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London Speakers


Dr Pooja Arora, Portfolio GP, BMA General Practitioners Committee, Birmingham LMC Freelance Rep

Dr Pooja Arora is a Portfolio GP working in Birmingham. She has been pushing for change at a national level for the betterment of her colleagues since her GP training years. She first began her medico-political journey as a West Midlands Representative for the BMA GP Trainees subcommittee. She has since held roles within the RCGP Midland Faculty and has been a GP ambassador for Health Education England. Locally she has produced a series of YouTube videos about key issues affecting the profession in her capacity as Freelance representative and Engagement lead for Birmingham LMC. Nationally she is currently Deputy Policy Lead for Working at Scale for GPC, and is the West Midlands Representative for the BMA Sessional GPs committee.



Sue Chescoe, Managing Director, HealthcareBids

Sue Chescoe has been involved in healthcare bids and tenders for many years and has worked as Bid Director both within the NHS and within independent sector organisation. Sue also brings a wealth of senior experience from other industries; as a consultant, a senior line manager and a founder of a successful retail business.





Sam Hopkins, Partner and Head of GP Group, Capsticks

Sam is a Partner in the Real Estate department and leads the firm’s national service offering to GPs and practice managers.

Sam’s work includes a broad range of commercial property work for GPs across the country, including third party developments schemes, self-build schemes, leases between property owning and other GP partners, property advice for GP federations and for individual practices on mergers and acquisitions, declarations of trust between GP partners, succession planning, sale and leaseback transactions, and leases to GPs from NHS organisations including at NHS LIFT properties. 

He speaks regularly at national and local GP and practice manager events, and was delighted to lead the team at Capsticks that was awarded “Legal Team of the Year” at the General Practice Awards in 2015.



Mark Jarvis, Senior Solicitor, Capsticks LLP

Mark is a senior solicitor in Capsticks’ Commercial team.  He advises on a range of commercial, corporate and contracting areas with a particular specialism in in primary care contracting.

Before joining Capsticks in 2014, Mark was an associate at Lockharts Solicitors, a specialist healthcare firm where he qualified in 2007.  Mark assisted general medical practitioners in a variety of areas including NHS regulatory and contract issues, sales and acquisitions, 24 hour retirement, incorporations and joint ventures. 

Mark continues to advise on regulatory and commercial matters for general practitioners and primary medical service providers including methods of working at scale as part of federations, MCPs and Accountable Care Organisations.

In addition to medical clients, Mark’s expertise extends to NHS dental contracting where over a number of years he has built a reputation as a specialist dental solicitor with expertise in the acquisition and sale of dental practices. He has advised dentists, dental corporations and LDC’s on various primary dental contract issues.



Caroline Kerby, Practice Manager and Managing Partner, Brentfield Medical Centre, Joint Lead and London Representative, NHS Alliance Practice Managers’ Network

Caroline has worked in primary care since 1986 and has been a passionate advocate of the importance of high quality primary care management. She is the managing partner in a general practice in Brent and has an interest in public health issues.

Her other interests are in leadership and workforce development. She is the Director of Strategy and Quality for Harness Care a not for profit GP provider offering extended primary care through a network of 21 general practices for over 115000 patients. Harness Care are an innovative leader in primary care transformation believing in the values of traditional general practice but delivered in a 21st century model. 

Caroline is a member of the NHS Alliance national executive and represents the NHS Alliance on the national Practice Manager Network steering group. 



Ali Moran, Employment Law Specialist

Ali is an experienced HR professional who delivers pragmatic and relevant advice and guidance on how to get the best out of your employees whilst staying within the law and mitigating risk. She works at both strategic and operational level, delivering focused and results-orientated training and advice, underpinned by a master’s degree in Employment Law.  Ali has lectured in employment law at under-graduate and post-graduate level in addition to delivering presentations to businesses of all sectors nationwide for several years.
Specialties: Employment law advice; HR best practice; HR policies; performance management; conducting investigations; managing disciplinary and grievances; delivering seminars/training.



Virginia Patania, Practice Manager and Managing Partner, Jubilee Street Practice

Virginia Patania is a managing partner at the Jubilee Street Practice in East London. She sits on the board of the Tower Hamlets Clinical Commissioning Group, where she leads on urgent and emergency care, and is a director of The Highway Network, a CIC formed by four practices to deliver services locally. She has led nationally on the campaign to address recent GMS funding cuts through the removal of the Minimum Practice Income Guarantee, and on raising the profile of deprived boroughs through an evidence-based analysis of workload, disease burden and complexity. When Patania is not lobbying NHS England, she is working with them as part of the NHSE Pan London Leadership Group.



Dr Asiya Yunus, Medical Director, Londonwide LMCs

Dr Asiya Yunus completed her medical degree at Imperial College, and trained as a GP in Bloomsbury. Asiya has a long-standing interest in health management and leadership, completing a Leadership (Darzi) Fellowship at the Kings Fund in 2011.

Asiya is a Medical Director at Londonwide Local Medical Committees and a central London GP. Asiya has a keen interest in the wellbeing of staff and “joy in practice”, a concept that is missing in a GP’s experience of primary care that can mitigate burnout and lead to happier staff and happier patients.

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