Our People

Our Board of Directors

Dr Chandra Kanneganti

Dr Chandra Kanneganti

Dr Kanneganti moved to Stoke in 2007, after training in Dumfries, Scotland. He is a GP Principal at Goldenhill Medical Centre, and Five Towns GP Surgery. He has been Clinical Director of Stoke CCG since CCG formed, and resigned to join the Federation board. Dr Kanneganti has a Special interest in Diabetes, Contraception, Medical Leadership. He is a Nationally Elected BMA GPC member since 2012. He also attends RCGP Council as an observer and is the National Chair of British International Doctors Association.

His role within NSGPF is to work with stakeholders including UHNM, SSOTP, Combined health, OOH providers, Social care, voluntary sector etc and is currently working on the model of care across Stoke and North Staffordshire on behalf of Federation.

Dr Julie Oxtoby
Vice Chair

Julie has had the privilege to be a GP in Staffordshire for the last 26 years, the last 24 years as a partner in a Leek Practice . Julie absolutely loves being a GP and she is passionate about providing the best possible quality of care to our population through joined up working between staff within ours and other practices and our colleagues in community and hospital settings.

Over many years , Julie has been involved in clinical leadership in the PCT , the CCG and now the North Staffordshire GP federation. Julie believes that general practice is the cornerstone to providing excellent patient care and will do everything she can to promote and support general practice in this role.

Julie married to another doctor, John, and have three grown up sons . We spend much of our free time in North Wales where we walk in Snowdonia with our golden retriever.

Dr Julie Oxtoby
Dr Annamalai Veerappan

Dr Annamalai Veerappan

Joint Clinical Director

Dr Veerappan did his GP training in Dumfries, Scotland and moved to Stoke in 2007. Currently he is a GP Principal at Tunstall Primary Care Centre. Dr Veerappan is a full time GP with special interest in diabetes and endocrinology. He is a GP trainer and a GP appraiser as well.Dr Veerappan also helps CQC as a specialist adviser.

In the past he has worked in CCG to help form 111 pathways as a clinical associate. Within the federation board he represents ANEW locality in Stoke.  His aim is to help the board steer in right direction so that a sustainable workforce in general practice is achieved. Dr Veerappan believes we need that for the future of Primary Care which is the backbone of this country.

Outside Medicine, he enjoys playing cricket and actively play Sunday league matches.

Dr Lenin Vellaturi

Joint Clinical Director

Dr Lenin Vellaturi
Dr Omar Hussain

Dr Omar Hussain


Omar grew up in Stoke on Trent and was a Manchester medical school graduate.

Omar works as partner at Milehouse Surgery Newcastle as well as special interest in acute medicine and working in AEC one day per week.

A keen footballer and a fan in his spare time, though currently struggling with the demise of his beloved Manchester United .

Omar has been a Federation director for 2 years –  his main interest is how we can help support the local workforce and  recruit GP trainees to practice locally. Omar will be working closely with Sharon Turner – workforce lead to help support her in this capacity.


Dr P Sankari


Sharon Turner

Dr Sharon Turner


Dr Turner went to senior school in Stone, Staffs and graduated from Birmingham Medical School. Most of her training has been in Staffordshire and she has been a GP Partner at Audley Health Centre since 1992 and represent Newcastle North Locality. Dr Turned is also a Trainer and an Appraiser. She worked for the North Staffs CCG as a Clinical Associate in the Primary Care Team during a period of transition from PCT to CCG. Dr Turned resigned in 2015 to dedicate time to the formation of NSGPFederation.

Dr Turner has been passionate about forming this federation to ensure GP Practices have a voice and survive during another transformation phase in the NHS. As an appraiser she has been continually impressed by the dedication of GPs to the care of their patients, and feels very proud to be a GP. However times are tough and we are very short of staff, so she intends to search for effective solutions to retain our registrars, and diversify our workforce.

Rachel Viggars

Associate Director of Nursing

Rachel qualified as a registered nurse in 2001 from Keele University and since 2002 has worked in Primary Care as a GPN and ANP.  Qualifying as a GPN Specialist Practitioner in 2005, Rachel is now completing an MSc in Frailty and Integrated Care.  Rachel is Clinical Nurse Lead at Ashley Surgery and is passionate about the GPN role and the developing workforce.  Actively involved in the Evidence Based Practice group with Keele University working collaboratively with local GPNs / ANPs and clinical academics. Supporting student nurse placements and encouraging newly qualified nurses to start their career in General Practice is an important focus and she is involved in supporting the Fundamentals in General Practice Nursing course with Keele University.  It is important going forward to work for standardised training for GPNs, but also look at ways to enhance  the nursing team workforce.  Rachel sees her position on the board as an opportunity to give GPNs a voice at the ‘planning’ table and to be able to develop and influence projects going forward.   

Dr Paul Roberts


Dr Roberts trained in Leeds and first qualified in 1984. He worked as a principal in General Practice for 13 years in Rochdale Lancashire before leaving to lead the creation of Willow Bank Practice for South Stoke PCT in 2003. Subsequently, he become the first CEO of Willow Bank Partnership Community Interest Company, but stepped down from this post in 2014. In the past Dr Roberts has been a Macmillan GP facilitator, Hospice doctor, GpwSI in Substance misuse, GP Locum, out of hours GP and mentor. He is now a salaried GP working for Willow Bank. Paul’s main interests at the moment are • The development of co-operative working models which incorporate different clinical disciplines, statutory and voluntary agencies and local people working together. • The use of information technology in primary care. • Developing a new way of working for GPs which is affordable and sustainable so he can carry on enjoying his chosen career. When Paul is not working, he enjoy’s cooking and meandering from inn to inn across the British countryside, with the occasional overseas trek thrown in for variety.

