Our Trustees

The Board has ten Trustees, elected or re-elected at our Annual General Meetings, who form a Board of Trustees to undertake the day-to-day management of the Association. The Board itself elects a Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer from among its number. These Offices are currently held by Joanne Daswani – Chair; Kevin Mahon – Vice Chair; George Bardwell – Secretary; and Anita Manek – Treasurer.

Our Board Members are:

Joanne Daswani

Joanne Daswani


Elected as Trustee and Chair in 2015. Pinn Piper Editor

Joanne’s professional career spans three decades in education and industry as a teacher, executive leader and, in recent years, an Ofsted Inspector. An experienced strategic thinker, she has successfully designed and implemented various policies and systems to help organisations build capacity and deliver lasting improvements. She is also a mentor with a national charity that supports professionals from minority backgrounds new to leadership. Soon after being co-opted onto the PMCPA’s Management Committee in 2014, Joanne initiated and convened a meeting between Harrow MPs and members of both the Harrow CCG and Harrow Patient Partnership Network (HPPN) to address the issue of years of state underfunding for public health provision in Harrow. This meeting helped pave the way for a £15m increase to Harrow’s annual health budget.
Joanne is currently editor of the Pinn Piper and is also closely involved in developing and implementing the HPPN’s 3-year strategic plan. As Chair of the PMCPA, she is particularly keen to ensure more active participation of patients in improving and maintaining their health and well-being.

    George Bardwell


    Elected as Trustee and Secretary in 2016

    George moved to Pinner with his wife and four children in the mid-seventies and has always been an enthusiastic supporter of the NHS in general and the Pinn Medical Centre in particular. Much of his working life was spent in the civil service in the Department of Health, where he worked on NHS funding; on professional matters and pay for physiotherapists, radiographers and other health professionals; and on health policy for elderly people. On leaving the civil service he pursued a second career in management consultancy in the reform of public administration – the great majority of which was spent in Eastern Europe and in developing countries in Africa. As well as being Secretary of the PMCPA, George takes the lead on its Membership and Communications Committee.

      Phillip Snell

      Elected as Trustee in 2016

      Phillip has had a long career in education and was a head for almost twenty years including a range of additional responsibilities as an Assessor and tutor for NPQH, a member of the London Recognition Panel for Investors in People, a graduate of Common Purpose, a member of LB Brent Education Committee and a Governor and now Hon. Fellow of the University of Westminster. His varied interests included membership of Central Middlesex Relate, Council and National Executive member of the Secondary Heads Association and Chairman of the British Association for Local History. Local involvement included membership of the Parochial Church Council of St. John the Baptist (Pinner) and he is currently a member of the Management Board of the West House and William Heath Robinson Museum Trust. He is particularly interested in the systems used for transferring patient records between hospitals and the PMC and how these can be best coordinated.

        Nicky Heskin


        Elected as Trustee in 2016

        Nicky is a veteran marketeer with over thirty years experience in the entertainment industry spanning music, computer games, video and latterly the lm sector where she is currently Head of Creative Servicing at an international lm distribution company. Her strengths include post-production, production and process planning, communication and marketing.  She is a long-time resident of Pinner, a mother of two teenage children and has previous charity experience over the course of ten years, latterly as the Chair of the Parent Teacher Association at a Harrow primary school. This particular role focussed heavily on fund raising for the school whilst bringing the school and wider community together. She hopes to bring her marketing and communication skills to the PMCPA, particularly in the areas of fundraising, recruiting new members to the association and patient engagement.

          Jagdish Kapur


          Elected as Trustee in 2015

          Jagdish brings a breadth of experience to the PMCPA.  He has a background in IT and has taken a lead in building the PMCPA website. Jagdish assists in the management of the web site and members database which is used for communicating to members.  Jagdish feels strongly that the PPA and its activities should be accessible to all and that patients should be able to express their views about the care and services they receive.  Jagdish has also worked in the NHS, delivering transformational programmes that have led to improvement in services at a PCT and an Acute Hospital.  He is keen to improve and maintain services that meet the diverse needs of the community.   Jagdish enjoys travelling and theatre.

            Brian Yim Lim


            Elected as Trustee in 2015

            Brian is a project manager with a PhD in malaria research. He's a familiar face to our Association, having previously co-edited the Pinn Piper with Lis Warren. Brian re-connected with us in 2014 through an employee-volunteering scheme at the Wellcome Trust, where he works in IT for grant funding. He worked with us to establish our members' database and manage our new website, before being elected to the Board of Trustees in 2015. Brian has an ongoing responsibility for the management, development and maintenance of our IT infrastructure, and is a member of our Communications subcommittee.

              Martin Grossman

              Elected as Trustee in 2018

              Martin moved to Pinner with his wife and young family in the mid-1980s and they immediately registered as patients at the Pinn.

