2020-2021

Committee members

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Co Chair

Ash Birtles

Ash (she/they) is a respiratory registrar in the mighty land of Yorkshire. Her medical interests include inclusion health, palliative care, mental health and lungs (obviously).

She has a particular interest in LGBTQ+ healthcare inequalities and improving accessibility to healthcare for all minority groups. In her (somewhat limited) spare time, Ash is a slow runner, a keen knitter and a constant snacker.

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Co Chair

Duncan McGregor

Duncan (he/him) is a FY2 Doctor working in Greater Manchester. Duncan took what he describes as “the scenic route” into the medical profession, having undertaken a BSc in biology prior to entering medical training. Having worked with GLADD throughout medical school, Duncan stepped up as one of its Co-Chairs in 2019. His key aims and aspirations for this year are furthering GLADD’s educational influence in LGBTQ+ healthcare, improving recruitment and networking of members and to develop and refine GLADD’s democratic processes and constitution.

Outside of work, Duncan’s interests include the arts – having directed two musicals during medical school – alongside cooking, reading and bouldering. However, his greatest passion has always been music. You will rarely find his flat without some playing in the background and you may encounter him playing a little bit of his own on the piano.

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Dental Chair

Jo Turner

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Secretary

Graham McIlroy

Graham (he/him) has supported GLADD for the past few years and in addition to his administrative role has a special interest in our academic and research activities.

For his day job, Graham works as a haematology registrar in the West Midlands and has an interest in haematological malignancies and translational research.

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Treasurer

Michael Alexander

Micky (he/him) has served on the committee for a number of years, latterly as treasurer for the past two years. He works as a locum psychiatric SHO in London, and lives in Hackney with his husband Simon and a number of mice, whose ability to evade traps is an ever-present source of wonder. He has an interest in Public Health and LGBTQ+ health inequalities, and has worked with other GLADD members on teaching of LGBTQ+ issues for undergraduate medical students.


Outside of medicine, he is a keen pub quizzer, to a degree slightly beyond what is socially acceptable, and has appeared on TV quiz shows University Challenge and Only Connect. He is also an occasional comedy/writer performer, and would not be above using this outlet to promote his Edinburgh Fringe show had the pandemic not resulted in its cancellation.

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Webmaster

Simon Gibbons

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Student Rep

Gurdip Uppal

Gurdip (he/him) is in his 4th year of medical school at Imperial College London and will be intercalating in Medical Humanities, Philosophy and Law.

This is the first year Gurdip has been on the Committee. His main goals are to help to organise more inclusive and diverse teaching materials and support LGBTQ+ medical and dental students where possible. After a long day, Gurdip makes sure to recharge by picking from his myriad of hobbies, whether it be knitting, learning languages, painting or gardening.

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Student Rep

Eve Benfield

Eve (she/her) is a bi/queer medical student in Cardiff, originally from Leicestershire. She is intercalating in Medical Education before entering her final year of medical school. She is thrilled to be one of the new Student Representatives for GLADD and is looking forward to being a part of the EDI, education and recruitment working groups, hoping to spread the word about GLADD through contacts in Cardiff and other medical schools.

Eve is a passionate trans ally and advocate for the LGBTQ+ community generally, and is hoping that her involvement in GLADD is the start of further allyship and advocacy of many marginalised groups playing a big part in her medical career.

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Student Rep

Callum Phillips

Callum (he/they) is a final year graduate medical student at the University of Southampton, having previously obtained his LLB in 2017.

He is interested in civil rights, the social barriers to good health and the ways in which wider inequalities impact communities. In GLADD, he hopes to raise the organisations profile amongst students, educate on LGBTQ+ health inequalities and support queer individuals in challenges they may face in their medical careers. Outside of medicine, he exclusively reads copious amounts of books, kickboxes and tells strangers to listen to Cher.

