Coaching and Mentorship

Would you like to enhance your wellbeing? Maintain your energy? Live to your strengths and values? Plan how to build your resilience to thrive through these unique or unparalleled times?




This programme offers an opportunity to be coached /mentored one to one by a trained and quality assured coach/mentor in a confidential space. Coaching develop individuals to full potential in their lives and careers, decreases isolation, stress and burnout and improves work-life balance and wellbeing. 

Benefits of introducing Coaching and Mentorship include: 

  • Establish and act toward achieving goals. Coaching gives the individual an opportunity to define their career goals in a realistic way
  • Increased level of engagement
  • Safe Place to Gain Perspective
  • Deeper Level of Learning
  • Build Personal Awareness
  • Support for Improving Specific Skills

How does the programme work?

Additionally please note: 

  • You have access to your coach mentor for up to 12 hours in total.
  • You may arrange for these meetings to take place face to face at an agreed location, or virtually via MS Teams or Zoom.
  • The first meeting will be scene setting to understand what your needs are. We expect the sessions to be completed within a 6 – 12 months period.
  • We expect your line manager/employer to support you with protected time for your meetings.

There are limited spaces, please apply at your earliest convenience. Do note each person is accessing over £500 worth of support per person if programme completed. We expect full commitment from applicants. Places will be offered on a first come basis subject to successful application. We will connect you with one of your chosen coach mentors once you complete your application via the survey monkey link below

How to apply?

Below is the application link, please do set aside 5 mins to complete this and this needs to be completed in one attempt as survey monkey will not allow you to save and return: 

We will write back to you to confirm if your application has been successful. Note, we may operate a waiting list policy if demand is high for the programme.

If you have any queries, please email for the “Attn of Alam Khan”


Your available coach mentors are below

GP ‘Coach Mentors’


Anne Pauleau 

I have had, and continue, to have very many varied roles. I have been a GP trainer for the last ten years , a GP partner for 25 years, a QI coach, a GP locum, a salaried GP, an undergraduate tutor and lead undergraduate GP tutor as well as honorary senior lecturer in general practice .I undertake minor surgery as well as implant and coil fittings and removals. I have been lead GP in Diabetes. General Practice is wonderful in generating so many opportunities for development! I feel privileged and honoured to be able to teach and learn from so many people, be they patients or colleagues, and in being able to make a difference to people’s lives. I am also a mother of four with an understanding of the conflicts between family life and professional life, especially as most of my mothering has been in a single parent capacity. My hobbies and relaxation are gardening (I open my garden each year under the National Garden Scheme; dancing (keen lindyhopper and charleston lover , a machine on the dance floor , branching out into solo jazz dancing due to the constraints of lockdown ); photography ( I have a Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society) and reading , especially social and local history, Art and theology. I am currently working on writing my memoirs. I want to listen to those I coach , hearing about their dreams and concerns , aspirations and worries; and so , help them, through their own thoughts and reflections , to find themselves , and to determine where they would like to be, who they want to become. I can be available Thursday all day , Friday all day , Saturday 11-12 , Wednesday am, Tuesday all day.


Aparna Sanyal

I have been a GP in Tower Hamlets for the last 13 years since switching from internal medicine and retraining in General Practice. I am a portfolio GP and embrace the flexibility this brings and welcome the broad view this allows. Along side clinical sessions, my roles include being a GP appraiser, GP undergraduate tutor and I am a GMC PLAB examiner. I also work for the Ministry of Justice and sit as a medical member for PIP/ESA appeals tribunals. I am a parent of two children and all the juggling that brings. I enjoy painting in my spare time and strongly believe that the arts feed into the skills we need to be effective healers. I have availability on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Claire Davies 

I have been a salaried GP at St Andrew’s Health Centre for 3 years and prior to that, I spent 15 years working in Hackney.  I also work as an out of hours GP trainer and an appraiser.  I have been lucky enough to have worked in a number of other sectors including a start up, a technical consultant for WHO in India, the Ethiopian public health system and 8 years as an adviser on staff health for the UK humanitarian sector where I led a team of 6 doctors.  I have been a doctor now for 25 years and hope to use these many and varied experiences to offer a rich experience whether as a mentor or coach.
I have benefited and learned from being a coachee several times in my career including coaching on the psychodynamics of the workplace at The Tavistock Consultancy.

I am passionate about coaching and the changes it can create, both internal and external.  My coaching is focussed around listening at a deeper level, affirming of the coachee, intuitive and sometimes light hearted.  While coaching requires the work of thinking from the coachee, I believe it should be enjoyable as well as challenging where appropriate.  I trained externally as a coach at the MOE foundation and am committed to my ongoing development as a coach.

