The board

Christian Townend RRC – Christian attends board meetings as the Chief Executive of NGPS. He has been Chief Exec since September 2017 having worked for the business since its inception in 2014. He was previously a practice manager in a busy GP surgery in the north of the city, and, before his time in primary care, was a member of HM Forces where he worked for 31 years as an Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps.

Dr Natalie Crowe

Our directors are as follows:

Dr Natalie Crowe is the Chair of our Board of Directors, and the Clinical Director of the Newcastle East Primary Care Network. She is a GP Partner at Thorn eld Medical Group, where she is the Management Partner. She also has a special interest in medical education, supervising the training and development of various allied primary care staff and she is a GP Trainer.

Dr Marie Wright is the Clinical Director of Newcastle Central PCN, and a GP at Saville Medical Group. Her interests include Cancer & Palliative Care and CHD.

Dr Ben Davies is the Clinical Director of Jesmond and Lower Gosforth PCN, and a GP partner at Jesmond Health Partnership. His interests include technology in healthcare and collaborative working.

Dr Sarah Rae is a GP Partner at Brunton Park Health Centre and Clinical Director of North Gosforth Primary Care Network. She has an interest in women’s health, offering all forms of contraceptive services. She is also passionate about medical education and is a GP Trainer.

Dr Brigid Joughin is the Clinical Director of the Outer West PCN and a board member of the NHS Confed PCN network. She is a GP partner at Throckley Primary Care and has an interest in Health Inequalities, Social Prescribing, Mental Health services, and GP training and education.

Dr Tofique Pathan

Dr Tofique Pathan is the Clinical Director of the Inner West PCN and a GP at Prospect Medical Group.

Dr Lorna Longworth is the Clinical Director of West End Family Health PCN and is a GP at West Road Medical Centre. Her interests include care of elderly patients and she works with other team members to co-ordinate the Patient Participation Group

Read about the team that works at NGPS.