Officers of the Medical Women's Federation 2016 - 2018
MWF President - Professor Parveen Kumar
Parveen is Professor of Medicine and Education at Barts and the London school of Medicine, Queen Mary, University of London. She qualified at Barts where she also did her post graduate training in gastroenterology and general medicine. Her research interest and publications have been mainly in small bowel disorders and coeliac disease. She has worked for the NHS for 44 years as a consultant, in the North and East end of London at the Homerton, the Royal London and Barts hospitals. During this time she was also the college tutor, clinical tutor and then developed the, then new, role of Director of Postgraduate Education. She set up the gastroenterology Unit at the Homerton and also helped bring all the liver services across many hospitals together in order to give and treat patients with viral hepatitis the best of care. At one time, for several years, she was running two acute medical take teams and doing gastroenterology at the Homerton and Royal London hospitals as well as gastroenterology at Barts. These were at the times of mergers and take overs! She was also on the Trust board and was assistant medical director. These were all also at the time she was bringing up a family of two children but was hugely supported by her husband, also a physician.
Outside her heavy clinical duties, over the years she has been the Chairman of the Medicines Commission for the United Kingdom, President of the British Medical Association, President of the Royal Society of Medicine, Vice president and senior censor, and Director of Continuing Professional Development for the Royal College of Physicians, and a founding Nonexecutive Director of NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) at its inception. These positions have involved many policy papers, reviews and, of course chairing committees!
In her spare time she co- founded and co-authored, alongside many books, 'Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine', now in its 8th edition (2012)....a huge continuing task! This has given her the opportunity to travel the world and she still travels extensively teaching, lecturing and examining at home and abroad. She works with several charities including being a trustee of the British Society of Gastroenterology, Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET), Chair of Governors of the BUPA Foundation (an independent research trust),and international adviser for SACORE ( Southern African Consortium for Research Excellence) and takes over the Presidency of the Royal Medical Benevolent Fund in 2013. She is currently doing a lot of work in the area of Global health.
She was awarded CBE for Services to Medicine in 2000, received the BMA gold medal for services to medical education, received a BAPIO award and was the first Asian Women of the year (professional) in 1999.
Having been one of a handful of women and an ethnic minority she has strived continuously to help women up the ladder. This was an uphill job in a time of male preponderance. Now, however with the numbers of women exceeding those of men at medical school, the task s different and even more important to give women the opportunity to achieve their ambitions.
Honorary Secretary - Dr Clare Gerada
Dr Clare Gerada is a London based GP. Over the last 20 years she has led her profession on a national stage in three distinct areas: Primary Care, Substance Misuse and Practitioner Health.
She was the first Female Chair of the Royal College of General Practitioners (a membership organisation of 40,000 GPs) for 50 years: Despite (or because of her) leadersh
Described by Radio 4 as one of the '100 Most Powerful Women in the UK', she was also voted one of 'London's Most Influential People', by the Evening Standard.ip roles she has continued to be in clinical practice - in an inner city practice in South London.She is also a partner of the largest provider of primary care services in London.
MWF President-Elect - Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones
Henrietta Bowden-Jones is the founder and director of the National Problem Gambling Clinic, the NHS’ first multidisciplinary treatment centre for pathological gamblers.
She is also the Royal College of Psychiatry’s spokesperson on behavioural addictions and a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Addictions Executive Committee.
As Consultant psychiatrist and Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College in the Brain Sciences Division, she also runs a research group investigating the neurobiology and aetiology of gambling addiction.
She is an elected member of the Government’s Responsible Gambling Strategy Board and has edited two textbooks on pathological gambling published in early 2015. Brain Sciences Division, she also runs a research group investigating the neurobiology and aetiology of gambling addiction.
In 2014 she was the Healthcare category winner for the Woman of Achievement Award, run by Women in the City.
Dr Heidi Mounsey - MWF Treasurer
Dr Heidi Mounsey is a palliative medicine registrar based in Yorkshire. She first studied Chemistry at university before turning to Medicine.
She is an Elected Member on the BMA's Medical Ethics Committee which debates ethical issues on the relationship between the medical profession, the public and the state. The committee also liaises with the General Medical Council (GMC) on all matters of ethics affecting medical practice.
She also acts as a Tribunal Member at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.
Outside of medicine, she volunteers for a charity providing first aid cover for music festivals.
Dr Olwen Williams - MWF Vice-President
With 24 years experience at consultant level leading Sexual Health & HIV services in North Wales, Olwen is passionate about improving services for women especially those who experience sexual & domestic violence and child sexual exploitation. She developed the Amethyst SARC & Sexual Health Services where she is the Clinical Director.
In her role as Chief of Staff (2009-15) she as responsible for leading & delivery of services in Primary , Community and Specialist Medicine. She developed Frailty services, Telemedicine, and as part of Royal College of Physicians Future Hospital, achieved ‘deve
She is Divisional Vice President for the NSPCC in Wales, Council Member Bangor University and Trustee at NAT (National AIDS Trust)lopment’ site status for Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board with the virtual clinic project C@rtref.
Olwen is especially passionate about social media and is an avid tweeter @OlwenOlwen and an active part of #WeCommunities @WeDocs.
Olwen was awarded an OBE for services to Medicine in 2005.
Miss Jyoti Shah – Editor of Medical Woman
Jyoti Shah is a Consultant Urological Surgeon at Burton Hospital having graduated from Charing Cross & Westminster Medical School. She has published extensively having authored three books under the Day-2-Day banner, book chapters and journal articles. She is the Commissioning Editor for The Annals and the Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) of England, and is faculty on the course, How to write a surgical paper, for the College. She reviews for 12 International journals.
Jyoti was medical advisor to ‘Tiger Country’, a critically acclaimed play about the NHS, and the inspiration to one of the central characters in the play.
She is a GMC accredited educational supervisor, Postgraduate tutor for simulation, examiner for Leicester Medical School, and RCS college assessor for urology consultant interviews.
Dr Farah Jameel – Co-opted member of council
Dr Farah Jameel is a London based sessional GP, having completed her training in 2013. She was featured that year in the GP trade press as a top up-and-coming GP and has since in 2014 been named as one of the top 50 most influential GP's.
She is a Council Member at Medical Women’s Federation and Deputy Chair of the BMA's Equality and Inclusion Committee. She was previously Chair of the South Thames Regional Junior Doctors Committee in 2012 and has been an elected member of the British Medical Association’s UK Junior Doctors Committee between 2010 and 2014. She is currently a member of the UK General Practitioners Committee and has been involved in medical politics mainly as a BMA representative since 2009.in 2014 been named as one of the top 50 most influential GP's.
She enjoys working with grassroots, new and senior members, listening to and vocalising the concerns shared by the profession, but particularly those unique to women in medicine, in the right fora. A strong believer of the NHS and its core principles, she has consistently fought to maintain and improve working conditions and patient care quality. Being a BME woman and an international medical graduate, she has a keen interest in ensuring equity and fairness is extended to all.
Dr Aurelie Hay-David – Co-opted member of council
Miss Aurelie Hay-David joined MWF in 2012 and was elected as co-opted member / trustee for 2014-2016. Her background is surgical (Trauma & Orthopaedics). She views the MWF as a humanitarian, educational and medico-political organisation with a proud history. So far, she has been delighted to attend the Women in Medicine Summit and has secured a reduced rate for our members for postgraduate examination courses/ online resources / books. She looks forward to representing the members during her tenure.