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Student Rep

Rob Flather

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Non-Portfolio

Christopher Morrison

Christopher (he/him) works as a junior doctor in the West of Scotland. He led GLADD as Chair and Co-Chair for 4 years up until summer 2020. Through GLADD, he is interested in encouraging high-quality teaching of LGBTQ+ health, improving the LGBTQ+ patient experience, and understanding professionals' experience of discrimination in the healthcare workplace. Outside of work he can be found wild swimming in the Highlands, and frequently eating cake.

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Andrew Hartle

Andrew (he/him) is an anaesthetist, Clinical Governance Director and Freedom to Speak Up Guardian at Imperial College Healthcare, London. He is current President of the Anaesthetic Section of the Royal Society of Medicine, President of the Tri-Service Anaesthetic Society, Council Member of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and Past President of the Association of Anaesthetists. He is particularly proud to be the current RAF Civilian Consultant Advisor in Anaesthesia, 20 years after being ordered to resign for being gay.

He is married, tweets, runs, likes holidays, chocolate & Airedales. @BletchleyBark (for the Airedale).

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Ciara Greer

Ciara (she/her) is a junior doctor currently based in Belfast, with dreams of eventually working in both the clinical environment and in medical education. She has a particular interest in combating LGBTQ+ health inequalities and ways of improving the relationship between LGBTQ+ patients and the NHS. She is also 5’4", rather hilarious and enjoys a good beer.

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Kit Tigwell

Kit (he/him) is a GP trainee in Bristol. He is particularly interested in medical education and working with GLADD on developing LGBTQ+ education resources, our mentoring scheme, rebranding and building community links through our regional networks. In his spare time Kit can be found rowing, baking and endlessly watering over 120 houseplants.

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Susan Bewley

Susan (she/her) is a retired obstetrician and sexual offences doctor, emeritus professor and keyboard warrior with special interests in evidence and abuse.

She has contributed to GLADD for many years, being a co-founder Chair in the last century.

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James Murray

James (he/him) is new to the Committee this year and is keen to get involved with BMA liaison as well as with the organisation, planning and publicising of social events. He is currently a CT1 in anaesthetics working in London, enjoys playing tennis and going to the gym.

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David Gleeson

David (he/him) is an Internal Medicine Trainee and lives in London. Having previously worked as a Clinical Teaching Fellow, his interests are in education and improving awareness of issues affecting LGBTQ+ patients and clinicians.

Outside of medicine, David is a member of London Orca, an LGBTQ+ Water Polo team based in London. With the Orcas he has competed across Europe, in the Eurogames and Gay Games, picking up the odd medal or two.

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Ben Taylor-Davies

Ben (he/him) is an FY2 doctor in Edinburgh and a new member of the Committee for 2020/21. Ben is a passionate about equality in healthcare with particular interests in medical ethics, law and the promotion of equality and diversity teaching within undergraduate medical education. In his spare time, Ben enjoys running and choral singing (but not at the same time).

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Anthony Rimmer

Anthony (he/him) graduated from medical school in 2014 and currently works in South Wales in anaesthetics and critical care. He has always been interested in medical education and is involved in delivering a range of teaching activities in addition to his clinical work. Anthony hopes to continue to develop this interest in education and, though working with GLADD, help improve educational resources available to healthcare students and workers in relation to LGBTQ+ matters, with an aim to improve accessibility to healthcare for LGBTQ+ individuals and the wellbeing of healthcare workers. The changes to how educational resources can be delivered in light of the COVID-19 pandemic presents a challenge but also a great opportunity for innovation.

Outside of work, Anthony enjoys reading, skiing and trips to Cornwall whenever possible.

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Kalaprapa Asavisanu (Mot)

Mot (she/her) is an Internal Medical Trainee in South West London. Mot would like to help run GLADD’s monthly newsletter and develop teaching resources for LGBTQ+ health education. Her special interests include mental health, wellbeing amongst LGBTQ+ healthcare workers and LGBTQ+ health education. In her spare time she skateboards and attends to her three cats and a tortoise.

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Jatinder Ubhi

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Mark Openshaw

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Mark Perera

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Ashanti Atiase-Allman

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Sam Slattery

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Anna Casper

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Administrator

Paul Fleck