Wendy Loveridge

Committee Secretary / Director of Practice Support

Wendy Loveridge

Wendy Loveridge has been appointed as our new Director of Practice Support/Committee Secretary as of 1st July 2020.  Most of you will know Wendy very well as our Practice Support and Liaison Manager since 2016, and prior to that as the facilitator of our Practice Managers’ Support Group for very many years. Wendy was also a longstanding Practice Business Partner for over sixteen years, a very experienced Business Manager and her knowledge and expertise around the many various business and managerial issues facing general practice is second to none.

Wendy is Birmingham LMC’s first female secretary, a milestone and watershed of which the committee is extremely proud.  She is also, of course, our first non-medical secretary, which is another major milestone. As well as benefiting from Wendy’s skills, knowledge, and expertise, the LMC will continue to have the expertise and resources to provide all the professional, partnership and pastoral support that our constituent GPs may require. 

Julie Mason

Director of Operations, Finance and Business Management

You can email Julie using this email address

Julie Mason

Julie has been employed by Birmingham Local Medical Committee since April 2012.  

Julie will ensure the effective and efficient operational leadership, management, functioning and organisational development of the BLMC, providing general guidance to the BLMC of any legislative changes which may affect the general management of the BLMC and to ensure the financial stability and efficiency of the BLMC.  

Julie will also lead, support and develop the strategy and operations of Birmingham Practice Managers Association and will assist the Committee Secretary/Director of Practice Support in offering advice and support to all constituents.

Dr Gavin Ralston

BLMC Chair

Dr Ralston is the newly elected Chair of Birmingham Local Medical Committee.

Dr Bhinder Jheeta

BLMC Vice Chair

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Dr Jheeta has been a GP in East Bham since 1988. He describes himself as a grassroots GP and is from a small practice. He has been an LMC member for many years as well as introducing the appraisal process when it was first launched. He is an undergraduate tutor for Birmingham University Medical school and has seen and survived all the challenges that the changing NHS in Primary Care have occurred.

Dr Philip Downing

BLMC Treasurer

Dr Downing graduated from Birmingham Medical School in 2002 and has been a GP partner at an inner-city practice Karis Medical Centre since 2007. From this time he also joined the LMC and has been on the executive team for the past 8 years. He also works for the CCG and STP as a clinical IT lead to help provide innovations, efficiencies and support in the oversight of GP IT provision.