Changing the conversation about health

College of Medicine team

Dr Michael Dixon: Chairman

Michael is a Devon GP and Co-Chair of the National Social Prescribing Network. He has held numerous national leadership roles including:- The first Chair of NHS Alliance (1998-2016), President of NHS Clinical Commissioners and as a leader within the GP/clinical commissioning movement.  He is currently Chair of the College of Medicine and Chair of The Institute for Social Prescription.  He is Visiting Professor at University College London and at the University of Westminster, a Senior Fellow in Public Policy (University of Birmingham) and an Honorary Senior Lecturer (Peninsula Medical School Exeter).  He is author of “Time to Heal” Unicorn Press Nov. 2020.

More about his work here.

Sir Sam Everington: Vice Chair

Sam has been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 1989, is chair of Tower Hamlet’s CCG and a Board member of NHSCC. He is part of the Bromley By Bow GP partnership, with over 100 projects under its roof supporting the wider determinants of health. Sam is a qualified Barrister. In 1999 he received an OBE for services to inner city primary care in 2006, The International Award of Excellence in Health Care and in 2015 a knighthood for services to primary care. He has published a number of papers with Professor Aneez Esmail on discrimination in the NHS. He is a trained woodcarver, welder and Day skipper and speaks Norwegian.


Amanda King: Chief Officer

Amanda manages the day to day running of the College of Medicine, with a particular focus on membership engagement, communications, events, conferences and our educational courses like the very popular Foundation Courses in Integrated Healthcare.

She spent most of her career until 2011 at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society as Membership Manager then latterly as Local Practice Forum Manager and a management role in their annual conference organising team as well as roles in PR and Education.

Amanda has a wealth of experience from running events, project management to delivering change in organisations.

A.J. Yates: Senior Admin Officer

AJ is the College of Medicine’s senior admin officer, helping to support the chief officer in the day to day running of the College. He is keen to support the aims of the College having been interested in all aspects of healthcare since joining St John Ambulance as a child – he was a volunteer at his local unit for over forty years.

AJ’s interest has broadened in recent years: he has a degree in herbal medicine from Middlesex University (which reflects a belief in the beneficial effects of patient-centred complementary medicine), a masters in medical anthropology from Brunel University (which reflects an interest in social and cultural aspects of health and illness), and has completed a PhD at The University of Westminster which used patient narratives to investigate women’s experiences of distress and their experience of using western herbal practice for distress.

AJ has previously been a member of the College of Medicine’s student strategy group, and is now a mentor for the next generation of health and social care students.