Outside of work, I am a parent by transracial adoption and live in a triple nationality household.  I also love gardening, yoga, contemporary literature about society, creative writing and maintaining my personal links with Ethiopia.


Daniel Gibney

I am a newly qualified GP working in Tower Hamlets, having completed my GP training here in August 2021. I have stayed on at the practice I trained at and do 3 days a week here where I am privileged to work with a really inspirational team. I also work in the urgent treatment centre at the royal london, in extended access hubs, the occasional locum session and do a couple of other things when I get a chance. Prior to GP training I completed an MA in medical ethics and law and spent some time in emergency medicine in Liverpool then London. Our practice looks after several hundred asylum seekers in local home office accommodation and I have worked alongside doctors of the world in improving the quality of care provided to these patients at our surgery and across Tower Hamlets. I relish the flexibility and opportunities that general practice offers as a career, but it is a long one. It is important to look after ourselves as doctors and to have some space to work through issues we are facing and I look forward to coaching and mentoring those in challenging points in their careers, and helping you navigate through them. I am flexible with availability apart from Wednesdays and Fridays.

Farah Bede 

Mid-career GP who loves to work to improve people’s lives through narrowing health inequalities, climate environmentalism and reducing social injustice. I was always the one friends and family would come to for a help and advice, which led me to a career as a doctor but now I have realised the power that coaching people has in unleashing their potential. The pandemic and its aftermath has been draining for staff so investing in yourself by having coaching is a great way to get a refresh and gain much needed perspective. I am available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day until 2.30pm via video conferencing.

Gemma Eyres

I’ve been working as a Doctor in Tower Hamlets since 2015. I’ve been lucky enough to be mentored and coached by some excellent colleagues over the years and I am hoping to repay the service to others.
I initially trained as an Emergency Medicine trainee in Manchester, before switching to General Practice. I completed my GP training in Tower Hamlets with a little detour along the way to complete a Darzi Fellowship with London’s Air Ambulance.  

I’m currently a salaried GP at Tredegar Practice 2 days a week, I work in the Urgent Treatment Centre 1-2 days a week and am the clinical lead for unplanned care in Tower Hamlets. I am also a member of the Tower Hamlets London Medical Committee. More recently I’ve taken on the role of leading our GP ‘First Five’ programme which has included facilitating socials, wellbeing activities and online learning and reflection events. You may have also seen me at one of the Basic Life Support training sessions that I deliver for General Practice colleagues.
I’m a big team player and I love being part of the community. I live locally and am lucky to have some colleagues who are my very best friends. Outside of work I play netball and have started running Mile End park run.
I hope to help others with mentorship and coaching support which I’ve had the opportunity to develop skills in.


Joe Hall

I undertake a number of leadership roles and have a variety of experiences to share. I believe in building resilient systems and teams that can adapt to change and have capacity to innovate and continually improve. Within my roles I try to encourage patient partnerships and co-design of services and address health inequalities and social disadvantage. At Board level I have extensive experience of Chairing, Governance and Organisational and Leadership Development. My passion is developing people and teams to reach their potential and developing leadership at all levels.
Summary of experience

  • Increased level of engagement I have lived in Tower Hamlets since 1992. Studied at QMUL (MBBS 1998) and UCL (BSc History of Medicine)
  • In 2003 Worked in Australia including flying around Central Australia as a remote GP for aboriginal communities.
  • GP Partner Bromley by Bow Health Partnership 2005
  • Led the establishment of Network 6 from 2009 and formation of MEEBBB CIC
  • In 2011 became Clinical Lead for St Paul’s Way Medical Centre where I led the transformation of the practice. Recruited new clinical team and became GP practice in London to be rated Outstanding by CQC. Help design, build and mobilse into the purpose built site. Practice list size in now 15,000 and the clinical team including GP’s, ANP, Physician Associates, Pharmacists, Physiotherapist, Nurses and HCA’s
  • Successfully led APMS bid
  • Developed a number of community engagement projects including Community Health Champions
  • Taught medical students all my career. Recently became a GP Trainer
  • Helped establish the GPCG in 2013 and have been a board director since. Currently vice-chair
  • Board Director of MEEEBBB Health CIC (Network 6 Board)
  • Chair of Governors St Paul’s Way Medical Centre (Large Primary/Secondary School opposite surgery)
  • Mentor Sixth Form students applying to Medicine
  • Running, Cycling, Football, Music and Parenting on my days off

Wednesday PM and Thursdays are my best days to meet.

