Practice Closed for Bank Holiday

Please note: All practice sites will be closed on Monday 26th August 2024 for Bank Holiday and will re-open again on Tuesday 27th August at 8:00am. If you require out of hours medical assistance, please visit NHS 111 online, call NHS 111 or in the event of an emergency, please call 999.

Meet the Members

Sue Bennett

Sue Bennett

Chair of PPG since April 2024 (Kibworth)

Sue is an educator and trainer within the mental health and wellbeing sector. Her experience teaching adults living with mental ill-health, learning disabilities and difficulties spans 20+ years. Coupled with management experience in customer services, advertising and marketing, dance and fitness, Sue brings a diverse skillset to the PPG. Driven by a focus in both professional and personal life, for equality, Sue hopes her involvement on the PPG will give patients a voice, influence on matters that affect anyone living with vulnerabilities, and ensure communication is accessible to all.

Tim Gascoigne

Tim Gascoigne

Vice Chair and Member since 2014 (Great Glen)

Tim has been a member of the PPG and Vice Chair since 2014. He has been a local Councillor in Great Glen for the past 8 years, and runs a family business. The experience of running a family business and a team for over 30 years, brings many skills to this role such as sales, marketing, customer service and many more. Tim is a very keen tennis player and plays at a county league level, and also enjoys walking and swimming. Tim aims to ensure that the views and needs of the patients are always at the core of any practice decisions. By working together this can deliver the level of healthcare and service that is expected by all patients.

Sandra Austin

Sandra Austin

Member (Fleckney)

Sandra worked in Health and Social Care for over 10 years, specialising in Dementia and End of Life Care. During this time, she worked closely with other Health Care providers. She is a qualified trainer in Wound Management. She moved to Fleckney in 2017 after having lived mainly in big cities and brings with her experiences of different types of GP practices. Sandra hopes that her background, both personal and professional, can help ensure that the PPG addresses issues that affect the community, especially those who are the most vulnerable.

Joanna Jesson

Joanna Jesson

Member since January 2021 (Market Harborough)

Joanna started her working life on a training scheme with Marks and Spencer where she worked in stores, regional appointments and ended up in their Head Office running the Management Training Department.  This prompted a love of training and development culminating in her running a business with her husband and becoming an Executive Coach for CEOs and Directors from all areas of the business world. This exposure to all areas of work have given her a broad experience and an insight into customer service, marketing, leadership and business management. Joanna hopes that she can use her skills to help the PPG to resolve issues and enable the voice of the patients to be heard.

Avril Thorpe

Avril Thorpe

Member (Mowsley)

Avril was born in Leicester and has lived in Mowsley for 50 years so has a good knowledge of the local area. She has been a patient at the current and pre-existing practice for 57 years and a member of the PPG for 4 years. Before retiring Avril had worked for over 40 years in the NHS as a nurse at Leicester General hospital before moving on to become a district nurse. She ended her extensive nursing career as an Outpatient Department sister at the Market Harborough District Hospital. She feels her years of experience working in the NHS will enable her to positively contribute to her role as a PPG member. Retirement has enabled Avril to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. 

Ian McNeil

Ian McNeil

Member Since 2023 (Market Harborough )

Ian works as a senior lecturer at the Open University’s Faculty of Business and Law focusing on leadership. He spent 28 years working in law enforcement, 11 years in senior management roles as a Chief Superintendent followed by 7 years as a senior manager within professional regulation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) and General Medical Council (GMC). He qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1988. He is currently training to be a psychotherapist. When qualified he hopes to specialise in working with those from the emergency services and NHS who have PTSD, work related stress or burnout.
Ian lives in Great Bowden and expects that by joining the PPG he can help give a voice to patients using the services of the surgery. He is committed to collaborating with his PPG colleagues and those working for the practice to improve communication flows particularly concerning health prevention advice and the great work undertaken routinely by SLMG staff.

Brigitte Heller

Brigitte Heller

Member Since 2017 (Fleckney)

Brigitte qualified as a fashion designer in Vienna and majored in Accountancy and Business Management. On her move to the UK she specialised in further and higher education and became Head of Post-16 Education and Training for the Funding Council for Wales. She served on the Cardiff Bench as a Magistrate for 20 years ensuring fairness for all, followed by a ministerial appointment to the All Wales Probation Board. She has also served as a governor of Leicester College as well as Gwent College on their Finance Committees. Good communication and sound management have been of great importance to her and the principals of fairness and inclusion are integral in all her roles. The reason for Brigitte’s involvement on the PPG is to ensure that patients’ concerns are heard, considered and acted upon for the benefit of the whole community.