Our executive and staff

KONP elected our first executive committee (EC) in December 2015 and new elections were held in June 2017 – subsequently they will be biannual. The Executive acts for the Steering Group between bi-monthly steering group meetings  which are the sovereign, policy-making forum, with a delegate nominated from each of our 75+ local group.

Our Executive Committee meets monthly to give continuity to KONP policy decisions and to maintain the momentum and efficacy of Keep Our NHS Public. We also have a very small part-time team of KONP staff. Here is a little bit about our EC and national team.

Carol Ackroyd, EC

Carol has been a member of KONP since 2013 and on the EC since December 2015. She is Secretary of Hackney & City KONP. She has previously worked both as manager and commissioner of community NHS and social care services. Since retiring, she aims to put skills developed deciphering NHS policy & directives to better use, helping to end privatization and save the NHS.

Dr Jacky Davis, EC and KONP Treasurer

Jacky is a member of Doctors For The NHS and a BMA Council elected member. She is an NHS consultant radiologist. Jacky is author and co-editor of NHS SOS (2013) and NHS For Sale (2015) – essential reading for all campaigners. She runs our KONP Twitter @keepnhspublic. Jacky is founder member of KONP.

Bri English – National Administrator

Bri works part-time at the KONP office in Dalston, East London ensuring the smooth running of KONP. She is responsible for our monthly newsletter, writes for and helps keep the KONP website content up to date.

Peter Gillard, EC

Pete is a member of Shropshire Defend Our NHS.

Dr John Lister, EC and KONP Co-Chair

John has worked as campaigning researcher and journalist on the NHS for over 30 years. He is founder member of London Health Emergency and founder member of KONP. His vision led to the setting up of Health Campaigns Together (HCT) in Autumn 2015. This umbrella body of affiliated campaigns and unions, has organised action in concert for the NHS. John is editor of the newspaper Health Campaigns Together, now into its 3rd year in 2018. He has been co-chair of KONP since June 2018.

Dr Tony O’Sullivan, EC and KONP Co-Chair

Tony is a member of Save Lewisham Hospital Campaign (SLHC). Before retiring he was consultant paediatrician in childhood disability in Lewisham. He has been a member of KONP since December 2014. Tony has served as co-chair of KONP since December 2015.  He is a founder member of Campaign for the NHS Reinstatement Bill since June 2014, and attends Health Campaigns Together meetings as their delegate as well as for SLHC.

Dr John Puntis, EC and KONP Secretary

John is chair of Leeds KONP which he helped set up in 2011. He is a retired paediatrician who specialised in gastroenterology and nutrition at the General Infirmary in Leeds, where he was secretary to the Senior Medical Staff Committee and chairman of Leeds West Research Ethics Committee. John worked as an NHS doctor for 40 years. He is a member of ‘Doctors for the NHS’ and ‘Doctors in Unite’, he joined the EC as KONP Secretary in June 2017.

Professor Sue Richards, EC

Sue is a member of Islington Keep Our NHS Public.

Professor Wendy Savage, EC and Honorary Life President

Wendy is a founder member and Honorary Life President of Keep Our NHS Public. Wendy has been honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the BMJ in May 2018. Read more here.

Terry Tallis, EC

Terry is a member of Stockport Defend The NHS and Greater Manchester KONP. She has been on the KONP EC since December 2015. She organises the search for KONP Patrons.

Keith Venables, EC

Keith Venables is a member of Amber Vally KONP. He is a retired Principal Psychologist, trade union tutor and socialist activist who joined KONP in 2014 to promote the values of the NHS. He served as co-chair for 18 months. Keith helped set up the growing alliance – Health Campaigns Together – Autumn 2015, acting as chair until April 2017 and then elected as its first secretary.

Samantha Wathen, Media Officer

Samantha was one of the founding members of Swindon Keep Our NHS Public where she proved herself an excellent health campaigner. Samantha joined National KONP as our part time Media Officer in April 2018.