Dr Derek Connolly
PCCS Observer Committee Member, Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Director of Research & Development, Birmingham City Hospital

Dr Derek Connolly is a Consultant Interventional Cardiologist and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Birmingham City Hospital, Birmingham UK.

He trained in Cambridge, London, Edinburgh and San Diego where he was a Carnegie Scholar. He has a first class degree in Pharmacology from the University of Edinburgh where he was the Brunton medallist and Keasbey Bursary holder. His PhD in molecular cardiology is from the University of Cambridge.

He is the Chief or Primary Investigator of multiple large trials in Cardiovascular medicine.

He developed one of the UKs first primary angioplasty programmes, and one of the UKs largest cardiac CT programmes.

Dr Jim Moore
President PCCS, GP, GPSI Cardiology, Gloucestershire

Dr Moore studied medicine in Edinburgh before moving to Gloucestershire to work as a GP principal. He has an interest in cardiology and cardiovascular disease, particularly those aspects that are relevant to Primary Care and contributes regularly to related educational events across the UK. He is President of the Primary Care Cardiovascular Society.

Dr Moore was involved in the development of the Primary Care based Gloucestershire Heart Failure service where he continues to work as a GPwSI.

He continues to represent Primary Care in the cardiovascular arena at both a local and national level. He has provided cardiovascular clinical support to local commissioning organisations for over ten years and remains actively involved in commissioning local cardiology services chairing the Circulatory Clinical Programme Group for Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). He was Clinical Lead for the community based West of England AHSN Stroke Prevention in AF project: Don’t wait to anticoagulate.

Dr Moore previously served on the board of the British Society for Heart Failure and was a member of the NICE Chronic Heart Failure Guideline committee (2018). He currently sits on the National Heart Failure Audit Steering group.

Dr Matthew Fay

GP The Willows Medical Practice, Bradford GPwSI at Westcliffe Cardiology Service Chief Clinical Director Affinity Care

Dr Paul Ferenc

GP and GPwSI in Cardiology, Worcestershire

Dr Richard Blakey

MBBS Dip.Card PCCS Board Member; Atrial Fibrillation and Community Heart Failure Lead, Kent, Sussex & Surrey Academic Health Science Network; GPSI Cardiology TCCS / ESH NHS Trust; CVD and Renal Lead Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, Chairman; Director

Dr Shahed Ahmad
South East

National Clinical Director for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, NHS England and NHS Improvement, Medical Director System Improvement and Professional Standards, NHS England and NHS Improvement South East Region

Helen Williams

Consultant Pharmacist for Cardiovascular Disease, South London, UK National Clinical Adviser for AF, AHSN Network Clinical Director for AF, Health Innovation Network Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Disease, Southwark and Lambeth CCGs

Louise Clayton (BSH) Nurse

Advanced nurse practitioner and Heart Failure Hospital Service Lead in Leicester

Professor Ahmet Fuat

PCCS Council Member and former PCCS President Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiology, Durham University, GP, GP Appraiser and GPSI Cardiology

Professor Nick Linker

Consultant Cardiologist at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, National Clinical Director for Heart Disease NHS England and Improvement and Chair of the Cardiac Services Clinical Reference Group

Professor Terry McCormack

Vice-President of the British and Irish Hypertension Society, Honorary Professor of Primary Care Cardiovascular Medicine at Hull York Medical School, and GP, Whitby Group Practice


Dr Yassir Javaid
MA (Cantab) FRCP FRCGP PGDip Cardiology Cardiovascular and Diabetes Lead Nene CCG Primary Care Cardiovascular lead, East Midlands Clinical Network RCGP Clinical Adviser for Cardiology

Dr Javaid qualified from Cambridge University and completed his GP VTS training in Northampton. He has an interest in cardiology and echocardiography and was a clinical lead in the Northamptonshire Community Cardiology service, which had a focus on patients with heart failure and valve disease.

He was named Pulse “GP of the Year” in 2015 for his work in reducing stroke emergency admissions in the East Midlands. He is also a council member of the British Heart Valve Society, accredited member of the British Society of Echocardiography and on the editorial board for the British Journal of Cardiology.

Ketan Kavia

MPharm (Hons) PGCert Pharmacist Advanced Clinical Practitioner Specialist Interest in Cardio-Metabolic Medicine and Research Leicestershire Anticoagulation Committee. National/European Educational Trainer and Speaker

Professor Jeffrey Stephens

Clinical Professor of Diabetes, Swansea University & Consultant Physician in Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine , Morriston Hospital, Swansea

Vishal Mashru

Head of Medicines and Research