Board of Trustees


Welcome to York Medical Society! 

This is the one hundred and ninety third session of York Medical Society – one of the oldest active medical society’s in the UK. 

I do hope you will find that the programme – the events that bring us all together in our lovely rooms and out into the Yorkshire Countryside – is of interest and covers issues that matter to you. 

If you have ideas on speakers and topics and walks, please share them with me! The programme is something to grow and develop through the year. 

We will provide you with more details on our speakers and their topics via our website and emails nearer to the events. 

There is the opportunity to share refreshments before and perhaps a meal afterwards with colleagues and friends both old and new.  

It is an environment removed from the workplace, and a rare opportunity to socialize across specialties and ages in relaxed surroundings.  

We welcome those who have lived and worked in York for some time, as well as those new to the area who wish to get to know more about the people and place. 

The Society is a Charity. 

The three charities we are supporting this year are; 

Local: Treasure Chest- York’s breast-feeding support group.

 National: Parkinson’s UK- the national Parkinson’s Disease charity

 International: Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) – the international humanitarian organisation providing medical care.

 In addition to your Society donating money, we will be supporting these organisations in their direct work by putting on educational events and hosting support groups in our rooms throughout the year.

 Your Society will be looking to help our local and national charities further by bringing them together in our rooms with some of their key partners in our local health and social care and academic communities- to work together to enable more women to breast feed in our area if they want to and for people with Parkinson’s Disease to feel care and support is improving for them.

 This session the Society will be working with and through local healthcare and academic and research organisations to put on additional events that will be useful, relevant, timely and enjoyable for working general and specialist practitioners, doctors in training, researchers, university academics and medical students wherever they work in our healthcare community. This is our “Partnership Programme” and I will share news on its development in our newsletters.

 I look forward to seeing you and being at your service as President of your Society.


Dr Tim Hughes
York Medical Society President

Dr Tim Hughes


Board Members

Dr Tim Hughes

President 2024-25

GP Kirkbymoorside 30 years.Tim is a retired GP from Tenby, Pembrokeshire  who having qualified at St Bartholomew’s Hospital London in 1984, trained as a GP in Exeter and moved to Kirkbymoorside, Ryedale where he was a GP partner for 30 years. He has been a GP trainer, Clinical tutor, Educational supervisor and GP appraiser and had various NHS management roles and responsibilities during the many ‘reforms’ seen over the three decades in practice. He is married to Ania, a retired nurse/midwife, and has four grown up sons. Now living in York, as well as enjoying the many benefits of the YMS he cycles with the Wednesday Wheelers and North Yorkshire CTC, runs and walks and sails and volunteers

Miss Susan Mitchell

Past President 2023-24

Qualified in 1981 from The London Hospital Medical School. Held a few junior posts around the east end before deciding to follow a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology training in St. Marys Hospital, The Royal Marsden, Addenbrookes and the Rosie Maternity Hospital Cambridge, and St George’s Hospital and Chertsey. In Cambridge also worked in molecular biology research with Prostaglandins and the endometrium and ran menopause research clinic for over a year.  

Moved to York in 1995 as a consultant during which was the clinical Director of women’s services for 5 years. Continued as a general consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology running the diabetic antenatal clinic throughout, and having a continued interest in the menopause.

Retired in 2017 to follow interests in art, walking, skiing, travelling and the garden. Has 2 sons both having careers in economics and finance.

Dr Kathryn Griffith

Hon. Secretary

Kathryn is a a retired GP and also worked for many years as a GP specialist in Cardiology at York Hospital. She was  President of the Medical Society in 2014-15 and is now Honorary Secretary. She believes that the Society is an important living group of doctors not just a beautiful historic building!! 

Dr John Reid


John is a largely retired GP having worked in Selby for 35 years. Currently I am doing some part time GP work in remote and rural Scotland, as well as teaching year 2 students at HYMS. 
He is married with 3 daughters, and hopefully soon a 1st grandchild. He lives near Selby and is an ex President of YORK Medical Society.

Dr Stuart Calder

Trustee and license holder

Stuart Calder is a retired GP and medical educationalist, who continues to lecture in Medical Ethics.  He founded the York Medical Society Wine Club forty years ago and travels to France and Italy each year to source wines for the club’s list. 

