We’re looking for GPs, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other healthcare professionals to join our health advisory group.

If you support our mission to reform wheelchair services so that every disabled child receives the wheelchair they need quickly, getting the chance of a childhood and a future full of potential, then we’d love to have you on board!

We’d seek your advice on clinical issues and ask for your expertise on our policy and direction – so we can create maximum impact for disabled children and young people.

To find out more, please contact Judith Davis, Associate Director of Clinical Services, on j.davis@whizz-kidz.org.uk.

You’ll be joining a venerable lineup of eminent healthcare professionals, including:

Howard Perry (Chair) 

Howard is a former PCT CEO with over twenty years NHS experience at Board level, having previously had a successful career in aerospace electronics project management.  Howard was a key player in establishing our NHS/Whizz Kidz partnerships at Tower Hamlets & South East Essex and has continued as an advocate for our organisation.

Howard has held senior roles in Community Care since 2001 – notably as CEO of Billericay, Brentwood & Wickford (BBW) Primary Care NHS Trust until its dissolution in 2006.  During this time Howard negotiated the first Japanese PFI (in the UK) for the new Brentwood Community Hospital and achieved a five star quality rating under the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI).

Howard was appointed UK Head of Clinical Network Development for BUPA Hospitals Ltd in 2006 accountable for establishing an £8M savings programme across the 26 BUPA Hospitals prior to their sale to SPIRE.

Howard has been an Interim Manager since 2008 with assignments including Managing Director - Community Services at Tower Hamlets, Chief Operating Officer at SE Essex, Managing Director - Community Services at East Surrey, Director of Operations at Central London and Divisional Director - Mental Health at Southern Health. 

Dr Andrew Williams 

A full time NHS consultant community paediatrician at Northampton General Hospital since 2002, practicing in paediatric neurodisability as well as undertaking some palliative care.

Andrew was an expert reviewer and contributor to the UNICEF sponsored ‘International Charter for Ethical Research Involving Children.’ (2013)

Areas of previous research include childhood stroke and also using children’s drawings of Thomas the Tank Engine as a universal paediatric neurodevelopmental test – the ThOMAs test. His present clinical research involves working through a Virtual Academic Unit, for interesting and innovative studies.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and since 2005 the curator of the Archive at Northampton General Hospital, Having published on different aspects of child health between the 16th–20th centuries, he has taken his PhD at Birmingham University, where he holds an honorary research fellowship. From 2008, he has also worked with the University of Northampton Drama and History Departments, writing plays on medically controversial matters, (3 of which have subsequently been performed at RCPCH Annual Meetings) and supervising undergraduate Archive related projects.

Dr Andy Mitchell

Dr Andy Mitchell joined NHS England from NHS London as Regional Medical Director for London. He has been closely involved with the reconfiguration of stroke, trauma, cardiovascular pathology and specialist paediatric services, and has launched a programme of change designed to introduce seven day and 24/7 services where appropriate. He leads on service quality across London, and has significant experience of supporting failing organisations. He established and chairs London’s Clinical Senate.

Andy qualified from Guys Hospital in 1980 and was appointed to his first consultant post as a general paediatrician in 1990.

His early years were spent in the Armed Services as Joint Service Clinical Director.  He remains a civilian adviser to the Defence Medical Services.

In 1995 he was appointed as consultant paediatrician and clinical director in Basingstoke.  He continues with his part time general paediatric practice.

In 2006 he was appointed as Associate Medical Director at Great Ormond Street.

Professor Attila Vegh, MBBS, MSc, PhD

Professor Attila Vegh is a qualified medical doctor and practiced internal medicine and completed his PhD in molecular cancer research.  He holds an MSc in Health Management from Imperial College, London.  Before joining CPFT Attila worked for McKinsey and Company advising leading healthcare providers and academic medical centres on strategy, operations, organisational development, and mergers and acquisitions in Europe, the Middle East, and Japan.  

From 2009-11 Attila was the Managing Director of NHS South West Essex Community Services, successfully leading the organisation’s transformation and merger with North East London Foundation Trust.  Attila joined Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust in 2011 and brought a unique combination of experiences as a clinician and transformational manager from both the private and public sectors. Shortly after he joined CPFT, the Trust was placed in significant breach by Monitor and had a number of serious concerns raised by the Care Quality Commission. 

In just over a year Attila led one of the quickest turnarounds in NHS history, satisfying both Monitor and the CQC that care quality and governance had improved significantly.  Attila was appointed Chief Executive at University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust in September 2013.

John Cowman

John Cowman joined Young Epilepsy in June 2011.

John trained as a physiotherapist at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He has held several clinical posts in the areas of paediatrics, neurology and musculoskeletal.

In 1998 he became the lead research physiotherapist for Gulf War Syndrome with King’s College Hospitals Trust and the Ministry of Defence and became an expert in the measurement of muscle strength.

He then went back to clinical physiotherapy within the NHS leading to management roles and his previous role as Director at NHS Havering in North East London where he specialised in Business Development and Performance.

He has spent time at Oxford University examining how the charitable sector can add value to the delivery of healthcare and now holds the post of Executive Director of Operations at Young Epilepsy in Lingfield surrey.  Alongside his operational role he takes an executive lead of behaviour support, safeguarding, Safe Support and Equality and Diversity.

Jemima Burnage 

Jemima recently joined the Care Quality Commission as Head of Inspection Adult Social Care from Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, where she worked as a member of the senior management team as Head of Social Work & Safeguarding.

