Meet the Team

Our team is proud to deliver the work we do for our practices and primary care networks.
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Executive Team

Dr George Winder – Chair and Clinical Director of Seacroft PCN

George is a GP at Oakwood Lane Medical Practice in Gipton. He is also Clinical Director for Seacroft Primary Care Network (PCN), Chair of Seacroft Local Care Partnership (LCP).

After training in Leicester, George returned home to Leeds to work across a number of GP practices, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust acute hospitals.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Co-Producing Health from Leeds Business School catalysed George’s ambition to help create systems that recognise equity as a foundation to a better society.

George is, at heart, a citizen of Leeds, growing up here and his family growing old here. He is deeply invested in creating a place for everyone to live well together, however that is best achieved.

Jim Barwick – CEO

Jim has worked in the health service since 1985. Qualified as a nurse at St James’s Leeds working in various specialties before taking up performance improvement and management roles. He then worked in commissioning roles in Kirklees focussed on improvement and partnership working, leading on a number of large scale programmes.

He helped establish the community provider service in Kirklees holding a director post before taking up a position as CEO for Leeds West GP Federation. This then became the Leeds GP Confederation we know where Jim has been the CEO since its inception.

In addition Jim is the chair of the Pennine Domestic Abuse Partnership. Holds a degree in Health & Social care Management and has worked on numerous national committees.

Jane Sadler – Head of Operations

Jane joined the Leeds GP Confederation in July 2021 and working within healthcare in Yorkshire for 28 years across Primary and Secondary Care. Jane’s role is to be accountable operationally for the services that are delivered on behalf of our members, ensuring that they deliver high quality care, meeting the needs of our patients and members. In additon Jane works with partners across Leeds to develop services to support our members, to support with primary care resilience and to support the growth of Leeds GP Confederation.

Jenny Davies – Finance Director

Jenny’s 20-year career in finance began in 1999 after attaining a degree in Accounting and Finance. She started her career at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust working her way up through various departments in Finance.

Jenny has worked in various other areas of healthcare through her career, including Wakefield Primary Care Trust and with the mental health service provider SYMHT.

She returned to work within NHS commissioning in Leeds for 13 years, being the deputy director of Finance at Leeds North CCG and then the Leeds CCG before working most recently for Leeds GP Confederation as the director of Finance.

Jenny is a qualified accountant and has had the benefit of gaining significant experience and knowledge in both the provider and commissioning sectors. Jenny was instrumental in the creation of Leeds GP Confederation and implemented the current Enhanced Access Service and many other new services such as Dermatology. She continually strives to strengthen the Financial Sustainability of Leeds GP Confederation and improve health care for the population of Leeds.

Dr Ben Gatenby – GP Representative

Dr Guy Baker – GP Representative

Guy is a GP at Street Lane Practice in Roundhay, Leeds. He was one of the original founder members of the local North Leeds GP Federation, later to become Leeds North CCG. He continued his work with the CCG as Prescribing Lead and latterly with the ICB, where his role is Board representative for Same Day Response.

His other areas of interest are in services development, and digital transformation, helping support design and implementation of automated processes in primary care

Dr Ruth Burnett – Executive Medical Director, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds GP Confederation

Ruth qualified as a GP in Oxford and, alongside mainstream practice, worked as the CCG Locality Lead for Urgent Care and as a GP with a Special Interest (GPwSI) in musculoskeletal medicine.

She became the Medical Director for Buckinghamshire MSK community service in 2011 and then stepped into a national Medical Director role in 2013.
 
The past six years have seen her working as a Medical Director across a mixture of community MSK services, primary care, out of hours and urgent care, new models of care and prison healthcare. 

She has a passion for increasing the effectiveness of primary and community services for both patients and staff and the model she created with the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund in 2014, Practice Assist, was shortlisted in the HSJ finals in the category ‘Primary Care Innovation’.

Jenny Allen & Laura Smith – Joint Workforce Directors Director of Workforce, OD & System Development, Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust and Leeds GP Confederation

Jenny and Laura job share our Director of Workforce, Organisational Development (OD) and System Development role. The pair joined us in June last year. We believe that they are the first HR Director job share partnership in the NHS. 

Jenny studied Law at university before joining the NHS on the National Graduate Management Scheme as a General Management Trainee in 1998. She has held a number of senior HR and Workforce leadership roles across NHS organisations including at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and NHS Digital before commencing with Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. 
Jenny has previously run her own HR consulting business, has held associate lecturer roles at several local universities and is a published academic author in the field of HR and management. She is also Associate Editor for an academic journal.

Laura joined the NHS in 2000 as a General Management Trainee and has held leadership roles in general management, HR and OD across acute organisations, Primary Care Trusts and national organisations. She is an accredited coach and mentor as well as a qualified HR professional. 

What matters most to both Laura and Jenny in work is people, the people we work with and the patients and population we work for, both across the city of Leeds and the wider geographic communities served by Leeds Community Healthcare.
Laura and Jenny’s aim is to build on the excellent work already in place at the Trust, facilitating working conditions and a culture that provides the best possible opportunities and support for people to both fulfil their potential and to provide the best possible care for our patients and population.

Stephanie Lawrence MBE – Executive Director of Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, Leeds Community Healthcare and Leeds GP Confederation

Steph was born and has spent most of her working life in Yorkshire. She trained as a nurse in Calderdale and has worked within the NHS for the last 34 years. As well as being a Registered Nurse for adults, she also holds qualifications in children’s nursing, district nursing and advanced practice as well as being a non-medical prescriber.
 
She is currently the Executive Director of Nursing and Quality for Leeds GP Confederation, as well as performing the same role for Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust. In addition she also led on the national district nurse apprenticeship standard and is the Chair of the trailblazer group for this work. She is currently the co-chair of the national clinical reference group for the community nursing plan and works one day a week for CQC as the National Professional Adviser for Community Services.  She has held a number of senior leadership posts within nursing across provider and commissioning organisations.

Steph was awarded an MBE in the Queens Platinum Jubilee Birthday Honours for services to District Nursing.

Alison Stewart – Practice Business Manager & Lead Manager of West Leeds Primary Care Network

Alison is a non-Clinical business partner at Hillfoot Surgery, and Lead Practice Manager for West Leeds PCN. She sits on the Confederation Executive Board as a voice representing the city’s practice managers, ensuring operational issues are considered with any new service development.
Alison has a nursing background, qualifying as an RGN, then working in secondary care, and in the social care sector before moving into primary care in 2015. She has also previously worked as a Clinical Systems trainer – so has a particular interest in digital innovations, and how they can help us in our daily work.

Lucia Dey – Programme Manager

Lucia joined the Leeds GP Confederation in June 2019 as a Programme Manager.  Lucia’s role is to work with our members to develop new and innovative services that benefit patients and colleagues in Leeds.  There are three significant theme of work, digital, training and estates, with other projects being regularly explored.

Strategic Board

Primary Care Development Team 

Operations Team

Communications Team

Estates Team

Training Hub Team

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