The Leeds LMC Team
CHAIR - DR NICOLA HAMBRIDGE
Nicola graduated from Leeds University in 1996, worked in Bradford and Airedale then joined Leeds VTS, qualifying as a GP in 2000. She worked as a locum and salaried GP in Leeds and Bradford for 18 months, then spent 2002 working in General Practice in Australia. In 2003 she was appointed a partner at Robin Lane Practice in Pudsey, where she has worked since, moving to a salaried post in 2010.
Alongside her clinical work Nicola teaches undergraduate medical students both in the practice and in the University.
Nicola has been active committee member for a number of years and in April 2015, she was elected to serve as an Officer in the position of Vice Chair. Having worked as a locum and as a partner, and now a salaried GP, she is keen to utilise her experiences to represent and work on behalf of all GPs in Leeds.
Outside work Nicola enjoys gardening very amateurly, is a Trustee of Left Bank Leeds link and volunteer director of Leeds Tidal and Keep Streets Live campaign, and is involved in organising a number of arts and music events in Leeds and nationally.
VICE CHAIR - DR SARAH MCSORLEY
Sarah has worked as a Salaried GP and sessional GP in practices in Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds and is now settled in a practice in North Leeds.
She has been an active member of Leeds LMC since 2016, representing salaried and locum GPs and continues to link the LMC with Leeds sessional GP education forum (LSGPEF).
Sarah also enjoys periodic work with students of University of Leeds Medical School as a facilitator. In her spare time she values time spent with her GP husband, 3 young daughters, extended family and friends, as well as walking and travel.
MEDICAL SECRETARY - DR RAJ SATHIYASEELAN
Raj graduated from Leeds University in 1998 and subsequently spent 6 years in hospital medicine, predominately in Leeds. In 2004, he joined the Harrogate VTS and following completion of training in 2006, joined his current practice as a partner. He was elected to the LMC in 2007 and has been Medical Secretary from 2009.
ASSISTANT MEDICAL SECRETARY - DR RICHARD VAUTREY
Richard was the LMC's Medical Secretary from April 1999 to 2008 and now holds the post of Assistant Medical Secretary. He qualified in Manchester in 1988 and has worked in places as varied as Rochdale and Nigeria. He became a partner at Meanwood Group Practice in 1994 and was first elected to the LMC in 1995. In addition to his work for the LMC he is also the BMA GP committee representative for the Leeds area and in 2017 was elected as chair of both GPC England and GPC UK.
TREASURER - DR ANNETTE BEARPARK
Annette has been involved in the work of the committee and an active committee member for a number of years. In April 2011, Annette was elected to serve as an Officer in the position of Vice Chair and in April 2015 undertook the role of Treasurer.
JOINT EXECUTIVE OFFICER - KATE GAGEN
Kate joined the LMC in September 2009, job sharing the role of executive officer and working Monday – Wednesday. She originally trained and practised as a lawyer before taking a break to raise her children. Upon returning to work, Kate acted as a legacy adviser for Oxfam and then as the head of office for the local MP, Greg Mulholland. Outside work, Kate’s principal interests are yoga, walking in the Dales and politics.
JOINT EXECUTIVE OFFICER - JODIE McNEIL
Jodie joined the LMC in April 2017, working Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Bringing with her 17 years’ experience in central government as a civil servant, working on a broad range of health policies. She is experienced in preparing briefings for officials and ministers, taking minutes, developing written publications, press communications and papers for Parliament and its committees.
Jodie enjoys developing herself with IT packages: MS Outlook and MS Office and has a solid understanding of Social Media platforms such as: YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
Outside of work Jodie enjoys running, cooking and family walks with her young children.