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Dr John Dracass MBE, BSc, MB BS, MHM, FRCGP

John Dracass was a general practitioner in Totton, near Southampton for 32 years until his retirement in 2007. During the course of a long career he has been involved with general practitioner training, professional representation, audit and clinical governance, health service management and local community work. He has a particular interest in patient participation, encouraging an active patient participation group in his own surgery. He was senior partner of Testvale Surgery Totton, and has been a Chairman of the Local Medical Committee (LMC) an examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Primary Care Adviser to the previous Wessex Regional Health Authority (RHA), a Performance Assessor and Specialist Adviser for the General Medical Council (GMC) and a Vice Chairman of the RCGP Patient Liaison Group. He was also a Hospital Practitioner in learning disability. He was a member of Council of RCGP for over 10 years and was a previous Provost of the Wessex Faculty RCGP. After leaving general practice he spent 3 years as a lead GP for Safeguarding Children with Hampshire Primary Care Trust (PCT) He was appointed MBE for services to health care in 2007

Sandra EA Gower FRCGP (Hon) AMIHM

Sandy Gower is managing partner at Bennetts End Surgery where she is responsible, with 11 GP Partners, for the management and leadership of this Training Practice serving 18,000 patients.

Sandy has 25 years experience of primary care management and patient participation. Her relentless passion for ‘making a difference’ throughout her career has resulted in her becoming the first Practice Manager to receive Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). She is immediate past chairman of the national Practice Management Network and co-leads of the RCGP General Practice Foundation for practice management.

Other Trustees

As well as the Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, the following are Trustees on the Board:

Marion Gee

Marion has a long career history in the NHS. Marion trained as a nurse at St Bartholomew's Hospital in London and then as a Health Visitor and Community Practice Teacher in Leicester. She was sponsored by the Women's Unit and successfully gained a MBA. 

During her career Marion worked for several Health Authorities and as a lead inspector with the Healthcare Commission, now the Care Quality Commission, CQC. She was the Regional Dignity lead at Care Services Improvement Partnership, and was seconded to the Department of Health as the National Dignity Lead.

After retiring she became a committee member and vice chair of the Local Involvement Network in Rutland and an independent consultant. 

She is committed to promoting patient and public participation and involvement, as equal partners, who are treated with dignity and respect, in their care and services.

Hobbies include gardening, walking and travelling.

Margaret Harrison

Margaret has over 30 years’ experience in business, largely with BT plc. She joined BT as a statistician and progressed to senior positions in systems, operations and capital investment management. For the latter 7 years she held key leadership roles in customer service where she worked to deliver better end to end processes and ensure improved customer experience. On leaving BT, she was appointed a Trustee at Heart of England Mencap which has challenged her to understand structure, drivers and risks in a new environment, as well as extending her knowledge of governance and change management in a commercial environment to the requirements of a not for profit organisation. 

Margaret hopes to bring some of the learning from her business career and more recent experience with Heart of England Mencap to the Board

Olivia King

Details to follow.

Margaret Matthews MBE

Maggie originally worked in industry as a PA. After undertaking teacher training, she then taught for 13 years before joining the Advisory Service in Worcestershire, giving curriculum advice and training teachers. Whilst an Adviser, Maggie was National President of the National Association of Advisers and Inspectors of Business and Economics Education (NAAIBEE), a professional body of advisers and inspectors for business, economics and education. After retirement, as a consultant, Maggie gave curriculum advice/training to schools in North Staffordshire. A member of Soroptimist International Maggie was President for two years in Staffordshire Moorlands working to promote the health and wellbeing of women and children globally. Maggie was Chair of a PPG for five years and currently is Chair of a locality Patient Forum.

Fiona Weir

Fiona works in integrated commissioning in Kirklees, West Yorkshire. She manages a 'community partnerships' programme, on behalf of the local authority's adult care service and two Clinical Commissioning Groups, which supports community organisations to develop and run activities that keep people healthy and independent. She is also lead commissioner of an integrated social prescribing service - perhaps the only one in the country taking referrals from social workers and ambulance staff as well as GPs. Previously, Fiona has worked as a university researcher and lecturer, trainer, front line social care manager and freelance consultant, specialising in cross-sector working, partnership development and public involvement. She is a member of her local surgery's patient group, and her own experience of managing a long-term condition (psoriatic arthritis) has made her passionate about patient participation. When she's not working, you'll often find Fiona singing or swimming, indoors and out - and sometimes both at once!