Angela Manley


Angela has been a Practice Manager for 12 years, although she has 23 years experience of working in the NHS. Angela’s previous posts have included Estates, Project Management and Administrative roles within Combined Healthcare and the Acute Trust. She has lived in Stoke on Trent all her life. Angela has 2 grown up children who also work in health. She is passionate about primary care and see’s her role within the federation developing to support the Management and administrative teams within practices.
Angela Manley

Harald Van Der Linden

Harald was born in the Netherlands where he undertook his medical training. He moved to England to pursue his interest in surgical training, but changed course and completed his GP training in 1996, since when he has been a principal at Trent Vale Medical Practice. 

The daily challenges facing General Practice prompted him to join the LMC to try and address these, in the interest of colleagues. Much has changed for the worse in the NHS in the last 20 years, and being the LMC secretary for the last 6 years has not necessarily resolved all these problems. One thing has become clear to him though: the biggest chance of survival as GP practices lies in operating as partnerships and working together. With that in mind he fully supports the NSGPF, ensuring equitable access to support for all GP practices and GPs to build a sustainable Primary Care system whilst improving patient care.


Dr Paul Scott

Dr Scott trained at St Bartholomew’s in London and has been a GP principal in Newcastle since 1992. Over the years he has led teenage pregnancy prevention work, led nurse triage and GP training for North Staffs Urgent Care Council, worked out of hours, been a Clinical Lecturer and WONCA presenter, led community projects, become a GP and FY2 trainer, been a GPSI in substance misuse and LMC member. He has received Health of the Nation and RCGP awards and has had Leadership and Management training.

In 2011 he became Chair of North Staffs LMC and together with the LMC secretary, serves on the Federation board as the voice of core GPs. He is passionate about the true essential role of general practice, its sustainability and its development across the whole of Northern Staffordshire. This is against the background of the left shift of work into the community, hybridisation of the workforce and financial challenges. He remains an optimist, pragmatist, negotiator and when needed – fighter for general practice. Any spare time involves cycling, dinghy sailing and skiing, with the odd film thrown in.

Dr Vamsi Tiguti

Mike Pyrah

Mike left the NHS in 2012 after a 34 year career. For the last 17 years of those Mike was a NHS Chief Executive, undertaking this role in both a NHS Trust in Wolverhampton and for a large Primary Care Trust in Cheshire. Throughout his career Mike has always undertaken regional and national work particularly in his areas of interest which include, Social Value, Primary Care Development and Organisational Effectiveness Mike was a policy Board Member for NHS Employers for 6 years, a Board Member of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council for 3 years, and the President of the Healthcare People Management Association. Since leaving the NHS Mike has undertaken a wide range of consultancy assignments before he and Dr Neil Paul formed Howbeck Healthcare in 2014. Mike is primarily involved in supporting GP Federations and in bid development.

The Management Team

Sarah Blenkinsop

Associate Director of Strategy and Development

Sarah Blenkinsop
Ian Gibson

Ian Gibson

Associate Director of Operations and Services

I started my NHS career as a Domestic Assistant at a Learning Disabilities Hospital (cleaning toilets!) so I feel I have started from the bottom and done a range of jobs. I have worked as either a Commissioner or Provider of Primary Care in Northern Staffordshire for over 15 years and am absolutely committed to high quality General Practice in the area that I’ve been brought up and live in. I am particularly interested in the ongoing evolution of General Practice and how other services can be integrated into how Primary Care is delivered so that not everything is down to the General Practice to do. This includes Voluntary Sector organisations which are a particular interest of mine. I am also interested in how the use of IT technology and social media can be better utilised in how services are delivered and make service delivery more efficient.

I have recently (November 2017) taken on the permanent post of Federation Manager and will be working with our Board and member Practices to continue to develop the Federation so that it supports the member practices, grows the provision of its services to support Primary Care and is the voice that enables Primary Care to shape how other services work with us in Primary Care for the benefit of our patients.

Lucy Minshull

Project Support

Lucy started her NHS career over 20 years ago. She has worked in an array of organisations including: Primary Care, General Practice, the Acute Sector, Commissioning, and Contracting with a particular passion and commitment for Primary Care. Lucy feels she is able to bring a vast amount of NHS experience which she has gained over the years. Lucy has formed strong and credible working relationships across primary care which can continue to be built on for the North Staffordshire GP Federation.

Lucy’s role will be to provide management support and expertise on a sessional basis on the key priorities for the North Staffordshire GP Federation. She also lives and has lived all her life in Stoke on Trent and proud to be a part of it.

Lucy Minshull

Lisa Dulson

Quality & Governance Manager

Lisa is new to the NHS, having joined the Federation in June 2018 as the PA to the Federation.  Prior to this Lisa spent 17 years working in Social Housing for a charitable housing association as an Executive Assistant.

Lisa brings a range of skills and qualifications in Human Resources (CIPD qualified and holds a Certificate in Coaching), Health and Safety (NEBOSH qualified) as well as extensive experience in Governance and Administration.   Lisa will be responsible for supporting the Board and Management Team of the Federation as well as a range of project work.

Tracy Norton

Quality Improvement Facilitator

Tracy has 15 years’ experience of working in General Practice, and is pleased to join the Federation as a Quality Improvement Facilitator.  She is committed to supporting local practices improve quality and embed change and her role provides a new and innovative resource for GP practices across North Staffordshire.