Kenny Win Leung Siu

I spend my time as a  salary GP in Tower Hamlets, Clinical lead in Knowledge management for the federation, GP in Health Spot (Spotlight – youth centre), Doctor in Mildmay HIV hospital, a locum, tutor for medical students, running a private podiatrist clinic with my wife and I run a non profit MMA gym as the Muay Thai instructor. studying medicine where I thought I would be an Emergency care medic. After med school I actually went in to core psychiatry for  few years where I had CBT patients and psychotherapy patients. I later realized I needed balance between physical medicine and  psychiatry and that my heart was in GP all along!
a new appreciation of the NHSI have presented in a few international conferences mostly about fungal nail infections! But also in China in district wide educational event about primary care. My journey to GP started with a degree in biochemistry, then I have 2yr old twins that were born at 28 weeks. We spent 4mths in hospital in total. This was an interesting experience (a little emotional at times) and had given me an interesting perspective to being a patient but also I’m passionate about being a caring doctor but in order to achieve that I need good balance and that involves family life, sports, fun and resources.

Malgorzata Farrelly

I have been a GP in Tower Hamlets since 2003 and the partner at
Wapping Group Practice for the past 15 years. I’ve always enjoy teaching
medical students and GP Registrars as well as supporting newly qualified GP’s.
As a GP with interest in Diabetes I became passionate about empowering patients
to make their lifestyle changes. I recently also became clinical director for
our PCN and juggling this role with partnership and being a mum taught me a lot
about time management, prioritizing while still keeping reasonable life/work
balance. My love for coaching came few months ago when I joined Coach
Practitioner Programme leading to EQA accredited level coach recognised by EMCC
Qualification ( European Mentoring and Coaching Accreditation). Working with my
coachees and seeing the profound changes one can achieve with just a few hours
of coaching by unlocking their potential is extremely rewarding for me. I
believe that finding personal strengths, values and goals can really inspire
people and help them to live more satisfying life. Through the coaching course
I found that my strengths are Honesty and Love and I am bringing those
qualities to my coaching sessions hoping to create a truly nurturing
environment allowing my coachees deeper exploration of their issues in the safe
space. I deeply care about my coaches and their development. My outside
interests are theatre, poetry, enjoying nature on long walks, spending time
with my family and cooking for them.  I am available to coach on
Wednesdays  Fridays and weekends.

Naomi Beer

I have worked in Tower Hamlets all my life, starting as a pioneer
job-sharing partner and GP tutor. As a partner for 25 years in a large TH GP
practice well used to innovation and change, I have also always been involved
in education and training. I have learned that crucial to good decision making
in both work and family life is the investment of time and ‘space’ to think
through problems in order to find solutions, with the assistance of others. I
have had to work through the pressures of guilt, stress, and competing demands
common to most. I also lost my partner to cancer several years ago and
following that I had to ‘find my way back’ and reshape my life. changed
direction, leaving my practice to become a portfolio GP and a coach. I apply
the skills and techniques I use in coaching to other areas of work with
patients and peers in mentoring, appraising and facilitating. I love the
opportunity all these roles afford to be involved with people’s journeys of
development and flourishing. Health and wellbeing requires attending to our
whole selves- body, mind and spirit so I dance and cycle, I regularly go to the
theatre and in a choir. I read, think and pray. I am currently a trustee of a
hospital abroad and have previously set up a mental health charity. I have four
children, two of whom work in the NHS. Current availability can include
Monday afternoons, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Friday mornings. 


Nicola Hagdrup

I have been a GP in tower hamlets for over 20 years and am a partner at Jubilee Street Practice. I am also a GP appraiser and a GP trainer. In the past I have had a range of different roles including working in Australia, 4 years working in USA, public health clinician, clinical lecturer at QMUL, undergraduate tutor, CCG board member and GP Care Group board member, which I feel gives me a good understanding of the different roles available. I am interested in enabling everyone to fulfil their full potential and see mentoring and coaching as a great opportunity to help with this as well as building resilience. I have received enormous support throughout my career from colleagues and feel privileged to have the roles that I have and hope that my experience can help others. My clinical interests include women’s health, I am a trainer in implant and coil insertions, and care of those with problematic drug and alcohol use. Outside of work I enjoy exercise, art, jazz music, my dog and any time I can get to spend with my 3 children who are all at uni. My general availabilities are Monday and Thursday, and Wed PM.


Osman Bhatti

I grew up in North London and went on to study at QMUL, my undergraduate experience with the diverse population and opportunities locally inspired me to stay in East London. For the 15 years, I have been a GP working across Newham and then Tower Hamlets I developed my passions for Information Technology and Education in health and training. I currently hold roles as a VTS Programme Director and a GP Update presenter for Red Whale as well as being the Chief Clinical Information Officer (CCIO) across North East London. I have led on local developments for innovative teaching including the development of webinars and livestreaming as well as rolling out online registration and online consultations. More recently, I have been working on future models of consultations as well as introducing Virtual Reality (VR) and immersive learning into healthcare to enable NHS staff and patients to benefit from technological advancements. In my other life I spend time with my children who I home educate, enjoy baking and DIY projects. I have found seeing where I want to go and taking the first step is sometimes scary but also a chance to explore my resourcefulness and challenge my thinking by learning from the ups and downs. As I have been supported by colleagues and mentors along my journey to reach my aspirations. I would also like to support others looking to establish their careers in their preferred role and path, or to support and provide development for a portfolio career in an aspirational and enjoyable way.


