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BMA announces new GPC England executive team

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The BMA has announced the appointment of a new executive team for its England GP Committee, led by new chair Dr Farah Jameel.

Doncaster LMC chief executive Dr Dean Eggitt, Lincolnshire LMC medical director Dr Kieran Sharrock and Kingston GP Federation medical director and PCN clinical director Dr Richard Van Mellaerts have joined the team.

They replace outgoing executive committee members Dr Mark Sanford-Wood and Dr Krishna Kasaraneni as well as former chair of GPC England Dr Richard Vautrey.

BMA GPC England chair Dr Farah Jameel said: ‘I am delighted to introduce my new team Dean Eggitt, Kieran Sharrock and Richard Van Mellaerts and congratulate them on their appointment as members of the BMA GPC England executive team, at such a pivotal time for our patients and the profession. 

‘I would like to thank outgoing chair Richard Vautrey and my outgoing executive team, Mark Sanford-Wood and Krishna Kasaraneni, for their outstanding commitment to general practice spanning many years and throughout the pandemic.’

She added: ‘As I said in my opening speech as chair, it is essential that we work with the Government to begin to rebuild general practice, so that it can be there to care for our patients. 

‘With such experienced leaders supporting the committee, I have every confidence that we will continue to represent GPs and their teams, and through them our patients, on the issues that matter most.’

Dr Farah Jameel was elected to replace Dr Richard Vautrey in the GPC England chair role last month.

Meet the new GPC England executive team

Doncaster GP partner Dr Dean Eggitt is an RCGP fellow, as well as a GP trainer and educator to medical students. As chief executive of Doncaster LMC for the last decade, he brings expertise in media relations, health policy and negotiation to the executive. Dr Eggitt was GPC representative for South Yorkshire from 2014 until last year.

Dr Kieran Sharrock is GPC representative for Lincolnshire, Humberside and East Yorkshire. He trained as a GP in London before moving to Lincolnshire where he became a GP partner first in Skegness and then Mablethorpe. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr Sharrock was an LMC member and since 2014, he has held the role of medical director for the Lincolnshire LMC. He has been a GP trainer since 2005 and has also carried out other roles including as a GP appraiser, RNLI lifeboat doctor and forensic medical examiner.

Kingston Upon Thames GP partner Dr Richard Van Mellaerts is GPC representative for Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond and has served on the clinical and prescribing, premises and finance and working at scale subcommittees. He has served as an LMC member since 2009, has been co-clinical director of Kingston PCN since its inception and is medical director of the Kingston GP Federation.