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2018 Speakers


Dr Anne Connolly

Having survived a two year posting to a mission hospital in rural Zimbabwe, Dr Connolly returned to General Practice in inner-city Bradford in 1990 and is currently working as a GP providing care for asylum seekers, refugees, homeless and sex workers.

Dr Connolly is a GPSI in gynaecology , accredited as a hysteroscopist, colposcopist and FSRH trainer.  She has been involved with commissioning since 2006 and is Bradford City CCG clinical board member with remit for maternity, women’s, children and young people’s healthcare.

Dr Connolly is chair of the PCWHF, FSRH Vice President and RCGP Clinical Champion for Women’s Health.  She is also co-editor of Women’s Health in Primary Care.


Dr Maria Kyrgiou

Dr Maria Kyrgiou is a Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Gynaecologic Oncology working at Imperial College London. She has completed her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and her subspecialty training in Gynaecologic Oncology at the West London Gynaecological Cancer Center at Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust.

Her main clinical interest is in gynaecologic oncology and advanced minimal access surgery. The main focus of her academic interests has been in translational research in gynaecological cancers, in particular cervical and endometrial cancer. She has investigated the role of treatment of cervical cancer and precancer in reproductive outcomes and the clinical use of HPV biomarkers in personalising the management of women with abnormal findings at screening.

She has developed an interest on the role of microbiome and host interactions in the progression or regression of cervical pre-invasive disease. She is a member of the IFCPC research committee.


Dr Carrie Ladd

As is the case for many GPs, Dr Ladd is constantly juggling the demands of her role as GP partner in her surgery with the equally challenging demands of being mum to two little superheroes at home.

Over the last few years, she has developed a special interest in Perinatal Mental Health and has worked with the RCGP on a number of educational projects. Most recently Dr Ladd has been working as RCGP Clinical Champion in this area, leading on a 1 year GP Education Project in this area throughout the Wessex Region. She has given many lectures, teaching sessions, written articles, published blogs, hosted twitter chats and worked hard to raise awareness amongst GP colleagues of this important area.

She passionately believe GPs can make a huge difference by promptly picking up and effectively treating perinatal mental health issues in their patients and in doing so, can supporting the wellbeing of the whole family now and in the future. 


Dr Catherine Nelson-Piercy

Professor Catherine Nelson-Piercy trained as a physician, specialising in obstetric medicine. She specialises in the care of women with medical problems in pregnancy. She offers pre-pregnancy counselling for women with pre-existing medical problems and those with problems in previous pregnancies. Professor Nelson-Piercy runs special joint clinics for women with renal disease, cardiac and rheumatic disorders, hypertension and epilepsy in pregnancy.

She is the immediate past president of the International Society of Obstetric Medicine, editor in chief of the journal ‘Obstetric Medicine: the medicine of pregnancy’ and has over 200 publications. She has been one of the central assessors for the confidential enquiry into maternal deaths in the UK since 2005 and is a trustee for the charity APEC- Action on Pre-eclampsia.


Dr Helen Munro

Following a detour via general practice, public health, some time working abroad in SW Africa and a brief stint in Urology, Dr Munro is now a Consultant in CSRH.

She currently works as a Locum Consultant in an integrated SRH service in SW Wales and is Chair for the Clinical Standards Committee of FSRH and a member of FSRH Council.

Dr Munro is a primary trainer for the DFSRH and LoC IUD/SDI and has a special interest in providing menopause care within her service. She is determined to run a sub 2 hour half marathon this year.



Dr Nick Panay

Dr Panay is a Consultant Gynaecologist, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Chelsea & Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London

Private practice:

 Director, International Centre for Hormone Health, 92 Harley Street London W1G 7HU

Dr Panay is a Consultant Gynaecologist with a Special Interest in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Menopause, PMS, contraception and gynaecological endocrinology.

His affiliations include:

Chairman of The National Association for Premenstrual Syndrome,

Honorary Director of Conferences RCOG,

Board Member and Secretary General Elect, International Menopause Society

Trustee and medical advisory committee member, British Menopause Society,

Past Chairman of The British Menopause Society,

Past President and current council member, The Royal Society of Medicine (O & G Division)

Patron of Daisy Network (Premature Menopause Society),

Past Council Member of British Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy.


Dr Richard Roope

Dr Richard Roope, MA, MBBS, MSc, FRCGP, AFOM, MFMLM, is a Portfolio GP working in Primary Care and Cancer Management.  Richard studied at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and The Royal London Hospital, qualifying in 1987.  He did a Masters in Occupational Medicine in Manchester. He started working within cancer services in Hampshire and Wessex in 2002.  

In 2014 he was appointed as the RCGP and Cancer Research UK Cancer Champion and, in 2015, as one of the Senior Clinical Advisors for Cancer Research UK.  He is a member of several national steering committees, including the National Cancer Advisory Group and England’s Be Clear on Cancer Steering Group, and is currently on a NICE committee developing the Clinical Guidance Update for colorectal cancer.

In 2015, he was elected to Fellowship of the RCGP for contributions to Cancer Management.  In his leisure time, he sings in a choir, and cycles, sometimes raising money for Cancer Research UK.


Dr Louise Newson

Louise is a GP and menopause specialist. She is an editor for BJFM.  She has contributed to various e-learning courses and educational modules for RCGP.  She reviews articles for

She feels passionately about improving awareness of safe prescribing of HRT to healthcare professionals and has written many articles, editorials and lectured on this topic.  She is a director for PCWHF.  She has developed which has been awarded a HoN code. Louise works regularly with West Midlands Police to provide advice regarding menopause in the workplace.

Louise has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines. She has been on numerous radio and TV programmes.

She is opening a menopause and wellbeing centre in Stratford-upon-Avon which will have other GPs working with her in addition to offering other services such as pelvic floor physiotherapy, acupuncture, nutritional advice, CBT, counselling, hypnotherapy for menopause and also yoga.


Dr Ash. Zaman

Dr Ash. Zaman

MBChB(Sheffield 1995), MRCGP (2001), DRCOG, DFSRH, CPE(JCPTGP).

GP Partner (Brookroyd Surgery, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire).

GPwSI and Consultancy Services (Postgraduate Primary Care Education, Vitamin D, Musculoskeletal Health, Fitness and Nutrition)

Tutor and Examiner (University of Sheffield Medical School).

GP Medico-legal Expert Witness.

Dr Zaman lectures and provides consultancy services throughout the UK on the topics of: Vitamin D, Musculoskeletal Health, General Medical Practice, Fitness and Nutrition.  

In lectures he provides a postgraduate synopsis for busy clinicians. 

His lectures should make you feel more confident and make your job easier in the topics covered.


Dr Paula Briggs

Dr Paula Briggs is a Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health for Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Dr Briggs qualified from Glasgow University in 1987. She trained as a GP before moving to Liverpool in 1993. She worked as a GP in various Sefton practices. In the past few years she has devoted herself to the delivery of sexual health care, research and education in the field of women’s health.

Currently, she is the clinical lead for an integrated community sexual health service in Sefton and provides a Community Gynaecology Service for South Sefton CCG. She set up the Menopause Service and leads the pregnancy advisory service for the Trust.


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