Phillip Bennett-Richards 

I have lived in Tower Hamlets since 1989 and have been a partner at the Aberfeldy practice for over 21 years. My other roles have included being a GP appraiser, Clinical Director of the Tower Hamlets GP Care Group and Chair of THIPP and Tower Hamlets Together (local integrated care system). I have been a GP Training Programme Director for more than 20 years and have enjoyed providing educational supervision to many doctors as well as supporting their pastoral needs. I have also provided ongoing career advice to those who qualified from the GP training scheme. I am keen to offer this support as a GP mentor in Tower Hamlets. When I’m not at work I enjoy listening to the oboe, jazz, my wine cellar and catching a train to the Apennine mountains. I am captain of the Tower Hamlets Primary Care cricket team and in the off season enjoy adding to the tally of 133 football grounds that I have visited worldwide. My general availabilities are Mondays, Wednesday PM, Thursday PM, possibly evenings and weekends if its helpful


Philippa Cockman

I started out in life as a teacher before embarking on a career in medicine and General Practice. I have been involved in medical education at many levels from teaching students through to GP training, to running continuing professional development courses for multidisciplinary teams. I am now London-wide lead for GP Appraisal. Addressing inequalities has been a core value throughout my career in East London and I try to live up to feedback given once that I was ‘quietly determined to make a difference’. I have studied Public Health at LSHTM and think this has helped provide a wider perspective on health. I feel that the NHS would be a better place to work if coaching and mentoring was embedded throughout all our careers. Coaching positively builds on strengths and can enable change and release potential. I feel I have benefitted greatly from being coached myself. I am now working towards a qualification in Coaching and Mentoring (ILM5). Outside of work I enjoy open water swimming, running, ski-touring and mountaineering in wild and remote places – when this is possible!
For those of you who are new to coaching I have listed some of the principles below:

  • People are resourceful
  • The coach’s role is to develop the resoucenfulness of the person being coached
  • Coaching addresses the whole person
  • The agenda is set by the coachee
  • The coach and the coachee are equals
  • Coaching is about change and action

I am contactable at for any questions. I am most likely to be available for coaching in normal working hours on Thursdays and Fridays but with flexibility on other days.


Rani Patel 

I am a newly qualified GP with nearly 2 years experience of working in a salaried post within Tower Hamlets. Alongside this I teach medical students and am a clinical fellow in two roles within primary and secondary care looking at workforce development and medical leadership. I have also recently completed a PGCert in Health and Wellbeing. Prior to specialising in General Practice, I spent some time working in Australia in Emergency Care and Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the UK. Over the next few years I plan to continue to work a varied Portfolio role and develop as a person and as a clinician. I feel I am able to share my experience through this mentorship scheme while being approachable and supportive. I think the following quote by Denzel Washington depicts how I feel mentorship can add value to a person. “Show me a successful individual and I’ll show you someone who had real positive influences in his or her life. I don’t care what you do for a living—if you do it well I’m sure there was someone cheering you on or showing the way. A mentor.” Wednesdays are best days to meet and evenings and weekends are also doable.

Raoul Li-Everington 

I grew up in Tower Hamlets and now work as a GP in the borough. I trained at UEA Norwich Medical School, worked in Scotland and all over London, and completed my GP training in North London. 

My passions are Child and Young People’s health. I have worked with many young people to support them on their journey to university and I set up a charity called Health Pioneers ( As a result I have mentored and coached many people. However, from this experience, and working in Tower Hamlets, I’ve realised that mentoring and coaching needs to be provided to everyone whether they’re straight out of school, university or changing career. My style of coaching and mentoring is collaborative and directed by you to meet your needs. 
In my spare time I play football, Muay Thai, try to eat at every Chinese Restaurant I can find, and watch lots of terrible films on Netflix! 

Ultimately, I am here to improve my community in Tower Hamlets and recognise I cannot do this alone. I want to help as many people as possible achieve a healthy Tower Hamlets community. So if you are interested get in contact and I look forward to working with you to achieve this! 