Jemima has 20 years’ experience of working across a range of health and social care services and settings including those for children and for older people.

Jemima is a registered social worker and active member of The College of Social Work (TCSW) mental health faculty. She remains the only NHS Clinical Leadership Fellow to come from a social work background. Jemima uses this experience & her passion for joined up people focused practice to help shape future health & social care as Visiting Fellow at the University of Hertfordshire.

Jemima remains an active campaigner and advocate of people, families & communities for better services through her various roles and is a member of the Department of Health's Forward Thinking Group exploring the impacts of medium and longer term policy.

Martin Gough

Martin Gough is a paediatric orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in the orthopaedic management of children with disability due to neuromuscular disease. 


He trained in orthopaedic surgery in Ireland, and following fellowship experience in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto he took up his present post working with the multidisciplinary team in the One Small Step Gait Laboratory and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London in 1998. 

His research interests include the causes and treatment of deformity in children with cerebral palsy.

Dr Maureen Baker 

Dr Maureen Baker, Chair of Council, RCGP.  Dr Baker joined NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) in 2007 which is now Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC), and is currently their Strategic Adviser for Patient Safety holding this position jointly with that of Chair, RCGP. 

She has previously held appointments with the National Patient Safety Agency, NHS Direct and the University of Nottingham. Her work in patient safety includes establishing a formal clinical safety management system for NHS CfH, the development of safety standards for Health IT for the NHS in England and the development of e-learning modules on patient safety for doctors in training. 

Dr Baker has a long history with RCGP and was the Honorary Secretary there during 1999-2009. She was elected Chair of Council, RCGP in November 2013.  Since this time she has worked tirelessly to make return to British General Practice safe, supported and proportionate and she also started a nationwide campaign, Put Patients First, to increase funding for General Practice from 8.39% to 11% of the UK NHS budget by 2017.  Additionally, she has set up an independent Inquiry into Patient-Centred Care for the 21st Century to be led by Mike Farrar. She is still a practising GP in Lincolnshire.  

Dr Neil Bacon

A graduate of University of Nottingham, a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a former nephrologist with clinical and academic positions in Oxford and Harvard, Dr Bacon specialises in delivering innovative internet-based solutions to improve healthcare worldwide and is the founder of Doctors.net.uk. His most recent venture is iWantGreatCare.org - the most open, direct way for the UK public and healthcare providers to increase the quality of service on offer.  iWantGreatCare is also currently one of the largest providers of the Friends and Family Test across the NHS.


Dr Ronny Cheung

Dr Ronny Cheung has been a Consultant Paediatrician at the Evelina Children's Hospital in London since 2014, and a clinical advisor to the Child & Maternal Health Intelligence Network at Public Health England.

He has a strong interest in research, policy and practice to reduce inequality in healthcare quality and outcomes for children and young people. He was the clinical editor of NHS Right Care's Atlas of Variation in Healthcare for Children and Young People 2012, which mapped variation across 26 indicators of child health in England. Working with Public Health England, he edited the 2012/13 version of the Child Health Atlas as part of the English Chief Medical Officer's Special Report into Child Health.

He was previously seconded as a clinical advisor to the Chief Medical Officer in 2010-11, and was a health policy advisor to the Cabinet Office's Behavioural Insights Team. He was a member of Phase 2 of the NHS Future Forum, an independent committee which advised the Secretary of State during the implementation of the Health and Social Care Bill in 2012.

He remains a member of several national advisory bodies, including the Children and Young People's Health Outcomes Forum and the Child & Maternal Health Intelligence Network partnership board.

In 2013, he was named by the Health Service Journal as one of the NHS's "Rising Stars". 

Dr Sam Barrell

Sam Barrell has been Chief Clinical Officer of South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since it was formally established in April 2013. She was a driving force in creating the CCG, steering a successful merger of two local commissioning groups. 

Sam’s motivation for going into health commissioning was sparked several years ago when, as a GP in the coastal town of Brixham, she found that some of the services she wanted for her patients were simply not available or were difficult to access.  

Working to achieve seamless services so that nobody falls through the gaps, Sam leads a local JoinedUp Cabinet which ensures all organisations across the health and care system agree common goals and join forces to deliver integrated services. South Devon and Torbay became one of 14 national Pioneer sites for integration in 2013. Sam has held previous roles as Clinical Commissioning Director at Torbay Care Trust, and leader of the former Baywatch commissioning group.  She was an academic tutor at the Peninsula Medical School for three years from 2007.

She believes that national policy must support local effort to improve services.  She is a member of the national Health, Wealth and Innovation Board, The King’s Fund advisory panel, and the advisory panel for the Institute for Public Policy Research. 

Alongside her commissioning role, Sam continues as a GP partner at Compass House Medical Centre in Brixham. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2014.

Sandra Mellors 

I qualified as a Physiotherapist from Coventry School of Physiotherapy in 1989 and spent most of my clinical career practicing within the musculoskeletal field.

I have worked in Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, London and Northamptonshire initially as a clinician and for the past 12 years a manager; I am currently the Deputy Director of Operations, Adult Services for Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

I have a great deal of experience in managing a diverse range of community health services and driving forward transformation programmes improving care to the community.

I have been involved with Whizz Kidz for many years, initially in Tower Hamlets where we worked in close partnership to deliver services to Children and Adults and now in Northamptonshire where we are aiming to build a similar successful partnership