Meet The Team

Helen Shuker
Programme Director
Helen is Director of Services for Nottinghamshire LMC Ltd and its subsidiary company, Practice Support Services (PSS). Her role involves overseeing the strategic development and day to day operations of the services offered through the LMC and PSS including the national LMC Buying Group and managing the Phoenix Programme. Helen was previously PSS's Head of Operations and Nottinghamshire LMC’s Head of Communications. Before joining the LMC, she worked for a large membership organisation as its press officer/head of press relations and before that spent some years working as a broadcast journalist and editor.
Dr Gemma Wilkinson
Clinical Lead
Dr Gemma Wilkinson trained at the University of Nottingham and has been a local GP for almost 20 years. Gemma has a longstanding interest in medical education and has always valued a portfolio career. She has been involved with undergraduate and postgraduate education for doctors, nurses and other health professionals. She is enthusiastic about supporting colleagues to have fulfilling and sustainable careers. She firmly believes that Nottingham is a fantastic place to live and work as a health care professional, as evidenced by the fact that she arrived in 1992 and has worked here ever since.
Dr Daniel Crowfoot
Early GP Career Development Lead
Dr Daniel Crowfoot works as a GP in Nottinghamshire after completing training with the Nottingham GP Specialist Training Programme. Daniel undertook a post-CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) Fellowship and developed an interest in Medical Education and completed a Master’s in Medical Education. He now holds a portfolio career in undergraduate medical student education and clinical work as a GP. Daniel would like both GP Trainees’ and post-CCT GPs alike to realise the variety, support and potential that post-CCT Fellowships can offer in enhancing careers in primary care.
Dr Clare Veltman
Mid and Senior Careers Scheme Lead
Clare trained at Nottingham University Medical School and after house jobs spent a year working and travelling in New Zealand, after which she returned to the East Midlands and has never left since! She completed GP training in Nottingham and was a GP partner in Derbyshire for 15 years before embarking upon a change in career direction, becoming a salaried GP and making a start on developing a portfolio career. As well as working in General Practice, Clare is also a GP Appraiser, GP Peer Mentor and Mentor Lead and is enjoying the variety of work these roles offer. She is passionate about supporting all GPs to get the most out of both their career and life itself and is particularly keen that mid and senior career GPs also have opportunities to develop new interests and are supported in trying new things. She firmly believes that it is never too late to undertake new challenges and that Fellowships can be beneficial for any GP.
Dr Kirran Bilkhu
Return to Work Scheme Lead
Kirran is a GP at Castle Healthcare Practice in West Bridgford and has been on the team at the Phoenix Programme, leading the Return to Work scheme since January 2020. The scheme is aimed at supporting doctors returning to practice after career breaks, who as a group are particularly vulnerable to leaving the profession. Soon after finishing GP training in Birmingham in 2010, she took a rare opportunity to work in a healthcare clinic in Malawi. This provided her with experience in delivering acute care in a challenging setting with little resource. She is married to a serviceman and hence has worked in a variety of positions in both Nottingham and Surrey including locum, salaried and partnership at Lombard Medical Practice in Newark giving a good insight into working in General Practice from a variety of angles. She completed the DPD in 2012 with Cardiff University and retains an interest in Dermatology.
Dr John Lu
Trailblazer Fellowships - Local Education Lead
John works as a portfolio GP in Bulwell, Nottingham after completing training with the Nottingham GP Specialist Training Programme. He is part of the Deep End group of GP practices involved in serving the most deprived areas of Nottingham and educational lead for Nottingham Trailblazers fellowship scheme. He is also currently a PCN fellow with Bulwell and Top Valley PCN and involved in development of health educational modules for allied health professionals working in GP practices. John is passionate about the recruitment, retention and support for new GPs working in deprived areas of our community and address the health inequalities faced by these communities.
Dr Lauren Taylor
New to Practice Portfolio Working Lead
Lauren works as a GP in South Nottinghamshire after qualifying from the Nottingham GP training scheme in 2020. Similar to Gemma she came to Nottingham over 10 years ago for university and has never left! She completed a PCN fellowship in her first year after qualifying and also held an academic clinical research fellowship during her GP training. She led the Next Generation GP East Midlands 2021 cohort and is passionate about developing future leaders in primary care. Lauren will be working on the New to Practice programme and hopes to help early career GPs recognise their potential and further their career aspirations.