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Executive Directors        
Simon Abrams   John Horrocks   Michaela Buck

Dr. Simon AbramsSimon is a registered GP with a practice in Everton and was Medical Director at UC24 for 7 years. He has experience of providing GP sessions to patients in out-of-hours primary care since 1998.

He has been a GP trainer since 2002 and is an executive member of the Merseyside Family Doctors Association and member of Liverpool's LMC. He is now on one of the GP Shadowing Commissioning Groups in Liverpool.



Dr. John HorrocksJohn joined the NHS in 2002 after 20 years in manufacturing industry, mainly at Director and Chief Executive level.

He is an experienced PCT Director of Primary Care and Commissioning and has been closely involved in the development and commissioning of urgent primary care services for 7 years.

He was a member of the National advisory group on the implementation of the Carson review and also of the NHS Confederation "Remote and Rural" working party in the National GMS contract negotiations.

Chief Executive


Michaela BuckFormally an officer for the 'Stockport Health Authority', Michaela's career in OOH/unscheduled care commenced in 1996 when she was initially appointed as the Manager of Stockport Doctors' Co-operative, becoming Managing Director in 2003.

Michaela has seen the organisation develop from a 'local GP co-operative' providing OOH care to c150,000 patients to a much larger 'social enterprise' and innovative organisation providing both scheduled & unscheduled urgent OOH services, 8-8 led GP led walk-in centres including two registered general practices, to a population of over 500,000 across Stockport & Trafford.

Joint Operations Director UHUK and Managing Director Mastercall

Bill Moss   Hazel Harrison    

Bill MossBill has worked in a number of different roles within the public sector since leaving school. He started his career in HR with Birmingham City Council and eventually became involved in Telecommunications management covering fixed and mobile services. In January 1997, Bill moved into Telecoms Management at Good Hope hospital leaving in 2004 to join BADGER as Operations Manager. Bill has been involved in the growth of Badger from a GP Cooperative covering 320,000 patients through the technical links program providing the hub service across Birmingham. More recently Bill has worked alongside colleagues to successfully win pct contracts in South Birmingham, Solihull, Birmingham East and North, South Staffordshire and Walsall.

Joint Operations Director UHUK


Hazel HarrisonHazel graduated with a BA in Modern Languages and Information Systems from Bristol and has since held senior PA posts within Education and the NHS. She is a qualified counsellor and has worked voluntarily for MIND. She worked with NHS Devon in Contracting before securing her role as Business Manager with UHUK.

Business Manager

Non-Executive Directors        
Dr. Fay Wilson   Vicky Riding   Chris Curtis

Dr. Fay WilsonFay has been a GP in Birmingham for over 25 years, including five years as a sessional out-of-hours GP. In March 2010 she was named in the GP Trade Press, as the UK's 7th most influential GP. Dr Wilson is a long-standing member of the Birmingham local Medical Committee, the UK GP Committee and the Council of the BMA. In 2011 she retired as a GMC fitness to practice panel chair and took up a role with the West Midlands Workforce Deanery's Professional Support Unit, supporting doctors in difficulties.

Acting CEO/Group Medical Director BADGER


Vicky RidingVicky has been Chief Executive of BARDOC since 2010; previously she was its Chief Operating Officer. Her background is in GP out of hours' services with a particular focus on service delivery.

Under Vicky's leadership BARDOC has grown organically and now provides a range of complimentary services to resident of Bury, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale. BARDOC has recently taken over the Bolton GP out of hours' service as 'stability partner' to Bolton CCG.

Vicky is committed to collaborative working  in order to ensure both best value and outcome for patients and commissioners.

Chief Executive Officer


Chris Curtisto follow

Acting Chief Operating Officer BARNDOC

Debbie Martin   Nigel Gazzard   Susan Blakemore

Debbie MartinDebbie has worked for a variety of health care providers throughout her career to date. She is a qualified nurse who diversified her experience by becoming a District Nurse. Debbie practiced both in London and Hertfordshire before a house move and children brought her to Bedford. She undertook a role as a nurse advisor at NHS Direct when it first opened its doors in 2000. From there she became a manger of the service, before moving on to be a service redesign manager at Bedford Hospital. Debbie then took a move away from the NHS into the University of Bedfordshire where she was a senior lecturer teaching post graduate courses for nurses and allied health professionals. Following a successful completion of a MSc Leadership in Healthcare Practice Debbie chose to return to the coal face of NHS management and spent 3 years managing various community services.

Debbie joined BEDOC in January 2014 and is enjoying her new and challenging role.

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Nigel GazzardNigel joined the NHS in 2005 from the financial services industry. Working at senior levels, he enjoyed a varied career gaining experience of both strategic and operational roles covering everything from customer service, relationship management, information processing and large scale call centres. The skills learned have proved invaluable in supporting the development of BrisDoc as a patient centred, high quality NHS service provider.

He holds a Masters Degree in Leadership from Exeter University, is a published author and continues to hold various directorships, although, his primary commitment is with BrisDoc.

