President: Dr David Buckle FRCGP
David worked as a GP in Woodley Berkshire for 30 years. In 1995 he was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He later became senior partner and was a GP trainer for many years. In 2000 he joined the local PCT Board and that decision started a long career of clinical leadership and then medical management.
Having been a medical director for a PCT, CSU and a CCG, David recently choose to retire from his clinical and executive roles to concentrate on his Non-executive and trustee interests. Primary and Community care are his areas of clinical interest and he continues this work as a non-executive for Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.
David has been a member of SAMF for nearly 30 years and last year he became a director of the court. He was delighted to become president in May 2018.
President Emeritus: Dr Roy N Palmer LLB MB BS FFFLM
Roy Palmer qualified at the London Hospital Medical College, where he met and married Celia. After junior hospital appointments he entered general practice. With no interest in or aptitude for sport, he instead read law as a hobby. Having acquired a law degree and later the bar examinations he joined the staff of the Medical Protection Society (MPS), which he served for 27 years. There he met the Secretary of SAMF’s predecessor, Dr Jack Leahy Taylor and was encouraged to join “the Widows and Orphans”.
Roy succeeded Jack as Secretary of the charity for several years and later as President, in which role he served for 17 years before finding a brilliant successor! He was honoured to be made President Emeritus in recognition of his long service to SAMF. He remains a member of the Court of Assistants.
After his MPS years Roy became a coroner in London, serving as Senior Coroner in South London from 2001 to 2014 when he stepped down so as to enjoy his year as the Master Apothecary in 2015-2016. He remains an Assistant Coroner in the City of London, a role he has held since 2002.
Hobbies include classical music and opera, theatre and travel – and grandfather to 2 boy
Treasurer: Prof Geoff Rose
Dr Celia Palmer (née Mountford) qualified from the London Hospital Medical College, where she met and married Roy. After junior hospital appointments, including a spell as an anaesthetist, she became an Assistant County Medical Officer of Health in Essex, during which time she produced 2 daughters. With a long interest in occupational and industrial disease she entered the specialty as Medical Officer to Harlow Industrial Health Service, acquiring the AFOM. Her career in occupational medicine continued for the rest of her long career with a succession of appointments in both the public and the private sectors.
She retired in 2014 and enjoyed her year as the Mistress Apothecary. She and one other lady were the first women to be admitted to membership of “The Widows and Orphans”, SAMF’s predecessor and Celia was the first woman to be elected to serve on the Court, a role that she still continues to enjoy. She shares with Roy the enjoyment of 2 grandsons and regular attendances at classical music events and opera.
Dr John Barker
John is approaching his final years with sanguinity. An East London child of the Thirties he recalls the blitz if a little hazily. Luckily avoiding the bombs, he remembers running to his primary school and cycling to his grammar school and thereby acquiring in due course a general certificate of education. Surviving the war, he started work in an Insurance office as a “Junior” and he was then called up for National Service in the Royal Air Force. An attempt to teach him to fly failed but the Tiger Moth is a robust aeroplane and they were easily repaired. The RAF however did teach him to sail.
Guys Hospital Medical School saw something in him that others missed and it spent five years ensuring he qualified to practice medicine less dangerously than most.
An interest in the law provoked Her Majesty’s Coroner for London’s Eastern District to appoint him as his Assistant Deputy. Later that interest led to his joining the Medical Protection Society firstly as a member of its Council and then as a member of its professional Secretariat. It was in the early eighties, that John become a member of the Society for the Relief of Widows and Orphans of Medical Men and later a member of its Court of Directors and a Vice President. After a good number of years and after overseeing one or two quite successful cases he stepped down as deputy Medical Director at MPS only to soldier on as a Consultant. He finally was put out to grass and now lives quietly in Walthamstow neither raising chickens nor keeping bees. He enjoys the pub next door and London’s theatre and music. His favourite colour is purple and his lucky number is forty two.
Mr Patrick England
Partrick is a retired as a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, following a career treating elite sportspeople first in Tottenham where he was the Spurs surgeon, then at the Hammersmith and Charing Cross in the same position. Following his time at Spurs, Patrick was orthopaedic surgeon to the RFU for about twelve years. He also served in the RAMC as a Major commanding a para field surgical unit.
Prof Simon Payne
Dr Stewart Kilpatrick
Mr Tony Richards
Dr Rohit Malliwal BSc. (HONS), MBBS, FRCR
Ro is a Consultant Gastrointestinal and Interventional Radiologist at Barts Health NHS Trust and trained at Barts and The London and King’s College hospitals. His interests are in mentoring, student welfare and financial structures and investments. He has been a Director of the Court with the Society for Assistance of Medical Families since 2010.
Dr Stephanie D Bown
Stephanie Bown practiced as a doctor in the NHS for eleven years before completing a law degree and joining the Medical Protection Society (MPS) working in the field of professional indemnity and risk management for twenty years. She has extensive experience of the legal and professional issues that arise in healthcare gained through supporting doctors as a medico-legal advisor and through working with governments and healthcare organisations on policy issues. Her experience spans case investiga-tion, advocacy, healthcare policy, stakeholder engagement and communication.
Stephanie has been a member of SAMF since joining MPS and became a member of the Court shortly afterwards.
As Director of the National Clinical Assessment Service within the NHS Litigation Au-thority, Stephanie initiated a programme of restructure and modernisation to meet the changing needs of the NHS.
Since May 2015 Stephanie has provided independent consultancy. She has under-taken a wide range of investigations into serious incidents, governance and service reviews in the NHS and private health sectors. She has investigated performance concerns in individual doctors and dysfunctional team dynamics.
She provides independent adjudication to third stage complaints in the independent healthcare sector for ISCAS.
Stephanie is a CEDR accredited mediator and is on the CEDR panel of mediators. She regularly acts as conciliator for the Funeral Arbitration Service and mediates clin-ical negligence claims for NHS Resolution 9formerly NHS Litigation Authority).
As a lay member of the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal, Stephanie adjudicates upon alleged breaches of the rules and regulations applicable to solicitors and their firms.
Dr David North-Coombes
After 34 years in full-time General Practice in Chertsey , Surrey David retired in mid 2016 and then became a court director after many years a member of SAMF.
Dr David Stewart
David graduated from St Bartholomew’s Medical College in 1976. After completing GP training he was recruited in 1981 as Regimental Medical Officer to The Household Cavalry and commissioned in The Life Guards. He served in both Germany (BAOR) and the UK based in Windsor.
Completing a short service commission in 1986 David returned to the NHS as a GP Principal in practice in Esher, Surrey. After three years he returned to work for the MOD as a Civilian Medical Practitioner, working in Germany (BAOR) for a further 10 years.
In 1999 David joined the Army Medical Directorate at Camberley in the Medicolegal Department as a Medial Officer and then joined Medical Protection in 2002 as a Medicolegal Adviser. He leaves Medical Protection in April 2019 having taken voluntary redundancy.
David readily accepted the invitation of the Chairman of the Court to joint SAMF in 2017 and is looking forward to getting involved in such a worthy charity.
He is married to a doctor and has three children.