Salma Ahmed

I’m GP, trainer and an appraiser in Tower Hamlets, London. I became a GP in 1995. I enjoy teaching and learning new coaching skills. Recently I did the solution focused based therapy SFBT course. I love “noticing” details in how people change and move forwards with their “best hopes” and goals. Specialist interest areas are rheumatology / joint injections (I’m married to a rheumatologist which helps!) palliative care and frailty and teaching consultation skills with detailed feedback) My lockdown hobbies/ interests have been “fusion” cooking and making banana cake; learning Arabic better; watching TV dramas and power walking to new coffee shops! I enjoy reading poetry by Tagore and Rumi. Tuesdays and Fridays are best days to meet.


Sangeeta Rana-Masson

I am a GP partner working in East London for 21 years. I love the “generalist” aspect of General Practice and the long term relationships you forge with patients and their families over time. I have been involved in Education and Training in General Practice for 15 years as a GP trainer and I particularly value the one to one relationship with registrars. In the past I worked at Queen Mary’s University on the Refugee Doctor Programme where we were involved in setting up a programme to prepare refugee doctors for the PLAB exam and embed them into clinical placements. I enjoyed this tremendously as I was involved in teaching and mentoring a very diverse group of Doctors. I am a GP Appraiser and feel privileged to have had many professional conversations with Doctors at different stages of their career. Currently I am Clinical Director of my PCN which has given me the opportunity to lead on some exciting projects in our PCN such as development of First contact Physiotherapists in Primary care. I have learnt a lot from working closely with another discipline. I started formal coaching sessions last year and have really enjoyed working with different health care professionals helping them maximise their potential. I have 2 sons and have survived their teenage years to tell the tale! I love spending time with them when they are free and want to spend time with me! I enjoy reading fiction books, going to the theatre, playing tennis, baking and spending time with family and friends. Thursday and Friday afternoons are usually my best days to meet.

Sarah Pitkanen

I have been a GP in Tower Hamlets for just over 20 years and I am a Partner at the Aberfeldy Practice, having originally come through the Tower Hamlets GP Training Scheme. Throughout the majority of this time I have been involved in education. My journey as an educator began in 2000 when I became a Course Organizer for the Tower Hamlets GP Training Scheme, a role I continued until 2014. I have also been a GP Trainer since 2005 and a GP Appraiser since 2007. Training and mentoring is an area of work that I find very enjoyable. As a trainer I’ve valued the continuity and relationship that develops with my trainees during their time with us in the practice. Observing and supporting their development, as well as sometimes supporting them through difficult life challenges has been extremely rewarding. It’s been an equal privilege to work as an appraiser, a role in which i have also learnt a lot from the experiences of my colleagues. I have two children aged 17 and 9 and I think it would be fair to say that I’ve navigated my way through a range of personal and professional challenges during my time as a working mum, including trying to develop the ideal work:life balance so that I and my family remain happy and healthy. In my spare time I enjoy running, swimming, practicing yoga and reading. I’m really looking forward to having the opportunity to further my mentoring role and supporting you by being part of this scheme. I’m generally available on Tuesday and Friday mornings, and Wednesday afternoons.


Sasha Abraham

I am Salaried GP in Tower Hamlets and have been a GP for almost 10 years. I have a passion for Medical Education and have co-authored, a couple of medical textbooks. I am currently a GP trainer for the Tower Hamlets VTS Scheme and I really enjoy this aspect of my work. I am also an appraiser and assess GP’s with a range of experiences, from the newly qualified, to those approaching retirement. I find this aspect of my role very rewarding and learn so much from others.
A couple of years ago, my colleague and I set up a peer review support group for local salaried GPs. I was also the Clinical Lead for Planned care for the CCG and set up the local MECS service. I am also a GMC PLAB examiner. In my free time, I immensely enjoy the theatre, attending music concerts and trying out new restaurants. I used to be an avid celebrity selfie taker, I have pictures with the likes of Sir Ian McKellan, Nicole Kidman and Jude Law to name, a few in my collection.
To me work life balance is important, my motto is ‘work hard and play hard’, and I like to teach my trainees the importance of this and to also recognise the signs of burnout and try to be resilient.
I am currently available for Coaching and Mentoring on Wednesdays and Fridays, but with flexibility on other days.

Selva Selvarajah

I am an experienced GP Partner in Tower Hamlets, in Bromley by Bow Health.  I am based in St Andrews Health Centre.
After arriving from Sri Lanka, fleeing the war there, I grew up in East London and continue to work here. Having trained in Hackney and working in various roles such as salaried & locum GP, clinical lead and board member in CCG, I moved to Tower Hamlets in 2014. 

As a partner, I am involved in various leadership aspects within our organisation including organisational development. I continue to work as an OOH GP and am a clinical lead for the OOH service in Hackney. I am a GP trainer and a training programme director for international medical graduate GP trainees in London. The role involves addressing the challenges in exams and career progression these GP trainees face. Mentoring, coaching and training of wider clinical and non clinical primary care teams are part of my portfolio.

