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Morgannwg LMC consists of 22 elected GP members, 10 representing Swansea, 5 representing Neath/Port Talbot  and 7 representing Sessional / First five GPs.



The majority of the representative work is undertaken by an Executive Committee made up of:

  1. Chair
  2. Vice-Chair
  3. Medical Secretary
  4. Executive Team Members 
  5. Executive Secretary
  6. Secretarial Assistant

The team

Dr Sandar Hlaing - Chair 

Dr Hlaing has been a GP partner in Swansea since 2009. and was elected as Chair from 1st April 2020, having previously been Vice Chair. Sandar is passionate about delivering comprehensive care for the elderly, promoting quality care in end of life, sexual health and mental health issues. Dr Hlaing love teaching and enjoy gardening in her spare time.

Dr Ashok Rayani - Medical Secretary

Dr Rayani has been a GP Principal in Swansea since 1989 and since then has been a GP trainee rep, a GP trainer, a medical student tutor, a member of GPC Wales (having once been a national negotiator) and continues to represent colleagues on numerous hospital and Health Board committees.  He is involved in Prison healthcare and believe passionately in the involvement of GPs in OOH care, having been involved in setting up the Swansea GP Co-operative in 1996.   Ashok has been a member of the LMC since 1985 and LMC Medical secretary since 2015. He believes it is important to engage the wider GP community in LMC activities, particularly younger members as it is their future that needs to be protected.  Outside of general practice Dr Ashok enjoys the usual activities of older GPs (eating, drinking, golf, skiing and more recently sky diving!). 

Dr Nimish Shah - Vice Chair

Dr Shah was elected as Vice Chair from 1st April 2020.   He is a GPC Wales negotiator and is passionate about trying to improve the working lives of all GPs - Sessional and Contractor.  He is elected to UK GPC sessional sub-committee.  He co-chairs GPNSAG and is Chair of the Welsh Conference of LMC's.   In his spare time he enjoys golf, family time, travel and fine wine.  


Dr Richard Thomas - Executive Committee Member

Dr Richard Thomas has been a GP partner in Swansea since 2003. He taught medical students at Swansea University for 10 years and is an examiner with the RCGP. He has a passion for training, which includes coaching his son's rugby team. He has more children than sense (exemplified by his love of snowboarding and his border collie). Born in Swansea, he has learned to speak Welsh since moving back in 2000. 


Dr Helen Dean - Executive Committee Member

Dr Helen Dean has been a GP in Swansea since 2006. Helen is clinical lead for SBUHB service redesign and an on call clinical manager for the urgent primary care GP OOH service. Helen is married, has 4 daughters and spends most of her spare time enjoying outdoor activities with her busy family.


Dr Shanti Karupiah - Executive Committee Member

Dr Shanti Karupiah is a GP partner in Swansea. She is the current Honorary Treasurer of RCGP South West Wales Faculty and Welsh Council Member for Swansea Bay. She is a big foodie and enjoys traveling and spending time with her family & friends.



Dr Phil Cox - Executive Committee Member

Dr Phil Cox is a GP working in Port Talbot with a long history of working in elite sport, most recently with the Wales Under 19 football team. A knee injury and lack of talent have limited his athletic ambitions, but he enjoys keeping fit and participating in tennis and football locally. He can usually be found exploring the natural beauty South Wales has to offer with his wife and dog.

Emma Harris - Secretarial Assistant

Emma has been working for the LMC as a part-time secretarial assistant since November 2015 and also works for the GP Out Of Hours Service.   She has found it really interesting to see how Primary care services are provided  from both sides.  In her spare time Emma enjoys spending time with her family and close friends. 


Morag Liddell - Executive Officer

Morag has been working with the LMC since April 2015 and really enjoys working with the team who are committed to supporting Primary Care services. Morag has a background in Health Service management and was involved in developing and managing the GP OOH Service between 1996-2014.  

The remaining  Elected GP members are:

NPT - Drs Tim Cufflin,  Heather Wilkes, Duncan Williams, Kristy Mellin, Paul Williams

SWANSEA - Drs Richard Beynon, Heather Cowie, Rhydian Jones, James Kerrigan,  Sara Perman, Manisha Rickards, 

SESSIONAL / FIRST FIVE: Drs Pramila Ramkumar, Alan Stevenson, Kirsty Wallis and Visha Krishnamoorthy

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