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Susan BlakemoreSusan began her career as a midwife and subsequently took on a Primary Care Development Manager role working with the evolution of Primary Care Groups and Primary Care Trusts in Cumbria. During this period she worked successfully towards an MBA which she completed in 2001.

Susan subsequently worked in a number of Primary Care settings, moving into the world of Out of Hours in 2002 where her initial responsibilities involved reshaping the out of hours service and ensuring a strong clinical mix. In 2009 the merger of CueDoc – Cumbria Emergency Doctors on Call – and Baycall, the out of hours service covering the South Lakes and Furness localities, created Cumbria Health on Call to which Susan was appointed Managing Director. As Cumbria Health on Call moves into the future, Susan is keen to develop services 24/7 with CHoC becoming a key central point of contact for Cumbrian patients.

Managing Director

Richard Carroll   Chris Wright   Suzy Layton

Richard Carrollto follow
Chief Executive


Chris WrightChris has been Chief Executive of Devon Doctors since 2002. In this time Devon Doctors has successfully expanded to cover the whole population in Devon. Devon Doctors has established itself as one of the highest quality providers of out-of-hours care in the UK. Devon Doctors has also expanded geographically to provide the out-of-hours service for Halton and St Helens PCT (Halton Health). It provides the out-of-hours dental service for Devon (Devon Dental) and is now providing a range of primary care services in Devon and Somerset (Devon Health).

Chris is committed to the social enterprise model and has been instrumental in the recent establishment of a national out-of-hours provider (Urgent Health UK). Chris joined the NHS in 1990. Prior to joining Devon Doctors, Chris had a number of senior NHS managerial and Director level provider and commissioning roles with the local NHS. Chris remains committed to the values of the NHS and sees social enterprise as an effective means of translating those values into action at a local level.

Chief Executive


Suzy Laytonto follow

Chief Executive Officer

David Archer   Helen Carr   Tonia Culpin

David Archerto follow

Chief Operating Officer


Helen CarrHelen leads the executive team to develop strategic plans in association with other partners and to ensure these are delivered and, as an integral member of the Board, reviews performance and oversees effective governance of the company. A key priority is to champion patient services and standards, as well as influencing and supporting national, regional and local healthcare policy and decision-making.

Helen is also a financial specialist in Internal Control Environments and Procedures and has experience in internal audit, negotiation, organisational set up, acquisitions, quality assurance.

Helen has worked with audit, legal and banking professionals at PLCs, private companies, social enterprises and charitable organisations.

Chief Executive
Local Care Direct


Tonia CulpinTonia joined KCW GP Co-op in 1996 as General Manager. Led implementation and operational delivery of NHSD co-located with OOHs service from 1999 – 2006. DH Secondment to National OOHs team 3 years implementing OOHs quality standards and assessment of providers (covering NW London, Herts & Beds, latterly  Essex). Lead Co-ordinator for National OOHs Technical Links project linking all OOHs hubs to NHSD. Tonia was promoted to CEO when LCW UCC formed as CBS in 2005. 2008 to date additional role as Chief Operating Officer for Partnership for Health, delivering 2 Centres for Health (polyclinics) on acute sites (Partnership for Health is an unconstituted partnership;  LCW UCC, Imperial College London, Central London Community Healthcare). Primary Care strategic lead on Partnership Boards with 2 Acute trusts and local  Community Trust working to implement GP led UCCs, 2 Acute and 1 Community. Previously worked in a variety of NHS posts within Acute and Primary care.

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John HarrisonJohn joined NDUC as a project manager in October 2005 and was appointed Chief Executive in 2008. A chartered electrical engineer by training, John has built a strong commercial background over the years.

John has held roles in both large and small companies, holding board-level positions for the last 15 years. Among the organizations he has worked for are British Gas's Online Inspection Centre, Kidde Hartnell Ltd, and the Regional Technology Centre in Sunderland. John remains MD of his own website analysis company, Maxsi, which he set up after leaving Thomson Travel Group.

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Sue PatersonSue Paterson has been Chief Executive of NHUC since it was formed in 2006. She set up one of the original co-operatives from which NHUC was formed in 1996. Prior to this she was a Business Manager at a Hospital and also spent a number of years working for Crown Agents.

Chief Executive


Liam Quinnto follow

Chief Executive
Northdoc Medical Services

Mo Girachto   Ron Owttrim   Kate Lucy

Mo Girachto follow

Chief Executive


Ron OwttrimRon has had a varied background both within and outside the NHS. He has been involved in Out of Hours for many years previously as General Manager for Barndoc in North London and now Chief Executive of South East Health Ltd (formerly Seadoc) since 2004. During this period he has gained extensive experience in managing and delivering the highest quality Out of Hours services to diverse populations.

Before joining the Out of Hours family he was Business Manager of the London Ambulance Service, covering both North East and Central Divisions, and was responsible for all contracting and tendering. Prior to this he worked as General Manager of a disability Charity in London and served as a representative on a European Working Group looking at disability issues relating to transport and the built environment.

Chief Executive


Kate Lucyto follow
Chief Executive
Urgent Care 24