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LMC Officers

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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.

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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 Jane Carman
Honorary Secretary

Emily Mcdarby

 I joined the LMC in 2024 after working in the NHS since 2018.  I have previously worked as a Practice Manager in a GP surgery in the East of Newcastle. 


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 and the North East & Cumbria Regional LMC, which means I have good overview of what’s happening across the patch.

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