I am a Tower Hamlets LMC representative working to represent general practice in our borough.  I am a BMA UK council rep  which gives an opportunity to represent all doctors in the UK and help shape national conversations for doctors. Along with
this, I am a nationally elected council member of RCGP which provides a national platform to represent GPs of UK. 

As a director of Greenlight@GP, an employee owned pharmacist organisation, I have an opportunity to support primary care pharmacists. As a health tech enthusiast, I am have been involved in the roll out of various innovative initiatives over the years. 


Shanaz Husain

I am a local GP and my background is from East London, having been born locally, growing up and educated in in Newham, then went on to study at QMUL. I have an affinity for East London, the diversity and challenge that it offers. Through challenge and diversity we learn and grow. I now work in Tower Hamlets after 13 years of working in Newham and a year spent helping turn around a practice in difficulty in North London. My other roles are working as a Training Programme Director for Newham VTS. I do a voluntary role with a team of GPs supporting the sessional GP community in North East London. In my clinical role I am a supporting clinical supervisor for different learners and really enjoy teaching as well as learning in the clinical environment, hands on learning is going on all the time and getting time to reflect on that with others to do the best for each other (GPs, nurses, pharmacists, admin staff, social prescribing team) and our patients is what I love about General Practice. My passion is education, personal growth and supporting each other through peer groups. A sense of belonging is important to me. Reading and relaxing is also very important to me. I like to explore philosophical ideas and have discussions with colleagues and my children. I have been home educating for the last 4 years. I also love to capture nature in photos in particular bees foraging for pollen in the peak of the season. Sustaining our environment is an important focus for me and part of my family ethos is to waste less and sustain more. My hope is to support others with their hopes and aspirations as I have been supported by some very dear colleagues and friends. Preferred slots to meet are Fridays afternoon, evenings and weekends.


Susie Ross

I grew up in East London, trained as a GP in Tower Hamlets, and have worked at St Stephen’s Health Centre in Bow since 2011. I’m also a GP trainer, GP appraiser, and medical student tutor. For me mentoring is about tailoring a conversation to be the most useful it can be for the individual. It’s about listening and teamwork; supporting a colleague to identify their challenges, their goals and their strategies to get there. I think we all strive for a sense of belonging, a professional identity, and want to develop our skills and stay interested and engaged with our work. I feel very lucky to have found a place where I am happy and balanced in my professional and personal life – I think open honest conversations with trusted and respected colleagues over the years have helped me greatly in this. My preferred times to meet are Tuesdays, Wednesday (pm), Fridays


Toby Longwill

I have lived and worked in Tower Hamlets for two decades. I’ve been a partner at Island Health since 2007 and have been a GP trainer for more than 10 years . During that time I have worked with many inspirational colleagues and have been fortunate to be involved in medical education events from Tower Hamlets to rural China. My most enjoyable roles include being one of the Training Programme Directors in Tower Hamlets, and recruiting and providing peer support to newly qualified GPs across NEL. I also have a role as an appraiser and have been privileged to meet many colleagues and support them in career development. I have a MSc in Sports Medicine and have been part of the medical teams providing cover at several events including the Olympics, London Triathlon and the UFC. I also have a role as a GP with specialist interest in musculoskeletal medicine and in the last year have been involved with establishing a First Contact Physiotherapy Service in our Primary Care Network. In my spare time, I enjoy good coffee, the Alps, triathlons and when there’s time Mahi Mahi fishing in the Au Au channel. I’m looking forward to offering mentoring on a more formal basis to lend support to colleagues to make the most of their talents. My general availabilities are Monday PM, Thursday AM, and evenings and weekends.


Practice Nurse Coach and Mentor

Jacqui Hodgson 

I am a passionate practice nurse with many years of experience behind me. I have been supporting all teams within primary care for over almost 30 years. My greatest achievement to date is when I became a Queens Nurse in 2018, in recognition of the work/ dedication I have put into my role and colleagues.

I have a PgCert in Teaching in Primary Care and have been working as a mentor/educator for 20 years. I still work clinically in Barnet alongside mentoring student nurses, nursing associates and general practice nurse trainees. I joined the Open Doors Nursing Team within Tower Hamlets in Feb 2021 where I am now supporting the clinical tutors and new practice nurses on the training programme as well as the health care assistants teaching care certificate and clinical skills.

I have recently developed my skills towards a coaching role and am very much looking forward to being a coach to guide you through your journey in primary care, whether it is a change you are thinking of or just creating a space for you to think. I have a wide understanding of all roles and so am happy to coach any discipline from reception team to General practitioner.

