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Practice Team


    General Practitioner, Medical Director & Chief Executive Officer of Private GP Group


    We are managed and owned by Dr Julia Piper BM BS B Med Sci FRCGP DFFP DipOccMed  Dip Acc Med.  Julia is passionate about the privilege of supporting you in body mind and spirit. She has been a GP for 34 years, working in functional medicine over the past 12 years, getting to the root of medical problems. She has trained with the Institute of Functional Medicine in America, and is the UK ambassador for the Metabolic Medical Institute in America and A4M. With Julia’s help, A4M have aligned their Fellowship in Functional Medicine with the Royal College of General  Practitioners in London. Julia is currently studying for her Fellowship in Functional Medicine and is one of the UK leading lights in Functional Medicine, supporting many patients who are chronically ill, to recover. She is a lecturer in Systems Biology Medicine, having presented in London and Antwerp over the past year.

    Julia is a member of the British medical Association, the General Medical Council, the Medical Protection Society, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the British Medical Acupuncture Society, the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health, the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors, the Royal Society of Occupational Medicine, the British Ecological Society for Medicine, and A4M in the USA. She previously worked for BUPA over a period of 20 years, helping to set some of their national protocols, was a previous NHS GP in for practices scattered around the country, was a Council member of the Independent Doctors Federation, chairing their IT development committee and subsequently the Professional Development Committee, thereafter becoming a Trustee for the IDF Education Trust.  As CEO of, Julia is an active member of the Board.

    She runs her own Charity, the Foundation for Community Inspiration, supporting conditions of abject poverty. The charity has built a school in the bush in Ghana, also a medical clinic, has supported university training in Ghana; also women’s family planning in Ecuador, biodiversity and sustainability in the Amazon region and more recently a water borehole for a remote village in Ghana.


    General Practitioner & Executive Director


    Dr Simon Khela is a deeply knowledgable GP who is fascinated by the concept of a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. He is passionate about helping patients heal from complex, chronic illnesses by utilising a full spectrum of healing methods and the most advanced therapies and protocols. To do this, he is currently studying for his Fellowship in Metabolic and Functional Medicine, representing a new professional identity in health care, adept and able to discuss systems biology and the role of technology.

    Simon also leads our digital healthcare vertical, Private GP Health Tests, which has been developed through his passion to transform healthcare by maximising the efficiency of care being provided, through advances in technology, which are invariably make their way into the field of medicine. He believes technology that help individuals understand how their lifestyle choices affect their wellbeing will be integral in making democratised healthcare a reality.



    Alan has joined us as the chairman of the Board and is a highly experienced non-executive director and pension trustee with wide experience in all aspects of corporate governance and investment management. He is a keen golfer and rugby supporter (Leicester Tigers of course). He will be a valuable member of the team and a guiding light in the journey ahead.


    Non-Executive Director


    James Mather is the Managing Director of Medical Distributions Ltd and is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 30 years of business experience who also operates as an NED in other businesses developing corporate strategies having extensive knowledge from optimisation to mergers & aquisitions especially in the field of medical cannabis.

    James holds the unique honour of being the founder of that pioneered legal medical cannabis cultivation on the African continent awarded the 1st ever medical cannabis operators licence issued by the Lesotho Ministry of Health in 2017.

    James further holds the honour of also achieving the 1st ever legal export of medical cannabis flower from Africa to Canada in 2018, recognised ny the INCB as the first legal entity to do so since prohibition.

    In Dec 2019 our 400,000 site was formally opened by the RH Lesotho Prime Minister, cabinet ministers, local chiefs & religious leaders that spent the afternoon giving passionate speeches to a global TV audience and over 500 people that attended the event in person. It was indeed an honour to be recognising for the ground breaking work our international team had achieved since 2015 helping them to formally legalise a new and pioneering medical cannabis industry for export we ensured was recognised by the INCB (International Narcotics Control Board).

    Most importantly this has now allowed Lesotho to successfully enter the multi billion dollar global cannabis industry that will ensure its future prosperity through vast international investment that’s come since and providing much needed gainful employment to this beautiful but impoverished sovereign nation.

