Chief Executive Officer

I joined the LMC in 2018 after a long career in the Royal Navy. Essentially my role is to provide overarching  leadership and management for the organisation making sure that the LMC is run efficiently and provides optimal levels of service to General Practice in Devon. Working closely with the Board, I am responsible for the organisation’s long-term strategy, budget, business plan and stakeholder engagement whilst ensuring that the LMC remains legally compliant and conforms to all relevant regulations.
Devon has been my home since 1994 and it is where I have enjoyed family life, walking, cycling and kayaking. My great passion is for photography.

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Bruce trained as a doctor at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He has a portfolio career which includes a partnership in a busy North Devon Practice, working as a Director for Devon Doctors and in the urgent out of hours service as well as being the Medical Director for the Children's Hospice - South West. 
Outside of work he enjoys sports including open water swimming, judo and even arctic marathon running.

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Operations Lead

I joined Devon LMC in 2016 having previously spent seven years working in a local GP practice. Since joining the LMC, my role has changed significantly and I am now the Executive Operations Lead with responsibility for leading and managing the LMC's support services; specifically those pertaining to resilience and future planning in general practice.


I provide day to day support to Devon practices including advice and guidance on a broad range of subjects and ensuring that emergent issues are promulgated expeditiously. It is a real privilege to look after the interests of General Practice!

Away from work as well as enjoying family time, I love being outdoors and making the most of what this beautiful county has to offer! My weekends are usually spent on the beach, sailing, or walking and picnicking on the moors.


Finance Lead and Executive Administrator

I joined the LMC in August 2016 following two years of working for NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and many years working in other public and private organisations in and around Exeter, such as Flybe and Devon Partnership Trust.
I provide support to the Executive Team at Deer Park, co-ordinate and administer the Negotiations Committee Meeting, in addition to all financial aspects of the LMC.
I have lived in Devon all my life and live in Cranbrook with my husband where I enjoy gardening, cycling and meeting up with friends on a regular basis.

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Media and Communications Lead

Rich has over 20 years’ experience in corporate communications – in the NHS, police, higher education, social housing and civil service – and journalism on local, regional and national newspapers. His role at the LMC includes overseeing the production of the weekly operational bulletin and monthly newsletter, media liaison, website management and running the social media accounts. He also coordinates and administers the LMC Board meeting.
Rich is a massive Exeter City fan – regularly attending games – and also enjoys camping.


Medical Secretary

Mark Sanford-Wood graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1989, and took up a position as a full time partner in North Devon in 1993. He was the Executive Chair of Devon LMC until May 2013, guiding it through a major reorganisation before taking the permanent post of Medical Secretary. He is an elected member of the GP Committee of the BMA where he represents Devon and Somerset. In June 2013 he resigned from partnership to work in a variety of portfolio roles. He re-entered partnership in January 2019 and currently works as a half-time partner at Church View Surgery in Plymouth combining this role with his ongoing LMC work and his duties as Deputy-Chair of the GP Committee of the BMA.

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Medical Secretary

Paul has been a GP in Exeter since 2006 and is an elected LMC representative for his locality. He has been a Medical Secretary at Devon LMC since 2017. With a background in Medical education he was a small group facilitator at the Medical school which was followed by a number of years as a Programme Director for Exeter’s GP training scheme.
More recently he has taken on the role of Clinical Director for the NEXUS PCN in Exeter. Paul is a qualified coach and has developed Devon LMC’s GP coaching programme, providing free support for GPs across the County.
When not at work Paul can be found in East Devon, running, cycling or walking with his family and two lively dogs in the Blackdown hills.


Medical Secretary

I spend most of my working week as a GP partner in Plymouth where I finished my training in 2015. I've been in the South West since 2002 when I came down from Nottingham to do my house jobs at the RD&E. After happily working in a number of hospitals in the South West, I eventually saw the light and moved to general practice. 
I've been a Medical Secretary with Devon LMC since 2017 and I'm also an elected representative on the Western Sub-Committee.In 2016, I was elected to GPC at my first Conference of LMCs and have been lucky enough to be re-elected each year since. 
I live in the middle of Plymouth where my partner, my step-kids, my knitting and my slower-than-treacle running all conspire to keep me busy. If you need to find me and I'm not answering my phone, look for the woman on Plymouth Hoe watching the waves with a bag full of wool and a cup of coffee.

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Devon LMC is an independent, democratic body elected by, and comprising of local GPs. We are an influential and dynamic organisation,  representing the interests of General Practice locally and act as its advocate.

As the only statutory and fully independent representative in the county, we have the power to make meaningful change. We also bring stability and continuity, despite regular changes elsewhere in the NHS and local health system.  

We represent general practice through canvassing the views of local GPs and present them to Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), the NHS England Area Team and other local and national organisations which then acts as a focus for debate. We act as a source of advice, information and support for all GPs in all matters affecting their professional lives and activities.

If you are a clinician new to Devon please use the 'Get in Touch' button to let us know who you are and how we can help.

For clinicians new to Devon this will enable us to bring you onto our intranet platform and provide access to our support services. If you want to advertise your availability to work this will be the place to do it.

Fiona Gardiner

Operations Lead - Workforce & Recruitment Lead

Fiona joined Devon LMC in January 2020 as the LMC's Executive Operations Lead for General Practice Workforce & Recruitment. Fiona has over 16 years experience of working within different sectors of the NHS and is a qualified Midwife. Fiona has worked in both clinical and commissioning capacities within the NHS. For the past 5 years Fiona has been working primarily within the realm of primary care, and has expertise knowledge of the contracting and commissioning of primary care.

Fiona is responsible for the leadership and management of the LMC's core support services, specifically those services supporting recruitment, workforce planning and training for the Devon General Practice workforce.

I live in the South Hams area of Devon on the coast, which allows me direct access to the beautiful coastline and beaches where I love to spend most of my relaxation time, walking, kayaking, paddle boarding, reading and soaking up the sunshine. 

Joyce Pickering

Medical Secretary Nurse

I have been a GPN since 2004 and have worked in Newton Abbot since 2009. I manage a team of 11 and I have recently become a practice partner. I am currently a member of the RCN General practice forum committee and a CQC Nurse Specialist Advisor. I have an interest in clinical education and have recently completed the Post Graduate Certificate in Clinical Education at Exeter university.

I am delighted to be the new LMC Nurse Med Sec and am very much looking forward to working with and supporting practice nurses both personally and professionally. This is a new role and will grow and develop over time. Please feel free to contact me via my LMC email address. I will be working alternate Thursdays and Fridays.

When not at work I enjoy walking my two spaniels (Isla and Ollie), cycling holidays and catching up with family in the beautiful Shetland Islands.