Board of Trustees

Professor Sean Hilton MD FRCGP FAcadMEd DSc(hc) (Chair)

Professor Sean Hilton succeeded Fred Hucker as Chairman of the DIPEx Charity in December 2016. Patient involvement and education has been a theme throughout his medical career. His MD Thesis on evaluation of patient education in asthma was carried out in general practice during the 1980s.

Sean is a medical educator and academic general practitioner. He is now Emeritus Professor of General Practice and Primary Care at St. George’s, University of London. During a full time career at St. George’s from 1987 to 2012 he held additional roles as Dean of Undergraduate Medicine, Vice Principal Teaching and Learning and Deputy Principal. Since 2012 he has also been Professor of Medical Education at the new medical school of the University of Nicosia in Cyprus (Dean for Clinical Education 2012-15).

Sean was President of the Academy of Medical Educators (AoME) 2011-2014, and is a past Executive and Council member of the Association for Study of Medical Education (ASME). He has held roles in quality assurance also for the General Medical Council;HEA Quality Assurance Agency and a number of UK and international universities.

He holds an Honoris causa Degree in Health Sciences from Kingston University (2013) for his contributions to interprofessional learning.
Now mostly retired, he is also a Trustee of the Princess Alice Hospice, Esher.

Pauline Droop

Pauline is a solicitor who worked for 15 years for the Citizens Advice Bureau, initially as a generalist but ultimately developing an employment law specialism. She then moved into private practice, becoming a partner in the employment department of Russell-Cooke LLP. She has now retired but continues as a Consultant. Pauline is an Honorary Solicitor to West London Action for Children, a charity providing counselling and support to disadvantaged children and their parents and/or carers in west London.

Dr Judy Kane

Judy is a GP who qualified from St. Georges Hospital in 1968 and started an audio-visual aids programme for teaching medical students at the hospital. Judy became a trainer in 1985 and sat on the Trainer Selection Committee for the Surrey area. Attachments to the National Heart and Lung Institute and to St. Georges Hospital medical school ensured a steady supply of pre and post grad students for our practice to teach. For 15 years she was on the Elizabeth Nuffield Education trust committee and oversaw the giving of grants to students. Judy is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and chairs the South West London advisory committee for the appointment of magistrates. Judy still does a couple of days in general practice but no admin!!

Mike Russell FCMA

Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Management Accountants, having qualified as an Accountant in 1979. For over 20 years, Mike held various financial and general management roles within Oxford Instruments Plc including spells as FD of the Medical and Superconductivity Divisions and spent two years living and working in the USA. From 1992 to 2006 Mike was a Non-Executive Director in the NHS in Oxfordshire with three terms (92-01) of office with the Oxfordshire Community Health (NHS) Trust and two (01-06) with the South West Oxfordshire PCT serving both trusts throughout this period as Audit Committee Chairman as a member of various other committees. Since 2006 Mike has been the Finance Director of the Zoological Society of London, the conservation charity that runs London and Whipsnade Zoo and runs over 50 conservation projects in Britain and worldwide through its scientific arm, the Insitute of Zoology.

Dr. Tess McPherson

Dr Tess McPherson is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Consultant Dermatologist at Oxford University Hospitals. She is an elected member of the British Society of Paediatric Dermatology. Tess studied medicine at Cambridge University and the Imperial College School of Medicine and completed her specialist dermatology training at Oxford University. She has previously worked in the U.S., South America and for the WHO in Guyana. Dr McPherson has an interest in patient involvement in education and uses patient experiences to support patients and inform best practice. She was the lead clinician on our healthtalk.org resource for young people with skin conditions.
Charity staff

Adam Barnett - Chief Executive

Adam Barnett joined Dipex in 2008 from his former position at a web-based, VC-funded company. Since then, he has been involved in the digital dissemination of over 70 research projects. He was appointed CEO in 2018.

Jo Kidd - Marketing & Communications Manager

Jo has been working for Dipex since Autumn 2010 having started as Youth Engagement Officer. Jo has previously worked for charities campaigning on poverty, the environment and human rights, carried out research for campaigns for adults with autism and worked with HIV & Aids charities as a VSO volunteer in Lahore, Pakistan.

Tracy Noble – Administrator

Tracy is an experienced office manager/administrator with a progressive career record that has embraced general, sales office and HR management in a broad range of high-technology, consumer, business and industrial sectors. She has worked in large multi-national corporations, medium size blue-chip organisations and VC funded start-ups.


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