Professor Jim Drife

Hon Librarian

Jim Drife is emeritus professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Leeds and a former BMJ columnist.  He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and a vice-president of the RCOG, and has appeared several times on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Mr David Pring

Hon Curator of Instruments 

David Pring was appointed Consultant in York in 1988.He had a special interest in fertility and Gynaecological Endocrinology and postgraduate  training. He had a longstanding interest in medical politics and represented Yorkshire on the BMA Central Consultants Committee. He retired from clinical practice in 2010 and continued to work as a panellist for the GMC. He has had a longstanding interest in the history of Medicine and is honorary curator of instruments of the York Medical Society.

Mrs Sarah Anderson

Trustee and IT Lead

Sarah Anderson is a Consultant Ophthalmologist in York with a sub-speciality interest in Emergency Eye Care. She provides IT and social media support to YMS.  

Dr Mark Roman


 Mark qualified from the Westminster in 1982, did his GP training in York and was a Partner at York Medical Group for over 29 years before joining the Yorkshire Chambers as a Locum.  During his career he has developed many clinical interests  including GP training,  Research as well as Foundation Lead for Primary Care.   He is married with 3 children, lives in York and enjoys keeping fit with cycling and running. 

Prof Barry Wright


Retired Prof child health HYMS York, Deaf children NHS, child MH research COMIC, Martin House trustee. Husband, dad, grandad, enthusiast for kindness & fun

Dr Dariush Saeedi


Dariush is a GP partner in a semi-rural practice on the outskirts of York. 
Dariush graduated from The University of Leeds Medical School, and has worked in various specialities in West Yorkshire, before moving to North Yorkshire in 2014 after qualifying as a GP. Dariush is a keen advocate for the role of general practice in the NHS, and is a registered GP trainer. He also is involved in undergraduate education through his role working at the University of Leeds, where he is Clinical Placements Co-lead. Dariush sits on the local medical committee as a Vale of York representative. Outside of medicine, Dariush's interests include time with his family, the history of medicine, and tending to the varying demands of his smallholding (and associated menagerie).


Dr Susan Reaney


Qualified Liverpool 1983.

Radiology training Liverpool and Manchester.

Visiting Assistant Professor University of Maryland 1993 (Trauma and Critical Care Radiology).

Consultant Radiologist Manchester 1994-2001 (Breast Imaging and Interventional

Consultant Radiologist York 2002-2017 (Breast and Musculoskeletal Imaging).

Dr Barbara Adams


Barbara is currently working as an Out of Hours GP with Harrogate District Foundation Trust and Vocare in York. She is also a clinical supervisor for GP registrars. 

Professor Matthew Morgan


Matt is the Deputy Dean of Hull York Medical School and works closely with colleagues across the region to ensure the School trains the next generations of doctors and researchers for the Yorkshire and Humber region. Matt works as a nephrologist 1 day a week in Hull and as a non-executive director on the board at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Sarah Watson

Trustee and Social Committee Chair

Sarah is a GP Partner at Millfield Surgery, Easingwold and a Honorary tutor at HYMS involved in teaching 4th year medical students.    Attended St Andrews and Manchester Medical School, qualifying in 1996.  Sarah has worked in Chester, New Zealand but did her GP training in York.

She was one of the youngest Presidents of the Medical Society in 2018-19 and now chairs the Social Committee.

Dr Will Robertson


I’m a passionate GP, activist and entrepreneur.

Whilst most of my time is spent working and improving the NHS, I have a growing interest for developing a parallel private model of Private General Practice which offers personal and prestige care to people that are looking to move outside of the public system. Allowing people who can afford to choose between private and NHS care will free up space for those who cannot.

I have worked all over the world in my fields and look to bring that commitment and experience to whatever role I engage in.

My specific clinical interests involve urgent care, and the growing field of greener/ sustainable medicine.

Dr Paul Blenkiron


Dr Avijit Datta


Dr Nicola Gill


Jane Mortimer

Office Manager

Jane joined YMS in May 2014.  She brings experience in property, accounting, office and people management.

Angie Zurek

Office Administrator

Angie joined YMS as Administrator in January 2020.  Angie previously worked in procurement for the water industry for over 30 years.

Interested in getting involved?