BMA GPC England announces new executive team

BMA press release.

Published: Monday 13 December 2021
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The BMA general practice committee in England has today announced the appointment of a new executive team: Dr Dean Eggitt, Dr Kieran Sharrock and Dr Richard Van Mellaerts. The team replaces outgoing executive committee members Dr Richard Vautrey (past chair of GPC England), Dr Mark Sanford-Wood and Dr Krishna Kasaraneni.

Led by BMA GPC England chair Dr Farah Jameel, the executive team works to represent the views of GPs in England on all matters affecting general practice.

Commenting on the news, Dr Farah Jameel, BMA GPC England chair, 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.

“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.”

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  1. Dr Dean Eggitt is a GP partner in Doncaster and a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as a GP trainer and educator to medical students. As Chief Executive Officer of the Doncaster local medical committee for the last decade, Dean brings to the executive expertise in media relations, health policy, and negotiation.
  2. Dr Kieran Sharrock is BMA GP committee representative for Lincolnshire, Humberside, and East Yorkshire. Kieran 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, Kieran was an BMA local medical committee member and since 2014, he has held the role of Medical Director for the Lincolnshire LMC. Kieran 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.
  3. Dr Richard Van Mellaerts is BMA GP committee representative for Merton, Sutton, Wandsworth, Kingston and Richmond and has served on the Clinical and Prescribing, Premises and Finance, and Working at Scale subcommittees. Richard is a GP partner in Kingston Upon Thames and has served as a BMA local medical committee member since 2009. He has also been co-Clinical Director of Kingston Primary Care Network since its inception and is Medical Director of the Kingston GP Federation.