Changing the conversation about health

College leaders in specialist areas


Mr Michael Dooley – Women’s Clinical Lead, and College Treasurer

Michael Dooley is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at Dorset County Hospital. His special interest is reproductive endocrinology with particular expertise in infertility, menopause, premenstrual syndrome and sports gynaecology. He has attended three Olympic Games as British Team Doctor. Mr Dooley has established The Poundbury Clinics as centres of excellence providing an integrated approach to women’s health.

Carrie Grant – Patient Lead

Carrie Grant is a television presenter, journalist and voice coach as well as being a powerful patient advocate drawing from much of her family’s own experience.

Carrie has been the President of the Unite Union for Community Practitioners and Health Visitors (CPHVA) and an Ambassador for three charities: Crohns, Colitis UK (having had Crohn’s Disease herself for the over thirty years), The National Autistic Society and The Diana Award. She sits on the largest Transforming Care Partnership Panel in the UK.


Professor Dame Donna Kinnair DBE RGN HV LLB MA – Nursing Lead

Donna is a Non-executive Director at East London Foundation Trust. She was the General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) until June 2021.She was responsible for delivering the RCN’s strategic and operational plans and promoting patient and nursing interests on a wide range of issues.

Donna held various roles, prior to joining the RCN, including clinical director of emergency medicine at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust; Executive Director of Nursing, Southeast London Cluster Board; Director of Commissioning, London Borough of Southwark & Southwark PCT. She was the Strategic Commissioner for Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham Health Authority’s Children’s Services. Donna advised the PM’s Commission on the future of Nursing and Midwifery in 2010 and served as nurse/child health assessor to the Victoria Climbié Inquiry.

Bogdan Chiva Giurca – Junior Doctors Lead 

Bogdan is an award-winning undergraduate medical student with a strong passion for medical leadership and innovation. He was the National Student Champion for Social Prescribing, having recently graduated from his medical degree he is now the Lead for Junior Doctors, and the founder of the newly established National Social Prescribing Student Champion Scheme. The scheme has been created to enable medical students – the generation of today, and the future doctors of tomorrow – to get involved in learning about, teaching, and promoting Social Prescribing within their region.

In the past, the medical school curriculum has been established with little involvement from medical students. Bogdan is hoping that medical students can stand up and request to be taught concepts that will be key to their future practice. Bogdan is looking forward to collaborating with as many medical students nationally to put this puzzle together and to attempt introducing Social Prescribing into the undergraduate and postgraduate medical school curriculum.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall  – Lead for Sustainable Fishing

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a multi-award-winning writer and broadcaster known for his uncompromising commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food and his concern for the environment. He has earned a huge following through his River Cottage TV series and books, as well as campaigning documentary series such as Hugh’s Fish FightHugh’s War on WasteBritain’s Fat Fight and, his latest, War on Plastic with Hugh and Anita.

His broadcasting has earned him a BAFTA as well as accolades from Radio 4, The Observer and the Guild of Food Writers and his award-winning books, include the best-selling River Cottage Cook Book and River Cottage Veg Every Day. His latest, Eat Better Forever, is due out in December 2020.

He continues to work as a journalist, writing occasionally for the Guardian, Times and other national newspapers. He is a vice president of Fauna & Flora International and a patron of Switchback, a charity that helps young offenders find opportunities in the catering industry.

Dr William Bird MBE – Nature Lead

Dr William Bird is a GP with more than three decades’ experience in physical activity, nature and health. He has been instrumental in setting up nationally recognisable schemes such as Green Gyms and Healthy Walks.

William is co-editor of the recently published Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health and BBC Wildlife magazine voted him one of the top 30 influential conservationists in the UK.

As CEO and Founder of Intelligent Health, he has developed Beat the Street, a physical activity intervention programme delivered in towns and cities across the UK and Europe.

In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for his services towards physical activity and health

David Peters – Lead for Practitioner Resilience and Wellbeing

I am Clinical Director in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the University of Westminster where I direct the Centre for Resilience.  The Centre is researching ways of measuring resilience, and improving it through lifestyle change, biofeedback, mindfulness, positive emotion and self-care. I am particularly interested in doctors’ wellbeing.

My clinical work (as a musculoskeletal physician) is informed by my time in general practice as well as by osteopathy, acupuncture and body-oriented psychotherapy.  I have a specialty in health problems where resilience has broken down (including PTSD), or where pain and fatigue overlap, and in aspects of self-care for long-term conditions (for which we developed the online Self Care Library)

Since the early 1990s I have led on a series of projects bringing non-pharmaceutical treatments (including osteopathy and acupuncture) into the NHS.  In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework I was awarded a 4 star rating for my impact in this field of work.   I am Editor in Chief the Journal of Holistic Healthcare.

Dr Mike Cummings – Lead for Acupuncture within Medicine

Mike is Medical Director of the British Medical Acupuncture Society (BMAS). This is a full time post that involves running the BMAS London Teaching Clinic (LTC), co-ordinating and lecturing on BMAS courses in Western medical acupuncture, acting as an associate editor for the Medline-listed journal Acupuncture in Medicine, and representing the BMAS at various academic and political meetings. Mike is an Honorary Clinical Specialist at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine, which is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where he supports acupuncture services.  His principal academic and clinical interest is musculoskeletal pain, and in particular, needling therapies in the treatment of myofascial pain syndromes.

After completing his medical degree at Leeds, and several hospital jobs in the north of England, Mike joined the Royal Air Force for a six and a half year short service commission. A substantial portion of the workload for a general duties medical officer (GDMO) in the RAF is musculoskeletal medicine. Mike came across acupuncture by accident whilst working as a GDMO. He followed his interest in musculoskeletal medicine and acupuncture on retiring from military service, and finally found himself occupied full time in the field of acupuncture (see start of the piece).

Simon Mills MA FCPP FNIMH – Lead for Self-Care

Simon Mills is a University of Cambridge medical sciences graduate who has been a herbal practitioner in Exeter UK since 1977. Among many accomplishments he co-founded the world’s first University centre for studying complementary health at Exeter, was Special Adviser to the House of Lords report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and coordinated a national Department of Health project ‘Integrated Self Care in Family Practice’ which pioneered many of the elements of ‘social prescription’. He is an acknowledged and widely published authority on herbal medicine and since 2016 has been Herbal Strategist at Pukka Herbs. He is Self Care Lead at the College of Medicine.

Professor Sir Al Aynsley-Green Kt – Lead for Children

Sir Al Aynsley-Green trained at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, University of London, then as a children’s physician in Oxford and as a paediatric endocrinologist in the Children’s Hospital, University of Zurich, Switzerland. He was appointed the first National Clinical Director for Children in the Department of Health in Government in 2000, before becoming the first independent statutory Children’s Commissioner for England from 2005-10.

He was President of the British Medical Association 2015-16. He is now Professor Emeritus of Child Health at University College London, and. Visiting Professor in Advocacy for Children and Childhood in Nottingham Trent University. He has received the Spence Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Prader Prize of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology, and the International Award of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory.

He was knighted by HM the Queen for his services to children and young people in 2006.

Dr Simon Lewis – Bodymind Faculty Lead

Simon is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working in paediatric liaison at University College London Hospitals focussing on young people with complex presentations. He is passionate about the unity of the bodymind in his work and teaching; and how this approach can lead to a more collaborative and compassionate doctor/patient relationship. 

Simon led an NHS inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit in North London for more than 20 years. He lectures at UCL, teaching medical and other students. Simon is a trustee for an environmental charity (Global Generation), a keen cyclist and photographer.

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