore its importance to Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

He is Honorary Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Director of SSPC, which works nationally and internationally on developing evidence for practice and policy.


Dr Judith HusbandDr Judith Husband
Judith Husband has practiced in all spheres of dentistry-primary and secondary, private and NHS. In 1996 she became President of the British Association of Dental Students. In addition to involvement at a national level, she has continually worked with respective Local Dental Committees currently Chairing Oxfordshire LDC.

In 2006 Judith was elected to the Executive Board of the British Dental Association leading initially on Equality and Diversity and later Education and Standards. She was Deputy Chair of the Executive Board for four years.

Her current responsibilities on the BDA Principal Executive Committee include Chairing Education, Ethics and The Dental Team a wide ranging portfolio encompassing some of the most significant areas of dentistry. Judith is also Chair of the BDA Audit Committee.
Dr Hamish R. P. Meldrum BSc (Med Sci), MBChB, DRCOG, FRCGP, EdinDr Hamish R P Meldrum
Hamish Meldrum completed his five-year term as Chairman of Council of the BMA in June 2012. He graduated from Edinburgh in 1972 and began his medical career in general medicine before deciding on a career in general practice. He was a GP in Bridlington, East Yorkshire for over thirty years.

He was involved in the Local Medical Committee (LMC) in the 1980s, before joining the General Practitioners Committee (GPC) in 1991. He was chairman of East Yorkshire LMC from 1996-99.

Hamish was part of the GPC team that negotiated the new GP contract, was deputy chairman of the GPC from 1999-2004 and chairman from 2004-2007.

He is currently the deputy chairman of the board of the BMJ.


Mr James BadenochJames Badenoch
James Badenoch QC practices at 1 Crown Office Row where he specialises in clinical negligence, medical law, and professional discipline. He took silk in 1989 and has appeared in a succession of major cases in the House of Lords, The Privy Council, The Court of Appeal, The High Court, The GMC and The GDC.

He has been a Deputy High Court Judge, a Recorder of the Crown Court and a President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. He is a Bencher of Lincolns Inn, an Accredited Mediator and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. He has also been admitted to the Hong Kong Bar and was for eight years Chairman of the Expert Witness Institute.

James is a contributor to learned textbooks, lecturer, occasional broadcaster, and author of numerous articles, on medical law and related topics, and is to be a visiting lecturer at Hong Kong University. 

Mr Greg LowsonGreg Lowson
Greg Lowson is Head of Pinsent Masons' Birmingham office. He is a senior Litigation partner and handles some of the firm's largest and most complex disputes. He is also a Solicitor Advocate and an accredited Mediator.

He is an active member of the local business community holding a variety of external positions (in addition to his role on the MEB) including as the Under Sheriff of the West Midlands; Director (and former President) of the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce; Regional CBI Council member; trustee of the charity Cure Leukaemia; co- vice chair of mac (Midlands Arts Centre) and trustee of the Birmingham Repertory Theatre."


Mr Michael SmythMichael Smyth CBE QC (Hon)
Michael is a member of the Legal Services Board. He was for twenty years a partner at Clifford Chance, leading the firm's government and public policy practice.

He chairs the Complaints Committee at the Fundraising Regulator and is a sometime Visiting Professor at Queen Mary, University of London and at the University of Essex. He sits on the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives.
He is a Patron of the Prisoners' Education Trust and of Public Concern at Work.

Mr Laurie WattLaurie Watt
Laurie Watt is Senior Counsel with Charles Russell Speechlys having previously been Senior Partner of the firm from 1998 - 2006. His litigation work has involved dealing with international arbitration and litigation of commercial contractual disputes, as well as technical and engineering matters such as major claims arising out of carriage of goods and air disaster.

More recently Laurie was involved in corporate governance issues following his involvement as Shadow Counsel for a former non-executive member of the Enron Board of Directors following that company's collapse and bankruptcy.

Since 2008 he has been Treasurer of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and Chair of their Executive Committee and International Membership Secretary with ALFA International, the global law firm network.
Mr Brian Cookson BA,MED, PGCEBrian Cookson BA, MEd, PGCE
Brian Cookson has been a teacher for more than 45 years and has held a number of management and advisory posts and roles. He has long been involved in education and training policy development nationally and been a member of two European Community policy advisory working groups leading to the ET2020 Reports.

Brian was a member of the Executive and a National Officer of the largest UK based Teachers Union for over 20 years.

He has been the chair of governors of a school for 20 years and has just been appointed as a director of a highly successful multi academy trust.

Brian held a non-executive trustee role for a leading qualification awarding body chairing their finance and irregularities and appeals committees. Brian is a member of two pension boards, chairing one of these for the last eight years. He continues to greatly enjoy teaching and representing teachers on national forums and negotiating bodies.
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBELucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE
House of Lords Commissioner for Standards and former Law Society President, Lucy Scott-Moncrieff CBE, is currently Managing Director of Scott-Moncrieff and Associates LLP.

Lucy founded virtual law firm Scomo in 1990, which now has >50 consultants and recently became an ABS. Lucy was appointed to the Judicial Appointments Commission as a Mental Health Tribunal judge in February 2014 and was previously a Member of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, a Commissioner at Postcomm and a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel.

Lucy won Mental Health Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award 2005 and Association of Women Solicitors' award 2011 - Best manager of a legal aid practice.
RACHEL HARGEST MD FRCSRachel Hargest MD, FRCS
Miss Rachel Hargest is an academic colorectal surgeon at Cardiff University and the University Hospital of Wales. She is a member of the Cardiff China Medical Research Collaborative (CCMRC). 

Her clinical interests include anal cancer, advanced/recurrent colorectal cancer, polyposis and other familial cancer syndromes. Her colorectal practice also includes intestinal failure for which the team in Cardiff won the British Medical Journal Gastroenterology Team of the Year Award in 2015.

Research interests include genetic changes in colorectal cancer and metastases, screening and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer, gene therapy for Pyoderma Gangrenosum and Familial Adenomatous Polyposis and the role of guidelines in controlling surgical practice. She supervises both MD and PhD students within CCMRC.

Miss Hargest is President of the Section of Surgery of the Royal Society of Medicine (2016-17). She is also a trustee & Honorary Treasurer of the Royal Society of Medicine: and trustee of the Society of Academic and Research Surgeons.  In 2017 she won the Silver Scalpel Award for the best surgical trainer in the United Kingdom, awarded by the Association of Surgeons in Training.


Professor Pali Hungin OBE DL MD FRCP FRCGP FRSAProfessor Pali Hungin OBE, DL, MD, FRCP, FRCGP, FRSA
Pali Hungin, a graduate of Newcastle University, worked as  GP before becoming the founding Dean of Medicine at Durham University from 2003-14. 

He was President of the BMA 2016-17 and is currently Professor in the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University.

Pali was responsible for initiating the research support networking movement in the UK, initially in primary care, and led the NHS Research and Development Forum (England). His research interests are centred on the earlier diagnosis and evidence-based management of long term problems.

He has served with a number bodies such as the Italian Medicines Agency, Unilever's Central Research Ethics Advisory Group, the National Institute for Health Research (UK), the UK Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency and the Scientific Board of the United European Gastroenterology Federation.

He was a founding member of the UK and European Primary Care Societies for Gastroenterology and is a trustee and the treasurer of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund.

Pali's current work is centred around the evolving role of the doctor in a fast moving world, and this was the subject of his BMA Presidency.

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