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About us

Our Structure

GPDF is a company limited by guarantee, consisting of members who are nominated from LMCs across Great Britain.

We are governed by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are or have been GPs and elected by members (i.e. LMCs). A minority of Directors are appointed for their skills or experience in other sectors. (i.e. non-medical).

Day to day management is provided by an Executive Team, headed by the Executive Chair and supported by the Director of Operations and the Company Secretary.

Until 2018, GPDF was very closely linked to the General Practitioners Committee of the BMA. This is no longer the case and the GPDF is completely independent in structure and responsibility from the GPC and BMA.

The Board

Dr Douglas (Dougy) A Moederle-Lumb headshot

Dr Douglas (Dougy) A Moederle-Lumb:

Executive Chair, Nominee for North Yorkshire

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Julia Densem:

Director – Non-Medical

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Dr Colin Kelman:

Director - Nominee for Salford and Trafford

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Dr Gurmit Mahay:

Director – Nominee for Wolverhampton

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Dr Keith McIntyre:

Director – Nominee for Lanarkshire

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Dr Robert Morley:

Director – Nominee for Birmingham

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Dr Ashok Rayani:

Director - Nominee for Morgannwg

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Dr Paul Roblin:

Director – Nominee for Oxfordshire

Director description

Directors are elected or appointed for up to 3 years with elections to fill vacancies are held at the AGM when required. We seek the broadest and most representative composition on our board possible and would welcome interest from all ages, genders, levels of experience and sectors of our profession and all members of the company. (Contact the Chair for more information on Board membership).

Others with Executive responsibility (not members of the Board)

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Dr John Canning:

Director of Operations

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Hugh Christie:

Company Secretary

Origins of GPDF

Origins of GPDF

GPDF (until recently the General Practitioners Defence Fund) has its roots in the early 20th century when its predecessor organisation, initially called The Insurance Defence Fund was founded in 1911. The remit, structure, focus and name (variously General Medical Services Defence Trust and General Medical Services Defence Fund Ltd), has changed and evolved several times over the years but always with a common purpose to support the best interest of publicly funded general practitioners.