Lucinda Longwill 

After qualifying as a nurse in 2003 I worked in Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS trust for several years which provided a great foundation for my nursing practice. Making the leap to general practice nursing in 2008 was a huge change, but one which opened doors to many other areas of career and personal development. As a non-medical prescriber and current clinical lead for my PCN I have come to understand that all members of the primary care team have talents that are yet to be realised. It is exciting to be part of the coaching team so that I might support people in making changes to fulfil their potential.

Exercise, yoga and mindfulness are important activities in my life, and these are balanced by the equally important pursuits of dining out, playing music, and eating the things that I’ve baked (mostly cake). 


Physician Associate Coach and Mentor

Alec Giles

I graduated from the first cohort of Physician Associates at QMUL and have been working in Tower Hamlets ever since. I grew up, trained, work and live in East London so am very familiar with the local area. I know the role inside out and I am very passionate about the profession which I have channelled into my work with Health Education England as a Physician Associate Ambassador across North East London. PA’s are still a rarity in East London, so have made it my mission to try to integrate the role and educate everyone as best as I can. I have a passion for education and am keen to help other PA’s in the local area. Having a local support network is key for progression of our profession. When I’m not at work, I love to go fishing and watch my favourite football team West Ham!


Clinical Pharmacist Coach and Mentor

Emdadh Bokth

I have been working as a Clinical Pharmacist in Tower Hamlets for 7 years now before the national roll-out. I was part of the first successful pilot in surgeries employing Clinical Pharmacists. This involved adapting to the much changing scope of the role and endless evaluation. I work as a PCN Pharmacist in Network 6, covering multiple practices.  I also work as a quality improvement consultant with other Networks to embed newly recruited Clinical Pharmacists into the role and support working in a PCN role. I am also one of the Clinical Leads in our local Covid Vaccination Centre. I enjoy teaching different members of the Practice Team and medical students. I have a passion for digital transformation or anything that can make life easier! I recently designed a new website for some of our practices, incorporating patient group feedbacks. I particularly found coaching very useful in my career and personal life. I found it an exercise to self-reflect and improve in areas needed for personal growth. Outside of work, I play competitive Football and Basketball. I enjoy watching new films and series. I like to travel frequently and appreciate different cultures and cuisines.

Ashraf Zaman

I am an experienced Clinical Pharmacist working in Tower Hamlets for over 15 years. After qualifying as a pharmacist in 2007, I spent my formative years locuming in community pharmacies across the South East. I later moved on to senior management and leadership roles including the position of Superintendent Pharmacist in an independent pharmacy in Kent. 

After qualifying as a Prescriber in 2017, I have spent my time working primarily in General Practice. I had a short spell working abroad in Egypt (2016) in a consultancy role for a well known pharmaceutical firm. Over the years, I have been involved in setting up new pharmacies across London, some of which were commissioned to provide innovative pharmaceutical services to the local communities. 

I am the Primary Care Operational Lead for the ICB in Tower Hamlets. I am also the managing director of a medical charity based in the UK which runs weekly GP clinics across several villages in Bangladesh.     

I have a keen interest in Education and Training and have delivered dozens of workshops for healthcare professionals, patients and other community stakeholders. I have a real passion for coaching and mentoring students and healthcare professionals, which allows me to share some of my experiences from the various fields that I have worked in. I have personally tutored pre-reg and junior pharmacists, and students from both medical and pharmacy schools. 

Outside of my professional work, I hold the following positions: governor at my children’s primary school; chair of the Parent Teacher Association; and a member of the Education and Children’s Committee at Tower Hamlets Council. I am also training to become an Advanced Clinicial Practitioner and currently studying at City University. 

In my spare time, I like to spend quality time with my family including my three young children. I enjoy playing football; reading and watching documentaries; and have a keen interest in politics, culture and religion.


Ameet Gordon
I have been a clinical pharmacist since 2000 and
have been working in Primary Care since 2005. I have worked in and out and all
around London, however, my link with Tower Hamlets has remained. I currently
work as the lead clinical pharmacist for Bow Health Network. I find training,
teaching and mentoring very enjoyable. I have trained pre-registration
pharmacists, clinical pharmacists and have been involved in the training of
nurses, HCAs, medical students and GPs. Outside of work I enjoy walking, motorcycling
and cleaning and DIY. I am a successful (not burned anything down yet and still
alive) amateur electrician. I’m aspiring to be a yogi, concentrating on the
more subtle aspects of yoga as can’t bend to save my life!


