Meet the Faculty Board

Dr Karen O'Reilly

Joint Chair & Council Representative

Current: Part time GP partner in Bishops Waltham, GP Trainer, CSA/RCA Examiner

Previous : appraiser, programme director, clinical teaching fellow Southampton University, Coach, locum, salaried doctor

Interests: Lifelong learning and all things creative.

Dr Donald Batham
Honorary Secretary​

Current: GP Locum, GP Appraiser, Surgeon Commander RNR, ILS Instructor
Previous: Senior Lecturer in Primary Health Care Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Advisor in General Practice to Medical Director General Royal Navy, Senior Medical Officer Operations Herrick 9 & 14, NHS and Military GP Trainer, GP Partner Andover, Ex Regular RN Doctor, Ships Divers Officer, Helicopter Controller (Transit), Physician to the Military Pack of Apes (Gibraltar),
Interests: Personal development, most things sporting and, if you ask my wife, Google and trivia.

Professor Johnny Lyon-Maris

Joint Chair & Council Representative

Current: GP retention doctor in Lyndhurst, GP Trainer, GP Associate Dean, honorary  Professor in Medical Education and faculty development, International Development Advisor to Kosovo,   Civilian Advisor in General Practice to the Royal Navy

Interests: Anything on the water or a horse.

Dr David Palethorpe
Honorary Treasurer & AIT Lead

GP Partner at Bishops Waltham Surgery and Palliative Care Specialty Doctor at Mountbatten Hampshire Hospice

Interests: History , Theatre, Politics

Dr Richard Weaver

Current: HEE Lead on International GP Recruitment.

Previous: Retired GP (2007),  Primary Care Dean for the Wessex Health Education England.

Interests: Life long educationalist and outdoor person

Dr Pritti Aggarwal
Vice Chair

Current: Part time GP partner at Living Well Partnership, GP Board Member for Southampton City CCG, Deputy Director PMC University of Southampton
Interests: Reading, Cooking, Streamlining pathways, recycling materials to make cards.


Dr Alexander Armstrong

As retired GP, Trainer and Course Organiser, I have been involved with our Faculty for 20 years.

 I hope to provide some institutional memory,  to help us to avoid falling into the same old traps.

 And I look forward to the future, having become especially interested in the role of Covid prevention by Vitamin D.

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Dr Sarah Burns

GP, First5, Ex-Vet

Interests: cake-loving runner, mad puppy owner


Dr Sonia Barros D'Sa

Current: salaried GP in Southampton, Primary Care tutor for Southampton University Medical School, GP Appraiser, member of Hampshire & Isle of Wight LMC, Trustee for the Wessex GP Educational Trust.

Dr Julie Chinn

 Locum GP, appraisals, organising peer support meetings and other educational events as well as supporting healthcare professionals in training.


Dr Sunil Bhanot

GP exploring medical education, clinical translation and screening.

Interests: determined dancer, striving poet.

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Dr Tim Cotton

Clinical Transformation Director Clinical Lead
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Sustainability & Transformation Partnership

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Dr Rachel Elliott

Current: Primary Care Dean for Thames Valley and Wessex, Health Education England

Previous experience: GP (of all sorts; locum, retainer, flexible career scheme, salaried, partner), GP trainer, TPD, AD and Head of School.

Interests: Directing, writing and performing very low level pantomimes, attempting to drag along my very old chocolate Labrador in a ‘walk’, getting outside in our beautiful countryside.

Dr Ed Klaber

GP and Trainer - Jersey, channel islands.
Interest in dermatology, paeds and mental health, positive psychology and coaching
Interests: Skiing, Hockey, Triathlon

Dr Lucia Grossa di Palma

Dr Tessa Lambton

Awaiting bio

Dr Tim Howard

Retired GP (Dorset).  past Trainer, and trainer of the Trainers. 

Past Director, Dorset Health Authority and FHSA.  Past Chair, GMC Fitness to Practice tribunals and director, Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.


Dr Helena McKeown

Current: GP retainer in Gillingham, senior appraiser, BMA chief officer, Trustee Salisbury Almshouses, member Transport and Health Science Group.

Previous experience: senior partner, GP trainer, nationally elected member RCGP Council, Trustee RCGP, Member of the Standing Commission on Carers  

Interests: Equality, health and climate change

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Dr Hannah Morgan

GP partner on Hayling Island. Clinical Director Hayling Island Emsworth PCN. Wessex Next Gen GP. RCGP reg QI champion.

Dr Jonathan Rial

Current: GP Retainer, GP Trainer, ARCP Associate Dean, Programme Director - Southampton, RCGP Clinical Lead for Portfolio Development, WPBA Core Group, CSA/RCA Examiner

Previous experience: Wessex Faculty Treasurer, GP Locum, Salaried GP, GP Recruitment Deputy

Interests: Cycling, running and holidays.

Dr Vaishali Naik

Current role: salaried doctor at Friarsgate Surgery in Winchester, personal academic tutor for Southampton Medical students 

Previous experiences: OSCE examiner for med students 

Interests: cooking for friends and family, knitting and running.

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Dr Sally Ross

Current:  Portfolio GP with sessional NHS clinical work for PHL in Portsmouth; Clinical Advisor for NHS England; GP tutor & facilitator via HEE; GP Appraiser; presenter for GP Update ('Red Whale') and private GP sessions for Spire GP service.

Previous experience: Royal Navy Medical Officer (22 years); GP returner; GP partner; GP senior partner; employed partner (after merger); GP Trainer; (ST3/ST2, FY2, medical student teacher); CCG sessional work & LMC medical director.

Interests: Home & Health.

Dr Aigbs Ohiwerei

GP in Whitely

Dr Ben Rusholme

Current: ST3 GP trainee, co-founder GreenGP Wessex.

Previous: chair AiT sub-committee, Next Generation GP, guest editor Pulse.

Interests: sustainable healthcare.

Dr Mary Udo

GP in Whitely

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Dr Nigel Watson

Doctor, CEO of Wessex Local Medical Committees

Dr Timothy Whelan

Current: GP in Newport, Isle of Wight since 1993, and elected member of CCG

Previously: RCGP Clinical Commissioning Champion and Wessex Regional Ambassador; NHS R&D GP Scheme; FY 1 and 2 and medical student teacher; Army

Interests: encouraging colleagues; veterans' health; armchair adventure.