    James successfully achieved to gain significant investment from our Australian partners to allow us to build a globally recognised medical cannabis cultivation & manufacturing all designed to meet the stringent EU GAP/GMP standards required to export medical cannabis into the EU.

    The Australian funding partnership developed into an agreement to aquire 100% of Medi Kingdom stock via an SPA with Tetramed Ltd, now currently working towards a listing on a prescribed stock exchange, targeting an IPO around Q2-Q3 2020.

    James also formed the Medi Kingdom Foundation as a registered charitable organisation to help OVC’s (orphans and vulnerable children) to date his foundation has helped feed over 20,000 vulnerable children and further instigated the donation of over $500K worth of medicines from western pharmaceutical companies to help the most needy in Lesotho.

    James has also been approved by the ASX exchange to act as a director of a public listed company.


    CBD Specialist


    Saoirse Elizabeth O’Sullivan is part of our extended virtual network. She received her doctorate from Trinity College Dublin in 2001 and moved to the University of Nottingham in 2002 as a Research fellow where she began researching cannabinoid pharmacology through basic and clinical research.  She was made Lecturer in 2007, Associate Professor in 2011 and Full Professor in 2019.  She has over 40 peer-reviewed articles and 3 books chapters on the topic of cannabinoid pharmacology.  Her specific interests are on the therapeutic potential of cannabis-based medicines in cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Her research methodologies spanned from cellular and animal models, to human healthy volunteer studies, systematic reviews and early phase clinical trials. In 2016 she was named the International Cannabinoid Research Society Young Investigator of the Year. Saoirse now runs an independent consulting company called CanPharmaConsulting Ltd, and through this, acts as scientific advisor to Artelo Biosciences, CBDScience Group, Therapix Biosciences, FSDPharma, and Dragonfly Biosciences. She is the science lead for the Centre for Medicine Cannabis (CMC), a non-profit organisation working to shape the UK’s new medicinal cannabis regime in the interests of patient, and secretary to the International Cannabinoid Research Society.

  • DR ROBYN COOLEY, BSc (Hons) MSc DClinPsy CPsychol

    Chartered Clinical Psychologist


    Dr Robyn Cooley joins our mental health support team to provide psychological assessments and therapy to individuals across the life span, as well as couples and family systems. She has over 10 years experience supporting people with their distress, mental health, relationships, unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviours, and work-related stress.

    Robyn brings a broad and extensive understanding of psychological theory to develop a formulation to make sense of a person’s presenting concerns. Her training in the delivery of multiple models of psychotherapy means she offers an integrative, evidence-based and clinically-informed intervention that is tailored to the individual.

  • Dr Dinkar Bakshi

    Consultant Paediatrician & Allergy Specialist

    Dr Dinkar Bakshi is a Consultant in Child Health and Allergy.  He is the lead clinician at the British Allergy Clinic and WellKid Clinic.

    Dr Bakshi has 25 years of experience as a clinician. He completed his specialist training in Paediatrics in the London Deanery and an MSc in Allergy at Imperial College London. Dr Bakshi is one of the few formally trained allergists in the UK.




    Practice Nurse


    Laura works at the practice on a part time basis and joined us in February 2016.  She specialises in providing travel vaccinations, child and adult immunisations, medical health checks, blood tests, intravenous vitamin infusion and more.


    Office Manager

    Karen joined Private GP Services in November 2019 after spending the last 12 years living in Spain. Karen has many years’ experience working within an office environment and is responsible for the smooth running of the Practice as Office Manager.


    Medical Administrator


    Liz has been with the practice since March 2018 and has a wealth of Customer Service and Administration experience. She is a wonderful addition to the Practice family.


    Medical Administrator


    Laura has been with the Practice since 2016. As our patient test co-ordinator she ensures that the whole patient experience from booking an appointment to receiving test results is professional and efficient.


    Medical Administrator

    Debbie joined our team in September 2019, after working in the NHS for 20 years.




    Sue joined Private GP Services in November 2015, after spending the last 8 years working for a local NHS practice. Sue is responsible for providing the best first impression of the practice and dealing with patient enquiries directly in an efficient and effective manner.


    Accounts and Finance

    Jim is our finance guru. An avid soccer player with a great sense of humour. He is a whiz at numbers and makes sure the books balance.

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