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Uttlesford Health

Building 5 Ferguson Close, Saffron Walden Community Hospital, Radwinter Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 3HY

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Our Team

Uttlesford Health is run by GPs who work in the local area and who utilise their local knowledge to develop services to meet the specific healthcare needs of the area.

Dr Katharine Orton – Chair

Dr Katharine Orton


Katharine qualified from the University of London in 1978. She has been a GP since she started her training as a registrar in 1982 and works part time as the Senior Partner of Eden Surgeries.

Her particular interests have been in Diabetes Care, Addictions and Service Provision and she has led the GP Section of the Royal Society of Medicine. Katharine joined Uttlesford Health Ltd because she feels that it is necessary for the continuation of the excellent general practice that is currently seen in Uttlesford and wanted to be counted amongst those that have tried to maintain standards of local care for the people of Uttlesford.

Liz Adams – Chief Executive Officer

Liz Adams

Chief Executive Officer

Liz had been a practice manager in the Basildon and Brentwood area for 5 years prior to joining UH as business manager in 2015.

In late 2015 she took on the role of CEO on an interim basis and her post was made substantive in February 2016. Prior to joining primary care, Liz had spent 22 years working in the Tea and Coffee industry, latterly being finance director of two companies.

Liz enjoys spending time with family and has 4 grown up children; her hobbies include making wedding cakes, horse riding and walking her Rough Collie.

Finance Director

Position Available

Finance Director
Please contact us if you would like information about this vacancy.

Gary Townsend – Operations Director

Gary Townsend

Operations Director

Gary qualified as Registered Nurse in 1998 and later as a Nurse Practitioner BSc (Hons) 'Community Specialist practice' from Anglia Ruskin University.

He has particular interests in minimising unnecessary attendance or admission to hospital and the delivery of care closer to where people live.

Gary was appointed as the Operations Director in March 2017 having over 20 years' NHS experience working in senior managerial roles across the health economy within Essex. Gary has significant experience in integrated project management, service improvement and operational management, which area central to him supporting the delivery of, and maintaining the highest standards of care provided for the population of Uttlesford.

Richard Boyce – Medical Director

Richard Boyce

Medical Director

Richard trained in Nottingham, graduating in 2006, and has always been passionate about General Practice.

He recently moved to Saffron Walden to be nearer family, and as he lives and uses services in the area, he has a real desire to improve the quality of primary care. Working at Gold Street Surgery Richard is a GP trainer, and is involved in providing weekly ward rounds at two local care homes

Heather McLaughlin - IT Director

Heather McLaughlin

IT Director

Heather started her IT career in the private sector of banking and insurance. After taking a career break to have children she joined the NHS as IT Manager at John Tasker House Surgery in 2003.

Her enthusiasm to use IT to improve and streamline working processes in General Practice while keeping patient care at the centre of everything, led to her joining Uttlesford Heath Ltd in 2016. She believes that Uttlesford Health are ideally placed to play a key role in sharing knowledge and providing support and services to all of their members.

Heather is also a qualified Swimming coach and spends her spare time training swimmers of all ages and abilities up to National level.

Clive Emmett

Communications and Voluntary Sector Director


Marc Davis

Pathways and Innovations Director

Mike Tee

Non-executive Director