Trustee Board

Liz McAnulty

Elizabeth-McAnulty-_profile-pictureChair of The Patients Association

Liz was educated and trained as a nurse and a midwife and practised both (but mainly midwifery) for more than 30 years. She worked in clinical practice, education, management within the NHS and then in professional regulation. In the year 2000, Liz was called to the Bar of England and Wales have successfully completed her training as a barrister. She has extensive experience at senior level in the NHS and in a number of professional regulatory bodies, including the Nursing and Midwifery Council, the Royal Pharmaceutical Council, the General Optical Council and the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority. These bodies exist to protect the public by setting standards for the professionals and to hold to account, those who do not uphold the standards.

The Patients Association works collaboratively with these and other relevant organisations from time to time, to try to improve care and treatment for patients. In 2012, Liz completed a Masters in Medical Law and Ethics at Kings College London.

“I feel passionate about the right of all patients to receive the best care possible from competent, kind and caring staff,” Said Liz. “Good quality care for all patients is a goal of the Patients Association. Currently, much of our work is focused on older people in need of health and social care, as well as those suffering from mental ill health. These patients are particularly vulnerable when the NHS and social care services are so short of resources. Often, they and their carers have no-one to speak up for them. The Patients Association continues to strive to bring about improved services to meet their needs.

Dr. Mike Smith

Dr Mike Smith

The 39/45 war interrupted my early life and I rejected school at 15 without qualifications. Hence I met the people outside medicine in the `everyday’ jobs that I did until I hit the books again in my early 20s to get into and through medical school. In retrospect it gave me an insight into adult life in the `everyday’ before I joined the medical club! And while most
doctors of my époque it was the norm to stick to one `speciality’ throughout their careers, I kicked the trend and took the advantage of trying a varied approach. Hence I’ve worked at every level in the NHS – junior hospital jobs, general practice, an area and regional administration and the Dept. of Health, as well as having the medical responsibility for the standards in the then 1000 family planning clinics of the FPA – the Family Planning Association -in the five years that I was their Chief Medical Office.

For a quarter of a century and more I thoroughly enjoyed making medicine better understood by avoiding complicated medical terms whenever possible and so was able to communicate medicine to very large audiences via my regular Doc spot on the lunchtime BBC radio two Jimmy Young Program and my weekly page in the then widely read magazine Womans Own, as well as via TV and my published medical books.

Peter Wooliscroft


A Chartered Engineer by profession, has been involved in the public sector for most of his 40 years working life. Spending the majority of time in the healthcare sector he has gained extensive experience of both the construction and asset management of buildings, which includes all aspects of facilities management.

Prior to December 2005, Peter was Head of Construction for the English Department of Health, a post he held for 5 years. During this time his principal role was to develop and implement the government’s most respected construction procurement programme; NHS ProCure 21.

Between 2005 and 2008 Peter was with the Office of Government Commerce, part of the Treasury, where he headed Construction and Facilities Management Efficiency, a role that required working with all parts of government to help achieve efficiency measures. Peter has been a champion for integration and collaborative approaches to procurement. Working with clients and supply chains his sole intention is to support developing stronger client engagement in change programmes for improvement and efficiency. Peter’s current role is managing director of CYNTRA Ltd., a private limited company established to assist the local authority housing sector in London deliver high performing service to their residents.

Peter has just stepped down after five years as Chair of the Construction Clients Group. He now chairs the Strategic Forum for Construction, taking over from The Right Honourable Nick Rainsford MP.

Peter is a visiting professor at Northumberland University where he is part of the School of the Built and Natural Environment.

David Body


David Body has been a supporter of The Patients Association for many years and a Trustee since 2011.

Before retiring from practice in 2015, David spent 32 years as a solicitor acting on behalf of patients injured by medical negligence and defective medical products, latterly managing the largest team of Claimant lawyers in the UK at Irwin Mitchell LLP.

As a consequence David is particularly interested in patient safety – getting the right resources in place to make hospital care as safe as it can be – and consent sought for the implantation of medical devices.

A trainee Yorkshireman (an expatriate Welshman, he has only lived in Yorkshire for 25 years). David is a minicab driver for his three adult children and a part time woodsman, learning to manage a 5 acre tract of oak, birch and sweet chestnut near his home in Sheffield. A fanatical supporter of the Welsh rugby team he also reveres the writing of Aaron Sorkin.


John Campbell


John Campbell is an economics graduate of the London School of Economics and a qualified accountant. His professional background includes Finance & Commercial Director roles in both international and UK businesses.

He is currently an independent business consultant and a director of a business that provides software solutions to the workplace pensions market.

Outside of his business roles, John has also served as a trustee of several local charities, the most recent being St Luke’s Hospice (Harrow & Brent) where he was chair of the Finance Committee.

Dave Taylor


Dave Taylor has over 35 years experience of digital development and marketing in both the public and private sectors. Until 2002 he was Vice President for a multinational manufacturer, where he was responsible for e-commerce and web marketing in over 25 countries. In 2003 he joined the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) where he was responsible for knowledge transfer and marketing communications for NPL’s professional services for the NHS. In this role Dave supported scientists in their use of social media tools, and developed and produced NPL’s first podcasts in early 2006.

In 2007/8 he provided digital media support for Lord Darzi’s healthcare consultations for NHS London and the NHS Next Stage Review, subsequently joining Imperial College’s Faculty of Medicine to manage technology-based research projects in healthcare quality improvement and patient safety.

His recent work includes a “Quantified-Self” study using machine learning software to analyse physical activity data transmitted over the internet from patients’ smartphones and an iPad-based app that facilitates communication within surgical teams and between the team and their patients.
Dave has a BSc in Mathematics and an MSc in Experimental Psychology.

Mandie Lavin


Mandie is a Practising Barrister and a Chief Executive. In her early career she was a nurse. She is a member of Middle Temple.

She has held positions at Guy’s Hospital, Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust and the Anglia and Oxford Regional Health Authority. Her regulatory career started at the UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting (now the Nursing and Midwifery Council) and progressed to the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and from 2003, she was the Director of Fitness to Practise and Legal Affairs at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.

She served as the Director of the Bar Standards Board and helped to establish the independence of the regulator within the Bar Council.

In September 2011 she became the Interim Director of Regulation at the General Optical Council, she remained in post until December 2014. In January 2015 she became the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives, a leading training organisation and membership body for lawyers.

She is the current Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Association of Accounting Technicians. She also chairs the Registration Panel of the General Medical Council. She is also a current member of several high-profile legal and medical associations.