Network Manager Coach and Mentor

Dean O’Callaghan

I have worked in Tower Hamlets since 2006 and have been the network manager in Bethnal Green since 2012. My main areas of interest are: software development and utilisation, service modelling and transformation, digital inclusion and accessible service design, and addressing health inequalities. Keenly aware of the pressures colleagues are under at the moment, I am also very focussed on workload management, setting boundaries, and looking after both your physical and mental wellbeing. Outside of work I enjoy spending time with friends and family, travelling to new places and learning new things. My availability is generally good during the evening or at weekends.

Chris Ley

I am currently Network Director of the Poplar & Limehouse Health Network and the Healthy Island Partnership, facilitating health and wellbeing initiative,  working with practice  teams  and community partners in Poplar, Limehouse and the Isle of Dogs. I have worked in Tower Hamlets for 26 years and before moving into health, my past roles included Director of Economic Regeneration with Poplar HARCA (running amongst other things – youth services, training & employment initiatives, housing services and community centres) and Co-ordinator of Tower Hamlets Neighbourhood Management Programme through a secondment to LBTH. I have been a Trustee of the Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Service for the last 7yrs and have recently finished a term as their Vice Chair. I  have experience as a trustee for various other voluntary organisations including the Tower Hamlets  GP Care Group CIC (I was there at the beginning as a founding Trustee), The Bromley by Bow Centre, Maya Theatre Productions (Hackney) and as Chair of the National Association of Neighbourhood Management.

For me it is all about relationships and unlocking potential.


Practice Manager Coach and Mentor

Susie Hannah

I have lived in Tower Hamlets all my life which has resulted with an affectionate bond with the borough and local communities. I am married with 2 young children continuously navigating the rewarding challenges of being a working parent. I am a daughter from a proud Sylheti family, growing up watching my parents work, raise a family, support family financially in Bangladesh and still find the time to help others has shaped who I am today. I started working in the NHS on 2000 starting as a receptionist whilst trying to figure out whether to continue with higher education. 21 years on, I have worked many roles within the NHS and I am currently working as a Practice Manager. I am also a Quality Improvement Coach for EQUIP and continue to learn and develop into this role. I have an interest the human side of change, developing teams and individuals to reach their full potential. I am passionate about helping nurturing and supporting local talent. My intention is to give back professionally and return the investments made in me by so many wonderful colleagues within the NHS. In my spare time I enjoy cooking and feeding others, concentrating on the health and well-being of myself in order to be as useful & healthy as possible for those around me. Reading is a much loved past time, learning new ideas and challenging the old ones. Going to the theatre, cinema, travelling and exercise are other interests of mine, I look forward to resuming some of them soon! I look forward to having the opportunity to mentor and coach colleagues to reach their goals and aspired potential.


Social Prescriber Coach and Mentor

Farrah Idris

I am
currently a social prescriber in Tower Hamlets supporting patients with
non-medical interventions. Initially I trained in law which led to advocating
for women fleeing domestic abuse. The impact of the job led to me to retrain in
mind/body therapies, coaching and teaching. I have completed diplomas in
complementary therapies, clinical hypnotherapy and adult learning. I have
worked as a lead therapist and supervisor in the NHS and continue to teach at
City Lit college. I am board member of the Boat House – a creative community
enterprise based in Barking and Workforce Wellbeing Practitioner for CEPN

coaching style is rooted in a holistic approach to creatively unlock potential.
and relaxation are equally important – I enjoy exercise, acupuncture and
creatively engaged.

and Weekends are my best days to meet.

‘Other’ Coach and Mentor

Sarah Tahsildar

I am a social worker by background with experiences in working in many different roles throughout my career in the health and social care sector. This includes working in Domestic Abuse Services, Children Centers, Adoption and Fostering Teams, Education Support Services and Homelessness Services. For the past 6 years, I have been working within Tower Hamlets Training Hub as the Learning and Development Practitioner leading in Mental Health and Suicide Prevention, which are areas I feel particularly passionate about and am dedicated to creating change in. In my own life I feel I have hugely benefitted from guidance, encouragement, support, and empowerment I received, which is partly the reason I have had a continued interest in coaching and mentoring. I have always enjoyed building meaningful relationships, and value the space coaching and mentoring provides in establishing trust, respect and understanding, as well as empowerment, self-reflection, and personal growth. When I’m not at work I enjoy a diverse range of hobbies that bring me joy and fulfilment in different ways. One of my favourite pastimes is gardening, where I immerse myself in nature’s beauty. I particularly find harvesting homegrown vegetables incredibly rewarding. Being in nature brings me peace, I really enjoy going on long walks and exploring trails/hikes with my dogs and my 2 children, now aged 16 & 19 – when I can convince them to hang out with me! Traveling is also a new passion of mine as it exposes me to new cultures, landscapes, and experiences. I find each journey provides opportunities for self-discovery and growth.

I can be flexible in terms of availability for coaching and mentoring, including evenings and weekends if that’s more suitable to you