              Professionally qualified as a Graduate Electronics Engineer, being a “people person”, Martin has spent the majority of his working life in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles within the UK Electro-Technical Industry. For the last few years, Martin has worked for a UK based Semiconductor manufacturer that designs and supplies components into the global communications markets. He is currently responsible for the company’s activities in the UK and most of Western Europe and spends a significant amount of time travelling around these areas.

              Outside of his working life, Martin has always liked to get involved in other activities, particularly in the local community. For many years, he was associated with Heathfield School Pinner; initially chairing the local group of a nationwide campaign to raise money for bursaries. He later joined the PTA eventually becoming Chairman. Once his daughters had completed their time at the School, he was invited to become a Governor of the school and was Chairman of Governors at the time Heathfield amalgamated with Northwood College.

              Martin has also been an active member of Pinner Synagogue and held a number of senior management roles within the voluntary management of the Synagogue. These include chairman of the children’s’ education team and for many years, a member of the Synagogue Senior Executive Team. He also represents the Synagogue on the governing body of the umbrella organisation to which the Synagogue belongs.

              Martin’s other interests include many sports (active and passive participation), current affairs and travel.

              Martin is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the growth and continued success of the PMCPA.

                Kevin Mahon

                Elected as Trustee in 2018

                A proud Scouser, Kevin set up home in Harrow in 1974. Having married Gretta in 1976, they raised a family of two boys, Keiran and Laurie, and became patients at the Pinn Practice when the team of GPs held their surgery in Northumberland Road in North Harrow.

                Now retired, Kevin followed much of advice he was given – he has undertaken some travel, learned to play a musical instrument, joined a choir, become a better gardener and a better cook and has undertaken some voluntary work - since 2012 volunteering as a driver for the Pinn Medical Centre taking patients to the surgery or to the local hospitals as required.

                Kevin is now retired from his work as a Headteacher, a senior Education Consultant, and an inspector of schools and local authorities in the safeguarding of children. He has a strong CV in delivering excellent work in a range of schools both locally and across the south-east. He has taught in every sort of secondary school it is possible to have done so – small and large, single-site and split-site, Grammar and Comprehensive, single-sex and mixed, faith school and secular, State school and Trust school, independent school and Academy and as a Consultant Headteacher in a Free school. He understands the relationship of how to establish and maintain excellent provision of a public service in the crucible of meeting seemingly endless need with limited resources.

                Kevin looks forward to the challenging work of joining the Board of Trustees at the Pinn Medical Centre Patients’ Association and sees it as an extension of the important need to give back to the community a little of the support and help he has enjoyed by being a patient at the Pinn and by simply enjoying the benefits of living in Harrow over the last 44 years and counting.

                  Jenny Stephany

                  Elected as Trustee in 2018

                  Jenny has lived in Pinner for 25 years taking an interest in local issues and a member of the Pinner Association. She is left handed which may have contributed to her successful work in creative transformation! She has worked in and with the NHS and mainly in North West London. She now has an active interest and involvement in community based support to sustain the human/companion animal relationship for mutual benefit (and shares her home with three rescue cats).

                  Although no longer working in the NHS she is a lay partner for North West London and has been involved in several working groups – providing lay patient input to help shape healthcare services to align more closely with patient needs. She has a special interest in facilitating health awareness events, chronic healthcare needs (including those of carers) and the potential of social prescribing. As a Trustee for PMCPA Jenny hopes to contribute to these patient related areas, (as well as to bring her previous experience as a Trustee for a faith organisation).

                    Anita Manek


                    Elected as a Trustee in 2018

                    Anita is a fully qualified accountant with over fifteen years of finance experience in the public sector advising multiple stakeholders, both national and international, on a range of matters including financial management, audit, risk management, accounting policy, governance issues, project management, value for money, IT systems implementation and solution design. Her career started at Deloitte (an international accountancy and consultancy firm) where she trained as a professional accountant and was exposed to accounting and tax complexities in various industries.

                    Anita has wide ranging management experience across the key business functions with particular expertise in strategic finance, organisational change, corporate governance, risk management, digital transformation and international development.

                    Connecting and engaging with people from diverse backgrounds continues to be one of the most fulfilling aspects of Anita’s career. She hopes to build on this at the PMCPA and, coupled with her professional experience, work with the members to serve our patient population. On the personal front, Anita is married and has two children.

                      Code of Conduct

                      Our Trustees have each signed a Code of Conduct form setting out the way in which they are expected to carry out their responsibilities.

                      Recruitment and Selection Policy

                      Our Constitution provides for various ways in which Trustees can be nominated to sit on the Board of Trustees, following election at a General Meeting. When the Board decides that it would be appropriate to hold a recruitment and selection exercise to identify suitable Trustees it will adopt the following Recruitment and Selection Policy – which is itself derived from the Constitution.

                      Job Descriptions

                      A Job Description for each of the Officers, and the Trustees is included below: