Dr Paul Evans
I’m a GP partner at Bridges Medical Practice in Gateshead, where I’ve worked since 2014 after initially contracting for a single locum session. I qualified as a GP in 2008 whilst serving in the UK military and left service in 2013 due to family commitments, spending the intervening year working a salaried post at Claypath in Durham City and locuming around the north of England.
Outside the surgery, I’m a keen runner, albeit not a particularly fast one. I was elected Vice-Chairman in April 2018 and Chairman in January 2019.
Dr Shaun Aval
I’m a GP at Mayfield Medical Group in Jarrow, having joined the team upon completion of my GP training in 2016. My career background is diverse, having graduated from The University of Edinburgh, and working in the South East of Scotland for 2 years, before moving to the North East of England in 2008 for Surgical specialist training where I gained further qualifications and experience in General Surgery and ENT. I made a side-ways move to General Practice in 2013, and have cultivated a specialist interest in Otolaryngology and minor surgery, and I enjoy teaching and training roles within the Foundation Programme. I was elected Vice-Chair in February 2019.
Dr Bill Westwood
I grew up in Shropshire & completed my medical training in Aberdeen. I first came to the North-East to do my vocational training as a GP in 1986 and except for a brief stint in Skye, have worked here ever since. I have been an LMC member for over 20 years and Honorary Secretary of both Gateshead & South Tyneside and Newcastle & North Tyneside LMCs since April 2018. I previously served as chair of Gateshead & South Tyneside LMC.
I retired from practice in May 2018, partially to allow me the time to devote to the Secretary’s role.
As Honorary Secretary my responsibility is to ensure that the LMC functions in its role to support local GPs, practices and also represent the interests of sessional GPs who are represented on the LMC. This involves regular meetings with local stakeholders such as the CCG, acute trusts, NHSE and other organisations whose work impacts on general practice. I also meet with GPs and practices as required.
After having spent some time out of work while my children were pre-school age, I joined the LMC in 1995 and my role has evolved since then.
I have responsibility for managing the business and financial affairs of the organisation and am the first point of contact for the GPs and general practices that we represent.
I am also the Administrator for Newcastle & North Tyneside LMC, Sunderland LMC and the North East & Cumbria Regional LMC, which means I have good overview of what’s happening across the patch.