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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 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.


Shalin Mehra BDS, MFGDPShalin Mehra BDS, DGDP(UK) FloD
Shalin has more than 30 years' experience as a General Dental Practitioner and is now CEO of Rodericks Dental Ltd, a dental corporate with 94 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.  

Dr John Gillies MA (Med Ethics & Law), FrCGP, FRCPEProfessor John Gillies OBE, FRSE, FRCGP, FRCPE
Professor John Gillies is an Edinburgh graduate who has worked in Malawi then as a general practitioner in rural Scotland, latterly in Selkirk for 16 years.  He has worked in general practice education 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.

He is an Honorary Professor of General Practice at the University of Edinburgh and Deputy Director of Scottish School of Primary Care, 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.
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 Brian Cookson BA,MED, PGCEBrian Cookson BA, MEd, PGCE
Brian has been a teacher for now approaching, but not quite 50 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 an active member of two European Community policy advisory working groups leading to the publication of 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 and was closely involved in national negotiations regarding education policy across the UK.  He was also privileged to be a member of the TUC General Council and is proud to hold a TUC gold badge award for services to trade unionism.

He had been the chair of governors of a school for 20 years and is now a director of a highly successful multi academy trust.

Brian held a non-executive trustee role for a leading qualification awarding body for 11 years chairing their finance, investment and irregularities and appeals committees. He continues to work in this sector. 

Brian is also a member of two pension boards, chairing a private pension scheme for the last ten years and has been a member of the Scottish Teachers' Pension Board since its inception 5 years ago. Brian 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 Ltd, and also sits as a fee-paid judge on Mental Health Tribunals and in the Court of Protection.

Lucy founded virtual law firm Scomo in 1990, and believes that it was the first firm of this kind in the world. She has been a Commissioner with the Judicial Appointments Commission and with Postcomm; was a founder member of the QC Appointments Panel; a Member of the Independent Commission on Mental Health and Policing, and a founding co-chair of the Access to Justice and Legal Aid Committee of the International Bar Association.

She is a trustee of the Howard League for Penal Reform and of The Jeanie Project, an access to Justice charity.

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 British Medical Association 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.

Professor Sir Bruce KeoghProfessor Sir Bruce Keogh
Sir Bruce has had a distinguished international career as a cardiac surgeon.

He held the chair of Cardiac Surgery at University College London before being appointed Medical Director of the NHS in the Department of Health in 2007 and National Medical Director of NHS England between 2013 - 2018. For a decade he was the professional lead for doctors in the NHS and was responsible for clinical policy and strategy, promoting quality, clinical leadership and innovation across the service.

In the Department of Health he was the sponsor for NICE, the Healthcare Commission and the National Patient Safety Agency.

With a longstanding interest in the measurement of clinical outcomes he has served on the boards of the Commission for Health Improvement and Healthcare Commission between 2002-2007. He has recently become Chair of the Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust. He was knighted for services to medicine in 2003.


Richard GillRichard Gill
Richard Gill has spent more than 20 years as a Teacher, Headteacher, Senior Leader and Government Adviser. He has successfully led a number of high profile initiatives, including the creation of one of the country's first 100 teaching schools.

A National Leader of Education, Ofsted inspector and Chair of the National Teaching Schools Council, Richard is currently Chief Executive of a respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership. The ATLP runs 12 primary and secondary schools, one teaching school serving a community of around 10,000 students, staff and governors.

The ATLP has successfully provided school-to-school support since 2008 and, in addition to its existing family of schools, the multi-academy trust has been appointed as school improvement partner to several schools.  Richard continues to serves on a range of committees and working groups at the DfE.

Richard is the former joint Headteacher of the outstanding Arthur Terry School, which ranks highly in local and national league tables. During that time, he led on the application to become one of the first 100 teaching schools in the country and only two providers of Initial Teacher Training at that time - an area now recognised as a centre of excellence.

Prior to joining Arthur Terry School, Richard was Assistant Headteacher of Chase Technology College and held senior leadership positions at The Friary School, Lichfield.

Today, Richard's focus is to oversee the next stage of the Partnership's development to ensure it continues to deliver quality education to all its academies in Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Staffordshire.


Carolyn Champan-Lees BA (Hons), PGCE, MBACarolyn Chapman-Lees BA (Hons), PGCE, MBA
Carolyn Chapman Lees is the Chief Executive Officer of the Titan Partnership, a unique education network supporting more than 50 Primary and Secondary schools, FE Colleges, Private Training Providers and Universities in Birmingham.

Previous to joining Titan, Carolyn was Executive Director at the Gazelle Colleges Group, a network of 25 FE colleges focused upon wealth creation, entrepreneurship and employment as key outputs.

Carolyn spearheaded national programmes for innovative student enterprise, entrepreneurial leadership and curriculum transformation. As a Design Thinking facilitator she also developed and delivered design thinking, entrepreneurial mind-set and project based learning programmes across the UK.

With a cross-sector portfolio career of more than 25 years in education, training and management Carolyn has worked with companies such as Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Westfield London, Monsoon Accessorise and Scottish Power.  In 2008 Carolyn founded TurnPoint Projects Ltd, a training company specialising in personal development and enterprise education. 

Carolyn's qualifications include a BA (Hons) Leisure and Business Management, a PGCE and an MBA. Carolyn is a member of the Aston University Business School Advisory Board and also sits on the Wesleyan Members Advisory Board.


Mr Fraser CampbellFraser Campbell
Fraser Campbell is a barrister at Blackstone Chambers in London, specialising in commercial litigation.

He is also experienced in judicial review cases involving highly-regulated businesses and professionals, and in pensions-related litigation.

He began his career as a solicitor before transferring to the bar in 2010. He has been a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford since 2005 and his other appointments include being a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee, and a trustee of the Oxford Union (where he was President as a student).


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