The Hampshire & IOW Local Medical Committee

The Committee of the Hampshire and IoW LMC meets 6 times a year, and consists of 30 members elected from 8 constituencies, covering the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, which makes it the largest LMC in the country. In addition, the Committee is permitted to co-opt up to 5 GPs who are under-represented on the committee, or have particular expertise that would be of use to the committee, with two of these seats being reserved for GPs in the first five years post qualification.

Elections are held every two years under the terms of the LMC constitution, and all GPs are eligible for nomination and election. Sessional GPs i.e. those who are not Partners, may choose to stand in their geographical area, or for sessional seats.


Dr Helen Lambert

Helen moved from Lancashire to undertake her medical training in Southampton, qualifying in 1998. She had lived and worked locally ever since, working part time and raising her family, one of whom is following the family footsteps into Medicine.

She joined her training Practice in Winchester in 2003, and became an associate GP in 2005. She was appointed as a Partner there in 2010.

Helen is also a GP Trainer and very much enjoys the stimulation and diversity that this brings to Practice. She feels passionately about nurturing the next generation of Doctors and in providing the best training environment and mentorship possible for her Trainees.

Becoming an LMC Committee as a Sessional Representative in 2010 , Helen has represented her locality in this role and has been Vice Chair of HIOW committee over the last few years and now looks forward to her new role as Chair.

Vice Chairs

Andrew Scott-Brown

A proud Scot born in Cornwall, Andrew qualified in Aberdeen University in 1982 and joined the Royal Navy, serving mostly in Submarines but fitting in GPVT in Hong Kong. Surfacing as part of the first ‘peace dividend’ he joined the inner city Lake Road Practice, Portsmouth in 1992 where he remains a partner.

Andrew was previously a Hospital Practitioner in dermatology in PHT, and is increasingly interested in Occupational Medicine with a particular concern for pastoral support for GPs. Andrew joined the LMC four years ago; the subsequent service has been a revelation and he feels very privileged to have the chance to learn and contribute more as a Vice Chair.

When escaping from Practice and extensive Out of Hours work, after a transition phase in cave sand technical diving, Andrew enjoys sailing the family boat, racing when let off the hook, and a bit of cycling.

Dr Chris Castle

Although born in Hampshire Chris completed his medical studies in Leicester, qualifying in 2010. He swiftly moved back south and after completing his GPVTS joined Westlands Medical Centre in Fareham, his training practice, as a partner. Sharing a vision of professional sustainability through innovation and leadership Chris has been involved in the setting up of the Nextgeneration GP Programme in Wessex. Chris is also a locality lead for primary care research and has set up a support network for local surgeries delivered through a research nurse.

Prior to medicine Chris worked at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital as a physiotherapist and has since been passionate about using his unique insight to improve the MSK pathway. This has involved developing a self-management app (GPEP) and teaching on the Portsmouth & IOW VTS.

He balances this with his home life which includes two young children and a healthy dose of running/cycling.

Chris has thoroughly enjoyed being involved in the discussions that becoming a committee member has required. It is therefore a huge privilege to be elected as Vice Chair.

Dr William Denby MBBS MBs (Hons) MRCGP (2016)

Will qualified from Imperial College London in 2007 and served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Navy until 2012. He saw active service in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean, a highlight being Medical Officer in HMS LIVERPOOL supporting HMS ARK ROYAL on her last carrier deployment.

Since leaving the Royal Navy and qualifying as a GP in 2016 he has worked as a doctor in Perth, Western Australia and took up a GP Partnership at Emsworth Medical Practice in 2018 – where he remains. Emsworth is a 14000 list practice in a small town with a reasonable rural patient population. It is part of a PCN that just creeps over the 30,000 size and covers Hayling Island and Emsworth.

Will enjoys sailing, boating, fishing and tennis – his wife can already beat him easily at the latter and his 2 boys aren’t far behind!


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